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

Dr. David Ramsey is a neurosurgery specialist. Dr. Ramsey's areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, lumbar spine surgery, and cervical spine surgery. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Ramsey's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Patient ratings for Dr. Ramsey average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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

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

Dr. Patrick Cindrich is a Sherman, TX physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Cindrich's clinical interests include brain surgery, skull base surgery, and carotid ultrasound. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Dr. Cindrich is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5012 South Us Hwy 75; Suite 120
Denison, TX
 

Dr. Brian Rose's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Denison, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rose include steroid injections, laminectomy, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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. Dr. Rose is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 49
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,025 - $3,517
  • Medicare Cost: $1,449 - $1,662
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Specializes in Neurosurgery
200 E Evergreen Street
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. John Pulliam is a neurosurgeon. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, brain surgery, and spinal decompression. Dr. Pulliam is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Pulliam 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)

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

Dr. Mark Silver's area of specialization is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include craniotomy, carpal tunnel surgery, and lumbar puncture. Dr. Silver is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Silver honors. He studied medicine at Federal University of Santa Catarina Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, Dr. Silver (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 16
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,035
  • Medicare Cost: $1,629
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Specializes in Neurosurgery
5012 S Us Highway 75; Suite 225
Denison, TX
 

Dr. Michael Molleston's medical specialty is neurosurgery. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Molleston is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,587
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Specializes in Surgery
5012 S Us Highway 75; Suite 120
Denison, TX
 

Mr. Steven Bentley specializes in surgery. Mr. Bentley honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 34
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,632 - $1,709
  • Medicare Cost: $222 - $225

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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.