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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 spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Hilibrand include laminectomy, torticollis, and lower back strain. Dr. Hilibrand's hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Rothman Institute. He obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Patient ratings for Dr. Hilibrand average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hilibrand is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: 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, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $16,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,788

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
100 East Lancaster Avenue; Lankenau Mob East, Suite 253
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Christian Fras' specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, spondylosis (degenerative spine disease), and lumbar sympathetic block. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Fras honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training at Hospital for Special Surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Fras (or staff) speaks German and French. He is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Fras has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. David Greg Anderson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. D. Anderson is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Philadelphia, PA, Bryn Mawr, PA, and Wynnewood, PA. Dr. Anderson's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include laminectomy, lower back strain, and torticollis. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Anderson attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Anderson include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2010. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. New patients are welcome to contact his 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 80
  • Charge (avg.): $6,100 - $10,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $829 - $2,064
Dr. Mark Faisal Kurd, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Kurd is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Kurd's clinical interests: laminectomy, lower back strain, and torticollis. He is professionally affiliated with Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Kurd attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Ankle Fusion, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, Bone Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Shield Harrop, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Harrop's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harrop include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. He is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Harrop honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Harrop include: 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, Laminectomy, Spine Tumor, Spinal Cord Injuries, Back Pain

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 80
  • Charge (avg.): $2,460 - $4,905
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rushton include back pain, ankle fusion, and spondylosis (degenerative spine disease). Dr. Rushton is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rushton accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ashwini Sharan is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Sharan's areas of expertise include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hartford Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,460
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $779
Dr. Ali Kemal Kemal Ozturk, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alikemal Ozturk's area of specialization is neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Ozturk's clinical interests: gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ozturk honors. He studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ozturk completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Turkish. Dr. Ozturk is professionally affiliated with 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. 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 neurosurgery specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Welch's areas of expertise include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Welch graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue, 2010-2013, and 2015-2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. In addition to English, 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 53
  • Charge (avg.): $4,111 - $7,060
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,336 - $1,790
Dr. Srinivas Kasinadhuni Prasad, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Srinivas Prasad specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Langhorne, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prasad include laminectomy, back pain, and spinal cord injuries. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Prasad accepts. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Cleveland Clinic for residency. Dr. Prasad's professional affiliations include Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Laminectomy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Spine Tumor, Spinal Cord ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $2,460
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $950
Dr. Paul J Marcotte, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Paul Marcotte's specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Marcotte's clinical interests include spine tumor, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and spine microsurgery. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Marcotte honors. He attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The Ottawa Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. In addition to English, Dr. Marcotte speaks French. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Tumor, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 59
  • Charge (avg.): $4,505 - $5,888
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,943 - $2,049
Dr. Timothy H Lucas II, Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Timothy Lucas' specialty is neurosurgery. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. Dr. Lucas is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Sports Health, Neurostimulation, Endoscopic Surgery, Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Rihn works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Media, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rihn include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and torticollis. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. Dr. Rihn is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 73
  • Charge (avg.): $8,000 - $16,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,765 - $1,935
Dr. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3737 Market Street; 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Smith's medical residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include cervical herniated disc, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. Dr. Smith's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with 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, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher K Kepler, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Kepler is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Kepler include spinal cord injuries, lower back strain, and patellar tendonitis (jumper's knee). Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kepler accepts. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Riddle Hospital. Dr. Kepler is closed to new patients at this time.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 45
  • Charge (avg.): $8,000 - $16,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,770 - $1,837
Dr. Neil R Malhotra, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Neil Malhotra specializes in neurosurgery. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Malhotra's clinical interests include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. Dr. Malhotra has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $7,060
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,709

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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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