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Dr. Alan Sander Hilibrand, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Hilibrand is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hilibrand include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and knee replacement. Dr. Hilibrand's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Workers' Compensation, and more. Dr. Hilibrand's education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Kennedy Health System and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, Fractures, Lower Back ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $16,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,788
Dr. David Greg Anderson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. D. Anderson's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and lower back strain. Dr. Anderson is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Nazareth Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Anderson has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2010. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Anderson's office for an appointment.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 80
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,100 - $10,000
  • Medicare Cost: $829 - $2,064
Dr. Alexander Richard Vaccaro, PhD, MD, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alexander Vaccaro's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Vaccaro is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: hip replacement, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Vaccaro performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Pain, Knee Pain, Achilles Tendon Problems, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 99
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,100 - $16,000
  • Medicare Cost: $828 - $1,665
Dr. William Charles Welch, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building- Division of Neurosurgery
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. William Welch is a neurosurgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Welch's clinical interests include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Welch include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. Dr. Welch (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and German.

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Clinical Interests: Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, Spine Tumor, Spine Problems, Spinal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 53
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,111 - $7,060
  • Medicare Cost: $1,336 - $1,790
Dr. Michael S Weinstein, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery
1100 Walnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Weinstein is a physician who specializes in general surgery and trauma surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pancreatitis, and gallstones. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weinstein's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Main Line Health. Dr. Weinstein has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Appendicitis, Gallstones, Adrenalectomy, Pancreatitis, Trauma

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,225
  • Medicare Cost: $1,076
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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
100 East Lancaster Avenue; Lankenau Mob East, Suite 253
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Christian Fras' area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Fras average 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Fras's clinical interests: back pain, lumbar sympathetic block, and spinal fusion. He is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Fras's education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Hospital for Special Surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Fras (or staff) speaks German and French.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Disc Replacement, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua E Heller, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joshua Heller works as a neurosurgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, back pain, and laminectomy. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Heller performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Kennedy Health System, and Mercy Physician Network. He has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Spine Tumor, Chiari ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,960
  • Medicare Cost: $919
Dr. James Shields Harrop, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Harrop's specialty is neurosurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Harrop is especially interested in back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Dr. Harrop obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Harrop include: Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Spine Tumor, Spinal Cord ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 80
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460 - $4,905
  • Medicare Cost: $726 - $1,983
Dr. Scott Allen Rushton, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
100 E Lancaster Avenue; Suite 370 Medical Science Building
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Scott Rushton specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Wynnewood, PA. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rushton include back pain, ankle fusion, and lumbar sympathetic block. He is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rushton honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ankle Fusion, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Stenosis, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 35
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,415
  • Medicare Cost: $1,744
Dr. Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ashwini Sharan's specialty is neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Sharan include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Sharan is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hartford Hospital. Dr. Sharan is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Herniated Disc, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Lower Back ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460
  • Medicare Cost: $779
Dr. Srinivas Kasinadhuni Prasad, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Srinivas Prasad is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Langhorne, PA. His areas of expertise include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Prasad performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and St. Mary Medical Center. Dr. Prasad is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460
  • Medicare Cost: $950
Dr. Stephen Joseph Dante, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
235 S 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Stephen Dante's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Dante attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dante include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dante is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spinal Instrumentation, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, Degenerative Disc ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 34
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,888 - $7,060
  • Medicare Cost: $1,790 - $1,943
Dr. Jack I Jallo, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jack Jallo's medical specialty is spine surgery and neurosurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Jallo include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Jallo accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Jallo attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Tumor, Meningioma, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 20
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460
  • Medicare Cost: $1,113
Dr. Alikemal Kemal Ozturk, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alikemal Ozturk is a specialist in neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Ozturk include gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Turkish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spinal Instrumentation, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Allan Rihn, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Rihn's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Rihn include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rihn honors. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)'s residency program. Dr. Rihn's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 73
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,000 - $16,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,765 - $1,935
Dr. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3737 Market Street; 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include scoliosis, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Second Opinions, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (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.