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

Dr. Robert Jackson's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Kansas City, KS. 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's clinical interests include scoliosis, leg pain, and herniated disc. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Jackson is 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. Douglas C Burton, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Douglas Burton's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Kansas City, KS. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. These areas are among his clinical interests: bone pain, scoliosis, and leg pain. Dr. Burton's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Burton takes. Dr. Burton has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is 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. John A Clough, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2401 Gillham Road; Children's Mercy Hospital, Adele Hall Campus
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. John Clough's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Clough's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in neurosurgery. His professional affiliations include Children's Mercy (Kansas City and Overland Park, KS; Independence and Kansas City, MO), Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Clough studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Clough has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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. 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's specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include skull base cancer, spinal AVM, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Ryken is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Ryken trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for his residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 sees patients in Blue Springs, MO and North Kansas City, MO. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at POH Regional Medical Center. Dr. Montone's professional affiliations include North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and Carondelet Health.

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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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