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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
390 Waterloo Boulevard; Suite 200
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Kenan Aksu is an orthopedist. Clinical interests for Dr. Aksu include back pain, hip replacement, and bursitis. Dr. Aksu's professional affiliations include Main Line Health and Chester County Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Aksu attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Aksu honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Shoulder Problems, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,194
  • Medicare Cost: $1,742
Dr. Robert Anthony Ruggiero Jr., MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
491 John Young Way; Baxter Building, Suite 210
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Robert Ruggiero specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Ruggiero average 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include back pain, hip replacement, and rotator cuff surgery. He honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Dr. Ruggiero's professional affiliations include Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Spinal Fusion, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Facet Injection, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,581
  • Medicare Cost: $1,790
Dr. Sagi Moshe Kuznits, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
686 W Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Sagi Kuznits' medical specialty is neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Kuznits average 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Kuznits include spinal cord injuries, neck pain, and chiari malformation. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. Dr. Kuznits takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Meningioma, Neck Pain, Chiari Malformation, Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Tumor

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 19
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,729
Dr. James Mark Schuster, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
210 Willowbrook Lane
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. James Schuster specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. His areas of expertise include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schuster attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. Dr. Schuster is professionally 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)

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Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
254 West Lancaster Avenue; Suite 2
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. John Chidester is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Chidester's areas of expertise include hip replacement, rotator cuff surgery, and hammer toe. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Chidester is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Hammer Toe, Spinal Fusion, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Ernst Tantorski, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
915 Old Fern Hill Road; Suite 1, Building A
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Mark Tantorski works as an orthopedic surgeon. He graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Tantorski has a special interest in laminectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Chester County Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), posterior spinal fusion, lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF)

All Interests: Posterior Spinal Fusion, Kyphoplasty, Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

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390 Waterloo Boulevard; Suite 200
Exton, PA
 

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,118
  • Medicare Cost: $237

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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.