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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 physician who specializes in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and artificial disc replacement. Dr. Hostin is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Baylor Scoliosis Center, and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Hostin attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Hostin has received professional recognition including the following: 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, Lumbar Laminectomy, Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Spine Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Brezina works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Fort Worth, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Brezina include spine surgery procedures. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Brezina's professional 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
Dr. Atif Haque, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Atif Haque is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. Patients rated Dr. Haque highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), meningioma, and radiculopathy (nerve root disorder). 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 the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Dr. Haque performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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, 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

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

Dr. Thomas Ellis' areas of specialization are neurosurgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. He studied medicine 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. Dr. Ellis trained at George Washington University Medical Center for his residency. Patients gave Dr. Ellis an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes 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: 30
  • Charge (avg.): $4,500 - $5,400
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $622 - $1,799
Dr. Brent Thomas Alford, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Brent Alford practices neurosurgery in Fort Worth, TX and Keller, TX. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alford takes. His 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. Dr. Alford is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 27
  • Charge (avg.): $4,200 - $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,494 - $1,666
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. Dr. Tinley honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Tinley has an open panel.

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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. 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. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Henry is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 Neurosurgery
1000 Houston Street; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. George Cravens' specialty is neurosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Resources. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cravens 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 speaks Spanish.

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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 a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Coleman include knee arthritis, elbow pain, and ankle sprain. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Health Care. Dr. Coleman honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. 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
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Abdolreza Siadati is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Siadati attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He accepts 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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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

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

Specializes in Neurosurgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 890
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Anthony Lee's specialty is neurosurgery. He attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic, a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines, and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Patients rated Dr. Lee highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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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 neurosurgery specialist. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Clinical interests for Dr. Ward include brain aneurysm, torticollis, and skull base surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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)

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 sees patients in Plano, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and McKinney, TX. His medical specialties are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and pediatric spine surgery. His clinical interests include back injuries, leg pain, and lumbar laminectomy. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Avramis attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Avramis's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Pine Creek Medical Center, and Medical City Hospital (Dallas).

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, thoracic fusion

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

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

Dr. Mark Kuper practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kuper is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Dr. Kuper has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

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  • 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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