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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 orthopedist and spine surgeon in Plano, TX and Fort Worth, TX. His areas of expertise include lumbar laminectomy, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and artificial disc replacement. His professional affiliations include Medical City Children's Hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Baylor Scoliosis Center. Dr. Hostin accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is accepting new patients. He attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Hostin's distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Disc Problems, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Scoliosis, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Brezina's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Brezina's clinical interests encompass spine surgery procedures. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. 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. Dr. Brezina has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in 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.

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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

Specializes in Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Critical Care
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Ellis is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Patient reviews placed Dr. Ellis at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ellis takes. He attended 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 then went on to complete his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Ellis's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Cook Children's.

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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. Atif Haque, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Atif Haque is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Haque's clinical interests: kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), meningioma, and radiculopathy (nerve root disorder). His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. Dr. Haque has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Haque (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi.

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

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,575
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 surgeon and orthopedist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tinley honors. He attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Tinley has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Tinley speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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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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. 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 works as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and pediatric spine surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Avramis include back injuries, leg pain, and lumbar laminectomy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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 affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital and Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, thoracic fusion

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

Dr. Shawn Mark Henry, MD, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3600 W 7th St; Fort
Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shawn Henry is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Henry's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. His practice is open to new patients.

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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
Dr. Brent Thomas Alford, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Brent Alford's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alford takes. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Alford is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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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 is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Cravens's training includes a residency program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cravens is professionally 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 is an orthopedist in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Coleman's clinical interests include knee arthritis, elbow pain, and ankle sprain. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Health Care. 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. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for residency. Dr. Coleman 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. Abdolreza Siadati, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Abdolreza Siadati is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Siadati takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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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 Neurosurgery
1900 Mistletoe Boulevard; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Anthony Lee's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Lee's medical residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic, a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines, and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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

Dr. Gregory Ward is a neurosurgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ward include brain aneurysm, torticollis, and skull base surgery. Dr. Ward honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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

Dr. Mark Kuper is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Fort Worth, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Kuper a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Kuper 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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