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 is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Rose's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cerebrovascular surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and degenerative disc disease. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. Dr. Rose 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $5,036
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. Clinical interests for Dr. Tran include minimally invasive procedures, surgical procedures, and lower back problems. Dr. Tran is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Tran is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of spinal decompression surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. Patients rated Dr. Harper highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Harper's practice is open to 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 is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Tipton has a special interest in microsurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Tipton speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Tipton is accepting new patients.

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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. On average, patients gave Dr. Santman a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Santman's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 29
  • Charge (avg.): $4,617 - $4,977
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,398 - $1,518
Dr. James Kevin Cooper, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
425 University Boulevard
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. James Cooper works as a neurosurgeon in Round Rock, TX and Temple, TX. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Cooper is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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, who practices in Round Rock, TX, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. On average, patients gave Dr. Rumi a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rumi is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, 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: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $4,971
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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.
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