Finding Providers
loading

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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Jackson attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jackson include scoliosis, leg pain, and herniated disc. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Jackson has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

Read more

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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Kansas City, KS. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Burton include bone pain, scoliosis, and leg pain. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Burton is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Burton speaks Spanish.

Read more

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. Paul M Arnold, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3021
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Paul Arnold is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Arnold's clinical interests: endarterectomy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Arnold completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and The University of Kansas Hospital.

Read more

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. John A Clough, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2401 Gillham Road; Children's Mercy Hospital, Adele Hall Campus
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. John Clough is a neurosurgeon. He is especially interested in neurosurgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Clough takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Clough graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

Read more

Clinical Interests: Neurosurgical Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,966
  • Medicare Cost: $1,354
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 specializes in neurosurgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: skull base cancer, spinal AVM, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ryken takes. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics' residency program. He is affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and The University of Kansas Hospital.

Read more

Clinical Interests: Disc Problems, Spinal AVM, Neck Pain, Nerve Pain, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Compression Fractures, ... (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 practices general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) in Kansas City, KS and Westwood, KS. Areas of expertise for Dr. Delcore include distal pancreatectomy (pancreatic tail resection), whipple procedure, and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Delcore takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Delcore attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

Read more

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
No Photo
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 600
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Robert Drisko works as an orthopedic surgeon. Patient reviews placed Dr. Drisko at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at New York Orthopaedic Hospital.

Read more

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,322
  • Medicare Cost: $1,635
No Photo
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 600
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jason Montone specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Montone completed his residency training at POH Regional Medical Center. Dr. Montone is affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and Carondelet Health.

Read more

2013 Procedure Details

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

Conditions / Treatments

Insurance

Medicare Patient Age

Medicare Patient Conditions

Medicare Patient Ethnicity

Medicare Patient Insurance Eligibility

Additional Information

Distinctions

Foreign Language

Online Communication

Patient Demographic

Practice Affiliation

Credentials

Fellowship

Medical School

Residency

Specialty

Years Since Graduation

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.