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Dr. James Len Smith Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
911 W 38th Street; Suite 300
Austin, TX
 

Dr. James Smith's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital. Dr. Smith accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Smith speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $2,265
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $629
Dr. John Klotz Stokes, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1600 West 38th Street; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. John Stokes is an Austin, TX physician who specializes in neurosurgery. In his practice, Dr. Stokes focuses on endoscopic discectomy and minimally invasive spinal fusion. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at UNC Hospitals. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Stokes is affiliated with Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Medical Center Hays. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spinal fusion

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion, Stenosis, Thoracic Decompression, Meningioma, Lumbar ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $5,426
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,773
Dr. Eeric Truumees, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1600 West 38th Street; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Eeric Truumees sees patients in Austin, TX. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He speaks German. Dr. Truumees's clinical interests include lumbar laminectomy, cervical discectomy, and cervical artificial disc replacement. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Truumees is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement, Lower Back Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $5,426
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,607
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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tran include minimally invasive procedures, surgical procedures, and lower back problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Tran performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is conversant in Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital. 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. Douglas John Fox Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Fox is a neurosurgery specialist. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin and the University Medical Center Brackenridge. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Fox's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Fox accepts 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.

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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. James E Rose, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 N Ih; 35 Ste 300
Austin, TX
 

Dr. James Rose's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Rose's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include cerebrovascular surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and degenerative disc disease. His professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Medical Center Williamson. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. Dr. Rose has an open panel. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Rose trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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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. Kristopher Michael Webb, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. K. Webb is a general surgery and neurosurgery specialist in Austin, TX. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Webb studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Webb is professionally affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin and the University Medical Center Brackenridge.

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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. Mark T Stewart, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1010 West 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Mark Stewart is a medical specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge. Dr. Stewart is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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. Gordon Leroy White, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1600 W 38th Street; Suite 418
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Gordon White is a neurosurgery specialist. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. White average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for 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

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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