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's area of specialization is neurosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Welch's clinical interests include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. 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. Alikemal Kemal Ozturk, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alikemal Ozturk is a neurosurgery specialist. He studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Ozturk completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His clinical interests include gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Turkish. Dr. Ozturk's 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. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Dante completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dante include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. Dr. Dante has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Dante's 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, Spinal Cancer, Degenerative Disc ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Paul Marcotte sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Marcotte's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Marcotte include spine tumor, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and spine microsurgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Marcotte completed his residency training at The Ottawa Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. He is conversant in French. Dr. Marcotte's 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, Neck Problems, Spinal Deformity Surgery, ... (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. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3737 Market Street; 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Smith trained at Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include second opinions, spine microsurgery, and endoscopic discectomy. Dr. Smith has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. 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, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

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. Dr. Schuster's clinical interests include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Schuster has received the following distinction: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. He 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, 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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lucas include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. Dr. Lucas honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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

Dr. Neil Malhotra is a neurosurgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Malhotra include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Malhotra is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malhotra accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Malhotra completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He 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 Sultana Ali, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street Hup - Department of Neurosurgery; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Zarina Ali is a neurosurgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include spine tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Ali's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Ali honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Ali performed Dr. Ali's residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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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