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Dr. Paul J Marcotte, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Paul Marcotte's specialty is neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: spine tumor, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and spine microsurgery. Dr. Marcotte is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Marcotte is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Marcotte trained at The Ottawa Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. He speaks French.

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Clinical Interests: Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Tumor, Spine Problems, Spine ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 59
  • Charge (avg.): $4,505 - $5,888
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,943 - $2,049
Dr. Timothy H Lucas II, Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Timothy Lucas is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. These areas are among Dr. Lucas's clinical interests: cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lucas accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Lucas attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Neurostimulation, Endoscopic Surgery, Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. William Charles Welch, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building- Division of Neurosurgery
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. William Welch is a specialist in neurosurgery. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Welch's clinical interests include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Welch is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue, 2010-2013, and 2015-2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, Spine Tumor, Spine Problems, Spinal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 53
  • Charge (avg.): $4,111 - $7,060
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,336 - $1,790
Dr. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3737 Market Street; 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: cervical herniated disc, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. Dr. Smith's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Smith attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Second Opinions, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Kemal Kemal Ozturk, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ali Ozturk's specialty is neurosurgery. He obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Ozturk's clinical interests: gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Ozturk is conversant in Turkish. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Spinal Instrumentation, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil R Malhotra, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Neil Malhotra's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. Dr. Malhotra takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Malhotra completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Brain Cancer, Spinal Instrumentation, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $7,060
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,709
Dr. James M Schuster, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Schuster is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Schuster's areas of expertise include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Head Injury, Brain Cancer, Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Degenerative Disc Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Joseph Dante, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
235 S 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Stephen Dante's areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery. His clinical interests include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Dante takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dante graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Virtua Marlton Hospital.

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All Interests: Spinal Instrumentation, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, Degenerative Disc ... (Read more)

Dr. Zarina Sultana Ali, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street Hup - Department of Neurosurgery; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Zarina Ali is a neurosurgery specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include spine tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Ali is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Ali is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. For Dr. Ali's residency, Dr. Ali trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ali is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Brachial Plexus Injury, ... (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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