We found 23 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept United Healthcare near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Alan Sander Hilibrand, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Hilibrand is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hilibrand include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and knee replacement. Dr. Hilibrand's professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation. Dr. Hilibrand studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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

Dr. D. Anderson works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Philadelphia, PA, Bryn Mawr, PA, and Wynnewood, PA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Anderson include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and lower back strain. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Anderson graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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 is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

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

Dr. William Welch is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. Dr. Welch is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Welch has received professional recognition including the following: 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) is conversant in 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. Michael S Weinstein, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery
1100 Walnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Weinstein is a specialist in general surgery and trauma surgery. His clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), pancreatitis, and gallstones. Dr. Weinstein is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Main Line Health. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. Dr. Weinstein is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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
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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
100 East Lancaster Avenue; Lankenau Mob East, Suite 253
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Christian Fras is an orthopedic surgeon in Broomall, PA, Wynnewood, PA, and Lititz, PA. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Fras include back pain, lumbar sympathetic block, and spinal fusion. Dr. Fras is professionally affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Fras attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. Dr. Fras (or staff) is conversant in German and French.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Joshua E Heller, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joshua Heller is a neurosurgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heller include scoliosis, back pain, and laminectomy. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heller honors. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Kennedy Health System, and Mercy Physician Network. He welcomes 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. 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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Rushton's areas of expertise include back pain, ankle fusion, and lumbar sympathetic block. Dr. Rushton's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Rushton is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 35
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,415
  • Medicare Cost: $1,744
Dr. Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ashwini Sharan's specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Sharan's clinical interests include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His training includes residency programs at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hartford Hospital. Dr. Sharan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Herniated Disc, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Lower Back ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,460
  • Medicare Cost: $779
Dr. Srinivas Kasinadhuni Prasad, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Srinivas Prasad specializes in neurosurgery. His clinical interests include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Prasad honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Prasad attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Prasad's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and St. Mary Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Stephen Dante is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Dante include 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. Dr. Dante graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Dante completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dante accepts. Dr. Dante 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. Jack I Jallo, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jack Jallo is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Jallo include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. He is professionally affiliated with Kennedy Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Methodist Hospital. Dr. Jallo attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Temple University Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Jallo average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jallo takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Turkish. Dr. Ozturk's areas of expertise include the following: gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. 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 Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Ozturk takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Jeffrey Allan Rihn, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Rihn's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Rihn include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rihn honors. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for his residency. Dr. Rihn is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 73
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,000 - $16,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,765 - $1,935
Dr. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3737 Market Street; 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith sees patients in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Smith's clinical interests: scoliosis, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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

Dr. Vincent Arlet practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Arlet include scoliosis, complex spine surgery, and spinal fracture. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Arlet (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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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. Mark Faisal Kurd, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Kurd's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: ankle fusion and spinal fusion. Dr. Kurd is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Kurd completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Kurd is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ankle Fusion, Spinal Fusion, Bone Problems

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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.