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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Jackson highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, leg pain, and herniated disc. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Jackson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include bone pain, scoliosis, and leg pain. Dr. Burton is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Burton is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Burton has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Paul Arnold's area of specialization is neurosurgery. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Arnold completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His clinical interests include endarterectomy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. The average patient rating for Dr. Arnold is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arnold accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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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. 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 medical specialist in neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clough include neurosurgery. Dr. Clough is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's residency program. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Clough has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Neurosurgery

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 is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Clinical interests for Dr. Ryken include skull base cancer, spinal AVM, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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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 works as a general surgeon and cancer surgeon in Kansas City, KS and Westwood, KS. These areas are among his clinical interests: distal pancreatectomy (pancreatic tail resection), whipple procedure, and pancreatic cancer. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Delcore's education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Delcore is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Cancer Surgery, Pancreatectomy, Distal Pancreatectomy, Whipple Procedure, Tumor, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (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's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Drisko average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Drisko completed his residency training at New York Orthopaedic Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH).

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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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Blue Springs, MO and North Kansas City, MO. Dr. Montone is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at POH Regional Medical Center. His professional affiliations include 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.