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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 specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Truumees's areas of expertise include lumbar laminectomy, cervical discectomy, and lumbar microdiscectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Truumees is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic. He speaks German.

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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 San Marcos, TX and Austin, TX. Before performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Burnett attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic 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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. 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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His professional 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. 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Stokes is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Stokes has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,426
  • Medicare Cost: $1,773
Dr. James Ellington Rose, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 N I-35; Suite 300
Austin, TX
 

Dr. James Rose is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Austin, TX. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Rose include cerebrovascular surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Rose is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rose has an open panel. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency 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

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,036
  • Medicare Cost: $1,594
Dr. John Kenneth Politz, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1010 West 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. John Politz works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon in Austin, TX. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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 obtained his medical school training at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and performed his residency 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 surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Austin, TX and Round Rock, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Tran include minimally invasive procedures, surgical procedures, and lower back problems. Dr. Tran is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Tran attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is conversant in 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. 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 specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Austin, TX, Round Rock, TX, and Cedar Park, TX. Dr. Tipton's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in microsurgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. Dr. Tipton is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. 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. Douglas John Fox Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Fox is a neurosurgery specialist in Austin, TX. Dr. Fox is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. His education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Fox has received include Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 101
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,880 - $5,426
  • Medicare Cost: $865 - $1,154
Dr. Mark Thomas Stewart, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1010 W 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Mark Stewart sees patients in Austin, TX. His medical specialties are general surgery and vascular surgery. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is an in-network provider 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 studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,000
  • Medicare Cost: $910
Dr. Kristopher Michael Webb, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3000 N Ih 35; Suite 600
Austin, TX
 

Dr. K. Webb practices neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Webb average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Webb is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Webb's 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 has received the following distinction: 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 neurosurgery specialist. Dr. Waldron is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, 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 Rising Stars. He is 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 surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vonrueden accepts.

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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 is a neurosurgeon. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. White has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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

  • 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.