Dr. Christopher Wolfla, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 55
  
Dr. Wolfla
Accepting new patients
Spine, and More

Medical College of Wisconsin

9200 W Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53226

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Dr. Christopher Wolfla, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Milwaukee, WI and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Wolfla has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Indiana U, School of Medicine medical school in 1991. He is affiliated with Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Wolfla to book an appointment.


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Frequently Treated by Dr. Wolfla

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Wolfla treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Wolfla treats other conditions, please contact the office at (414) 805-5400.

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.

Dr. Wolfla typically treats 59% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 16 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Spondylosis
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Spine Disorders
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Dr. Wolfla's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Wolfla accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Balanced Blue Access-WI PPO
Balanced Blue Preferred-WI POS
Blue Access Network (Wisconsin) PPO
Blue Access w/ Pref Retail Clinics-WI PPO
Blue Preferred (Select Network)-WI POS
Blue Preferred Network-WI
Blue Preferred Plus w/ Pref Retail Clinics-WI POS
Blue Preferred Plus-WI POS
Blue Traditional Network-WI
Bronze Blue Access-WI PPO
Bronze Blue Preferred-WI POS
Gold Blue Access-WI PPO
Gold Blue Preferred-WI POS
Lumenos plans - Blue Access-WI
Lumenos plans - Blue Preferred-WI
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Platinum Blue Access-WI PPO
Platinum Blue Preferred-WI POS
Silver Blue Access-WI PPO
Silver Blue Preferred-WI POS
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

Dr. Wolfla's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Wolfla

4.1

Based on 73 ratings

5 Stars
76.71232876712328%
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3 Stars
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1 Star
21.91780821917808%
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Yes, This was my 4th major surgery I have had in my lifetime and this Surgery was the most professionally handled that I have ever experienced. I have already referred two people to Dr. Wolfla.
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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John Jay Sandstrom – Sep 29, 2020
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I had a spinal fusion by Dr. Wolfla. I had complications in the hospital & he came to my room & yelled at me. That was the only time he ever checked on me during my 4 day hospital stay. I was even sent home, from the hospital, w/out a back brace. He also told my employer & I that I would be back to work w/out restrictions in 1 month. The surgery did not help my pain & I couldn't return to work in several months. Which then lead to me losing my job & the surgery ended my career. I was left partially disabled. He told me "what's your problem? Get up & go!" He was so rude & unapologetic from surgery day & after. After a few months, he refused to even see me anymore. A friend of mine had the same exact experience w/ Dr. Wolfla. This guy should not be allowed to even practice medicine anymore, in my opinion!
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Amy – Sep 03, 2020
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I just had my third spine surgery with Dr. Wolfla. I recommend him to anyone I know is having back problems. He is very patient, kind, informative and I am 100% confident in his ability to correct whatever is wrong. He makes me feel very comfortable before and after the procedure.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Annette B. – Jul 19, 2020
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Dr Wolfla and his staff are very responsive and kind. During appointments, Dr Wolfla answered all of my questions and listened carefully to my concerns and thoughts.
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
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Jul 06, 2020
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Dr. Wolfla has been a huge support to my whole family as he has preformed 3 back surgeries on my mom and 1 on myself. He is a great doctor, with so much knowledge and experience and has an amazing care team as well. I wouldn’t go to another doctor besides dr. Wolfla.
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Jun 29, 2020
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Dr. Wolfla and his team have been very amazing!! From the day I entered his office in the worse pain I have ever been in, Dr. Wolfla took the time and explained everything to me and my wife and gave me options. I am now 14 days out of surgery and recovering. The staff has followed up with me every day after surgery to make sure things are well and when I have had questions of things that are going on through my recovery they answer them very quickly! They have made me and my wife feel at home and treated us almost like we are family. I can not say enough on how lucky I am to have met Dr. Wolfla and his team. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND anyone with spine issues to Dr. Wolfla. Even the staff at Froedtert Menomonee Falls were Exceptional. I stayed the night over and the staff there as well were very caring and professional. Absolutely Positively Satisfied with everything and everyone!!
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Fireman Dan – Mar 12, 2020
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I had a C5-6 ACDF + removing bone-spurs/spinal compression. I was very hesitant about surgery. I had done 6 weeks of PT prior and hoped there would be a non-surgical option. When I met with Dr. Wolfla, he took the time to explain everything, giving me all my options, and answering all my questions without once making me feel like I was taking up too much of his time (I had met briefly with another spine surgeon that was the complete opposite—rushing, short answers, balked when I questioned surgery). After this meeting, I spent very little (conscious) time with Dr. Wolfla. His team is just fantastic—friendly, helpful, patient, caring. There are so many steps before getting into surgery. I was overwhelmed. But I'm so glad I had this team helping me through the pre-op, day-of-surgery, and post-surgery recovery. (I had 1 night in the hospital for this procedure). Nobody wants to have spinal surgery. I'm so grateful I had Dr. Wolfla as my surgeon.
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Mar 12, 2020
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Dr. Wolfla was honest, attentive and thorough. My pain was alleviated and my recovery was smooth.
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Mar 08, 2020
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He took my back pain right out of my body !!
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Feb 29, 2020
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I would not hesitate to recommend. Dr. Wolfla has a great surrounding cast and technology has helped with the post-op recovery, especially with daily check-in. My concerns were addressed both before and after my spinal fusion.
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Feb 26, 2020
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Dr. Wolfla has done a fantastic job on both of my spine surgeries. He is extremely knowledgeable & has a good bedside manner. His PA & nurse Kelly are so helpful to help me get through the surgery
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Denise Folgert – Feb 13, 2020
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Dr. Wolfla was extremely professional. He took all the time we needed to explain the procedure without making me feel like he had other patients to see. Great bedside manner.
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Dec 26, 2019
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I am so happy with him. I would be happy to tell others about how wonderful he is. He knows his stuff. Black or white. Very professional.
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  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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BA Feistel in Slinger, HI – Dec 17, 2019
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Dr Wolfla is great. Gets right to the point and takes great care of you. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I was suffering with severe lower back pain and had been seeing another health care provider. They couldn’t figure out what the issue was. In just one visit Dr Wolfla identified the problem and took action.
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
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Nov 19, 2019
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I was hesitant and anxious about surgery but I tried everything else leading up to it with no success (chiropractor and steroid injections) My chiropractor recommended Dr. Wolfla and after doing research and meeting with him I felt confident with my decision. I had a laminectory,discectomy, facetectomy, formaminotomy L4L5 PLIF/Cages/ non-segmental instrumentation, O-arm/stealth. My biggest concern was that I did not want to have a 2nd surgery and as he explained that he is doing the complete job. He is not just relieving my compression (where some surgeons stop there) but he is adding rods and screws with a spinal fusion. I just completed 2 weeks post surgery and I am very happy to report that my pain from surgery is decreasing and the pain in my legs presurgery is gone. Can’t wait to fast forward a couple months to be back to “normal” something that I haven’t been in MONTHS
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
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Debbie in Nashotah, WI – Nov 12, 2019
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Dr. Wolfla explained in terms I could understand what my condition was and how he could repair my probllem. He is confident and reassuring which put me at ease. This is my second experience with Dr. Wolfla and I am already feeling the improvement.
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Sue Misko – Oct 18, 2019
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He was a very good doctor who has been able to help with my issues in my back. He was professional as well as approachable. He took the time to explain everything he was doing or going to do. Any questions I had answered and explained it so I understood.
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Sep 13, 2019
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Very organized, efficient and competent approach to care. I appreciated his calm and reassuring manner with no pressure at all to follow a particular course.
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
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Jul 07, 2019
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Dr Wolfla and his team are very organized in their process. I had been through 3 months of trying everything possible before I saw the doctor. He reviewed my file and explained what needed to be done for relief from the pain. He even took the time to explain and show what he saw on the MRI so my husband and myself knew we were taking the right next step. Dr Wolfla and his team provided plenty of information before and after the surgery that I knew what to expect every step. He truly cares for his patient and their outcome.
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Apr 25, 2019
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Dr. Wolfla and his team are very competent, skilled and thorough. I would recommend Dr. Wolfla to anyone who desires excellent care for surgery of the spine.
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Care Philosophy

Dr. Wolfla is a Board-Certified/ fellowship trained/ neurosurgical spine specialist with particular interest and expertise in complex spinal disorders....Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1997
IN U Med Ctr
Residency Hospital
1991
Indiana U, School of Medicine
Medical School

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Locations

Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical College of Wisconsin9200 W Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Practice

1155 N Mayfair Rd Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

79% Patient experience rating, 10% 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)
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