We found 18 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept United Healthcare EPO near Fort Worth, TX.

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 physician who specializes in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. Dr. Hostin studied medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Clinical interests for Dr. Hostin include lumbar laminectomy, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and disc replacement. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hostin include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Hostin speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Baylor Scoliosis Center, and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). Dr. Hostin is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Disc Problems, Lumbar Laminectomy, Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Spine Reconstruction, ... (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 is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Fort Worth, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Castaneda include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), tissue transfer, and trigger point injections. Dr. Castaneda accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Castaneda is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Whipple Procedure, Hemorrhoidectomy, Colectomy, Burns, Kidney Transplant, Heller Myotomy, Mohs ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 25
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,654
  • Medicare Cost: $888
Dr. Atif Haque, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Atif Haque works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. Dr. Haque studied medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Clinical interests for Dr. Haque include kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), meningioma, and disc replacement. Patients rated Dr. Haque highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Haque (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with 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, Spinal Cord Stimulation, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,100
  • Medicare Cost: $1,575
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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. James Brezina practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Fort Worth, TX. His clinical interests encompass spine surgery procedures. Dr. Brezina is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University, Dr. Brezina attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Brezina has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 29
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,118
  • Medicare Cost: $1,139
Dr. Gregory Heath Smith, DO
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1300 W Terrell Avenue; Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Smith is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Smith trained at Doctors Hospital for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Smith is 3.5 stars out of 5. He 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 has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Smith speaks Spanish. He is 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 is open to 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 is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Fort Worth, TX and Granbury, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Lapsiwala's clinical interests: radiculopathy (nerve root disorder), neck pain, and lower back pain. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Lapsiwala graduated from Penn State College of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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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
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Specializes in Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Critical Care
1325 Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Ellis is a neurosurgeon and intensive care specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Ellis is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Ellis 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 completed his residency training 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. Brent Thomas Alford, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Brent Alford works as a neurosurgeon in Fort Worth, TX and Keller, TX. Patient reviews placed Dr. Alford at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Alford's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He speaks Spanish.

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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 is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Wylie 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Wylie has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 92
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,598
  • Medicare Cost: $1,547
Dr. Shawn Mark Henry, MD, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3600 W 7th St; Fort
Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shawn Henry's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Henry is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. He graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 19
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,518
  • Medicare Cost: $1,349
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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1300 W Rosedale; Suite B
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. William Coleman specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fort Worth, TX. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Coleman's residency was performed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coleman include knee arthritis, elbow pain, and carpal tunnel surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Coleman accepts. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Jason Christopher Tinley, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2901 Acme Brick Plaza
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jason Tinley's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Fort Worth, TX and Burleson, TX. Dr. Tinley is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. He graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Tinley has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 52
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,955 - $6,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,364 - $1,574
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Specializes in Neurosurgery
1000 Houston Street; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. George Cravens is a specialist in neurosurgery. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before completing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Cravens attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He 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
Dr. Abdolreza Siadati, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Abdolreza Siadati is a neurosurgery specialist. He 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. Dr. Siadati graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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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 is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Lee honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Lee completed his residency training 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

  • Medicare Volume: 40
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,500 - $5,100
  • Medicare Cost: $618 - $1,485
Dr. Gregory Alan Ward, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 9th Avenue; Suite 201
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Ward is a specialist in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, torticollis, and skull base surgery. Dr. Ward is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Ward's medical residency was performed at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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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.