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Richard A Hostin Jr MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
Average rating 4.6 stars out of 5 (14 ratings)
1650 W Magnolia Avenue; Suite 210
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Richard Hostin's areas of specialization are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery; he sees patients in Plano, TX, McKinney, TX, and Fort Worth, TX. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Hostin attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hostin include scoliosis, spinal pain, and spinal fusion. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hostin has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Children's Health (Texas). Dr. Hostin has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Spinal Fusion

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

Dr Ioannis Alexander Avramis MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1650 W Magnolia Avenue; Suite 210
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Ioannis Avramis is a specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and pediatric spine surgery. He works in Plano, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and McKinney, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Avramis include lumbar laminectomy, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and tumor. He is affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Children's Health (Texas). Dr. Avramis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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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)

Dr Jason Christopher Tinley MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1307 8th Avenue; Suite 603
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Jason Tinley is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Tinley attended Medical College of Georgia for medical school and subsequently trained at JPS Health Network for residency. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Fort Worth. Dr. Tinley is accepting new patients.

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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

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1651 W. Rosedale; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. James Brezina specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fort Worth, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Brezina is especially interested in spine surgery procedures. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. He attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, GEHA, and more. Dr. Brezina has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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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
Gregory Ward MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, Neurosurgery
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
909 9th Avenue; Suite 201
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Gregory Ward's medical specialty is general practice, family medicine, and neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Ward's clinical interests: intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), lamina procedures, and meningioma. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , Spinal Fusion

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

Dr Atif Haque MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
Average rating 4.48 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Atif Haque's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Haque include minimally invasive surgery, brain aneurysm, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Haque's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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 the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Haque has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Haque (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Haque's hospital/clinic 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 Stimulatio ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $5,100
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,575
Anthony W Lee MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 4.66 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1900 Mistletoe Boulevard; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Anthony Lee specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Fort Worth, TX. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lee at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for 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 the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lee completed residency programs at Cleveland Clinic, a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines, and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Lee's hospital/clinic 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
Thomas S Ellis MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 4.15 stars out of 5 (20 ratings)
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Thomas Ellis is a neurosurgery specialist in Fort Worth, TX. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ellis is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Ellis 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: 30
  • Charge (avg.): $4,500 - $5,400
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $622 - $1,799
Brent T Alford MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 4.32 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Brent Alford is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Fort Worth, TX and Keller, TX. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Alford attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He 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 Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1300 W Rosedale; Suite B
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. William Coleman practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Fort Worth, TX. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. These areas are among Dr. Coleman's clinical interests: knee arthritis, elbow pain, and ankle sprain. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Coleman is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , Spinal Fusion

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

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

Dr. Abdolreza Siadati is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Siadati graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include 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
Average rating 2.66 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
3600 W 7th Street; Department of Orthopaedics
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Shawn Henry is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Henry is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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
Average rating 2.43 stars out of 5 (29 ratings)
6251 Oakmont Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Mark Kuper is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Kuper at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: 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

Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 3.25 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1000 Houston Street; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. George Cravens' specialty is neurosurgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Cravens studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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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
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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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