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Dr. Richard Alan Hostin Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
1650 W Magnolia Avenue; Suite 210
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Richard Hostin, who practices in Plano, TX, McKinney, TX, and Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. These areas are among Dr. Hostin's clinical interests: scoliosis, spinal pain, and spinal fusion. He is affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Dallas. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hostin honors. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hostin completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Scoliosis, Spinal Pain, Spine Imaging, Musculoskeletal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ioannis Alexander Avramis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery
1650 W Magnolia Avenue; Suite 210
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ioannis Avramis works as a pediatric orthopedist and pediatric spine surgeon in Plano, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and McKinney, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and tumor. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital and Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Avramis honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Avramis graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC).

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, thoracic fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. James Brezina is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Fort Worth, TX. His clinical interests encompass spine surgery procedures. Dr. Brezina is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and GEHA. He studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Brezina has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 29
  • Charge (avg.): $3,118
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,139
Dr. Jason Christopher Tinley, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2901 Acme Brick Plaza
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jason Tinley's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Tinley is affiliated with Texas Health Fort Worth. He studied medicine at Medical College of Georgia. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Tinley has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Neck Problems, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 52
  • Charge (avg.): $5,955 - $6,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,364 - $1,574
Dr. Atif Haque, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Atif Haque's medical specialty is spine surgery and neurosurgery. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Haque's areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, brain aneurysm, and traumatic brain injury. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Haque takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Haque (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth.

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Clinical Interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Spine Surgery Procedures, Deep Brain ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,575
Dr. Anthony Welton Alcazar Lee, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1900 Mistletoe Boulevard; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Anthony Lee's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Lee graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic, a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines, and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 40
  • Charge (avg.): $4,500 - $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $618 - $1,485
Dr. Thomas Schroeder Ellis, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Neurosurgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Ellis is a neurosurgeon in Fort Worth, TX. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ellis takes. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Ellis attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 30
  • Charge (avg.): $4,500 - $5,400
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $622 - $1,799
Dr. Brent Thomas Alford, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Brent Alford is a neurosurgery specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Alford average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alford takes. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Alford is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 27
  • Charge (avg.): $4,200 - $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,494 - $1,666

Specializes in Neurosurgery
1000 Houston Street; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. George Cravens works as a neurosurgeon. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Cravens obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cravens is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 31
  • Charge (avg.): $4,260 - $5,014
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $622 - $1,518

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1300 W Rosedale; Suite B
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. William Coleman's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee arthritis, elbow pain, and ankle sprain. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Coleman attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for residency. Dr. Coleman is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Disc Problems, Ankle Sprain, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Diagnostic Evaluation, ACL Injury, Bone ... (Read more)

Gregory Ward, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Neurosurgery
909 9th Avenue; Suite 201
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Ward's specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), lamina procedures, and meningioma. Dr. Ward is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Abdolreza Siadati, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Abdolreza Siadati is a neurosurgeon. Dr. Siadati takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,616

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3600 W 7th St; Fort
Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shawn Henry works as an orthopedist in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Henry's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $1,518
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,349

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6251 Oakmont Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Mark Kuper's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kuper honors United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Dr. Kuper has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 58
  • Charge (avg.): $2,340 - $3,150
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $779 - $1,419

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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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