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We found 17 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept United Healthcare Compass Balanced near Addison, TX.

Dr. Richard Alan Hostin Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
4708 Alliance Boulevard; Suite 810
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Richard Hostin is a pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery specialist in Plano, TX and Fort Worth, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, spinal pain, and spinal fusion. Dr. Hostin's professional affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Baylor Scoliosis Center, and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Hostin's education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Scoliosis, Spinal Pain, Spine Imaging, Musculoskeletal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 60
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,939 - $7,981
  • Medicare Cost: $452 - $570
Dr. Walter Xavier Loyola, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Walter Loyola works as a neurosurgeon and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist in Plano, TX, Flower Mound, TX, and McKinney, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Loyola is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Loyola include spinal pain, bulging disc, and herniated disc. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Dr. Loyola takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, thoracic fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Disc Replacement, Spinal Pain, Complex Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Degenerative ... (Read more)

Dr. Sean Mawusi Jones-Quaidoo, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7557 Rambler Road; Suite 730
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Sean Jones-Quaidoo is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Dallas, TX and Allen, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Jones-Quaidoo include back injuries, spinal pain, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Jones-Quaidoo takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Jones-Quaidoo is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Neck Pain, Spinal Pain, Lower Back Pain, Back Problems, Lumbar Spine Problems, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Keith Preston, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
4001 West 15th Street; Suite 260
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Preston works as a neurosurgeon in Paris, TX, Irving, TX, and Plano, TX. Dr. Preston is especially interested in brain surgery and spine surgery procedures. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Brain Surgery, Spine Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,420
  • Medicare Cost: $1,518
Dr. Craig Carter Callewart, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17051 Dallas Parkway; Suite 420
Addison, TX
 

Dr. Craig Callewart is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), disc replacement, and radiculopathy (nerve root disorder). He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Callewart studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Callewart is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Callewart honors.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, thoracic fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, Thoracic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 40
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,607 - $7,890
  • Medicare Cost: $1,322 - $1,631
Dr. Andrew Eunkoo Park, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17051 North Dallas Parkway; Suite 400
Addison, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Park practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Addison, TX and Dallas, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Park include laminectomy, back injuries, and bulging disc. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Park is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, thoracic fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, Thoracic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 64
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,535 - $7,898
  • Medicare Cost: $669 - $1,526
Dr. Kendall Edward Ii Carll II, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17051 North Dallas Parkway; Suite 400
Addison, TX
 

Dr. Kendall Carll specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Dallas, TX, Addison, TX, and Frisco, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Carll average 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include laminectomy, back injuries, and bulging disc. Dr. Carll is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Pine Creek Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Carll has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, thoracic fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, Thoracic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,898
  • Medicare Cost: $1,310
Dr. Shaad Bashir Bidiwala, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
17051 North Dallas Parkway; Suite 370
Addison, TX
 

Dr. Shaad Bidiwala is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Bidiwala include kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), disc replacement, and radiculopathy (nerve root disorder). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Bidiwala attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, thoracic fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, Thoracic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 16
  • Uninsured Cost: $10,117
  • Medicare Cost: $1,709
Dr. Robert Gerard Viere, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17051 North Dallas Parkway; Suite 400
Addison, TX
 

Dr. Robert Viere practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Viere an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), disc replacement, and radiculopathy (nerve root disorder). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Viere attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, thoracic fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, Thoracic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 26
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,898
  • Medicare Cost: $1,121
Dr. Christopher Basil Michael, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
17051 North Dallas Parkway; Suite 370
Addison, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Michael sees patients in Dallas, TX and Addison, TX. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), disc replacement, and sacroiliac (SI) joint pain. Dr. Michael is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Michael is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, thoracic fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Cervical Radiculopathy, Sacroiliac Joint ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 41
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,926 - $10,117
  • Medicare Cost: $1,431 - $1,709
Dr. Michael Ware Hennessy, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17051 North Dallas Parkway; Suite 400
Addison, TX
 

Dr. Michael Hennessy is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hennessy graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,341 - $7,436
  • Medicare Cost: $782 - $1,536
Dr. Michael Francis OBrien, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Other, Pediatric Spine Surgery
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Michael O'Brien is a physician who specializes in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and pediatric spine surgery. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. O'Brien's areas of expertise include the following: spondylolisthesis surgery, cervical laminectomy, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). Patient ratings for Dr. O'Brien average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Distinctions awarded to Dr. O'Brien include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Medical City Hospital (Dallas).

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, thoracic fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Disc Problems, Spondylolisthesis Surgery, Cervical Laminectomy, Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 77
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,796 - $8,894
  • Medicare Cost: $477 - $1,318
Dr. Mark Charlie Valente, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
10400 N. Central Exwy.
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Mark Valente, who practices in Dallas, TX, Plano, TX, and Decatur, TX, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Pine Creek Medical Center. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Valente is 4.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valente accepts.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,593
  • Medicare Cost: $1,604
Dr. John Robert Tompkins, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
4708 Alliance Boulevard; Suite 645
Plano, TX
 

Dr. John Tompkins specializes in neurosurgery. He is affiliated with Medical Center of McKinney. He attended Yale School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Tompkins's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,629
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Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
11970 N Central Expressway; Suite 450
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. William Banister is a neurosurgery specialist. Dr. Banister's areas of expertise include the following: spondylolisthesis surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and lumbar laminectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Banister honors. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Banister trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Spondylolisthesis Surgery, Pain, Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Tumor, Meningioma, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgery
4708 Alliance Boulevard; Suite 810
Plano, TX
 

Mr. Devin McCoy works as a surgeon. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 69
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,293 - $1,769
  • Medicare Cost: $132 - $234

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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.