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Dr. Alan Sander Hilibrand, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Hilibrand's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include laminectomy, torticollis, and lower back strain. Dr. Hilibrand's hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Rothman Institute. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Yale School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Hilibrand has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $16,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,788
Dr. Mark Faisal Kurd, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Kurd is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kurd include laminectomy, lower back strain, and torticollis. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kurd takes. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Kurd has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Ankle Fusion, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, Bone Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Greg Anderson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Anderson is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA, Bryn Mawr, PA, and Wynnewood, PA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Anderson's areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, lower back strain, and torticollis. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Anderson's practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Anderson completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs 2016,2010.

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Clinical Interests: Elbow Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 80
  • Charge (avg.): $6,100 - $10,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $829 - $2,064
Dr. Scott Allen Rushton, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
100 E Lancaster Avenue; Suite 370 Medical Science Building
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Scott Rushton's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, ankle fusion, and spondylosis (degenerative spine disease). Dr. Rushton is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He has an open panel. Dr. Rushton graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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All Interests: Ankle Fusion, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Stenosis, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
100 East Lancaster Avenue; Lankenau Mob East, Suite 253
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Christian Fras' specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fras include back pain, spondylosis (degenerative spine disease), and lumbar sympathetic block. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fras honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Fras (or staff) speaks German and French. He is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Fras welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Artificial Disc Replacement, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashwini Dayal Sharan, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ashwini Sharan is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His training includes residency programs at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hartford Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sharan include back pain, laminectomy, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Sharan accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Herniated Disc, Spinal Cord Stimulation, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,460
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $779
Dr. Paul J Marcotte, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 South 8th Street; Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Paul Marcotte works as a neurosurgeon. Dr. Marcotte speaks French. His areas of expertise include spine tumor, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), and spine microsurgery. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Before completing his residency at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Marcotte attended medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Marcotte has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue.

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Clinical Interests: Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Tumor, ... (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. Jeffrey Allan Rihn, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Rihn is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Media, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rihn include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and torticollis. Dr. Rihn's professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Rihn is rated highly by his patients. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 73
  • Charge (avg.): $8,000 - $16,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,765 - $1,935
Dr. Timothy H Lucas II, Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Timothy Lucas practices neurosurgery. Dr. Lucas's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Lucas honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include back pain, spine tumor, and spine microsurgery. Dr. Welch's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Welch attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Welch's distinctions include: 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.

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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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: cervical herniated disc, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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 is a neurosurgeon. His clinical interests include gamma knife radiosurgery, spine microsurgery, and disc surgery. Dr. Ozturk is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Srinivas Kasinadhuni Prasad, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
909 Walnut Street; Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Srinivas Prasad's specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, back pain, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Prasad's professional affiliations include Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Prasad attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Laminectomy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Spine Tumor, Spinal Cord ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $2,460
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $950
Dr. Stephen Joseph Dante, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
235 S 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Stephen Dante is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Dante's clinical interests: spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Memorial Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Virtua Marlton Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dante is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Dr. Kristen E Radcliff, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
925 Chestnut Street; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kris Radcliff is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Radcliff average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Radcliff honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He studied medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Radcliff completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Rothman Institute. He has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Scoliosis, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ligament Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 30
  • Charge (avg.): $8,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,695
Dr. Neil R Malhotra, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Neil Malhotra specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Malhotra include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Malhotra takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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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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