We found 6 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Medicaid near Chicago, IL.

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 924
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Nolden is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nolden's areas of expertise include back pain, laminectomy, and spine reconstruction. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as 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. His practice is open to new patients.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $14,870
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,838

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 in Chicago, IL. Dr. Rodriguez is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, and spider veins. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rodriguez welcomes new patients.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $14,066
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,135

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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cybulski include spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and pituitary tumor. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Cybulski's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
259 E Erie Street 13th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Wellington Hsu's medical specialty is spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. His clinical interests include laminectomy, scoliosis, and spinal trauma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Hsu attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Hsu's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tyler Koski practices spine surgery and neurosurgery in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Koski include scoliosis, spinal cord tumor, and herniated disc. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koski honors. His education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Koski's office for an appointment.

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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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 48
  • Charge (avg.): $11,867 - $14,214
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,074 - $1,973

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Aruna Ganju is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Ganju's clinical interests: spinal cord tumor, cervical (neck) spine problems, and herniated disc. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ganju takes. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Ganju (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Ganju is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is open to new patients.

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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.
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