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Dr. David Charles De Witt, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5320 W Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. David Dewitt is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Appleton, WI, Neenah, WI, and Oshkosh, WI. Dr. Dewitt's areas of expertise include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. His professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dewitt attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $12,527
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,491
Dr. Randall Roy Johnson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Randall Johnson sees patients in Neenah, WI. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Johnson is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson's medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Johnson is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Radiculopathy, Head Injury, Stenosis, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip Andrew Yazbak, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Philip Yazbak is a neurosurgery specialist. Dr. Yazbak's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and subsequently trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Radiculopathy, Head Injury, Stenosis, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Neenah, WI and Berlin, WI. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhattacharjee include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He is professionally affiliated with Fond du Lac Regional Clinic and ThedaCare. Dr. Bhattacharjee is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Bhattacharjee attended medical school at Meharry Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Radiculopathy, Head Injury, Stenosis, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas M Wascher, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5320 Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Thomas Wascher is a neurosurgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wascher include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Wascher is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Head Injury, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $12,527
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,491
Dr. Karl A Greene, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5320 West Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Karl Greene's area of specialization is neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Greene's clinical interests: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and craniotomy for tumor. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Barrow Neurological Institute. He is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Head Injury, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Richard Greene, MD, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI
 

Dr. Andrew Greene's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Neenah, WI and Berlin, WI. Dr. Greene attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Greene trained at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. His areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Greene is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Greene takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion, lumbar fusion, cervical fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgery
5320 West Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Peter Ullrich is a medical specialist in surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 21
  • Charge (avg.): $12,527
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,491

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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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