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Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee's specialty is neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhattacharjee include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Bhattacharjee is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Bhattacharjee attended Meharry Medical College for medical school. Dr. Bhattacharjee is professionally affiliated with Agnesian HealthCare and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,050
  • Medicare Cost: $1,453
Dr. Andrew Richard Greene, MD, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Andrew Greene works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Neenah, WI and Berlin, WI. These areas are among his clinical interests: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Greene is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Greene completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Patient ratings for Dr. Greene average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $16,440
  • Medicare Cost: $1,710
Dr. David Charles De Witt, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5320 W Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. David Dewitt's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dewitt include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Dewitt graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Dewitt completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. His professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $12,527
  • Medicare Cost: $1,491
Dr. Randall Roy Johnson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Randall Johnson works as a neurosurgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnson include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Johnson is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnson attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas M Wascher, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5320 Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Thomas Wascher specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Appleton, WI. Dr. Wascher has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and cyberknife radiosurgery. He is affiliated with ThedaCare. Dr. Wascher takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing his residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Wascher attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Herniated ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $12,527
  • Medicare Cost: $1,491
Dr. Karl A Greene, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5320 West Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Karl Greene is an Appleton, WI physician who specializes in neurosurgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Greene is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Greene's clinical interests: spinal cord injuries, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical laminectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Greene attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barrow Neurological Institute for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Herniated ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip Andrew Yazbak, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Philip Yazbak's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and subsequently trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yazbak include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Yazbak has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Yazbak is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, ... (Read more)

Dr. Akram H Mahmoud, DO
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5320 W Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Akram Mahmoud is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mahmoud attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at POH Regional Medical Center for residency. Dr. Mahmoud is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,881
  • Medicare Cost: $1,152
Pamela E Verkuilen
5320 W Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

In Ms. Pam Verkuilen's practice, she is particularly interested in spine surgery procedures and musculoskeletal surgery. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Verkuilen accepts. She is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Clinical Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery, Neck Surgery, Spine Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,131
  • Medicare Cost: $203
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Specializes in Surgery
5320 Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Peter Ullrich, who practices in Appleton, WI, is a medical specialist in surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 21
  • Uninsured Cost: $12,527
  • Medicare Cost: $1,491

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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.