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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 medical specialist in neurosurgery. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Welch trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Welch's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Welch is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He 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) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and German. Dr. Welch's professional 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 areas of specialization are general surgery and trauma surgery; he sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Paoli, PA. Dr. Weinstein's areas of clinical interest consist of adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pancreatitis, and gallstones. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Weinstein attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. He is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Main Line Health. He welcomes new patients.

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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
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. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Hilibrand's areas of expertise include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and knee replacement. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Hilibrand is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally 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. Christian Ivan Fras, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
100 East Lancaster Avenue; Lankenau Mob East, Suite 253
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Christian Fras works as an orthopedist. Dr. Fras (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and French. His clinical interests include back pain, spinal fusion, and spine problems. His professional affiliations include Lankenau Medical Center and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at Hospital for Special Surgery for residency. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fras at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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, Bryn Mawr, PA, and Wynnewood, PA. He attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Anderson include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and lower back strain. Dr. Anderson has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Anderson honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Anderson include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2010. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Nazareth Hospital. His practice 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. 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 physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: hip replacement, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. The average patient rating for Dr. Vaccaro is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010. Dr. Vaccaro's professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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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. Alikemal Kemal Ozturk, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alikemal Ozturk is a neurosurgery specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. Dr. Ozturk is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is conversant in Turkish. His 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, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spinal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ashwini Sharan's area of specialization is neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Sharan is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hartford Hospital, Dr. Sharan attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. 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, Craniotomy, Spine Tumor, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460
  • Medicare Cost: $779
Dr. Joshua E Heller, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joshua Heller works as a neurosurgeon in Bryn Mawr, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and Darby, PA. He obtained his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heller include scoliosis, back pain, and laminectomy. Dr. Heller accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Kennedy Health System, and Mercy Physician Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Heller's office for an appointment.

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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. Stephen Joseph Dante, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
235 S 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Stephen Dante specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Dante a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Dante 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: 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. James Shields Harrop, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Harrop's specialty is neurosurgery. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is especially interested in back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Harrop takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Dr. Harrop attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. He has received distinctions including 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 is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, ankle fusion, and spinal fusion. Dr. Rushton is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. On average, patients gave Dr. Rushton a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for 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: Ankle Fusion, Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Stenosis, Lower Back Problems, Sympathetic Nerve Block, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 35
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,415
  • Medicare Cost: $1,744
Dr. Srinivas Kasinadhuni Prasad, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Srinivas Prasad's specialty is neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Prasad include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Prasad accepts 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. Dr. Prasad's professional affiliations include 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. Jack I Jallo, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jack Jallo is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. His areas of expertise include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. His professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. Dr. Jallo attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Jallo trained at Temple University Hospital. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Jallo is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Rihn practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Media, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. The average patient rating for Dr. Rihn is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rihn honors 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 affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. Dr. Rihn is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ear Pain, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, Lower Back Problems, Knee ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 73
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,000 - $16,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,765 - $1,935
Dr. Vincent Maria-Jean Arlet, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1 Cathcart; 800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Vincent Arlet practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Arlet's areas of expertise include scoliosis, complex spine surgery, and spinal fracture. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arlet (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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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

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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.