San Diego, CA Spinal Fusion Cost Comparison

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A Spinal Fusion in San Diego costs $46,480 on average when you take the median of the 47 medical providers who perform Spinal Fusion procedures in San Diego, CA. The least expensive Spinal Fusion in San Diego is $18,200 for a Cervical Posterior Spinal Fusion Surgery while the most expensive Spinal Fusion list price is $39,700 for a Lumbar Posterior Spinal Fusion Surgery. There are 4 different types of Spinal Fusion provided in San Diego, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the San Diego providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Procedure Price Range
Cervical Anterior Spinal Fusion Surgery Cost Average $27,300 - $74,900 Free Quote
Cervical Posterior Spinal Fusion Surgery Cost Average $18,200 - $49,900 Free Quote
Lumbar Anterior Spinal Fusion Surgery Cost Average $29,500 - $81,000 Free Quote
Lumbar Posterior Spinal Fusion Surgery Cost Average $39,700 - $109,000 Free Quote

Compare Spinal Fusion Providers in San Diego, CA

Facility City Type
San Diego Outpatient Ambulatory Surgical Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
North Coast Center Encinitas Ambulatory Surgical Center
Elite Surgical Centers, Escondido Escondido Ambulatory Surgical Center
Scripps Green Hospital La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Promise Hospital of San Diego San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Pomerado Outpatient Surgical Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Otay Lakes Surgery Center Chula Vista Ambulatory Surgical Center
Scripps USP Surgery Center Encinitas Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Carlsbad Surgery Center Carlsbad Ambulatory Surgical Center
Palomar Surgical Center Escondido Ambulatory Surgical Center
Ucsd Ambulatory Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
San Diego Ambulatory Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sharp Memorial Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Poway Surgery Center Poway Ambulatory Surgical Center
Center for Surgery of Encinitas Encinitas Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pomerado Hospital Poway Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Mercy Surgery Pavilion San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mission Valley Hegihts Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Pacific Surgery Center Oceanside Ambulatory Surgical Center
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Encinitas Acute Care Hospital
Outpatient Surgery of Point Loma San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
The Reservoir Physicans Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Premiere Surgery Center Escondido Ambulatory Surgical Center
La Mesa Medical Surgical Center La Mesa Ambulatory Surgical Center
Escondido Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
North Coast Surgery Center Oceanside Ambulatory Surgical Center
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center/kaiser San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Tri-city Medical Center Oceanside Acute Care Hospital
Sk Clinic Surgical Center La Jolla Ambulatory Surgical Center
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Egl Ambulatory Surgery Center La Jolla Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Chula Vista Acute Care Hospital
Palomar Medical Center Escondido Acute Care Hospital
University of California, San Diego Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Grossmont Outpatient Surgical Center La Mesa Ambulatory Surgical Center
Scripps Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Outpatient Surgery of Del Mar San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Paradise Valley Hospital National City Acute Care Hospital
Fallbrook Hospital Fallbrook Acute Care Hospital
Eastlake Surgery Center Chula Vista Ambulatory Surgical Center
Outpatient Care Surgery Center San Diego Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sharp Grossmont Hospital La Mesa Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Coronado Hospital Coronado Acute Care Hospital

Spinal Fusion Cost and Procedure Introduction

A spinal fusion is a procedure during which two or more vertebrae are joined (fused). Spinal fusions are performed to alleviate a number of problems: spinal stenosis, fractures, herniated discs, injuries, infection and tumors. Spinal fusions can be done using a bone from your pelvis or a bone bank. It can also be done with a metal implant, which will hold the vertebrae together until new bone can grow. These procedures are conducted using general anesthesia. Patients spend a few days in the hospital afterward for observation. You will need to follow a physical rehabilitation program after you get home.

Patient Preparation for Spinal Fusion

A physical examination will be performed along with blood or other diagnostic tests, such as X-rays and MRIs. It is particularly important to inform the physician of all medications or vitamins taken regularly or if you are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant). Also, let your doctor know if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention. And finally, tell your doctor if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin or other medications that affect blood clotting. You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for the surgery; be sure to read and follow those instructions. You will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight. It is also important to prepare your home for when you get home from the hospital and during recovery. Move necessary items to areas which will not require you to bend or reach. You will need to make arrangements for transportation after the surgery is complete. If you are given a prescription for pain medication, have it filled prior to surgery.

What to Expect During and After Spinal Fusion

The surgery can take several hours. After arriving at the hospital, an intravenous line is inserted into the arm to administer a sedative and a painkiller. Also, your heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen level will be monitored during the procedure. The procedure is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free). The surgeon will make a cut over the vertebrae that need to be fused. After preparing the bone graft, the surgeon will place it between the vertebrae. Metal plates, rods or screws may be used to hold the vertebrae in place while the bone graft heals. Sometimes, the surgeon will use a synthetic substance to aid in bone growth and speed the fusion. Finally, the incision will be closed with stitches or staples.

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to a hospital room. Before being discharged, you will be given instructions about care for your incisions, limits on activities and what you should do to aid your recovery. If you notice any of the following, call the number the hospital gave you: Fever, excessive sweating, difficulty urinating, redness, bleeding or worsening pain. It usually takes several months for the bones to fuse, and you’ll need to wear a brace until your spine is aligned correctly.

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