Dr. Carl Graf, MD

Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
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Age 43
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Dr. Carl Graf, MD
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.

500 W Golf Rd

Schaumburg, IL 60195

Contact Information

(847) 303-1200

Dr. Carl Graf, MD

Dr. Carl Graf, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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Low Back Pain
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more than 94% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 93% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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more than 91% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Graf "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."

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Specialties

  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
72

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Aneurysm
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • 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 Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • 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 Disorders
  • 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

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Procedures

  • 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 Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • 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
  • Neuroplasty
  • 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

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Augustana College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • University Of Illinois Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • University Of Illinois Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Methodist Hospital Inc The
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Saint Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship
    Other Education | Completed 2006

Awards & Recognition

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

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Graf's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Graf to family and friends
4.4
based on 40 total reviews (16 with comments)
Dr. Graf's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (16)
in Inverness |
I wrote a negative review on December 8, 2016 about the mismanagement in office personnel. I meant to get a retraction review out earlier. Since that time I did undergo physical therapy and had seen Dr. Graf again. He was very concerned about my experience and told me that the office management had revised their procedures. I was happy to hear that and felt I could return to his practice for further care. I plan to make an appointment to have further evaluation about my back pain.
in Naperville, IL |
Dr Graf is an excellent surgeon.He did surgery on my neck. After surgery I had a short recovery and I'm doing great. Highly recommended!
Disappointingly poor listener. Over an hour wait past appt time.
in Cary, IL |
Dr Graf is an excellent surgeon, I had a microdicectomy on my l5s1 done on Feb 7 , 2017. My pain was immediately gone after surgery, had my 2 months fellow up today, felt great , I would say I am almost 100% recovered. Thank you Dr Graf for your expertise and excellent care.
Chicago, IL |
I have already referred Dr. Graf to family and friends. He is an excellent doctor and surgeon. The combination can be sometimes difficult to find. His staff is also very friendly.
in Lk. Zurich, Illinois |
Dr. Graf is very professional and a great bedside manner! He is genuinely concerned about his patients and never in a rush to get you out.
in marengo,illinois |
Dr. Graf answered each and every question thoroughly. Worried about my well being and the best approach about fixing the problem. Gave me options about what i wanted for the right approach.Understands what you are going through and the mechanics of the back.
in Crystal Lake, IL |
Dr. Graf was kind, informative, and honest through every step of my care. My surgery was thoroughly explained and went well under Dr. Graf. Dr. Graf listened to me and what I was feeling and prescribed physical therapy which helped a lot. I am glad I chose to do the surgery and know if I should ever have any problems in the future, Dr. Graf will be able to provide the best care for me.
Rockford, IL |
Don't bother with this one, he won't even help people that have Medicaid won't help the people that really need it!! Had back pain for 38 years since a horseback riding accident and you will get NO HELP from Dr.Graf.
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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  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
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  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare
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  • Worker's Compensation
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