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We found 6 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Viant near Geneva, IL.

Dr. John L Andreshak, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 410
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. John Andreshak, who practices in Warrenville, IL, Naperville, IL, and Geneva, IL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Andreshak is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Andreshak's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Disc Replacement, Fractures, Back Problems, Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Sciatica, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,779
  • Medicare Cost: $1,355
Dr. Brian D Steinke, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 410
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Brian Steinke is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Steinke is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Steinke is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Spinal Fusion, Microdiscectomy, Neck Problems, Spine Problems

Dr. Craig A Popp, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2525 Kaneville Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Craig Popp is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare EPO. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Popp performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Compression Fractures, Neck Problems, Musculoskeletal Injuries, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sheri Dewan, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
302 Randall Road; Suite 104a
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Sheri Dewan's areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery; she sees patients in Geneva, IL and Winfield, IL. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dewan accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Dewan trained at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spine Surgery Procedures, Brain Tumor, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 16
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,118
  • Medicare Cost: $1,750
Dr. Max Robert Berdichevsky, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2525 Kaneville Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Max Berdichevsky sees patients in Geneva, IL and Elgin, IL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his professional training, Dr. Berdichevsky completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He honors United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,422
  • Medicare Cost: $235
Dr. Thomas A McNally, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1110 W Schick Road
Bartlett, IL
 

Dr. Thomas McNally is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. McNally include scoliosis, anterior cervical discectomy, and lumbar laminectomy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McNally honors. Dr. McNally attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, anterior cervical fusion, posterior cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Kyphoplasty, Laminoplasty, Disc Replacement, Anterior ... (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.