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Dr. Mark Anthony Testaiuti, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
4000 Church Road
Mount Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. Mark Testaiuti is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Testaiuti (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. His areas of expertise include spine microsurgery, endoscopic discectomy, and degenerative disc disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Marlton Hospital, Cooper University Health Care, and Capital Health. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Testaiuti attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Testaiuti is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Bone Spurs, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Bone Density Test, Spinal Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Orin K Atlas, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
201 Creek Crossing Boulevard
Hainesport, NJ
 

Dr. Orin Atlas specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Atlas's areas of expertise include spinal pain, spine microsurgery, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and more. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Atlas is professionally affiliated with Atlas Spine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Spinal Pain, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 90
  • Charge (avg.): $7,801 - $17,574
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $725 - $1,248
Dr. Lawrence S Deutsch, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4000 Church Road
Mount Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. Larry Deutsch is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. Dr. Deutsch's clinical interests include spine microsurgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and degenerative disc disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Marlton Hospital and Capital Health.

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All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Microsurgery, Radiculopathy, Osteoporosis, Cervical ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
502 Centennial Boulevard; Suite 6
Voorhees, NJ
 

Dr. Thomas O'Dowd's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. O'Dowd's areas of expertise include knee arthritis, forearm fracture, and femur (thigh bone) fracture. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Forearm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Humerus Fracture, Ankle Fusion, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kamaldeep Singh Momi, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4000 Church Road
Mount Laurel, NJ
 

Dr. Kamaldeep Momi works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Momi include knee arthritis, forearm fracture, and femur (thigh bone) fracture. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Memorial Hospital and Capital Health. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Momi accepts. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Momi's residency was performed at Jersey City Medical Center and The University Hospital, Newark. Dr. Momi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Forearm Fracture, Knee Arthritis, Femur Fracture, Humerus Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Kyphoplasty, ... (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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