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Dr. David Charles De Witt, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5320 W Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. David Dewitt practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Appleton, WI, Neenah, WI, and Oshkosh, WI. Dr. Dewitt's areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Dewitt attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic 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, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $12,527
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,491
Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee specializes in neurosurgery. He studied medicine at Meharry Medical College. His residency was performed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhattacharjee include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Bhattacharjee has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is 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)

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

Dr. Thomas Wascher is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Wascher's education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His clinical interests include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wascher is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $12,527
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,491
Dr. Randall Roy Johnson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Randall Johnson works as a neurosurgeon. Dr. Johnson's areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

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

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

Dr. Philip Yazbak's medical specialty is neurosurgery. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yazbak include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Yazbak is affiliated with ThedaCare. Dr. Yazbak accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending Dartmouth Medical School, he completed his residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

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

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 orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Greene's clinical interests include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Greene is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Dr. Greene is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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

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

Dr. Karl A Greene, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5320 West Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Karl Greene is a specialist in neurosurgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Greene include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and craniotomy for tumor. He is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Greene studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at Barrow Neurological Institute for his residency.

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

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

Specializes in Surgery
5320 West Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Peter Ullrich's specialty is surgery. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 21
  • Charge (avg.): $12,527
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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.
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