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Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 N.highland; Suite 315
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. David Ramsey is a neurosurgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramsey include laminectomy, lumbar spine surgery, and cervical spine surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Ramsey performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Ramsey's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Spinal Fusion, Laminectomy, Cervical Spine Surgery, Lumbar Spine Surgery, Spine ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 N Highland Avenue; Suite 310
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Mark Silver is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. His clinical interests include craniotomy, carpal tunnel surgery, and lumbar puncture. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. Dr. Silver honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Silver's education and training includes medical school at Federal University of Santa Catarina Health Sciences Center and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a hospital affiliated with McGill University. Dr. Silver (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese.

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All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Spinal Fusion, Craniotomy, Lumbar Puncture, Spinal Cord Problems, Spine ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurosurgery
1701 N Hwy 75; Suite 300
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Patrick Cindrich is a neurosurgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: brain surgery, skull base surgery, and carotid ultrasound. Dr. Cindrich is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Cindrich attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mayo Clinic.

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All Interests: Laminoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Skull Base Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3601 N. Calais Street
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Brian Rose practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Rose include steroid injections, laminectomy, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Rose is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Rose obtained his medical school training at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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All Interests: Steroid Injections, Kyphoplasty, Laminotomy, Artificial Disc Replacement, Ankle Fracture, Hip ... (Read more)

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  • Volume: 49
  • Charge (avg.): $3,025 - $3,517
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,449 - $1,662

Specializes in Neurosurgery
200 E Evergreen Street
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. John Pulliam's area of specialization is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, brain surgery, and spinal decompression. Dr. Pulliam is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Tumor, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, Laminectomy, Spinal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurosurgery
5012 S Us Highway 75; Suite 225
Denison, TX
 

Dr. Michael Molleston works as a neurosurgeon. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Molleston has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $8,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,587

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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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