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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: sciatica, microsurgery, and spinal fusion. The average patient rating for Dr. Andreshak 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 studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Andreshak completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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 medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), spinal fusion, and spine problems. Dr. Steinke honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Steinke 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: Kyphoplasty, Back Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Spinal Fusion, Microdiscectomy, ... (Read more)

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. Dr. Popp's education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. These areas are among his clinical interests: vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and musculoskeletal injuries. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Popp is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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

Dr. Sheri Dewan, who practices in Geneva, IL and Winfield, IL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. She is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, gamma knife radiosurgery, and chiari malformation. Dr. Dewan is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Dewan accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spine Surgery Procedures, Brain Tumor, ... (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's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Berdichevsky is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Bartlett, IL, Elgin, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. Before performing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. McNally attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. McNally include scoliosis, anterior cervical discectomy, and lumbar laminectomy. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, Viant, and more. 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.