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

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

Dr. William Bradley's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Denton, TX and Frisco, TX. After attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Bradley completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Bradley has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. His practice is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,306
  • Medicare Cost: $1,003
Dr. James Allen Guess Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. James Guess, who practices in Carrollton, TX, Flower Mound, TX, and Frisco, TX, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Guess's areas of expertise include the following: back injuries, spinal decompression, and disc surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and Medical Center of Lewisville. 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. Dr. Guess honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice 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' specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He practices in Dallas, TX, Frisco, TX, and Plano, TX. Dr. Dennis speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Dennis include meningioma, disc replacement, and neck pain. His professional affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. He attended Howard University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dennis is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients.

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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. Ishaq Yousuf Syed, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Ishaq Syed's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Frisco, TX and Dallas, TX. His clinical interests include scoliosis, herniated disc, and spinal fusion. Dr. Syed's average patient rating is 4.5 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. Syed takes. Dr. Syed attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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 sees patients in Plano, TX and Frisco, TX. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Courtney's clinical interests include back injuries, spinal fusion, and musculoskeletal problems. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Courtney is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Courtney is professionally 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 works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. His areas of expertise consist of back pain, spine surgery procedures, and neurological disorders. Dr. Salinas has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Salinas is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his professional training, Dr. Salinas completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In addition to English, Dr. Salinas (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Centennial Medical Center and Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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 spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in Carrollton, TX, Lewisville, TX, and Frisco, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Turner include back pain, brain surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Turner is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Turner's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Denton Regional Medical Center, and Baylor Scott & White Health. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Kendall Carll's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, back injuries, and bulging disc. Dr. Carll is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Carll has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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
Dr. Cameron Noble Carmody, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Cameron Carmody's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Carmody a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Carmody include laminectomy, back injuries, and spinal decompression. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Carmody studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency.

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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 General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Mickey Morgan is a medical specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Morgan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and Solo. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Blue Cross, and more. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Letterman Army Medical Center for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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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 sees patients in Frisco, TX and Dallas, TX. His medical specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. McCullough's clinical interests: disc replacement, bone spurs, and spine reconstruction. His professional affiliations include Centennial Medical Center and Baylor Scott & White Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCullough takes. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. McCullough attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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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 physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Valente's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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 medical specialty is neurosurgery. His 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Banister include spondylolisthesis surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and lumbar laminectomy. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is 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 is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Plano, TX, Flower Mound, TX, and Frisco, TX. Dr. Allmon's areas of expertise include knee arthritis, heel surgery, and wrist fracture. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and Medical Center of Lewisville. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Allmon is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Allmon (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and Latin.

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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 practices surgery in Frisco, TX. Ms. Kobald honors 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.