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We found 8 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Humana Catastrophic near Kansas City, KS.

Dr. Robert Sean Jackson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Mailstop 30
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. R. Jackson is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jackson include scoliosis, leg pain, and herniated disc. Dr. Jackson's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Jackson has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Disc Problems, Pain, Neck Pain, Nerve Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Pain, Back ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 41
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,944
  • Medicare Cost: $1,501
Dr. Douglas Charles Burton, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Kumc Department of Ortho Surgery
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Douglas Burton is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Burton average 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Burton include bone pain, scoliosis, and leg pain. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Burton honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Bone Pain, Disc Problems, Pain, Neck Pain, Nerve Pain, Spina Bifida, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 41
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,944
  • Medicare Cost: $1,389
Dr. John A Clough, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. John Clough's specialty is neurosurgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Clough include neurosurgery and deep brain stimulation (DBS). He is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Clough attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Neurosurgical Procedures, Deep Brain Stimulation

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,966
  • Medicare Cost: $1,354
Dr. Paul M Arnold, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3021
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Paul Arnold's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Arnold's clinical interests include endarterectomy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. His professional affiliations include North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and The University of Kansas Hospital. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Arnold has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Endarterectomy, Disc Problems, Pain, Tumor, Neck Pain, Nerve Pain, Spina Bifida, Herniated Disc, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 35
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,112 - $5,944
  • Medicare Cost: $813 - $1,613
Dr. Timothy Charles Ryken, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Medical Office Building - Level 2 Pod B, The University of Kansas P.
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Timothy Ryken is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Ryken's clinical interests: skull base cancer, spinal AVM, and carpal tunnel syndrome. His professional affiliations include North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and The University of Kansas Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. The average patient rating for Dr. Ryken is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ryken is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Clinical Interests: Disc Problems, Pain, Tumor, Spinal AVM, Neck Pain, Nerve Pain, Seizure Disorders, Herniated Disc, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,978 - $6,382
  • Medicare Cost: $1,428 - $1,479
Dr. Romano Delcore Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Kumc Department of Surgery
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Romano Delcore's medical specialty is general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Delcore's areas of expertise include the following: pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer surgery, and pancreatic tumor. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Delcore speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Cancer Surgery, Tumor, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer Surgery, Gallbladder Cancer, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,770
  • Medicare Cost: $930
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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 600
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Robert Drisko, who practices in North Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Drisko is affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH). After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at New York Orthopaedic Hospital. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: General Orthopedics, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Injuries

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,322
  • Medicare Cost: $1,635
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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 600
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jason Montone's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Montone is professionally affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and Carondelet Health.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 45
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,963
  • Medicare Cost: $1,611

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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.