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

Dr. Sean Salehi's specialty is neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Salehi include brain surgery, microsurgery, and extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Salehi honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Salehi is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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

Dr. Andrew Zelby specializes in neurosurgery. After completing medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Zelby performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His areas of expertise include extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and microdiscectomy. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. Dr. Zelby is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, 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. Michael Richard Zindrick, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
550 W Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Michael Zindrick works as an orthopedist in Hinsdale, IL. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Zindrick's clinical interests: back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Dr. Zindrick is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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

Dr. Anthony Digianfilippo is a neurosurgeon. He speaks Italian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Digianfilippo include laminectomy, gamma knife radiosurgery, and carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Digianfilippo is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. 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. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Digianfilippo has received the distinction of 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. Steven E Mather, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
955 Taft Road
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Steven Mather is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Downers Grove, IL, Lemont, IL, and Elmhurst, IL. Dr. Mather is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cervical (neck) spine problems and spine surgery procedures. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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

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  • 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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Hinsdale, IL and Joliet, IL. The average patient rating for Dr. Lorenz is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lorenz include back pain, neck pain, and spinal fusion. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lorenz accepts. Dr. Lorenz attended medical school at Medical University of Vienna. Dr. Lorenz (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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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