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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 in Plano, TX, McKinney, TX, and Fort Worth, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Hostin include scoliosis, spinal pain, and spinal fusion. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Hostin graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hostin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Children's Health (Texas). Dr. Hostin is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Ioannis Alexander Avramis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery
1650 W Magnolia Avenue; Suite 210
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ioannis Avramis practices pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and pediatric spine surgery. His areas of expertise include lumbar laminectomy, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and tumor. He is affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Children's Health (Texas). Dr. Avramis's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He 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.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, thoracic fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. James Brezina specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fort Worth, TX. He attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brezina include spine surgery procedures. Dr. Brezina takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, GEHA, and more. Dr. Brezina has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 29
  • Charge (avg.): $3,118
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,139
Dr. Thomas Schroeder Ellis, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Critical Care
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Ellis works as a neurosurgeon and intensivist. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth. Dr. Ellis's education and training includes medical school at 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 and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ellis accepts.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 30
  • Charge (avg.): $4,500 - $5,400
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $622 - $1,799
Dr. Jason Christopher Tinley, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2901 Acme Brick Plaza
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jason Tinley's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Tinley speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Fort Worth. He graduated from Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Tinley is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Neck Problems, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 52
  • Charge (avg.): $5,955 - $6,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,364 - $1,574
Dr. Atif Haque, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Atif Haque's areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Haque (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, brain aneurysm, and traumatic brain injury. He is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Haque attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Haque is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Clinical Interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Spine Surgery Procedures, Deep Brain ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,575
Dr. Anthony Welton Alcazar Lee, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1900 Mistletoe Boulevard; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Anthony Lee is a neurosurgery specialist in Fort Worth, TX. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth. Dr. Lee honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Lee's training includes residency programs at Cleveland Clinic, a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines, and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 40
  • Charge (avg.): $4,500 - $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $618 - $1,485
Dr. Brent Thomas Alford, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Brent Alford, who practices in Fort Worth, TX and Keller, TX, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Alford is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alford accepts. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Alford is conversant in Spanish.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 27
  • Charge (avg.): $4,200 - $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,494 - $1,666

Specializes in Neurosurgery
1000 Houston Street; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. George Cravens practices neurosurgery in Fort Worth, TX. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cravens accepts. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cravens is affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 31
  • Charge (avg.): $4,260 - $5,014
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $622 - $1,518

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1300 W Rosedale; Suite B
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. William Coleman sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Coleman include knee arthritis, elbow pain, and ankle sprain. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Health Care. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Coleman honors. He obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Disc Problems, Ankle Sprain, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Diagnostic Evaluation, ACL Injury, Bone ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gregory Ward's medical specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), lamina procedures, and meningioma. Dr. Ward honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Ward is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Abdolreza Siadati, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Abdolreza Siadati specializes in neurosurgery. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Siadati takes. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Siadati completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,616

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3600 W 7th St; Fort
Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shawn Henry's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Henry is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $1,518
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,349

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6251 Oakmont Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Mark Kuper is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Kuper is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 58
  • Charge (avg.): $2,340 - $3,150
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $779 - $1,419

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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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