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Dr. Stephen Paul Courtney, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Courtney is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Plano, TX and Frisco, TX. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Courtney's areas of expertise include back injuries, spinal fusion, and musculoskeletal problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Courtney has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Neck Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,734 - $8,178
  • Medicare Cost: $812 - $1,750
Dr. Michael Scott Turner, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
4461 Coit Road; Suite 404
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Michael Turner is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, brain surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Turner honors. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. His professional affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Denton Regional Medical Center, and Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Turner has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Cervical Spine Problems, Brain Surgery, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures, Back Pain

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,950
  • Medicare Cost: $1,629
Dr. Cameron Noble Carmody, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Cameron Carmody is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Addison, TX, Frisco, TX, and Plano, TX. His clinical interests include laminectomy, back injuries, and spinal decompression. Patient reviews placed Dr. Carmody at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carmody accepts. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Dr. Carmody performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Disc Problems, Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Spinal Pain, Complex ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. William Banister's area of specialization is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include spondylolisthesis surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and lumbar laminectomy. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Banister accepts. Dr. Banister's education and training includes medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Spondylolisthesis Surgery, Pain, Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Tumor, Meningioma, ... (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.