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Dr. Orin Keith Atlas, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Atlas Spine; Washington Professional Campus
Turnersville, NJ
 

Dr. Orin Atlas works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Turnersville, NJ, Hainsport, NJ, and Hainesport, NJ. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: spinal pain, spine microsurgery, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). Dr. Atlas is affiliated with Atlas Spine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Atlas studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Atlas completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Spinal Pain, Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 90
  • Charge (avg.): $7,801 - $17,574
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $725 - $1,248
Dr. James Arthur Sanfilippo Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
570 Egg Harbor Road; Suite C4
Sewell, NJ
 

Dr. James Sanfilippo specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Sewell, NJ, Moorestown, NJ, and Marlton, NJ. He graduated from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Sanfilippo's areas of expertise include forearm fracture, femur (thigh bone) fracture, and carpal tunnel surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare. His professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System and Inspira Medical Center Vineland. Dr. Sanfilippo is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Forearm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Elbow Pain, Humerus Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 27
  • Charge (avg.): $11,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,650
Dr. Robert Martin Greenleaf, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
570 Egg Harbor Road; Suite C4
Sewell, NJ
 

Dr. Robert Greenleaf's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Greenleaf include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Greenleaf is affiliated with Kennedy Health System and Inspira Medical Center Vineland. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Greenleaf graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Greenleaf completed a residency program at Allegheny General Hospital.

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All Interests: Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Spinal Pain, Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $11,169
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,647

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
449 Hurfville - Crosskeys Road; Suite 1
Sewell, NJ
 

Dr. Robert Ponzio, who practices in Sewell, NJ and Stratford, NJ, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford for residency. His areas of expertise include forearm fracture, hand joint replacement, and psoriatic arthritis. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ponzio at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ponzio honors. He is affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Inspira Medical Center Vineland, and Cooper University Health Care. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Forearm Fracture, Psoriatic Arthritis, Femur Fracture, Humerus Fracture, Ankle Fusion, Fibula ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Advocare South Jersey Orthopedics; Washington Professional Campus Ii
Turnersville, NJ
 

Dr. Thomas O'Dowd is an orthopedist. Clinical interests for Dr. O'Dowd include forearm fracture, femur (thigh bone) fracture, and ankle fusion. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. O'Dowd attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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All Interests: Forearm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Humerus Fracture, Ankle Fusion, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, ... (Read more)

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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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