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Dr. Srdjan Mirkovic, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 924
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Srdjan Mirkovic's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Chicago, IL and Glenview, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, spinal trauma, and spine tumor. His professional affiliations include NorthShore Medical Group, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mirkovic takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Mirkovic's practice is open to new patients. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Mirkovic (or staff) speaks Serbian, Spanish, and French.

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Clinical Interests: Disc Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, Cervical Spine Problems, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $15,471
  • Medicare Cost: $1,759
Dr. Mark T Nolden, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 924
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Nolden's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nolden include back pain, laminectomy, and spine reconstruction. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Nolden performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include NorthShore Medical Group, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Disc Replacement, Spine Reconstruction, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Cervical Spine Problems, Spinal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,870
  • Medicare Cost: $1,838
Dr. Heron E Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
675 N Saint Clair Street; Northwestern Memorial Hospialt Galter 19-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Heron Rodriguez works as a vascular surgeon. He has a special interest in ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, and spider veins. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rodriguez is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Rodriguez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Sclerotherapy, Varicose Veins, Ablation, Spider Veins, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,066
  • Medicare Cost: $1,135
Dr. George Raymond Cybulski, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. George Cybulski is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Cybulski's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and pituitary tumor. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Cybulski graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Traumatic Brain Injury, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wellington K Hsu, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
259 E Erie Street 13th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Wellington Hsu specializes in spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hsu include laminectomy, scoliosis, and spinal trauma. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Disc Replacement, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Laminectomy, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tyler R Koski, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tyler Koski's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Koski is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, spinal cord tumor, and herniated disc. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Koski is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Surgical Procedures, Spinal Deformity, Spinal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 48
  • Uninsured Cost: $11,867 - $14,214
  • Medicare Cost: $1,074 - $1,973
Dr. Aruna Ganju, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Aruna Ganju is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. Dr. Ganju's areas of expertise include spinal cord tumor, cervical (neck) spine problems, and herniated disc. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Ganju attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Ganju (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Surgical Procedures, Spinal ... (Read more)

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What is Spinal Fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure to permanently join together two or more vertebrae, the bones in the spine. Certain spinal disorders can lead to instability and pain, and the idea behind spinal fusion is that fusing vertebrae together can both make them stronger and reduce motion, which can sometimes reduce pain.

There are several different types of spinal fusion surgery available, mostly depending on where your pain is located and whether your surgeon will perform the procedure through the back, front, or side. In general, a fusion is performed by packing the vertebrae to be fused with grafted bone. This bone may be taken from the patient’s hip, may be donated from a cadaver, or it may be a manufactured synthetic material. The bone is placed along the vertebrae, and sometimes, the disc that lies in between the vertebrae is removed and replaced with grafted bone. The bone material will grow and cement the two vertebrae together. After the bone graft is placed, the vertebrae are sometimes held in place with rods, screws, plates, or cages, depending on the weakness of the spine and needs of the graft.

Spinal fusion is a significant surgery and can take three to four hours or more. Recovery is typically two to four days in the hospital. After surgery, it is important to remember that the fusion takes time to grow from the bone graft. So, the actual fusion is not complete for several months. You will probably feel somewhat better right away, but it may take a while to feel the full effects of the fusion as the bone grows into place. In the meantime, your doctor might have you wear a brace to protect your spine and keep it properly aligned.

Spinal fusion is not used for all kinds of back pain. Changing the way the spine moves can lead to strain on the other joints in the back, and fusion is only performed when the benefits outweigh the risks. Some spine disorders that are treated with fusion include:
  • Curvature disorders, such as scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis, a disorder that causes vertebrae to slip over each other
  • Significant spinal fractures that cause instability
  • Weakened spine due to infection or tumor
  • Some cases of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column
  • Chronic lower back pain (although the use of fusion to treat this is controversial)

Regardless of the diagnosis, there is always a possibility of ‘failure’ with spinal fusion, or of the surgery not fully solving the pain. This is more likely when fusion is used primarily to treat pain instead of structural problems. You can improve your chances of a successful outcome by stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, moving your body every day, and following your doctor’s instructions for any physical therapy you are prescribed.