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We found 7 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Medicaid near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Srdjan Mirkovic specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mirkovic's areas of expertise include back pain, spinal trauma, and spine tumor. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Mirkovic (or staff) speaks Serbian, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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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; #924
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Nolden is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Chicago, IL, Skokie, IL, and Vernon Hills, IL. His areas of expertise include back pain, laminectomy, and spine reconstruction. Dr. Nolden's hospital/clinic affiliations include NorthShore Medical Group, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Nolden is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nolden takes. He has an open panel.

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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 North Saint Clair; Galter 19-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Heron Rodriguez specializes in vascular surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, and spider veins. Dr. Rodriguez is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez is open to new patients.

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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 Neurosurgery
675 N Saint Clair Street; Galter Pavilion Suite 20-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. George Cybulski is a specialist in neurosurgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and pituitary tumor. Dr. Cybulski's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Cybulski attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school.

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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 Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
259 E. Erie; Lavin 13th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Wellington Hsu's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, spinal deformity, and spinal trauma. Patients gave Dr. Hsu an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Hsu has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Tyler R Koski, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
259 E. Erie; Lavin 13-205
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tyler Koski's area of specialization is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, spinal cord tumor, and herniated disc. Dr. Koski is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is affiliated with 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 Neurosurgery
675 N Saint Clair Street; Galter 20-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Aruna Ganju is a specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Ganju's average patient rating is 1.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ganju include spinal cord tumor, cervical (neck) spine problems, and herniated disc. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Ganju's residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Ganju (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an open panel.

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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.