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

Dr. David Ramsey is a neurosurgeon in Sherman, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, lumbar spine surgery, and cervical spine surgery. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ramsey accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Ramsey obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cindrich trained at Mayo Clinic. His areas of expertise include brain surgery, skull base surgery, and carotid ultrasound. Dr. Cindrich is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally 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 Neurosurgery
200 E Evergreen Street
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. John Pulliam is a neurosurgery specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Pulliam include laminectomy, brain surgery, and spinal decompression. Dr. Pulliam honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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 Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5012 South Us Hwy 75; Suite 120
Denison, TX
 

Dr. Brian Rose specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include steroid injections, laminectomy, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Rose graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rose honors.

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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
300 N Highland Avenue; Suite 310
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Mark Silver works as a neurosurgeon in Sherman, TX. These areas are among Dr. Silver's clinical interests: craniotomy, carpal tunnel surgery, and lumbar puncture. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Federal University of Santa Catarina Health Sciences Center. 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)

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 specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Molleston attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more.

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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's area of specialization is surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.