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We found 16 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Frisco, TX.

Dr. James Allen Guess Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. James Guess is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Carrollton, TX, Flower Mound, TX, and Frisco, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Guess include back injuries, spinal decompression, and disc surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and Medical Center of Lewisville. Dr. Guess is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Disc Problems, Spine Reconstruction, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Spinal Pain, Spinal Instrumentation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary Creed Dennis, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
4461 Coit Road; Pavillion Ii, Suite 405
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Gary Dennis' medical specialty is spine surgery and neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dennis include meningioma, disc replacement, and neck pain. The average patient rating for Dr. Dennis is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dennis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Dennis is affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. William Daniel Bradley, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5680 Frisco Square Boulevard; Suite 2200
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. William Bradley is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Denton, TX and Frisco, TX. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Bradley's average rating from his patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bradley takes. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Bradley is professionally 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

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,306
  • Medicare Cost: $1,003
Dr. Ishaq Yousuf Syed, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Ishaq Syed is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Syed include scoliosis, herniated disc, and spinal fusion. Dr. Syed is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Radiculopathy, Nerve Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Stenosis, Spinal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,260
  • Medicare Cost: $1,503
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. Paul Salinas, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
4461 Coit Road; Medical Pavillion Ii, Suite 405
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Paul Salinas specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Frisco, TX and Dallas, TX. Dr. Salinas (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Salinas's areas of clinical interest consist of back pain, spine surgery procedures, and neurological disorders. His professional affiliations include Centennial Medical Center and Baylor Scott & White Health. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Salinas attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Salinas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures, Neurological Disorders, Back Pain

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 92
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,950 - $14,523
  • Medicare Cost: $727 - $1,629
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)

Dr. Kendall Edward Ii Carll II, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4461 Coit Road; Suite 101
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Kendall Carll's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Carll include laminectomy, back injuries, and bulging disc. Dr. Carll is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Carll's distinctions include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Pine Creek Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, Thoracic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,898
  • Medicare Cost: $1,310
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Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Mickey Morgan specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Morgan's training includes a residency program at Letterman Army Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Cross, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and Solo.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 55
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,500
  • Medicare Cost: $954
Dr. William T McCullough, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
4461 Coit Road; Suite 405
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. William McCullough works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. McCullough is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. McCullough include disc replacement, bone spurs, and spine reconstruction. 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 is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. McCullough trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for his residency. His professional affiliations include Centennial Medical Center and Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Disc Problems, Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Bone Spurs, Spine Reconstruction, Stenosis, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Charlie Valente, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7712 San Jacinto Place; Suite 200
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Mark Valente is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Valente has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Valente is affiliated with Pine Creek Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,593
  • Medicare Cost: $1,604
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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)

Dr. Christopher Don Allmon, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5757 Warren Parkway; Suite 180
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Allmon practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Plano, TX, Flower Mound, TX, and Frisco, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Allmon include knee arthritis, heel surgery, and wrist fracture. Dr. Allmon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Workers' Compensation, and more. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Allmon (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and Latin. Dr. Allmon is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and Medical Center of Lewisville. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Heel Surgery, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Reconstruction, Hip Pain, ... (Read more)

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4461 Coit Road; Suite 405
Frisco, TX
 

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,950
  • Medicare Cost: $222
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Specializes in Surgery
4461 Coit Road; Suite 405
Frisco, TX
 

Ms. Christi Kobald specializes in surgery and practices in Frisco, TX. Ms. Kobald is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 38
  • Uninsured Cost: $13,634 - $14,523
  • Medicare Cost: $112 - $206

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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.