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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 works as a neurosurgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Welch average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Welch's medical residency was performed 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. Dr. Welch's professional affiliations include 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

  • 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 specializes in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Ozturk takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. 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. Stephen Joseph Dante, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
235 S 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Stephen Dante is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. His clinical interests include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. On average, patients gave Dr. Dante a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dante has received the distinction of 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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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 Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Arlet's clinical interests: scoliosis, complex spine surgery, and spinal fracture. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arlet (or staff) is conversant in 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. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3737 Market Street; 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith works as an orthopedic surgeon. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Smith is affiliated with 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. James Mark Schuster, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Schuster is a neurosurgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Schuster include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. Dr. Schuster is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schuster has received the following distinction: 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. Paul J Marcotte, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Paul Marcotte is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Marcotte include spine tumor, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and spine microsurgery. Dr. Marcotte's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Marcotte honors. After completing medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Marcotte has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. He is conversant in French. Dr. Marcotte'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: 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 specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Lucas completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. 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, 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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Malhotra's areas of expertise include the following: spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Malhotra is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is conversant in 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 area of specialization is neurosurgery. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Ali performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include spine tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. Her professional 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.