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Dr. Richard Alan Hostin Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
1650 W Magnolia Avenue; Suite 210
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Richard Hostin is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and spine surgeon. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, spinal pain, and spinal fusion. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Baylor Scoliosis Center, and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). Dr. Hostin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Hostin's practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Scoliosis, Spinal Pain, Spine Imaging, Musculoskeletal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 60
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,939 - $7,981
  • Medicare Cost: $452 - $570
Dr. Antonio Altamirano Castaneda, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 777
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Antonio Castaneda practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. He speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), tissue transfer, and trigger point injections. Dr. Castaneda is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Castaneda is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Colectomy, Burns, Kidney Transplant, Mohs Surgery, Excision, Thoracotomy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 25
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,654
  • Medicare Cost: $888
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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. James Brezina, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. He is especially interested in spine surgery procedures. Dr. Brezina honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Brezina speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Brezina welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 29
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,118
  • Medicare Cost: $1,139
Dr. Atif Haque, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Atif Haque's areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery; he sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Haque include kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), meningioma, and disc replacement. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Haque 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. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Haque has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Haque (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, thoracic fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Brain Cancer, Complex Spinal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,100
  • Medicare Cost: $1,575
Dr. Gregory Heath Smith, DO
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1300 W Terrell Avenue; Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Smith's area of specialization is neurosurgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Smith is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Smith graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Smith's training includes a residency program at Doctors Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Dr. Smith welcomes new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 34
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,294 - $4,333
  • Medicare Cost: $1,240 - $1,676
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Specializes in Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Samir Lapsiwala, who practices in Fort Worth, TX and Granbury, TX, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in radiculopathy (nerve root disorder), neck pain, and lower back pain. Dr. Lapsiwala takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Lapsiwala trained at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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Clinical Interests: Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Lumbar Spine Problems, Lower Back Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 43
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,600 - $5,400
  • Medicare Cost: $687 - $1,799
Dr. George Frederick Cravens, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1000 Houston Street; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. George Cravens works as a neurosurgeon. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. Dr. Cravens speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,260 - $5,014
  • Medicare Cost: $622 - $1,518
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Specializes in Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Critical Care
1325 Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Ellis is a medical specialist in neurosurgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ellis honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Ellis's residency was performed at George Washington University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Cook Children's.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 30
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,500 - $5,400
  • Medicare Cost: $622 - $1,799
Dr. Shawn Mark Henry, MD, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3600 W 7th St; Fort
Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shawn Henry is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He studied medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Henry is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Henry is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. His practice is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 19
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,518
  • Medicare Cost: $1,349
Dr. Brent Thomas Alford, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Brent Alford practices neurosurgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Alford's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Alford completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,200 - $5,100
  • Medicare Cost: $1,494 - $1,666
Dr. Mark William Wylie, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1651 West Rosedale; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Mark Wylie practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Fort Worth, TX. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. Dr. Wylie is affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Wylie is accepting new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 92
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,598
  • Medicare Cost: $1,547
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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1300 W Rosedale; Suite B
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. William Coleman is an orthopedist in Fort Worth, TX. His areas of expertise include knee arthritis, elbow pain, and carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Coleman honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Coleman is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Disc Problems, Knee Arthritis, Elbow Pain, Ankle Sprain, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Diagnostic ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Alan Ward, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 9th Avenue; Suite 201
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Ward works as a neurosurgeon in Fort Worth, TX and Granbury, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ward include brain aneurysm, torticollis, and skull base surgery. Dr. Ward is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Christopher Tinley, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2901 Acme Brick Plaza
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jason Tinley is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Fort Worth, TX and Burleson, TX. Dr. Tinley graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tinley takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Tinley speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. He is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 52
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,955 - $6,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,364 - $1,574
Dr. Abdolreza Siadati, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Abdolreza Siadati's specialty is neurosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Siadati graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Siadati completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,100
  • Medicare Cost: $1,616
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Specializes in Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Anthony Lee, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic, a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines, and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 40
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,500 - $5,100
  • Medicare Cost: $618 - $1,485

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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.