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We found 7 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, who practices in Westchester, IL and River Forest, IL, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Zelby attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zelby include extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and discectomy (disc removal surgery). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. Dr. Zelby 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's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Salehi include brain surgery, microsurgery, and extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF). The average patient rating for Dr. Salehi is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Salehi's training includes a residency program at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He speaks Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4700 Gilbert Avenue; Suite 52
Western Springs, IL
 

Dr. Ashraf Darwish, who practices in Western Springs, IL and Naperville, IL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Darwish's areas of expertise consist of discectomy (disc removal surgery), cervical (neck) spine problems, and musculoskeletal injuries. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Before completing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Darwish attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Darwish's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Musculoskeletal Injuries, Chronic Back Pain, Discectomy, Cervical Spine Problems, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,922 - $2,038
  • Medicare Cost: $923 - $1,618
Dr. Michael R Zindrick, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
550 W Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Michael Zindrick works as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Zindrick attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Zindrick is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He is professionally 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)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $10,698
  • Medicare Cost: $1,836
Dr. Anthony Digianfilippo, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
700 East Ogden
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Anthony Digianfilippo's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Digianfilippo is conversant in Italian. Clinical interests for Dr. Digianfilippo include laminectomy, gamma knife radiosurgery, and carpal tunnel surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Digianfilippo has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor.

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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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Hinsdale, IL and Joliet, IL. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lorenz is especially interested in back pain, neck pain, and spinal fusion. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Medical University of Vienna. Dr. Lorenz (or staff) speaks German and Italian. He is 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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Downers Grove, IL, Lemont, IL, and Elmhurst, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mather's areas of expertise consist of cervical (neck) spine problems and spine surgery procedures. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $13,875
  • Medicare Cost: $1,757

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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.