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Dr. Frank Coufal, MD

Neurosurgery ·  Male · Age 56

Dr. Coufal

Dr. Frank Coufal, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 20 years. He graduated from University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas in 1988 and specializes in neurosurgery.


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(858) 677-1755

Dr. Coufal accepts the following insurance:

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Coufal's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Degenerative Disc Disease
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Coufal treats Degenerative Disc Disease more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Coufal treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Low Back Pain
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Coufal treats Low Back Pain more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Coufal treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Coufal treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Coufal treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Coufal's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

About Me

Care Philosophy

The physicians and staff of La Jolla Neurosurgical Associates, AMC are dedicated to the compassionate care of patients affected with maladies of the central nervous system and spinal column. In that pursuit, we actively engage the most up to date, state of the art technologies to continually improve the patients' ultimate outcome.

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1999
Select Specialty Hospital Milwaukee
Fellowship Hospital
1998
University Of California San Diego Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1991
University Of California San Diego Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1988
University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas
Medical School
1984
Stanford University
Undergraduate School
1999
1998
1991
1988
1984

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

Dr. Coufal's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Coufal

2.9

Based on 33 reviews

5 Stars
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1 Star
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Almost 1 yr ago the Mayo clinic, AZ did a very risky 11hr surgery to remove what Dr Frank Coufal did to me. Mayo does not believe in artificial disks in the lower back. They took that right out and needed to revise his fusion in which the screw stripped. Prior Dr C surgery he could not find the cause of pain and put me through 3 discograms (human torture) to make sure. Those did obviously not help as 8 weeks after the surgery I was worse than before. He gave up on me at the 4month mark
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Having been thrust into a totally unexpected and difficult medical decision-making role , I am extremely grateful for the continuous communication, highest standards of care and skill , candor, and caring provided by Dr. Coufal. Three weeks ago I was selected by my cousin to orchestrate his emergency medical situation. The journey has involved a decision to have a brain tumor removed surgically,a careful analysis, and then to proceed to hospice care. He passed away in just one week peacefully.
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After 2 visits & a promise from him that my surgery would be performed within 2 months, I never heard a word back from his so-called office, which he only temporarily works out of. Then out of the blue I get a call saying that he could operate in 5 days. No preop preparation & after calling 9 times I finally get a return call. A smooth talker & after I finally had my surgery done by another Dr, it was completely different than what I expected. So glad I didn’t use him, he’s a disgrace to Scripps
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Worst Neurosurgeon ever! Don't let his smooth talk and fake personality fool you... He did surgery on my back and his office would not follow up with me... WORST OFFICE EVER!!!! He has a swanky office and probably is able to pay for it because he does the surgery then DASHES!!! My back is still a MESS!! His office staff is TERRIBLE! I was placed on hold for 15 minutes each time I called. The follow up appointment I got after surgery was ONE MONTH! He takes his money then RUNS!! BEWARE OF HIM!
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I visited him with serious buttock pain, sciatica. X-ray and MRI indicated L2-L3 moderate disk disorder w/ desiccated disk, and L5-S1 antherolisthesis but no disc issues. Only option he had was fusion of L2L3 because that spot "causes the pain". He did not recommend any non-surgical approaches prior to that as epidural injections, acupuncture, yoga. He just wanted to *cut*. This is very DISAPPOINTING since the statistics to surgery are sobering. Besides, MISDIAGNOSED my pain that came from L5S1.
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Dr. Coufal performed 2 brain surgeries on my dad to remove a benign tumor in his pituitary, 1st a transphenoidal then the same week a crainiotomy. He was unable to remove the tumor in either surgery. When he woke from the 2nd surgery he lost 80% of his sight--a side effect that Coufal never mentioned as a possibility. His follow up and office was terrible. He's now seeing a world-class surgeon at UCLA who has questioned every decision Coufal made. Do your research and find an experienced doctor.
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He is always knowledgeable and makes me feel confident in his assessments. He is very kind and has incredible bedside manner. Better than any doctor I have had and I have been to a lot.
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