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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 orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery specialist in Plano, TX and Fort Worth, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, spinal pain, and spinal fusion. Dr. Hostin's professional affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Baylor Scoliosis Center, and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Hostin's 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. 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 is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. His areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), tissue transfer, and trigger point injections. Dr. Castaneda's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Castaneda graduated from 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Fort Worth, TX. He is especially interested in spine surgery procedures. Dr. Brezina accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Brezina is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 medical specialty is spine surgery and neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Haque's areas of expertise include kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), meningioma, and disc replacement. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Haque attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the following distinction: 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, 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. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Doctors Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Smith is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. He 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's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Lapsiwala obtained his medical school training at Penn State College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He is especially interested in radiculopathy (nerve root disorder), neck pain, and lower back pain. 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. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Lapsiwala's 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 practices neurosurgery. Dr. Cravens 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 is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cravens is professionally 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. Shawn Mark Henry, MD, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3600 W 7th St; Fort
Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shawn Henry's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. He graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Henry has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Henry honors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Henry's office for an appointment.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 19
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,518
  • Medicare Cost: $1,349
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Specializes in Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Critical Care
1325 Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Ellis, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Patient ratings for Dr. Ellis average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for 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 and then he performed 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

  • 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 is a specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Alford's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The average patient rating for Dr. Alford is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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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 sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing his residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, Dr. Wylie attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wylie's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 orthopedic surgeon. His areas of expertise include knee arthritis, elbow pain, and carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Coleman accepts 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 subsequently trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Coleman's professional 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. Gregory Alan Ward, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 9th Avenue; Suite 201
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Ward is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Before completing his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Ward attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, torticollis, and skull base surgery. Dr. Ward accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. 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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fort Worth, TX and Burleson, TX. Dr. Tinley is affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients. He graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Tinley has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Siadati is professionally affiliated with 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. His residency was performed 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 sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. Patients gave Dr. Lee an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Dr. Lee performed his residency 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

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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.