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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 is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in New York, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Weiss include laminectomy, sciatica, and spinal cord injuries. Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weiss honors. She attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Weiss completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Weiss 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 the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. She is open to new patients.

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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. 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 practices spine surgery and neurosurgery. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Caridi's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Clinical interests for Dr. Caridi include laminectomy, sciatica, and spinal cord injuries. Patient ratings for Dr. Caridi average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Caridi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and POMCO. He has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Hongyan Zou is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Her areas of expertise include laminectomy, spinal cord tumor, and spinal cord injuries. She accepts Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Zou attended medical school at 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 foreign languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. She is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Zou welcomes 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. Douglas Stephen Cohen, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1000 Tenth Avenue; Mt Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, Suite 5g-80, Department of Neurosurgery
New York, NY
 

Dr. Douglas Cohen's area of specialization is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include stereotactic radiosurgery, carpal tunnel surgery, and facial pain. Dr. Cohen honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cohen's medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors and Super Doctors Patient Choice Awards Super Doctors Super Doctors Patient Choice Awards. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Facial Pain, Kyphoplasty, Meningioma, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ronit Gilad's area of specialization is neurosurgery. She is especially interested in minimally invasive spine surgery, chiari malformation, and spinal fusion. Dr. Gilad is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Gilad completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Gilad is conversant in Hebrew. She 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. Soriaya Lizette Motivala, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
10 Union Square - Pacc, Floor 5 Room 5e; 10 Union Square
New York, NY
 

Dr. Soriaya Motivala's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Motivala (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. These areas are among Dr. Motivala's clinical interests: minimally invasive spine surgery, chiari malformation, and spinal fusion. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Sinai Beth Israel and The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. Dr. Motivala is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. She is in-network for Amerigroup, Amerigroup Medicaid, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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

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. His clinical interests include laminectomy, spinal cord tumor, and spinal cord injuries. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Margetis studied medicine at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. In addition to English, 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. Fedor E Panov, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1000 Tenth Avenue; Suite 5g-80
New York, NY
 

Dr. Fedor Panov's specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, dystonia, and carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Panov honors several insurance carriers, including Medicaid Managed Care, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Laminectomy, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Degenerative Disc Disease, Meningioma, Craniotomy, Spine Tumor, ... (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.