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

Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee is a neurosurgery specialist in Neenah, WI and Berlin, WI. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Bhattacharjee is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhattacharjee attended Meharry Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He 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)

Dr. Andrew Richard Greene, MD, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1305 West American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Andrew Greene is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. Dr. Greene is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Greene include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Greene average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Greene honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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. David Charles De Witt, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
173 North Park Avenue
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. David Dewitt is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Dewitt's areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for 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)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • 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 is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Neenah, WI. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Johnson's areas of expertise include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Johnson attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson 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. Philip Andrew Yazbak, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Philip Yazbak works as a neurosurgeon in Neenah, WI. His education and training includes medical school at Dartmouth Medical School and residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Yazbak's 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. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Yazbak 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)

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

Ms. Christine Munson's clinical interests include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and lumbar laminectomy. She is affiliated with ThedaCare. She is in-network for 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
 

Ms. Diane Vanderlin's clinical interests include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and lumbar laminectomy. Ms. Vanderlin accepts Medicare insurance. She 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)

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. She is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

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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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