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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 specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hilibrand include laminectomy, torticollis, and lower back strain. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hilibrand at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation. His education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hilibrand 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, 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
Dr. William Charles Welch, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building- Division of Neurosurgery
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. William Welch's medical specialty is neurosurgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. Dr. Welch is professionally affiliated with 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. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Welch's distinctions 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 the following languages: 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. David Greg Anderson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. D. Anderson is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Anderson include laminectomy, lower back strain, and torticollis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Nazareth Hospital. He attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Anderson average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Anderson has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2010. He is accepting new patients.

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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

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

Dr. Christian Fras sees patients in Broomall, PA, Wynnewood, PA, and Lititz, PA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Fras (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and French. Dr. Fras's areas of expertise include back pain, lumbar sympathetic block, and spinal fusion. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lankenau Medical Center and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Before completing his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Fras attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fras's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. James Harrop's specialty is neurosurgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Harrop's areas of expertise include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. He honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. 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, 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. Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ashwini Sharan specializes in neurosurgery. His clinical interests include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Sharan is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hartford Hospital, Dr. Sharan attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. 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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Rushton has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Rushton include back pain, ankle fusion, and lumbar sympathetic block. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Rushton is professionally affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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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. Mark Faisal Kurd, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Kurd is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and lower back strain. Dr. Kurd's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Kurd has an open panel. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Rihn's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Media, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and torticollis. Dr. Rihn's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Rihn completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, ... (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. Alikemal Kemal Ozturk, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alikemal Ozturk works as a neurosurgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Ozturk include gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. Dr. Ozturk takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Ozturk attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Ozturk is conversant in Turkish. 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: Spinal Instrumentation, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spinal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Srinivas Prasad is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Prasad's training includes residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prasad include laminectomy, back pain, and spinal cord injuries. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and St. Mary Medical Center. Dr. Prasad's 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. 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 performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dante attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Dante's areas of expertise include the following: spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dante takes. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Dante's professional 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)

Dr. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3737 Market Street; 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: second opinions, spine microsurgery, and endoscopic discectomy. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Penn State College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Smith is professionally 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. Paul J Marcotte, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Paul Marcotte, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Patients gave Dr. Marcotte an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include spine tumor, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and spine microsurgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and residency at The Ottawa Hospital. He has received the distinction of 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, Neck Problems, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Tumor, Spine ... (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 is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Lucas include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lucas's education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is 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: Sports Health, Neurostimulation, Endoscopic Surgery, Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristen Emmanuel Radcliff, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kristen Radcliff's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Radcliff is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Radcliff attended Duke University School of Medicine.

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Clinical Interests: Pain, Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 30
  • Charge (avg.): $8,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,695

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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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