We found 7 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 020 near Round Rock, TX.

Dr. James Ellington Rose, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 N. Ih 35; Suite 300
Austin, TX
 

Dr. James Rose's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Rose's practice, he is particularly interested in cerebrovascular surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and degenerative disc disease. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Rose honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Clinical Interests: Degenerative Disc Disease, Surgical Procedures, Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Cerebrovascular ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,036
  • Medicare Cost: $1,594
Dr. Viet N Tran, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2051 Gattis School Road; Suite 250
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Viet Tran sees patients in Austin, TX and Round Rock, TX. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Tran speaks Vietnamese. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive procedures, surgical procedures, and lower back problems. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Tran performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Compression Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Glenn Edward Harper, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
301 Seton Parkway; Suite 402
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Glenn Harper's medical specialty is neurosurgery. His clinical interests include spinal decompression surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Harper attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Harper is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Harper accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), spinal fusion

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Spinal Decompression Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. George Washington Tipton Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2051 Gattis School Road; Suite 250
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. George Tipton practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include microsurgery. Dr. Tipton is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tipton accepts. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Lower Back Pain, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Surgical Procedures, Microsurgery, Spinal Fusion, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Santman, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
302 University Boulevard
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Mark Santman's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Round Rock, TX. Dr. Santman's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Santman trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Tumor, Radiculopathy, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Sciatica, Spinal Deformity, Spinal Stenosis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 29
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,617 - $4,977
  • Medicare Cost: $1,398 - $1,518
Dr. James Kevin Cooper, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
425 University Boulevard
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. James Cooper is a neurosurgery specialist in Round Rock, TX and Temple, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Cooper completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Cooper is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Brain Surgery, Pelvic Problems, Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Spine Problems, Spinal Fusion, Trigeminal ... (Read more)

Dr. Mustasim N Rumi, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
16020 Park Valley Drive
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Mustasim Rumi is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. Dr. Rumi accepts 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 the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,971
  • Medicare Cost: $1,627

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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.