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Dr. Sean A Salehi, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1 Westbrook Corp Center; Suite 800
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Sean Salehi practices neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Salehi's areas of expertise include brain surgery, microsurgery, and extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF). He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Dr. Salehi is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), lumbar fusion

All Interests: Microsurgery, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Lumbar Fusion, Fungal Infection, Microdiscectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Stephen Zelby, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3 Westbrook Corporate Center; Suite 1000
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Andrew Zelby, who practices in Westchester, IL, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Zelby's clinical interests: extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and microdiscectomy. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Zelby attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Microdiscectomy, Discectomy, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Michael Richard Zindrick, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
550 W Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Michael Zindrick's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zindrick include back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. Dr. Zindrick has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Zindrick is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Neck Pain, Spinal Fusion, Microdiscectomy, Lower Back Problems, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Digianfilippo, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
700 East Ogden
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Anthony Digianfilippo is a neurosurgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Digianfilippo include laminectomy, gamma knife radiosurgery, and carpal tunnel surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at Rush University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Digianfilippo has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. He is conversant in Italian. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Discectomy, Laser Surgery, Brain ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven E Mather, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
955 Taft Road
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Steven Mather is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Mather average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include cervical (neck) spine problems and spine surgery procedures. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Clinical Interests: Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures

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Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 22
  • Charge (avg.): $13,875
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,757
Dr. Mark A Lorenz, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
550 W Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Mark Lorenz practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Hinsdale, IL and Joliet, IL. Dr. Lorenz's areas of expertise consist of back pain, neck pain, and spinal fusion. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lorenz studied medicine at Medical University of Vienna. Dr. Lorenz (or staff) speaks German and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Neck Pain, Spinal Fusion, Microdiscectomy, Lower Back Problems, Spine Problems, Spinal Stenosis, ... (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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