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We found 14 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Austin, TX.

Dr. Eeric Truumees, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1600 West 38th Street; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Eeric Truumees is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include lumbar laminectomy, cervical discectomy, and lumbar microdiscectomy. Patient ratings for Dr. Truumees average 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Truumees is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Truumees trained at Cleveland Clinic. He speaks German. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Truumees welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Lower Back Problems, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Spine Surgery, Cervical ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,426
  • Medicare Cost: $1,607
Dr. Mark Gordon Burnett, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Mark Burnett works as a neurosurgeon in Austin, TX and San Marcos, TX. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Burnett attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family and Central Texas Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 95
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,880 - $5,426
  • Medicare Cost: $827 - $1,350
Dr. John Kenneth Politz, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1010 West 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. John Politz's areas of specialization are general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Politz is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Politz honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 21
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,119
  • Medicare Cost: $853
Dr. Scott Weaver Spann, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5656 Bee Caves Road; Suite K-200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Scott Spann practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Spann attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Spann average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Spann accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Spann's hospital/clinic affiliations include Seton Healthcare Family and Central Texas Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 88
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,000 - $3,300
  • Medicare Cost: $767 - $1,673
Dr. James Ellington Rose, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 N I-35; Suite 300
Austin, TX
 

Dr. James Rose's medical specialty is neurosurgery. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cerebrovascular surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Rose has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rose's office for an appointment.

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Clinical Interests: Degenerative Disc Disease, Surgical Procedures, Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Cerebrovascular ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,036
  • Medicare Cost: $1,594
Dr. Viet N Tran, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4029 Capital of Texas Highway S; Suite 111
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Viet Tran's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is especially interested in minimally invasive procedures, surgical procedures, and lower back problems. Dr. Tran is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tran has an open panel. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Compression Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. John Klotz Stokes, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1600 West 38th Street; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. John Stokes is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Before performing his residency at UNC Hospitals, Dr. Stokes attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stokes is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,426
  • Medicare Cost: $1,773
Dr. George Washington Tipton Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4029 Capital of Texas Highway S; Suite 111
Austin, TX
 

Dr. George Tipton's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Austin, TX, Round Rock, TX, and Cedar Park, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Tipton is especially interested in microsurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Tipton is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Lower Back Pain, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Surgical Procedures, Microsurgery, Spinal Fusion, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Thomas Stewart, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1010 W 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Mark Stewart is an Austin, TX physician who specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stewart has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,000
  • Medicare Cost: $910
Dr. Douglas John Fox Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Fox's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Fox has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Fox has received include Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 101
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,880 - $5,426
  • Medicare Cost: $865 - $1,154
Dr. Kristopher Michael Webb, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. K. Webb's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Webb is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 86
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,880 - $5,426
  • Medicare Cost: $1,128 - $1,496
Dr. James Sherman Waldron, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. James Waldron is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Waldron graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Waldron is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,880
  • Medicare Cost: $619
Dr. Kurt William Von Rueden, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3001 Bee Caves Road; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Kurt Vonrueden sees patients in Lakeway, TX and Austin, TX. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Vonrueden takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 20
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,211
  • Medicare Cost: $1,276
Dr. Gordon Leroy White, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1600 W. 38th Street; Suite #418
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Gordon White's specialty is neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. White takes. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,200
  • Medicare Cost: $647

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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.