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

Dr. Robert Jackson specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Jackson's areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, leg pain, and herniated disc. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Jackson is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 41
  • Charge (avg.): $5,944
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,501
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 physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clough include neurosurgery. Dr. Clough takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Clough's training includes a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include HCA Midwest Physicians, Children's Mercy (Kansas City and Overland Park, KS; Independence and Kansas City, MO), and Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Neurosurgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $3,966
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,354
Dr. Douglas C Burton, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Douglas Burton is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Kansas City, KS. His areas of expertise include bone pain, scoliosis, and leg pain. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Burton is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Burton graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 41
  • Charge (avg.): $5,944
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,389
Dr. Timothy C 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 patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ryken include skull base cancer, spinal AVM, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Ryken performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $4,978 - $6,382
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,428 - $1,479

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 600
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jason Montone is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Montone's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and Carondelet Health. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at POH Regional Medical Center. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Montone accepts.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 45
  • Charge (avg.): $4,963
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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.
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