Dr. Benjamin Elder, MD

Dr. Benjamin Elder, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 41

Neurosurgery

Dr. Benjamin Elder, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Rochester, MN. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mayo Clinic Hospital  and Mayo Clinic - Rochester. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

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Mayo Clinic - Minnesota

Rochester - Neurology200 1st St SW Rochester, MN 55905
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Dr. Elder is affiliated with Mayo Clinic Hospital  Jacksonville, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Refuses to meet me before and after surgery
I have never met, talked with or seen him yet he cut me open and operated on me. One year has passed and he has not given me 5 minutes to explain the harmful job he did and why he chooses to let me suffer. He gave me a humpback that is pressing into my windpipe and cutting off my ability to breath while the rest off my spine tries to compensate with extreme s curves and fractures, slipppage and far more pain than before surgery. I am in the ER every couple weeks for breathing/pain/ partial paralysis off my legs. Before I fell off a ladder and fractured t2 I was a straight backed, pro athlete no pain. 2 other surgeons did not recommend surgery but his fellow under him said my head was going to fall off. That dr is long gone, my head is still on and now my life is over thanks to Dr Elder. Beginning to think this guy is some sort of **** who avoides responsibility. I received word he would review in another year but I'll be dead by then.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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kathy – Apr 19, 2022
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Dr. Elder earned my trust from the first appointment. He is honest and trustworthy. He genuinely cares and wanted to help me , and if there is any way possible, he will help you as well. I had a complex surgery done by him and his team that I consider extremely successful. I was in severe pain before the surgery and he was honest with me about possible outcomes. I no longer have the pain I did before the surgery. I honestly couldn't imagine seeing anyone else for any possible future issues because no one made me feel as comfortable as he did.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Susan – Jan 09, 2022
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Dr Elder performed 2 major back surgeries for me in 2019 and I think he was Excellent. Explained everything very well, was never in a rush and took all the time that I needed for questions. Couldn't have asked for any better.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Apr 07, 2020
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Dr. Elder did my back surgery August 8th of 2018. At the time I could hardly walk 100', without resting, or go up stairs. At 74 my body is not the same as a young man; however, I am able to do 95% of what I did before the back issues. I am very grateful to Dr. Elder and hope my wife will be able to see him should she need surgery. His prognosis for recovery was right on. Thank you Dr Elder. JBV
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Dr. Elder's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Hydrocephalus
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Hydrocephalus more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Hydrocephalus Due to Congenital Stenosis of Aqueduct of Sylvius
  • Hydrocephalus, Adult
  • Hydrocephalus, Child
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Obstructive Hydrocephalus
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder performs Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Elder performs this procedure more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Elder's conditions and procedures:

  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Astrocytoma
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Concussion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Malignant Schwannoma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Neurovascular Conditions
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Surgery
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Paralysis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pediatric Neurological Disorders
  • Pediatric Neurosurgical Procedures
  • PET-CT Scan
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Refractory Epilepsy
  • Schwannoma
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Seizure
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fracture              
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Spacer Procedure
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain

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About Me

Biography

Dr. Benjamin Elder, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Rochester, MN. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mayo Clinic Hospital  and Mayo Clinic -...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Education

2003
Yale University-M.S.

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Does Dr. Benjamin Elder, MD offer telehealth services?

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What are Dr. Benjamin Elder, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Elder frequently treats Hydrocephalus, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, and Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Elder treats.

Where is Dr. Benjamin Elder, MD's office located?

Dr. Elder's office is located at 200 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

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Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Mayo Clinic Hospital 

Jacksonville, FL

91% Patients that would definitely recommend, 21% higher than the national average

32 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)

Mayo Clinic - Rochester

Rochester, MN