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

Dr. Harvey Smith is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Smith a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cervical herniated disc, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Second Opinions, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stephen Dante is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. Dr. Dante's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dante attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Memorial Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Virtua Marlton Hospital.

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Dr. Zarina Sultana Ali, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street Hup - Department of Neurosurgery; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Zarina Ali's specialty is neurosurgery. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include spine tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Ali is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Ali's education and training includes medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ali honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Brachial Plexus Injury, ... (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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