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Dr Glenn Edward Harper MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
301 Seton Parkway; Suite 402
Round Rock, TX

Dr. Glenn Harper specializes in neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Harper average 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and spinal decompression surgery. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Harper welcomes new patients. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Spinal Decompression Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Dr Mark Santman MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.06 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
300 University Boulevard
Round Rock, TX

Dr. Mark Santman, who practices in Round Rock, TX, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Santman average 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include spine problems. Dr. Santman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He obtained his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Santman is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 29
  • Charge (avg.): $4,617 - $4,977
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,398 - $1,518
Dr Mustasim N Rumi MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.22 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
16020 Park Valley Drive
Round Rock, TX

Dr. Mustasim Rumi is a Round Rock, TX physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rumi include spine problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rumi at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He 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. His professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Williamson and Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $4,971
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,627
Bryan Scott Johnson PAC
Specializes in Neurosurgery
301 Seton Parkway; Suite 402
Round Rock, TX

Mr. Bryan Johnson practices neurosurgery. He is especially interested in extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and spinal decompression surgery. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Mr. Johnson is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Spinal Decompression Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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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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