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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 surgeon and orthopedist. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Hilibrand include laminectomy, torticollis, and lower back strain. Dr. Hilibrand takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hilibrand include: Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Rothman Institute.

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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 is an orthopedic surgeon in Broomall, PA, Wynnewood, PA, and Lititz, PA. Before performing his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Fras attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, spondylosis (degenerative spine disease), and lumbar sympathetic block. Patient ratings for Dr. Fras average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fras is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Fras (or staff) speaks German and French. He is professionally 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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Philadelphia, PA, Bryn Mawr, PA, and Wynnewood, PA. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Anderson's areas of expertise include laminectomy, lower back strain, and torticollis. His professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Anderson has an open panel. He studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Anderson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2010.

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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's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, lower back strain, and torticollis. Dr. Kurd accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kurd's hospital/clinic 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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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 practices neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Harrop's clinical interests: back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. The average patient rating for Dr. Harrop is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. He 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. 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 physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Rushton has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, ankle fusion, and spondylosis (degenerative spine disease). He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Rushton is 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. Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ashwini Sharan is a neurosurgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sharan include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Sharan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hartford Hospital for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry.

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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. His areas of expertise include the following: gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ozturk honors. 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. William Charles Welch, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building- Division of Neurosurgery
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. William Welch specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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 is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Welch attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Welch has received distinctions including 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. Dr. Welch (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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. Srinivas Kasinadhuni Prasad, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Srinivas Prasad's medical specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, back pain, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Prasad is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. He is affiliated with Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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. His clinical interests include spine tumor, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and spine microsurgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Marcotte takes. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Marcotte trained at The Ottawa Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. He is conversant in French. His professional affiliations include 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 is a neurosurgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lucas include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Lucas graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. 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: 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, who practices in Media, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Rihn include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and torticollis. Dr. Rihn's professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Christopher K Kepler, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Kepler is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. His areas of expertise include the following: 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. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Kepler attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Riddle Hospital. Dr. Kepler is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 works as a neurosurgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. Dr. Malhotra is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malhotra honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to English, Dr. Malhotra speaks Spanish.

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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
Dr. James M Schuster, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Schuster, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Schuster completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His areas of expertise include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. Dr. Schuster'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: Brain Cancer, Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal ... (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.
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