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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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Austin, TX. In addition to English, he speaks German. His areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, cervical discectomy, and lumbar microdiscectomy. Dr. Truumees is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. He is rated 1.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Truumees accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. He 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 practices neurosurgery in Austin, TX and San Marcos, TX. Dr. Burnett 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 is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Burnett's professional affiliations include 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. Scott Weaver Spann, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5656 Bee Caves Road; Suite K-200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Scott Spann is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Austin, TX and West Lake Hills, TX. His professional affiliations include Seton Healthcare Family and Central Texas Medical Center. Dr. Spann studied medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Spann has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 88
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,000 - $3,300
  • Medicare Cost: $767 - $1,673
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; he sees patients in Austin, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Politz graduated from 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 has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Politz is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 21
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,119
  • Medicare Cost: $853
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 is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Tran is conversant in Vietnamese. In his practice, Dr. Tran focuses on minimally invasive procedures, surgical procedures, and lower back problems. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Tran's office for an appointment.

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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, who practices in Austin, TX, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stokes accepts. Dr. Stokes graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at UNC Hospitals. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Stokes is open to new patients.

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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 areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Austin, TX, Round Rock, TX, and Cedar Park, TX. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Tipton's clinical interests include microsurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tipton takes. Dr. Tipton is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery and practices in Austin, TX. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stewart has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally 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 specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Austin, TX. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Fox completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fox is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received distinctions including 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. James Ellington Rose, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 N I-35; Suite 300
Austin, TX
 

Dr. James Rose is an Austin, TX physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Rose is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. Dr. Rose attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,036
  • Medicare Cost: $1,594
Dr. Kristopher Michael Webb, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. K. Webb is a neurosurgery specialist. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Webb attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Webb honors 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 works as a neurosurgeon in Austin, TX. Dr. Waldron has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Waldron has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He 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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Lakeway, TX and Austin, TX. Dr. Vonrueden accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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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, who practices in Austin, TX, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. White takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of 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.