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

Dr. Kenan Aksu is an orthopedic surgeon in Exton, PA. His education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Aksu include back pain, hip replacement, and bursitis. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Aksu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Main Line Health and Chester County Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $3,194
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,742

Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
491 John Young Way; Baxter Building, Suite 210
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Robert Ruggiero is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Ruggiero attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: hip replacement, rotator cuff surgery, and facet injection. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ruggiero accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Proximal Row Carpectomy, Bursitis, Spinal Fusion, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Facet ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $6,581
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,790
Dr. Sagi Moshe Kuznits, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
686 W Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Sagi Kuznits' specialty is neurosurgery. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Kuznits include spinal cord injuries, neck pain, and chiari malformation. Dr. Kuznits is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Kuznits speaks Hebrew. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. Dr. Kuznits's practice is open to new patients.

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

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $6,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,729
Dr. James M 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. Dr. Schuster's clinical interests include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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. He is 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: Brain Cancer, Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Degenerative Disc Disease, Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
300 Evergreen Drive; Suite 210
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Andrew Gordon is a physician who specializes in diagnostic radiology. He studied medicine at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. Dr. Gordon's residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the following distinction: "Top Doctors" in Radiology, Main Line Today. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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All Interests: Closed Treatment of Fracture, Ankle Fusion, Laminotomy, MRI, Foot Tendon Transfer, Biceps ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Chidester practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include hip replacement, rotator cuff surgery, and hammer toe. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Chidester graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Chidester is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Proximal Row Carpectomy, Bursitis, Hammer Toe, Spinal Fusion, ... (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, who practices in Kennett Square, PA, West Chester, PA, and West Grove, PA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). Dr. Tantorski accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is professionally 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)

390 Waterloo Boulevard; Suite 200
Exton, PA
 

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $1,118
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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.
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