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

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

Dr. Sean Salehi's specialty is neurosurgery. Before completing his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Salehi attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Salehi include brain surgery, microsurgery, and extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF). Patient ratings for Dr. Salehi average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Dr. Salehi 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, Microdiscectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Zindrick is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Hinsdale, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Zindrick include back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Zindrick studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Zindrick is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA).

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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

Dr. Andrew Zelby's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and microdiscectomy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Zelby at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zelby takes. Dr. Zelby obtained his medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is 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, Microdiscectomy, Discectomy, Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Anthony Digianfilippo's specialty is neurosurgery. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Digianfilippo attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, gamma knife radiosurgery, and carpal tunnel surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Digianfilippo average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Digianfilippo has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. He speaks Italian. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Steven E Mather, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
955 Taft Road
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Steven Mather specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Downers Grove, IL, Lemont, IL, and Elmhurst, IL. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Mather has indicated that his clinical interests include cervical (neck) spine problems and spine surgery procedures. Patient ratings for Dr. Mather average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mather is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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

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Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 22
  • Charge (avg.): $13,875
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,757
Dr. Mark A Lorenz, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
550 W Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Mark Lorenz sees patients in Hinsdale, IL and Joliet, IL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include back pain, neck pain, and spinal fusion. Dr. Lorenz's professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Medical University of Vienna. Dr. Lorenz (or staff) is conversant in German and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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