Dr. Christopher Heck, MD

Orthopedic Spine SurgeryMaleAge 45

Dr. Heck
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Southlake Orthopaedics

4517 Southlake Pkwy Hoover, AL 35244

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(205) 985-4111

Dr. Christopher Heck, MD is a Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist in Hoover, AL. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Baptist Medical Center South and Brookwood Baptist Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Heck to book an appointment.


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Dr. Heck's conditions and procedures:

  • Arm Surgery
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release

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Dr. Heck accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Dental Blue 100/200/300
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Cigna PPO
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Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

Dr. Heck's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Heck

3.0

Based on 34 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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What went well
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  • Staff friendliness (19)
  • Appointment scheduling (17)
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment (6)
  • Staff wasn't friendly (5)
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After a total of 28and a half hours of Surgery, 8 curved rods, 29 attachment screws, 3 cages, 3 clamps and a double hand full of assorted hardware allowed Dr Heck, Lauren, Many Surgical Staff and THE GOOD LORD, to put me back together. After months of therapy, whining, crying and fussing (to no avail) I’m walking not running. Doing things many said NOT TO and I would never do again. My Doctor list includes Dr Jack Hughston, Dr James Andrews, Dr Hamp Greene, Dr Donavan Kendricks, Dr Bradley Katz, Dr Ronald Hester or a few that I put Dr Heck in the class with. There is NO PERFECT Person on this Earth, if you ever have someone even speak like they are. I advise You to go as quickly as possible away from them. Dr Heck, I will say did everything possible I believe for Me. When You go through what We did together you either end up really good Friends or the other. Thank GOODNESS We are Friends. YES, I Recommend him
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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David Driskell – Dec 30, 2020
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Dr Heck is wonderful. His staff is also wonderful. Had surgery on my back two times for different things and everything was great.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Oct 08, 2020
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Two years after a minor surgery from Dr.Heck, I just had repair surgery from neurosurgeon at St Vincents to repair the damage from my surgery from Heck. I nearly died from getting staph infection, in ICU for a week and hospital in and out for a year getting infection cleared. The infection ate my spine and couldn’t even get Dr Heck to return calls. You are risking your life and livelihood if you allow this Doctor to touch your back!!! Leave it to the experts..,neurosurgeons!!!! This Doctor lacks empathy to help people. I hear nurses call him the God of Grandview and drives a Maserati!!! He’s just into the money from my experience!! Insurance companies should look at him closely cause he cost them a fortune with his arrogance to ignore my pain. I told him something didn’t work in the surgery and he sent me to therapy like a fool. Never did follow MRI and he would have seen the problem!!! run run run cause your life does depend on it!!!!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Sep 01, 2020
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I was referred and he was not there and neither was my x Ray's or MRI. So they took another x ray which was unnecessary and was told to go to P.T. and have some shots this after I was told my back was very bad spurs, herniated disc arthritis etc. I have been in horrific pain can't do anything and they want me to go do exercises. The nurse practitioner did not even tell me or show me the paper report I ask for a copy but never got it. Just another run around for insurance money. And it will go up again because of all this crap.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Jul 16, 2020
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he let me suffer night and day. my pain is so bad i cannot sleep , turning, begging God for help he knows i suffer you think u know me and my past
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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betty oglrsby – Jun 30, 2020
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Dr.Heck. Is the best back surgery I ever went to he was the only one after 10 years of back problems he told me on my first visit what it was he is great at what he does I will tell everyone about him.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 30, 2019
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Dr. Heck has operated on both of my parents, and he did a great job. He explained their problems thoroughly, and he was always available to answer questions. He wants the best outcomes for his patients.
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
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Dec 17, 2019
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I haven’t had surgery yet but going to have it in February. I was wanting to see if anyone has had the surgery for flat back syndrome. I have had 3 lumbar surgeries and 1 cervical spine surgery. Now I need the curviture put back in my spine, so I can stand up straight. If anyone has had the flat back repair surgery by Dr. Heck please let me know. Message me please or facebook. Thank you
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Lisa Gilley – Dec 10, 2019
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I have been having back problems for quite a few years now. I had went to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was going on, but they would say "we don't see anything". Well a friend of mine suggested that I make an appointment with Dr. Heck and I'm so glad he did. Dr. Heck suggested that I go have a discogram done, and long story short I had to get fusion did on my L4-L5. I went in yesterday 9/26/2019 had my surgery today I'm home recovering with very little pain that is come from the incisions he made to do the operation. If you're in pain from your back I suggest Dr. Heck
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Chris Fugatt – Sep 28, 2019
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Makes it his mission to find the problem, give you all available options for your specific problem, and makes sure he gives his patients the best treatment available!! *****
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
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Bailey Hogan in Pelham, AL – Jun 25, 2018
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Finally found a dentist & staff that is so friendly, professional and ALWAYS on time! I look forward to my cleanings and recommend Dr, Heck to all my clients, family and friends!
What went well
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What could be improved
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Lebanon, OH – Oct 26, 2017
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very personable with excellent staff .
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Melissa Vail in Ypsilanti, MI – Oct 25, 2017
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He gets straight to the point and doesn't sugar coat anything, which is what I like! My lumbar fusion went great and I was back to work in two weeks! Couldn't have asked for anyone better!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Luverne, AL – Aug 11, 2017
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Dr. Heck knew I was experiencing extreme back pain. He did an X-ray and exam and then told me he wanted me to start with physical therapy, and he would see me again in a month. He offered no prescription to help with immediate relief of my severe pain. He indicated that losing weight would be advisable. All fine, but I had been experiencing frequent sharp stabbing pains for days and left there with nothing to help. He suspected inflammation yet gave me nothing to stop the tremendous pain..
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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David L in Alexander City, AL – Mar 20, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

To understand the patient's problem, you must listen to them. A patient can tell you more than a textbook ever did.

Biography

I joined Southlake Orthopaedics in January 2018.  Prior to joining the Southlake Orthopaedics team, I practiced orthopaedics in Montgomery, Alabama...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2007
Duke University
Fellowship Hospital
2006
University Of Kentucky
Residency Hospital
2002
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Internship Hospital

Awards

Media & Publications

  • >Venous thromboembolism in spine surgery,
  • >Www.chrisheckmd.com,

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What are Dr. Christopher Heck, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Heck frequently treats Pathological Spine Fracture, Shoulder Fracture Treatment, and Low Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Heck treats.

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Dr. Heck's office is located at 4517 Southlake Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Southlake Orthopaedics

Southlake Orthopaedics4517 Southlake Pkwy Hoover, AL 35244
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Southlake Orthopaedics3686 Grandview Pkwy Ste 430 Birmingham, AL 35243
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Baptist Medical Center South

Montgomery, AL

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center

Birmingham, AL

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

Grandview Medical Center

Birmingham, AL

79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average