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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 works as a neurosurgeon. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has a special interest in extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and discectomy (disc removal surgery). Dr. Zelby is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Zelby's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His professional affiliations include 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, Neurosurgical Procedures, Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Sean Salehi is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include brain surgery, microsurgery, and extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF). Dr. Salehi is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Salehi completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. His professional 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 is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Western Springs, IL and Naperville, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Darwish include discectomy (disc removal surgery), cervical (neck) spine problems, and musculoskeletal injuries. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. After completing medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes 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 sees patients in Hinsdale, IL. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zindrick include back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. Dr. Zindrick is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a neurosurgery specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Digianfilippo at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, gamma knife radiosurgery, and carpal tunnel surgery. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Digianfilippo obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor. In addition to English, he speaks 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's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lorenz has a special interest in back pain, neck pain, and spinal fusion. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lorenz accepts. Dr. Lorenz graduated from Medical University of Vienna. Dr. Lorenz (or staff) is conversant in 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, who practices in Downers Grove, IL, Lemont, IL, and Elmhurst, IL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of cervical (neck) spine problems and spine surgery procedures. Dr. Mather is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mather honors. He is professionally 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.