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

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

Dr. Mark Nolden is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Nolden's clinical interests include back pain, laminectomy, and spine reconstruction. He is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nolden is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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
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 is a specialist in vascular surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, and spider veins. Dr. Rodriguez honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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
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's specialties are spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. He practices in Chicago, IL and Glenview, IL. He obtained his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Clinical interests for Dr. Hsu include laminectomy, scoliosis, and spinal trauma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu'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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All Interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Laminectomy, Cervical Spine ... (Read more)

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

Dr. George Cybulski specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Chicago, IL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Cybulski's clinical interests: spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and pituitary tumor. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cybulski is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Rush University Medical Center's residency program.

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All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Traumatic Brain Injury, Lower Back 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 is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. 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. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Koski'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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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
Dr. Aruna Ganju, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Aruna Ganju specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ganju include spinal cord tumor, cervical (neck) spine problems, and herniated disc. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Dr. Ganju (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ganju's practice 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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