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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 specialist in neurosurgery. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Welch trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Welch include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Welch has received the following distinctions: 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) is conversant in Sign Language, Spanish, and German. Dr. Welch's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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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's medical specialty is general surgery and trauma surgery. Dr. Weinstein's areas of clinical interest consist of adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pancreatitis, and gallstones. He is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Paoli Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Weinstein's office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Weinstein attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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Clinical Interests: Appendicitis, Gallstones, Adrenalectomy, Pancreatitis

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,225
  • Medicare Cost: $1,076
Dr. David Greg Anderson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. D. Anderson specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Wynnewood, PA. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and lower back strain. Dr. Anderson is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Nazareth Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Anderson's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2010. He is open to new patients.

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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: 80
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,100 - $10,000
  • Medicare Cost: $829 - $2,064
Dr. Alan Sander Hilibrand, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Hilibrand works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. Dr. Hilibrand's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and knee replacement. His professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Hilibrand honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hilibrand trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hilibrand include: Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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. Alexander Richard Vaccaro, PhD, MD, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vaccaro include hip replacement, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospitals. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vaccaro takes. His distinctions include: 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. 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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Rushton has a special interest in spine reconstruction, spinal deformity, and spine tumor. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rushton honors. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. Dr. Rushton has received the following distinctions: Mark D. Chilton Award (orthopedic faculty selection for clinical excellence), .; Everett J. Gordon Award (faculty selection outstanding clinical achievement), .; and Coventry Basic Science Research Award (American Hip and Knee Society), .. He is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rushton's office for an appointment.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Spine Reconstruction, Fractures, Osteomyelitis, Spinal Deformity, Spine Tumor, Spine ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 35
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,415
  • Medicare Cost: $1,744
Dr. Alikemal Kemal Ozturk, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alikemal Ozturk specializes in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Ozturk takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Ozturk is conversant in Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dante attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Dante's 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. Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ashwini Sharan practices neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. His professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. Dr. Sharan honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sharan attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hartford Hospital for residency.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460
  • Medicare Cost: $779
Dr. Jeffrey Allan Rihn, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Rihn's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Media, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Rihn's clinical interests include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. Dr. Rihn is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Biopsy, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, Laminectomy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 73
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,000 - $16,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,765 - $1,935
Dr. James Shields Harrop, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Harrop's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is especially interested in back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Harrop's professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harrop has received distinctions including Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011 and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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. Srinivas Kasinadhuni Prasad, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Srinivas Prasad is a neurosurgeon. His areas of expertise include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Prasad attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and St. Mary Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Joshua Heller sees patients in Bryn Mawr, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and Darby, PA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Heller include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heller takes. He obtained his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. His professional affiliations include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Kennedy Health System, and Mercy Physician Network. Dr. Heller is accepting new patients.

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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. Vincent Maria-Jean Arlet, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1 Cathcart; 800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Vincent Arlet is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Arlet (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arlet include scoliosis, complex spine surgery, and spinal fracture. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Arlet honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Sciatica, Spine Tumor, Spine Problems, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 29
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,505 - $7,060
  • Medicare Cost: $1,473 - $1,970
Dr. Jack I Jallo, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jack Jallo's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Jallo include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jallo takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Jallo's medical residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. 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. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3737 Market Street; 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith is an orthopedist. He attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Smith trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. His clinical interests include scoliosis, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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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.