We found 9 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 specializes in neurosurgery. Before performing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Welch attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Welch include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. Patients gave Dr. Welch an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Welch accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including 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. He is affiliated with 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 53
  • Charge (avg.): $4,111 - $7,060
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,336 - $1,790
Dr. Stephen Joseph Dante, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
235 S 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Stephen Dante is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Dante studied medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dante include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Dante honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with 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, Spinal Cancer, Degenerative Disc ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alikemal Ozturk's specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Ozturk's areas of expertise include the following: gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks 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. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3737 Market Street; 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. His clinical interests include second opinions, spine microsurgery, and endoscopic discectomy. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Smith's education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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

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

Dr. Paul Marcotte practices neurosurgery in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Marcotte's areas of expertise include spine tumor, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and spine microsurgery. His 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 the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at The Ottawa Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Marcotte is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue.

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Clinical Interests: Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, Neck Problems, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Tumor, Spine ... (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. James Mark 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. His areas of expertise include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Schuster attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Dr. Schuster honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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. Timothy H Lucas II, Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Timothy Lucas sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. Dr. Lucas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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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's specialty is neurosurgery. His clinical interests include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. Dr. Malhotra's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malhotra takes. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Malhotra's residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Malhotra is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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

Dr. Zarina Ali works as a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Ali attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then went on to complete Dr. Ali's residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ali's areas of expertise include the following: spine tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Ali honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Ali (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Spanish. Dr. Ali's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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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.
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