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Dr. Kenan S Aksu, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
390 Waterloo Boulevard; Suite 200
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Kenan Aksu is an orthopedic surgeon in Exton, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Aksu average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Penn Medicine and Paoli Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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 is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Malvern, PA, Exton, PA, and Collegeville, PA. The average patient rating for Dr. Ruggiero is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ruggiero is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ruggiero trained at Temple University Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. He is affiliated with Phoenixville Hospital and Paoli Hospital. Dr. Ruggiero has an open panel.

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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 is a neurosurgery specialist in Bryn Mawr, PA, Royersford, PA, and Exton, PA. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: neuropathic pain and spinal fusion. Dr. Kuznits is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Kuznits attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Phoenixville Hospital and Paoli Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Spinal Fusion, Neuropathic Pain, Spine Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 19
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,729
Dr. James Mark Schuster, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
440 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. James Schuster's specialty is neurosurgery. His clinical interests 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 honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training 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.

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All Interests: Brain Cancer, Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Degenerative Disc Disease, Neck ... (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's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Tantorski's areas of expertise include laminectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He is professionally affiliated with Penn Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. He graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), posterior spinal fusion

All Interests: Posterior Spinal Fusion, Kyphoplasty, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Anterior ... (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.