Dr. Bret Ball, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 47
  
Dr. Ball
Accepting new patients

Northwest Spine Surgery

10000 SE Main St Ste 360 Portland, OR 97216

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Dr. Bret Ball, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Portland, OR and has over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Ball has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Southern California / Keck School of Medicine medical school in 2005. He is affiliated with medical facilities Adventist Health Portland and Providence Portland Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Ball to book an appointment.


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Dr. Ball accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
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GEHA
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Principal Financial Group
Principal Life
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UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
Worker's Compensation
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 69% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 19 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Herniated Disc
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ball treats Herniated Disc more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Ball treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ball treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Ball treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ball treats Spondylosis more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Ball treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

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Dr. Ball's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Pump Implant
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure

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Dr. Ball's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ball

3.8

Based on 38 ratings

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dr Bret ball, was who I was referred to and who my insurance works with. Not only did he invalidate my symptoms, he told me to do weight loss surgery. which my insurance will not cover, and you have to be able to lose weight on your own before hand. He told me to do EVERYTHING I have already done, or can not do, like walk a hour every day. he told me to do things my PT has told me not to do, as it makes my symptoms worse. He never said his name when he came in. so if it wasn't for his coat I would have no idea who he was, he mispronounced my name and kept going on about how in south America it would be said that way. He slouched the entire time, and truthfully.. I was waiting for him to take out his phone and totally ignore me. He told me to get better insurance, so they will pay for weight loss surgery and a dietitian. someone who is disabled and can't work. He would sit there not talking just staring at me. he made me extremely uncomfortable. I would NOT recommend him
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DJM – Jan 14, 2020
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After living with multiple ruptured discs and other spinal complications for almost twenty years, I developed severe leg pain. I was determined never to have fusion, but I was in much more pain than usual; it was miserable, constantly. Dr. Ball was recommended by my GP, so I went to discuss options. He was patient, thorough and sympathetic. He recommended a laminectomy and discectomy. I did some research; evaluated the risks, and scheduled the surgery. The kind and helpful staff facilitated my having the procedure within 3 days. It went smoothly, and the excruciating pain in my leg was gone within hours. Recovery was SO much easier than I anticipated. Dr. Ball advised that I limit lifting and twisting, wear my back brace, and that I do a lot of walking. I have no reservations about recommending him if you are having nerve pain that is impairing your quality of life. I just wish I hadn't waited six months before seeking his help.
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Sheryl E in Beaverton, OR – Nov 19, 2019
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Chronic neck pain on the left side and shoulderfor several months… Referred to by a chiropractor and came in with an x-ray . 1st consultation.... no physical exam at all .. he basically asked me every question that I had already filled out on the paper before the appointment and then said that I need an MRI. He yawned the entire time of the appointment. Second appointment after the MRI… Again absolutely no physical exam or testing done for my neck at all for range of motion or movement . Chronic Pain is on the left side and. He told me that it looks like some disc problem on the right side. I completely and thoroughly read the entire MRI diagnosis before hand and I don't understand how he is saying that when it totally says that I have pronounced arthritis on the left side with nerve compression . I felt like he did not acknowledge the chronic pain that I am in or discuss how to handle it with the work that I do . Suggested surgery or I could try a steroid injection .
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Tani peterson in Washougal, WA – Oct 09, 2019
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Don't believe the staff when they tell you your insurance will cover the visit. There is a good chance it will go to your deductible. Bret Ball saw me for 5 minutes and sent out a bill for $615 for a new patent extended 45 minute office visit. He did me know good, it was a total waste of time.
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B. Sisul – Jun 23, 2019
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Super doctor, talented, articulates well with communication and has good bedside manners.
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May 30, 2019
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My first and last visit with Dr. Bell did not go well. They had not requested test results from referring dr or imaging. I was told they could get them in about an hour. I walked out. Then the office had the nerve to bill my insurance $500.00 for a consultation that did not happen due to their unprofessional failure to be prepared for a new patient!
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May 08, 2019
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I have been to so many Doctors and NeuroSurgeons over the years. Dr Brett Ball is the first to hear me and help me. I am so grateful to him and his entire staff.
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Carol Jaeger in Vancouver, WA – Dec 17, 2018
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Very very happy with Dr. Ball. Wish he did other parts of the body as I`m having surgery on my knees soon.
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Connie Youngblood in Gresham, OR – Jul 12, 2018
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Dr Ball is excellent! Had herniated discs and he got me right in and did surgery. He listens and is very caring!
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Jan in Rhododendron, Or – Jun 08, 2017
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Just one heck of a nice guy. Never hurries or rushes exams. And he listens as well as talks. He has my complete trust.
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Marion Steve Phillips in Astoria, Oregon – Dec 01, 2016
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I am an elderly woman in my 60's and thought I would have no quality of life again until Dr. Ball performed surgery on my spine. I am now able to walk upright and without a walker! I was bent over for almost three years, with pain and numbness in the left hip and leg. Also, Dr. Ball has a great bedside manner. He spends quality time with his patients and treats them like an equal. He patiently listens to my issues. The aftercare he offers with PT and OT is awesome!
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Juanita Priest in Portland, OR – Oct 24, 2016
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I can't say if it's due to his inexperience, or why; but I would not undergo this serious procedure again, as it did little to nothing to correct the problem.
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R. Lee in Portland, OR – Feb 19, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Bret Ball, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Portland, OR and has over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Ball has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Southern California...

Specialties

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

Board Certifications

Education

2013
Swedish Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2012
Mayo Medical School
Residency Hospital
2006
Mayo Medical School
Internship Hospital
2005
University of Southern California / Keck School of Medicine
Medical School
1997
University of Utah
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • French
  • English

Awards

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Locations

Northwest Spine Surgery

Northwest Spine Surgery10000 SE Main St Ste 360 Portland, OR 97216
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Adventist Health Portland

Portland, OR

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)

Providence Portland Medical Center

Portland, OR

77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)