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We found 23 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept United Healthcare 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. Michael S Weinstein, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery
1100 Walnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Weinstein sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Paoli, PA. His medical specialties are general surgery and trauma surgery. His areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pancreatitis, and gallstones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Main Line Health. Dr. Weinstein honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Weinstein attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Clinical Interests: Appendicitis, Gallstones, Adrenalectomy, Pancreatitis, Trauma

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,225
  • Medicare Cost: $1,076
Dr. Alan Sander Hilibrand, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Hilibrand specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hilibrand include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and knee replacement. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hilibrand at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Hilibrand has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs and Philadelphia Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, Fractures, Lower Back ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $16,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,788
Dr. Christian Ivan Fras, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
100 East Lancaster Avenue; Lankenau Mob East, Suite 253
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Christian Fras is an orthopedist. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained at Hospital for Special Surgery for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Fras include back pain, spinal fusion, and spine problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fras accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Fras (or staff) speaks German and French. His professional affiliations include Lankenau Medical Center and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Fras has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Disc Replacement, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Sympathetic ... (Read more)

Dr. David Greg Anderson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. D. Anderson sees patients in Philadelphia, PA, Bryn Mawr, PA, and Wynnewood, PA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Anderson include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and lower back strain. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Anderson takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Anderson attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2010. Dr. Anderson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Nazareth Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, Fractures, Lower Back ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 80
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,100 - $10,000
  • Medicare Cost: $829 - $2,064
Dr. Alikemal Kemal Ozturk, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alikemal Ozturk's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Ozturk's areas of expertise include the following: gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine. He trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for his residency. Dr. Ozturk speaks Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ashwini Sharan is a specialist in neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Sharan's clinical interests: back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. He is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hartford Hospital. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Craniotomy, Spine Tumor, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460
  • Medicare Cost: $779
Dr. Joshua E Heller, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joshua Heller's area of specialization is neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, back pain, and laminectomy. Dr. Heller is affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Kennedy Health System, and Mercy Physician Network. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Heller's residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Spine Tumor, Chiari ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,960
  • Medicare Cost: $919
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. Scott Allen Rushton, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
100 E Lancaster Avenue; Suite 370 Medical Science Building
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Scott Rushton is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Rushton include back pain, ankle fusion, and spinal fusion. He is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rushton takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ankle Fusion, Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Stenosis, Lower Back Problems, Sympathetic Nerve Block, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 35
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,415
  • Medicare Cost: $1,744
Dr. Srinivas Kasinadhuni Prasad, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Srinivas Prasad works as a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia, PA and Langhorne, PA. Dr. Prasad graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prasad include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Prasad's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and St. Mary Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460
  • Medicare Cost: $950
Dr. Jack I Jallo, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jack Jallo's medical specialty is spine surgery and neurosurgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Jallo is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. His professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jallo's education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Temple University Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Tumor, Meningioma, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 20
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460
  • Medicare Cost: $1,113
Dr. Jeffrey Allan Rihn, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Rihn practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Media, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. His areas of expertise include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Patients gave Dr. Rihn an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rihn accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Rihn is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. Dr. Rihn has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ear Pain, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, Lower Back Problems, Knee ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 73
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,000 - $16,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,765 - $1,935
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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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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