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Dr. Nirit Weiss, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Other
1468 Madison Avenue, Department of Neurosurgery, Annenberg Building; Room 8-40
New York, NY
 

Dr. Nirit Weiss specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Her clinical interests include laminectomy, sciatica, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Weiss is professionally affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. She accepts Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Weiss attended Yale School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Business of Medicine Academic Fellowship; Irving J. Sherman Award for Outstanding Neurosurgery Resident Achievement; and Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Dr. Weiss (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish.

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All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back Pain, Laminectomy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. John M Caridi, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
One Gustave Levy Place, Box 1136; Mount Sinai Department of Neurosurgery
New York, NY
 

Dr. John Caridi is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Caridi trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Caridi include laminectomy, sciatica, and spinal cord injuries. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Caridi honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and POMCO. He has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Bone Cancer, Lower Back Pain, Fractures, Laminectomy, Degenerative ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 27
  • Charge (avg.): $10,728 - $22,416
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $639 - $1,162
Dr. Hongyam Zou, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
168 Centre Street; Suite 3m
New York, NY
 

Dr. Hongyan Zou is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Her areas of expertise include laminectomy, spinal cord tumor, and spinal cord injuries. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Zou graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She has received distinctions including National Innovative Research Award Grant American Heart Association and New York Rising Stars. Dr. Zou speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Pituitary Adenoma, Brain Problems, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Fedor E Panov, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1000 Tenth Avenue; Suite 5g-80
New York, NY
 

Dr. Fedor Panov's specialty is neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Panov include laminectomy, dystonia, and carpal tunnel surgery. He is professionally affiliated with San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He is an in-network provider for Medicaid Managed Care, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Meningioma, Epilepsy Surgery, Seizure Disorders, Dystonia, Spinal Fusion, ... (Read more)

Dr. Konstantinos Margetis, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5 East 98th Street; 7th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Konstantinos Margetis is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, spinal cord tumor, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Margetis is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna, and more. He is a graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. He speaks Greek. Dr. Margetis is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Neuroendoscopy, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronit Gilad, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
10 Union Square - Pacc, Floor 5 Room 5e; 10 Union Square
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ronit Gilad is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gilad include minimally invasive spine surgery, chiari malformation, and spinal fusion. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Gilad attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She speaks Hebrew. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Spinal Fusion, Brain Cancer, Pituitary Adenoma, Brain Problems, Spine Tumor, Chiari Malformation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Soriaya Lizette Motivala, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
10 Union Square - Pacc, Floor 5 Room 5e; 10 Union Square
New York, NY
 

Dr. Soriaya Motivala is a specialist in neurosurgery. She works in New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, and Suite 5e, NY. Dr. Motivala (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. These areas are among her clinical interests: minimally invasive spine surgery, chiari malformation, and spinal fusion. She is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Beth Israel and The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. She attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. She accepts Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Motivala has an open panel.

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All Interests: Spinal Fusion, Brain Cancer, Pituitary Adenoma, Brain Problems, Spine Tumor, Chiari Malformation, ... (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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