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Dr. Heron E Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
675 N Saint Clair Street; Northwestern Memorial Hospialt Galter 19-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Heron Rodriguez is a specialist in vascular surgery. Dr. Rodriguez has a special interest in ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, and spider veins. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Rodriguez's practice is open to new patients. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Sclerotherapy, Varicose Veins, Vascular Disease, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Ablation, Spider ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $14,066
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,135
Dr. Mark T Nolden, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 924
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Nolden is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Nolden's clinical interests include back pain, laminectomy, and spine reconstruction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nolden takes. He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nolden welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Spine Reconstruction, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Cervical Spine ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $14,870
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,838
Dr. Wellington K Hsu, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
259 E Erie Street 13th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Wellington Hsu, who practices in Chicago, IL and Glenview, IL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. These areas are among Dr. Hsu's clinical interests: laminectomy, scoliosis, and spinal trauma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Hsu trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for his residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Hsu is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu has an open panel.

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All Interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Scoliosis, Back Problems, Laminectomy, Cervical Spine Problems, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Tyler R Koski, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tyler Koski is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Koski include scoliosis, spinal cord tumor, and herniated disc. Dr. Koski's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koski honors. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Head Injury, Scoliosis, Back Problems, Lower Back Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 48
  • Charge (avg.): $11,867 - $14,214
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,074 - $1,973
Dr. George R Cybulski, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. George Cybulski sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Cybulski average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cybulski's areas of expertise include the following: spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and pituitary tumor. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Cybulski trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Head Injury, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Traumatic Brain Injury, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Aruna Ganju, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Aruna Ganju is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist in Chicago, IL. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Ganju include spinal cord tumor, cervical (neck) spine problems, and herniated disc. Dr. Ganju takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ganju (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Head Injury, Back Problems, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (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.
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