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We found 10 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Devon Health Services near Philadelphia, PA.

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 area of specialization is neurosurgery. In addition to English, Dr. Welch (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Welch include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. Dr. Welch's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Welch an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His 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.

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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. 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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All Interests: Spinal Instrumentation, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spinal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stephen Dante's medical specialty is spine surgery and neurosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Dante's clinical interests: spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dante studied medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Vincent Arlet is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, complex spine surgery, and spinal fracture. Dr. Arlet accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arlet (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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
Dr. James Mark Schuster, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Schuster specializes in neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Schuster include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. Dr. Schuster'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. His education and training includes medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Schuster has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

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All Interests: Brain Cancer, Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Degenerative Disc Disease, Neck ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Harvey Smith is an orthopedic surgeon in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include scoliosis, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. His 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, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Paul Marcotte's area of specialization is neurosurgery. 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 honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Marcotte trained at The Ottawa Hospital. He has received the distinction of Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Marcotte is professionally 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

  • 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 is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. Dr. Lucas's clinical interests include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Lucas accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Endoscopic Surgery, Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (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 in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Dr. Malhotra is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Malhotra include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Malhotra average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: spine tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Spanish. Her 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: 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.