Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD

Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD

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Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Austin, TX and has been practicing for 13 years. He specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and neurological spine surgery.

Austin Spine

3000 N Interstate 35 Ste 708

Austin, TX 78705
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Enterprise Group
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Bakery & Confectionary Union Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative (GHC)
  • HealthLink
  • Humana

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Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
American Enterprise Group
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Preferred Select
Assurant Health
Bakery & Confectionary Union Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Health Care of Missouri
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Group Health Cooperative (GHC)
Group Health Cooperative
HealthLink
HealthLink PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Molina Healthcare
Molina
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Tricare
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Wells Fargo Insurance

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Texas
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Kuhns' Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Spine Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kuhns treats Spine Disorders more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Kuhns treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Diseases
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pediatric Spinal Tumor
  • Progressive Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Progressive Spinobulbar Muscular Atrophy
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Dysostosis, Anhalt Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Ryukyuan Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Scapuloperoneal
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type I
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type II
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type III
  • Spinal Tuberculosis
Spine Deformities
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kuhns treats Spine Deformities more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Kuhns treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Occult Spinal Dysraphism
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Split Spinal Cord Malformation
Scoliosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kuhns treats Scoliosis more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Kuhns treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar

Dr. Kuhns' conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Achondroplasia
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • 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
  • Ear Disorders
  • 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)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • 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
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • 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 Dislocation
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • 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 Fusion
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Meningiomas
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • 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
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

About Me

Care Philosophy

I typically recommend a very conservative approach using surgery as a very last resort. We often try activity modification, pain modulation, PT and sometimes injections. If surgery is needed, our first choice is motion preservation surgery utilizing ...

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2006
Washington University, St Louis
Fellowship Hospital
2005
University of California At Los Angeles
Residency Hospital
2001
University of California At Los Angeles
Internship Hospital
2000
University of California At Los Angeles
Medical School
1996
University of California At San Diego
Undergraduate School
2006
2005
2001
2000
1996

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Dr. Kuhns' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Kuhns

4.8

Based on 109 reviews

5 Stars
92.66055045871559%
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4 Stars
2.7522935779816513%
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3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
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1 Star
3.669724770642202%
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Dr. Kuhns was Professional, honest, informative, and certainly knowledgable. I liked the fact that he did not rush me into surgery, but wanted more detailed information, and he talked about alternatives to surgery.
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Phone contacts prior to visit were clear, efficient, and provided all necessary instructions. On arrival, I was quickly admitted and saw the doctor, who answered my questions and gathered my information re my visit. A follow-up visit after test results are in will allow recommendations for treatment.
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He’s good and patience , he tried very hard to understand how I feel abt all the pains. I think he s really good dr. So far. My back seems to be ok after all as I’m getting better . You will like him lot and gentle man.
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I suffered a serious sudden injury to my lower back after a life of no back issues! I now understand the phrase "flat on your back." Dr. Kuhns' staff got me on his schedule crazy-fast and before he even saw me had me in (next day) with someone to help manage the excruciating pain that I was experiencing. He is smart, patient, kind, and spends the time to explain what is causing your pain and ALL of your options. He is thorough and conservative with treatment. Not one to rush you into surgery. My issue required surgery and he did an amazing job. I wholeheartedly recommend this practice to address any and all back issues that you may have, but keep in mind that he is an orthopedic surgeon in Austin, Texas, so he is a very busy doctor. Patience is required when solving a back disorder/issue/injury. Buy a Kindle.
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Have been impressed with the efficiency and knowledge of the staff. I would like a statement regarding my condition for my files. Please forward to me.
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I liked Dr. Kuhns a lot and feel very comfortable about his knowledge and expertise.
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Dr. Kuhns is the reason I can walk today! I've had very bad luck with my back I've been run over by a car, fallen down a cliff and ruptured a vertebra twice. I would recommend him to anyone with a back problem. He also has a great personality which makes you feel like he really cares about you
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Unfortunately I've had more than on orthopedic surgery and Dr. Kuhns is by far the best. His diagnosis, surgical recommendations were spot on and the difficult procedure that followed was precisely was was needed. Nice guy and matter-of-fact which I greatly appreciated.
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Dr. Kuhns performed a spinal fusion on me 09/01/2017. From the first visit to my follow up visits everything was fully explained and Dr. Kuhns always made me feel comfortable. I truly believe he cares about his patients. This was my first major surgery and I was 51. I will always recommend Dr. Kuhns! Oh and he is very funny!
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I am sincerely grateful to Dr Kuhns and his staff for their services. After years of chronic pain, my back has improved to the point that I can enjoy everyday activities again. A heartfelt thanks, Dr Khuns!!!
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I have suffered from chronic degenerative disease since I was 25. Now at 58 years old and 24 surgeries later brings me here. Dr. Craig Kuhns has done my last 5 spinal surgeries. Each one a success! Each one as a last resort after he exhausts all other means of healing. His talent as a great surgeon is only surpassed by his bedside manner which is one of true caring and listening. I highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of pain relief from spinal issues.
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Dr. Kuhns and his associates are professional and personable. Every transaction that I experienced, whether it was administrative, diagnostic, or educational went like clockwork with a human touch. I know they know what they are doing, and I feel like they care.
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I have had back pain for years. I put off getting a procedure until I was numb on my right side. I work in Healthcare and no all procedures come with risks but Dr. Khuns’ made me feel very comfortable at the thought of a procedure. I woke up feeling better than I had in years! My Dad was so impressed he stated “if I ever have to have another procedure, I’m coming to Austin and having Dr. Khuns do it!”
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Dr. Kuhns was recommended by one of my doctors who had himself successfully undergone a complicated procedure by Dr. Kuhns. My own procedure was also fairly complicated, involving a redo of a previous lumbar fusion. Within a few weeks of surgery my pain was almost gone, much less than that present following the previous surgery. Dr. Kuhns also noted a severe problem with my hip replacement, of which I had been unaware, and he recommended another very fine orthopedic surgeon for this repair.
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I cannot praise Dr Kuhns and his staff enough for the care I have received. I would highly recommend Dr. Kuhns to anyone.
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The administrative staff and nurses at Austin Spine were very kind and helpful. They made me feel at ease in a situation I was nervous about. Dr. Kuhns was professional and competent. He listened carefully to my health issues and concerns and was able to offer quick relief and the begging of a health care plan to help relieve my chronic back pain. Thank you!
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Dr. Kuhns and his team are all very kind, patient and thorough. They listened carefully to my issue, reviewed my docs, history, MRI, etc. and provided very sound and thoughtful advice.
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Dr. Kuhns performed fusion surgery for scoliosis 2 years ago. I have been very pleased with the results. He is an excellent surgeon.
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Dr. Kuhns relieved me of sciatica pain that I have had for years. It was a very complex surgery, using an anterior approach and posterior, to do lumbar laminectomies/fusion. I was home on post op day 3, and I am very happy with the outcome. I have greater mobility and no pain in my leg.
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Dr. Kuhns has treated me two times, each of which was a very positive experience. Dr. Kuhns has a wonderful way of treating his paitents, he answered all my questions in language I could understand. I could recommend him to all.
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