Dr. Christopher Wagener, MD

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Dr. Christopher Wagener, MD
"Many patients mistakenly believe that spine surgery does not work or that they will be worse after a procedure," says Dr. Christopher Wagener, MD. "New techniques, technology, and diagnostic studies have improved results and returned patients back to their lives." Dr. Wagener's elite training and practice experience has made him one of the nation's premier surgeons and an expert in spine surgery. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. He performed his orthopedic surgery training at Georgetown University Hospital before completing a Spine Surgery Fellowship at the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Wagener has performed thousands of procedures on the neck and back helping patients live better lives. His professional interests are in minimally invasive and alternative spine surgery procedures and he is considered an expert and innovator in the field. He has been on the development team of multiple FDA-approved minimally invasive surgical implants, and an international speaker/expert, author, and instructor on minimally invasive surgical techniques. Elected by his peers to be part of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, which was limited to fewer than 200 surgeons worldwide during the time of his inclusion, Dr. Wagener has demonstrated a commitment and mastery to this emerging technique. His reputation and results have made him one of the busiest spine surgeons in his region, performing more than 350 surgeries per year. "The personalized care you get at Coordinated Health cannot be found at the university setting," reports Dr. Wagener. "In addition, I personally perform all surgeries along with a hand-picked spine surgery team. There are no residents, fellows, or medical students training and learning on our patients. This increases efficiency and limits complications associated with inexperience." Dr. Wagener believes in an honest and up-front approach to his patients' problems. "I am lucky to have done a lot of spine surgery as well as having access to a network of colleagues to discuss cases," he notes. "I have a sense of who will benefit from surgery and who will not. In truth, I offer surgery to less than 20 percent of those who seek a surgical opinion. Some people simply won't get clinically significant benefit from surgery. "I recently attended an information session on laser spine surgery in Philadelphia. A family practice doctor, not a surgeon, gave the talk on behalf of the group. He said they offered operations to 90 percent of those that sought treatment from them and that most of them improved. His definition of 'improved,' after I questioned him, was if a patient with a pain level of 9/10 before surgery had a level of 8/10 after surgery. I almost fell off my chair. This is not clinically significant improvement. I want my patients to get better. If surgery isn't the answer, I will be upfront about it." When Dr. Wagener is not doing spine surgery, he enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Marie, a dermatologist. In the last few years, he has traveled to England, Peru, Argentina, Brazil/Amazon, Panama, and Nicaragua. "Seeing and experiencing different parts of the world allows me to connect with all kinds of patients, as well as appreciate what we have at home," he says. "Without question, it has made me a better person and a better physician." He also is an avid fly fisherman, surfer and recently started playing golf. "I'm addicted (to golf). Unfortunately, unlike spine surgery, my passion does not match my ability. I've never been so frustrated, but I enjoy the struggle."

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    based on 17 total reviews (2 with comments)
    Dr. Wagener's Performance
    • Trustworthiness
      VERY GOOD
    • Explains condition(s) well
      VERY GOOD
    • Answers Questions
      VERY GOOD
    • Time well spent
      VERY GOOD
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    • Scheduling
      VERY GOOD
    • Office environment
      EXCELLENT
    • Staff friendliness
      VERY GOOD
    • Average wait time
      10 to 15 minutes
    Patient Comments (2)
    in Bethlehem, PA |
    I have heard many good things about Dr. Wagener. I personally did not have a good experience with him. He recommended surgery that was unnessary so i got a second opinion thank god had the 3 day recovery of the surgery he suggested had turned out to be a 1 hour out patientent surgery and i was up walking the next day. Im glad i went for the second opinion. A friend is a nurse and she told me to get a second opinion thank god for her because i had the surgery scheduled and ready to go.
    in Bethlehem |
    If you want a precise and amazing surgeon Dr. Wagener is who you want to see! He is a phenomenal Dr. and I would absolutely recommend him to friends and family! He took me through this procedure (discectomy) that I had 3 weeks ago with ease and precision! He has Magic hands and I will forever be grateful to him for healing me and giving me my everyday life back! Thank you Dr. Wagener your hands are gold! His reassurance that I will be fine right before surgery made me feel safe!
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    "Many patients mistakenly believe that spine surgery does not work or that they will be worse after a procedure," says Dr. Christopher Wagener, MD. "New techniques, technology, and diagnostic studies have improved results and returned patients back to their lives."

     

    Dr. Wagener's elite training and practice experience has made him one of the nation's premier surgeons and an expert in spine surgery. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. He performed his orthopedic surgery training at Georgetown University Hospital before completing a Spine Surgery Fellowship at the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

     

    Dr. Wagener has performed thousands of procedures on the neck and back helping patients live better lives. His professional interests are in minimally invasive and alternative spine surgery procedures and he is considered an expert and innovator in the field. He has been on the development team of multiple FDA-approved minimally invasive surgical implants, and an international speaker/expert, author, and instructor on minimally invasive surgical techniques.

     

    Elected by his peers to be part of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, which was limited to fewer than 200 surgeons worldwide during the time of his inclusion, Dr. Wagener has demonstrated a commitment and mastery to this emerging technique.  His reputation and results have made him one of the busiest spine surgeons in his region, performing more than 350 surgeries per year.

     

    "The personalized care you get at Coordinated Health cannot be found at the university setting," reports Dr. Wagener. "In addition, I personally perform all surgeries along with a hand-picked spine surgery team. There are no residents, fellows, or medical students training and learning on our patients. This increases efficiency and limits complications associated with inexperience."

     

    Dr. Wagener believes in an honest and up-front approach to his patients' problems.

     

    "I am lucky to have done a lot of spine surgery as well as having access to a network of colleagues to discuss cases," he notes. "I have a sense of who will benefit from surgery and who will not. In truth, I offer surgery to less than 20 percent of those who seek a surgical opinion. Some people simply won't get clinically significant benefit from surgery.

     

    "I recently attended an information session on laser spine surgery in Philadelphia. A family practice doctor, not a surgeon, gave the talk on behalf of the group. He said they offered operations to 90 percent of those that sought treatment from them and that most of them improved. His definition of 'improved,' after I questioned him, was if a patient with a pain level of 9/10 before surgery had a level of 8/10 after surgery. I almost fell off my chair. This is not clinically significant improvement. I want my patients to get better. If surgery isn't the answer, I will be upfront about it."

     

    When Dr. Wagener is not doing spine surgery, he enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Marie, a dermatologist. In the last few years, he has traveled to England, Peru, Argentina, Brazil/Amazon, Panama, and Nicaragua.

     

    "Seeing and experiencing different parts of the world allows me to connect with all kinds of patients, as well as appreciate what we have at home," he says. "Without question, it has made me a better person and a better physician."

     

    He also is an avid fly fisherman, surfer and recently started playing golf.

     

    "I'm addicted (to golf). Unfortunately, unlike spine surgery, my passion does not match my ability. I've never been so frustrated, but I enjoy the struggle."

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    •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Adhesive Capsulitis
    • Ankle Fracture
    • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Ataxia
    • Autoimmune Diseases
    • Back Pain
    • Bone Disorders
    • Brachial Plexus Palsy
    • Broken Arm
    • Broken Neck
    • Bursitis
    • Cancer
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
    • Chronic Neck Pain
    • Chronic Pelvic Pain
    • Coccygeal Pain
    • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
    • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Difficulty With Walking
    • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
    • Foot Conditions
    • Foot Fracture
    • Fracture
    • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
    • Gait Abnormality
    • Gout
    • Hammer Toe
    • Hand Conditions
    • Hand Fracture
    • Herniated Disc
    • Hip Sprain
    • Internal Derangement of Knee
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Joint Pain
    • Knee Dislocation
    • Knee Disorders
    • Knee Sprain
    • 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
    • Myelopathy
    • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
    • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
    • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
    • Osteoarthritis of Hands
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
    • Osteoarthritis of Knee
    • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Osteopenia
    • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
    • Pathological Spine Fracture
    • Pelvic Fracture
    • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
    • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
    • Pseudoarthrosis
    • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Rotator Cuff Tear
    • Sacrum Disorders
    • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Scoliosis
    • Shoulder Disorders
    • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
    • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
    • Sjögren's Syndrome
    • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spine Deformities
    • Spine Disorders
    • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
    • Spondylitis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
    • Stress Fracture of Foot
    • Systemic Sclerosis
    • Thoracic Spine Fracture
    • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
    • Trigger Finger
    • Vertebral Column Tumors

    Education

    • Medical School
      Georgetown University School Of Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    • English
    • Spanish

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    Specialties

    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Disc Replacement
    • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
    • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
    • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
    • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Herniated Disc Surgery
    • Joint Drainage
    • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
    • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
    • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
    • Neuroplasty
    • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Spinal Nerve Block
    • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
    • Steroid Injection
    • Trigger Point Injection
    • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate