Dr. Carl N. Graf, MD

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Dr. Carl N. Graf, MD

Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male

Illinois Spine Institute 500 W Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60195 Get Directions
(847) 303-1200

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Care Philosophy

Dr Graf considers himself to be very conservative in his approach to orthopaedic and spinal conditions. Using multiple modalities such as physical therapy and injections, many conditions are treated non-surgically. When surgery is necessary, Dr Graf's training affords his patients to be treated with the newest technology and techniques. The majority of spinal surgeries performed by Dr. Graf are performed in a minimally invasive fashion as an outpatient to speed recovery and decrease downtime. The Illinois Spine Institute is one of the only spine focused practices which offers comprehensive spinal care. In one location we offer physical therapy and spinal rehab, minimally invasive injections and procedures (performed in our state-of-the-art Joint Commission Certified surgery center), in addition to the most advanced minimally invasive spinal surgeries.Read more

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Dr. Carl Graf is a board certified spinal surgeon. His training included a combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic spinal surgery...Read more

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in East Dundee, IL |
I met with 3 other spine specialists and after meeting Dr. Graf, I knew he was the one. My pre and post surgery, as well as the surgery itself went so well, I don't even remember the leg pain I had for the previous 9 months. I was petrified about spine surgery, but Dr. Graf eased my fear and gave me all the information I needed to calm myself down. It worked!
in Wheeling, IL |
My experience with Dr. Graf has been the best. He is personable and honest. His skill as a surgeon is beyond reproach. I would, and have recommended him to many people and friends. I trust his judgement completely and that is a very important part of the doctor/patient relationship. He proceeds with caution and is not knife happy. If you need spinal surgery, he is the best.
Elk Grove Village, IL |
Dr.Graf is a great doctor and provides excellent diagnosis and care. He really cares about his patients takes the time to listen. He has performed back surgery on me and i'm very satisfied with the results. I highly recommend him. Thank you Dr.Graf
in Oakwood Hills, IL |
Dr. Graf did an superior job in explaining the procedure that he planned on utilizing in correcting my spinal stenosis. i.e. risks, recovery time and the appropriate post surgery exercises. This is the second type of spinal surgery that Dr. Graf has preformed on me. And in both cases, I am happy to report that he has once again preformed flawlessly. In addition, Dr. Graf was and continues to be very supportive in the post surgery stage of the healing process. And is available 24 x 7.
in Sycamore, IL |
My experience with Dr Graf was better than expected. He was very easy to work with and I felt he truly listened to my case. He didnt just rush me in and out. He was very good at explaining options and the results of each option. Highly recommended.
in Bensenville, IL |
He help me with my back pain and tell me and explain everything step by step the process...i hope i will never get heard again but i will i will be 100% good coming back to doctor Graf thank you for all the work done the he did for me.
Round Lake, IL |
Dr. Graf says one thing when your in his office and does a complete turn about with your treatment plan once you leave is office. Very unreliable and unprofessional
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    Specialties

    • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
    • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
    • Neurological Spine Surgery
    • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
    • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Board Certifications

    Why It Matters: Dr. Graf's Board Certifications

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    • Neurology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    Dr. Graf says..

    The Illinois Spine Institute offers comprehensive spinal care.  In our state-of-the-art surgery center, located in Schaumburg, we offer the fullest extent of pain management procedures.  

    If surgery should be necessary, Dr. Graf performs cutting edge minimally invasive procedures.  Most surgeries are offered as an outpatient with only a bandaid to cover the small incision.

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    • Back Pain
    • Bone Disorders
    • Bursitis
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
    • Chronic Neck Pain
    • Coccygeal Pain
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Elbow Pain
    • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
    • Fracture
    • Gait Abnormality
    • Hand Pain
    • Herniated Disc
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Joint Pain
    • Limb Pain
    • Low Back Pain
    • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
    • Lumbar Spine Fracture
    • Myelopathy
    • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
    • Nerve Conduction Disorders
    • Nerve Diseases
    • Nerve Injury
    • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
    • Neurological Injuries
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis of Hands
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Osteopenia
    • Pathological Spine Fracture
    • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
    • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Restless Leg Syndrome
    • Sacrum Disorders
    • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Scoliosis
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Spinal Cord Tumor
    • Spinal Infections
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spine Deformities
    • Spine Dislocation
    • Spine Disorders
    • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
    • Spondolthesis
    • Spondylitis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
    • Stress Fracture
    • Thoracic Spine Fracture
    • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
    • Vascular Disease
    • Vertigo
    • Work-Related Injuries
    • Wrist Pain

    Procedures Performed

    Dr. Graf says..

    Dr. Graf offers comprehensive spinal care.  When surgery is necessary we offer the full extent of all spine procedures to help you get back on your feet.  Many surgeries are performed in a minimally invasive fashion as an outpatient.

    This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.
    • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
    • Cervical Disc Replacement
    • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
    • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
    • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
    • Cervical Injection
    • Cervical Medial Branch Block
    • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
    • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
    • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
    • Complex Spinal Instrumentation Procedure
    • Complex Spine Surgery
    • Degenerative Disc surgery
    • Disc Arthroplasty
    • Disc Replacement
    • Discography
    • Epidural Cortisone Injection
    • Facet Joint Injection
    • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
    • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
    • Herniated Disc Procedure
    • Herniated Disc Surgery
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
    • Lumbar Disc Replacement
    • Lumbar Discography
    • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
    • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
    • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
    • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
    • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
    • Microdiscectomy
    • Microsurgical Procedure
    • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Neck Surgery
    • Pain Management
    • Revision Surgery
    • Spinal Cord Stimulation
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Spinal Injections
    • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
    • Spine Fracture Treatment
    • Spine Surgery
    • Steroid Injection
    • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
    • Thoracic Facet Joint Injection
    • Trigger Point Injection
    • Worker's Compensation Evaluations

    Background Check

    • 0
      Malpractice Claims

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      Sanctions

      No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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    • 0
      Board Actions

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    Education

    • Medical School
      Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine

      Graduated in 2000

    • Internship Hospital
      University Of Illinois Hospital

      Completed in 2001

    • Residency Hospital
      University Of Illinois Hospital

      Completed in 2005

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital

      Completed in 2006

      Methodist Hospital Inc The

      Completed in 2006

      Saint Vincent Indianapolis Hospital

      Completed in 2006

    • Undergraduate School
      Augustana College

      Graduated in 1996

    • Other Education
      Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship

      Completed in 2006

    Awards & Recognition

    • Awards & Honors
      • Healthgrades Honor Roll
      • Miller Orthopaedic Surgery Scholarship, 2000
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    • Media & Publications

      Dr. Graf has no media or publications listed.

    Languages Spoken

    • English
    • Spanish

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    Dr. Graf's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    • Specializes in Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Board certified in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery
    • No malpractice claims found
    • No sanctions found
    • No board actions found
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    Dr. Graf's Office & Staff

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    Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
    16 – 30 minutes

    Experience with Dr. Graf

    Level of trust in provider's decisions
    How well provider explains medical condition(s)
    How well provider listens and answers questions
    Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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    Dr. Graf says...

    Dr. Carl Graf is a board certified spinal surgeon.  His training included a combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic spinal surgery fellowship.  Dr. Graf considers himself to be conservative in his approach, but when surgery is necessary he offers cutting edge procedures using minimally invasive techniques to speed recovery.  Many surgeries are offered as an outpatient with only a bandaid to cover the small  incision.

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    Dr. Graf's Care Philosophy

    Dr Graf considers himself to be very conservative in his approach to orthopaedic and spinal conditions. Using multiple modalities such as physical therapy and injections, many conditions are treated non-surgically. When surgery is necessary, Dr Graf's training affords his patients to be treated with the newest technology and techniques.  The majority of spinal surgeries performed by Dr. Graf are performed in a minimally invasive fashion as an outpatient to speed recovery and decrease downtime.

    The Illinois Spine Institute is one of the only spine focused practices which offers comprehensive spinal care.  In one location we offer physical therapy and spinal rehab, minimally invasive injections and procedures (performed in our state-of-the-art Joint Commission Certified surgery center), in addition to the most advanced minimally invasive spinal surgeries.

    ×

    Dr. Graf says...

    The Illinois Spine Institute offers comprehensive spinal care.  In our state-of-the-art surgery center, located in Schaumburg, we offer the fullest extent of pain management procedures.  

    If surgery should be necessary, Dr. Graf performs cutting edge minimally invasive procedures.  Most surgeries are offered as an outpatient with only a bandaid to cover the small incision.

    ×

    Dr. Graf says...

    Dr. Graf offers comprehensive spinal care.  When surgery is necessary we offer the full extent of all spine procedures to help you get back on your feet.  Many surgeries are performed in a minimally invasive fashion as an outpatient.