We found 10 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Austin, TX.

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

Dr. Eeric Truumees' specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Austin, TX. Dr. Truumees's clinical interests include lumbar laminectomy, cervical discectomy, and lumbar microdiscectomy. The average patient rating for Dr. Truumees is 1.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He trained at Cleveland Clinic for his residency. Dr. Truumees speaks German. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is accepting 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $5,426
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,607
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 in Austin, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Stokes is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stokes is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Stokes has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is accepting new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $5,426
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,773
Dr. James Ellington Rose, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 N I-35; Suite 300
Austin, TX
 

Dr. James Rose specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Austin, TX. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Rose's areas of expertise include cerebrovascular surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and degenerative disc disease. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Rose attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $5,036
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Austin, TX and Round Rock, TX. In his practice, Dr. Tran focuses on minimally invasive procedures, surgical procedures, and lower back problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Tran is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. His practice is open to new patients.

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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. 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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Tipton's clinical interests include microsurgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Tipton is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. His practice is open to 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. Douglas John Fox Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Fox practices neurosurgery in Austin, TX. Dr. Fox has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Fox attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 101
  • Charge (avg.): $4,880 - $5,426
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $865 - $1,154
Dr. Mark Thomas Stewart, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1010 W 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Mark Stewart works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. Dr. Stewart takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Stewart is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $5,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $910
Dr. Kristopher Michael Webb, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. K. Webb practices neurosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Webb graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Webb is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 86
  • Charge (avg.): $4,880 - $5,426
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,128 - $1,496
Dr. Kurt William Von Rueden, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3001 Bee Caves Road; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Kurt Vonrueden is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Vonrueden is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 20
  • Charge (avg.): $6,211
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,276
Dr. Gordon Leroy White, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1600 W. 38th Street; Suite #418
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Gordon White's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. White has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. White accepts. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $4,200
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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.
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