We found 6 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Hinsdale, IL.

Dr. Andrew Stephen Zelby, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3 Westbrook Corporate Center; Suite 1000
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Andrew Zelby sees patients in Westchester, IL and River Forest, IL. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Zelby's clinical interests: extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and discectomy (disc removal surgery). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Zelby completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Discectomy, Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Sean A Salehi, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1 Westbrook Corp Center; Suite 800
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Sean Salehi specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Westchester, IL. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Salehi trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: brain surgery, microsurgery, and extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF). Dr. Salehi has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. He speaks Persian. Dr. Salehi is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), lumbar fusion

All Interests: Microsurgery, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Lumbar Fusion, Fungal Infection, Lower Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Richard Zindrick, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
550 W Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Michael Zindrick is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Hinsdale, IL. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Zindrick has indicated that his clinical interests include back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Neck Pain, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back Problems, Surgical Procedures, Arthritis, Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Digianfilippo, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
700 East Ogden
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Anthony Digianfilippo, who practices in Hinsdale, IL and Westmont, IL, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Digianfilippo include laminectomy, gamma knife radiosurgery, and carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Digianfilippo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Digianfilippo's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor. Dr. Digianfilippo is conversant in Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Discectomy, Laser Surgery, Brain ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark A Lorenz, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
550 W Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Mark Lorenz works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He studied medicine at Medical University of Vienna. Clinical interests for Dr. Lorenz include back pain, neck pain, and spinal fusion. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lorenz takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lorenz (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Neck Pain, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back Problems, Surgical Procedures, Spine Problems, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven E Mather, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4115 Fairview Avenue
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Steven Mather works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Mather focuses on cervical (neck) spine problems and spine surgery procedures. Dr. Mather is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

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Clinical Interests: Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures

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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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