Dr. David Kruger, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Dr. David Kruger, MD
Dr. David Kruger, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Hartford, CT. He is 58 years old and has been practicing for 34 years. Dr. Kruger is affiliated with Saint Francis Care.

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Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group1000 Asylum Ave Ste 2126
Hartford, CT 06105
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Patient Comments (17)
Granville, MA |
My husband has been with Dr. Kruger since 1992 or 1993. Dr. Kruger has done several back and neck surgeries for my husband. The surgeries have been successful and my husband was able to keep his employment and has not been disabled. Dr. Kruger always told my husband he would not do surgery unless it was necessary. Recently my husband has an accident an he had to have surgery on his neck. My husband could have died or been paralyzed. Dr. Kruger did his surgery and he is recovering fine.
Hartford, CT |
Dr. Kruger is one of the best doctors I have dealt with to help treat my neck pain. He is very attentive in listening to your issues and doesn't rush to surgery as a first option. I ended up having surgery and finally have relief after 2 years of dealing with the pain! I would highly recommend Dr. Kruger to family and friends(which I already have).
in Portland, CT |
Had second very successful back surgery with Dr. Kruger. I would highly recommend him. Richard Kelsey Portland, CT
in Hartford, CT |
So smart! So caring! And oh so competent. Successful AFDC. He saved my life. Thank you, Dr. Kruger.
in Windsor Locks, CT |
Dr Kruger and his team I love. I was so comfortable from the start to finish. Dr Kruger's staff at all locations, St. Francis Hospital, nurses and care were above 100%. I had ACDF A6-A7 surgery on February 8th. Back to work March 6th. My pain is gone. Of course I recommend Dr Kruger at St Francis Hospital. His personal staff are one unit. The continuity with his staff is amazing. Say hi to Jostine, nurse assistant at St Francis. You all deserve praise for the work you do on a daily basis. CJ
in Tolland, CT |
2 successful surgeries with Dr. Kruger. Excellent work, very happy with him and would recommend to anyone. Gives honest, straight answers to all questions.
in Wethersfield, CT |
Dr. Kruger is one of the rudest people I have ever met. He may have skills, but I would never want my health and wellbeing in the hands of this man. Do yourself a favor and choose another doctor.
I'm sorry you were unhappy with your visit. We strive to make each person experience the dedication and passion we have for serving our patients. If you would like to discuss your concerns, please call the office so we may have a chance to remedy the situation.
Enfield, CT |
Dr. Kruger and his team were very kind, professional and knowledgeable. I no longer have back pain and disagree with the comment below, that he is quick to jump to surgery. Yes, he may joke around with his staff but I like to see that. I don't want to walk into a cold unfriendly environment. The office was very clean and his support staff went above and beyond for me. Thanks to them all.
in Unionville, CT |
Dr. Kruger was always professional and empathetic. Prior to my spine surgery the pain was severe in my back and radiated down the legs. After surgery I woke from the anesthesia without pain in my legs. Three months after the surgery I am not using any pain medication. My experience was excellent.
in Enfield, CT |
Is quick to recommend surgery before exhausting other non invasive procedures. Jokes around with staff in hallway while patients are waiting in exam rooms. Unprofessional to say the least. Stay away from this surgeon, if you do use his services get a second opinion.
in South Windsor, CT |
I have been to Dr Kruger's East Hartford office twice so far. Everyone has been very professional and extremely helpful with my back condition. My appointments were on time and any questions I had were answered.
in Greater Hartford, CT |
I am a 42-year old active person who is not overweight, and who exercises regularly. After one x-ray, I was simply told that my persistent lower-back problems were a "matter of fitness." The options I was given were to join an expensive gym or purchase a sit-to-stand desk for work. Problem NOT solved.
I am sorry you were disappointed with your visit. Evidence based medicine suggests that there are no reliable effective treatments for low back pain. Fitness/weight control with abstinence from smoking are the best recommendations available. Additionally, treating symptoms with hot or cold packs and the judicious use of agents such as Aleve or Motrin are the recommended treatments. Alternative treatments include altering one's exercise program to include: swimming, Yoga and good posture.
Dr Kruger is a caring, empathic and extremely skilled Doctor. He helped me greatly by explaining my back issues and encouraging me to not give up hope. What I like most about Dr Kruger is that not only is he an excellent surgeon , but he doesn't rush to operate. He is honest and trustworthy and does not just approach patients to determine if they are surgical candidates, but rather works with you to find the right treatment, helping to avoid surgery if it is not necessary. Highly recommend!!
in Chicopee ma |
turned out to be a very understanding and caring doctor who prioritized my needs. I would recommend him to everybody
in Wethersfield, CT |
Dr. Kruger is an excellent spinal surgeon. He explained the lumbar spinal fusion procedure in detail and answered all my questions. My surgery was difficult due to other medical issues complicating the situation. Dr. Kruger did a fantastic job and went above and beyond in my post op care. He performed an I - Oflex procedure on my husband a year after my surgery. Again, the procedure was explained in detail and the outcome was excellent. Dr. K is current with new techniques to benefit patients.
in Santa Rosa, CA |
he performed spinal surgery on me. which included rods, screws, and bone graft. he is very understanding of patients needs. he is a1 top level surgeon. i was in ct (2012). when i had to have the surgery, i live in California. i need more back surgery. would i go to him again , if i could, you bet i would. my daughter is now going to him because she saw how good he was with me.
in Simsbury, CT |
Dr. Kruger improved my quality of life by performing surgery on my cervical spine where my spinal cord was severely compressed. He is very professional, knowledgeable and skilled. I trusted him immediately at my first appointment and continue to have full confidence in him as a spine surgeon. I'm incredibly impressed at the successful outcome of my surgery! I am and will be forever grateful that he was recommended to me!
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Dr. Kruger's Care Philosophy

As a physician, I strive to provide excellent, compassionate care, working with my patients to achieve 'Best Care for a Lifetime'

Dr. Kruger's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • 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
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • 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
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • 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 Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger


  • Medical School

    Graduated in 1983

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection