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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, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Weiss (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weiss include laminectomy, sciatica, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Weiss is affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. Her education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Weiss's distinctions include: Business of Medicine Academic Fellowship; Irving J. Sherman Award for Outstanding Neurosurgery Resident Achievement; and Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Dr. Weiss has an open panel.

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

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Dr. Hongyam Zou, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
168 Centre Street; Suite 3m
New York, NY
 

Dr. Hongyan Zou is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. Her areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, spinal cord tumor, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Zou accepts Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency 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. She is accepting new patients.

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

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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 surgery and neurosurgery specialist. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Caridi's clinical interests: laminectomy, sciatica, and spinal cord injuries. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Caridi's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Caridi has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $10,728 - $22,416
  • Medicare Cost: $639 - $1,162
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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 sees patients in New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, and Suite 5e, NY. Her medical specialty is neurosurgery. She is especially interested in minimally invasive spine surgery, chiari malformation, and spinal fusion. Dr. Motivala's professional affiliations include Mount Sinai Beth Israel and The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Motivala studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Motivala (or staff) speaks Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian.

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

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

Dr. Fedor Panov specializes in 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 several insurance carriers, including Medicaid Managed Care, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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All Interests: Laminectomy, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Degenerative Disc Disease, Meningioma, Craniotomy, Spine Tumor, ... (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 neurosurgeon. Dr. Gilad's areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive spine surgery, chiari malformation, and spinal fusion. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She obtained her medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Hebrew. Dr. Gilad 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)

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

Dr. Konstantinos Margetis is a specialist in neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, spinal cord tumor, and spinal cord injuries. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Margetis attended medical school at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. He is conversant in Greek. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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