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David Charles Dewitt MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
173 North Park Avenue
Neenah, WI

Dr. David Dewitt specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Appleton, WI, Neenah, WI, and Oshkosh, WI. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Dewitt trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. His clinical interests include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Dewitt takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated D ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $12,527
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,491
Mr Randall Roy Johnson MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 3.84 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI

Dr. Randall Johnson is a specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Johnson has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Johnson include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Johnson attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for his residency. He is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , Lumbar Fusion

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

Mr Philip Andrew Yazbak MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 3.72 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI

Dr. Philip Yazbak's medical specialty is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Yazbak honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dr. Yazbak attended Dartmouth Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , Lumbar Fusion

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

Mr Sumon Bhattacharjee MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 2.87 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI

Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee sees patients in Neenah, WI, Berlin, WI, and Fond Du Lac, WI. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Bhattacharjee is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Agnesian HealthCare and ThedaCare. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Meharry Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Lumbar Fusion

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

Thomas M Wascher MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 4.21 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
5320 Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI

Dr. Thomas Wascher is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wascher include lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare. Dr. Wascher attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Wascher average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Fusion

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $12,527
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,491
Karl A Greene MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 2.87 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
5320 West Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI

Dr. Karl Greene works as a neurosurgeon. He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Greene's residency was performed at Barrow Neurological Institute. These areas are among his clinical interests: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and craniotomy for tumor. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Greene's hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Fusion

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

Andrew Richard Greene DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.41 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
1305 W American Drive
Neenah, WI

Dr. Andrew Greene is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Neenah, WI and Berlin, WI. Patient ratings for Dr. Greene average 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: lumbar laminectomy, cervical laminectomy, and degenerative disc disease. He is affiliated with ThedaCare. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Greene completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Fusion

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Cervical Laminectomy, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated D ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgery
Average rating 3.25 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
5320 West Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI

Dr. Peter Ullrich's specialty is surgery. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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