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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 neurosurgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Welch's clinical interests include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Welch 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 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

  • Medicare Volume: 53
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,111 - $7,060
  • Medicare Cost: $1,336 - $1,790
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. Dr. Dante attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dante include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dante is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. His 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: 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. Alikemal Kemal Ozturk, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alikemal Ozturk is a specialist in neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Ozturk include gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Turkish. His 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: Spinal Instrumentation, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spinal ... (Read more)

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include scoliosis, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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

Dr. Vincent Maria-Jean Arlet, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1 Cathcart; 800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Vincent Arlet's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, complex spine surgery, and spinal fracture. Dr. Arlet is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Arlet (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Arlet's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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
Dr. James Mark Schuster, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Schuster specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. His areas of expertise include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schuster attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. Dr. Schuster 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, Lower Back Problems, Degenerative Disc Disease, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul J Marcotte, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Paul Marcotte is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Marcotte studied medicine at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. He trained at The Ottawa Hospital for his residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Marcotte include spine tumor, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and spine microsurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Marcotte has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. In addition to English, Dr. Marcotte speaks 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, Neck Problems, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Tumor, Spine ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 59
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,505 - $5,888
  • Medicare Cost: $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 practices neurosurgery in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lucas include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. Dr. Lucas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Dr. Lucas honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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

Dr. Neil R Malhotra, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Neil Malhotra is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. Dr. Malhotra's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Malhotra attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He 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

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,060
  • Medicare Cost: $1,709
Dr. Zarina S Ali, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street Hup - Department of Neurosurgery; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Zarina Ali's specialty is neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ali include spine tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ali (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Spanish. Dr. Ali 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: Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Brachial Plexus Injury, Nerve Problems, Spine ... (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.