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

Dr. John Andreshak is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Warrenville, IL, Geneva, IL, and Naperville, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include sciatica, microsurgery, and cervical artificial disc replacement. Dr. Andreshak is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Andreshak is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Brian Douglas Steinke, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
351 Delnor Drive; Suite 410
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Brian Steinke sees patients in Warrenville, IL, Bartlett, IL, and Geneva, IL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Steinke's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In his practice, he is particularly interested in kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), spinal fusion, and spine problems. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Steinke is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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 spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Geneva, IL and Elgin, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Popp include vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and musculoskeletal injuries. Patients gave Dr. Popp an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. Dr. Popp's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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. Areas of expertise for Dr. McNally include scoliosis, anterior cervical discectomy, and lumbar laminectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. McNally attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Kyphoplasty, Laminoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sheri Dewan specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Geneva, IL and Winfield, IL. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Dr. Dewan is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, gamma knife radiosurgery, and chiari malformation. She is rated highly by her patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dewan honors. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spine Surgery Procedures, Brain Tumor, ... (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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