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

Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee practices neurosurgery in Neenah, WI and Berlin, WI. His areas of expertise include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. His professional affiliations include Agnesian HealthCare and ThedaCare. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Bhattacharjee performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Patients gave Dr. Bhattacharjee an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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 West American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Andrew Greene is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Neenah, WI and Berlin, WI. His clinical interests include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Greene is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University for his residency. Dr. Greene is affiliated with 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: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $16,440
  • Medicare Cost: $1,710
Dr. Randall Roy Johnson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Randall Johnson sees patients in Neenah, WI. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Johnson's areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnson honors. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Johnson completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is 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. Philip Andrew Yazbak, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Philip Yazbak is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Yazbak include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yazbak accepts. Dr. Yazbak is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and a graduate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's residency program. He is 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)

Christine Ann Munson
130 Second Street; West Pavilion 2nd Floor
Neenah, WI
 

Ms. Christine Munson's areas of expertise include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and lumbar laminectomy. She is affiliated with ThedaCare. Ms. Munson honors Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

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

Diane Lynn Vanderlin, MS
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Clinical interests for Ms. Diane Vanderlin include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and lumbar laminectomy. She is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare. She takes Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

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

Jill Marie Hietpas
130 2nd Street; West Pavillon 2nd Floor
Neenah, WI
 

Ms. Jill Hietpas' areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and lumbar laminectomy. Ms. Hietpas 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)

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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.