Dr. Isaac Karikari, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 41
  
Dr. Karikari
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Duke Spine Center

40 Duke Medicine Cir Ste 1c Durham, NC 27710

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Dr. Isaac Karikari, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Durham, NC and has over 14 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Karikari has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Duke University medical school in 2006. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Duke Health Raleigh Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Karikari to book an appointment.


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Practice Areas

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.

Typically treats 79% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 19 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Spinal Fusion
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Karikari performs Spinal Fusion more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Karikari performs this procedure more than 99% of their peers

Scoliosis
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Karikari treats Scoliosis more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Karikari treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Karikari treats Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Karikari treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

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Dr. Karikari's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • 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 Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Congenital Spine Disorders
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Meningiomas
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pediatric Spine Deformities
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Repair Intracranial Aneurysm
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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I recently had an L3-L5 laminectomy at Duke, performed by Dr Karikari. I could not be more pleased with both the experience & outcome. He was excellent at explaining the cause of my symptoms, reviewing my MRI images in a way I could understand what I was looking at, and clarifying what outcomes I could expect and the potential risks (without either over- or underselling). His staff provided excellent teaching materials to assist in preparing for surgery. My surgery went very smoothly and, despite the expected surgical site pain, my other symptoms (pain, numbness extending into my hips and legs) were immediately resolved. The surgical team at Duke, including nurses, advanced practice providers, PT/OT, anesthesia, worked well together and made for an optimal surgical experience. As someone with a healthcare background (retired), who sought out Dr. Karikari as a second opinion after dissatisfaction with my first consultation, I would highly recommend Dr. Karikari for spine surgery.
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Kerry Harwood – Feb 20, 2020
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To describe Dr. Karikari as a great physician is an understatement. He is fantastic and extremely gifted. His level of skill is only exceeded by his caring attitude and humble spirit. He is the type of physician that patients pray for. I will recommend him to everyone in need of his help.
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Al Davis – Nov 01, 2019
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Dr. Karikari is an outstanding and brilliant doctor. Dr. Karikari performed a laminectomy and spinal fusion on my back. He explained in depth what the surgery encompassed. He was very kind and had so much patience in answering all my questions. He did an excellent job on my spine. I am recuperating so well and quickly. I am grateful for his excellent staff, particularly Teresa Clayton.Dr. Karikari is an outstanding doctor. I am so grateful to him.
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Sandra Bookman – Oct 06, 2019
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Dr Karikari and his staff are very professional. Dr Karikari is a very personable doctor who genuinely cares for the patient and wants the best outcome for the patient. He answers all questions and explains the procedure step by step. I had surgery in February 2019 and have waited till now to be sure the pain is still gone, and it is. I have TOTAL confidence and respect for Dr.Karikari, he is caring ,compassionate and VERY knowledgeable. Thank you, Dr Karikari and your staff, for being such a blessing to me and may God bless you in your work. Marvin Ferguson, Jefferson North Carolina
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Marvin Ferguson – Aug 28, 2019
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I came across Neurosurgeon, Dr. Isaac Karikari's profile video after deciding to get a second opinion on my recurrent back problems.  After my very first meeting with him, I was sure I was in the right place.       My biggest apprehension for another surgery was the potential for post-operative infection. After my second back surgery with my previous surgeon, I developed surgical site infection which was a horrifying experience.     Dr. Karikari was compassionate, understood my anxiety, and was proactive in making sure there was no recurrence of surgical site infection.     It's been six weeks since my surgery with Dr. Karikari. He performed Ext of fusion L2/3, L3, 4, TLIF.  Today I can honestly say that I haven't felt this well in years.      Dr. Isaac Karikari has truly been God-sent and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. He's an asset to Duke University Medical Center and I'm blessed that his gifted hands restored my life. Thank you, Dr. Karikari.
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Elvira Thomas – Aug 08, 2019
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Dr.Karikari was a miracle worker ! He told us what to expect and ever thing he told us came to be. 7.5 hour surgery, 7 days at Duke,3 weeks in rehab, home now. NO PAIN!!!!! Would recommend him to anyone.
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Aurelia W. Latham – Jul 01, 2019
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I have a great respect for Dr. Karikari. I HIGHLY recommend him! I researched many surgeons concerning my scoliosis correction. Dr. Karikari took his time with me at my appointment. I was able to express my thoughts and concerns. I wanted to hear what he had to say concerning my condition (idiopathic scoliosis). He shared his expertise. I wouldn't trust just any doctor to do this type of spinal surgery. Dr. K has an outstanding reputation and I can see why. He is professional, kind, so knowledgable. He said he needed to be able to go to sleep after a surgery; so he will take in consideration a hope... ultimately, he will do what he knows (and he does know) what should be done. My experience with Duke Hospital was excellent! I enjoyed meeting the other doctors that worked with Karikari in the surgery room. My recovery has been textbook perfect. My S curve decreased more than I could have hoped. Thank you Dr. Karikari for your care and your gift! I'm so thankful!
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Amy in Asheville , NC – Jun 21, 2019
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I highly recommend Dr. Karikari. After doing extensive research on neurosurgeons in North Carolina I decided to choose Dr. Karikari to do a long and detailed procedure on my spine. His communication prior to, and after, the surgery was thorough. I have confidence in the professionals he surrounds himself with. I also received replies to any questions or concerns, both before and after surgery, within 36 hours. The results of my surgery are beyond what I had anticipated. He is a gifted surgeon and I would return to him if needing further neurological surgery in the future.
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Asheville, NC – Jun 13, 2019
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Dr Karikari explained my surgery questions in great detail. Surgery went well . Would recommend Dr Karikari for all spinal surgeries...
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Robert Bramble in Springfield, OH – Mar 01, 2019
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Dr. Karikari did an amazing job through the process of making a decision as to whether to have surgery, through the surgery and recovery and follow up appointments. He explains things well, is compassionate, and the surgery was very successful. If I have future issues, I plan to return to him and have already recommended him to a friend. Excellent surgeon!
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Raleigh, NC – Jan 14, 2019
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I am two years out from my extensive spinal surgery to repair deteriorated disks and correct scoliosis that was detected 40 yrs. ago. I am so glad I chose Dr. Karikari to do the surgery. He tells it like it is and let’s you know how important your roll is in the recovery process. His team is very helpful and kind.
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Roz in Cary, NC – Dec 05, 2018
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I highly recommend Dr Karikari for neurological care. My husband has had back surgery in Charleston and had some serious post op issues. He was losing feeling in both his legs and was having painful leg cramps. His original surgeon recommended two more surgical procedures equaling 10 hours in the OR. Dr Karikari was knowledgeable had a nice manner and was able to treat him with microsurgery which only took an hour and a half. My husband now has feeling in his legs and is able to get back to golf
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Pawleys Island, TN – Oct 16, 2018
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Dr. Karikari provides excellent care. Every question I ask, he answers with medical terms but also in a way that makes sense to an everyday person. He is very patient and has never made me feel rushed in an appointment. Before having spinal fusion every surgeon (including Dr. Karikari) told me they couldn't guarantee to take away my back pain due to scoliosis, but I am now at one year post op and have no pain whatsoever. I have already recommended him to a friend looking to have spinal fusion!
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Hanna in Winston-Salem, NC – Oct 01, 2018
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That video of him on Duke is very misleading. I visited him all the way from Connecticut and had no concern about my back injury, came into the appointment short and dismissive. It was my first appointment and it was literally 20 minutes, if that.
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none – Aug 28, 2018
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I am honored to recommend Dr. Karikari to anyone seeking care for a life altering spinal condition. Prior to the development of my debilitating diagnosis, I had lead an active life. For the first time in my life I experienced pain and fear that I could not overcome. In Dr. Karikari I found someone who genuinely cared. He took time to explain the possible outcomes and risks with my surgery. Today I am greatly improved. I am grateful for his display of talent and skill. He is a wonderful man.
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Teresa Edwards in Mebane, NC – Jul 24, 2018
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I would highly recommend Dr. Karikari to anyone seeking a neurosurgeon for a major deformity as I was. He did not hesitate to tell me that he could help me with my condition and in a very calm and reassuring manner.. I was put in immediate relief knowing I was going to be in his care facing the facts of the length and severity of the surgery that I already knew of from several other surgeons that could not or would not do what he did to help me Thank you Dr. Karikari.....for it all!
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Cathy Mesimer in Jacksonville, Florida – Feb 27, 2018
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I saw Dr. Karikari for failed spinal fusion, broken rods and severe degeneration of the thoracic spine.. Dr. Karikari was very informative with his plan for my surgery, very patient answering questions, but most of all he showed concern for me as a person.. Surgery was performed in Feb. 2017. Recovery was long and sometimes very difficult, but worth it. My pain level has gone from uncontrollable to around a 2 or 3, most days.. I highly recommend Dr. Karikari and his team.
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Greenville,NC – Feb 19, 2018
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Dr, Karikari Saved my life and Duke is the best hospital in the world. The fixed a huge problem with my rods sticking out my back. With in days Dr. Karikari fixed the problem and did it right. He is the best doctor and a super cool guy as well. This is the place that will do it right, and I would recommend Duke and Dr. Karikari hands down the best.
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Paul in Wilmington – Jan 26, 2018
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I Was in really bad shape with osteoporosis causing my hardware and screws pulling out of my bones from previous operations at the DVAMC Also Scoliosis had set in on me and I was bent over and could not stand up straight. Dr Isaac Karikari did a great job, and his staff were great also. I felt good with him both before and after my surgery. He seems to be especially good in difficult cases like I had. I would definitely recommend him. At this point, two months from surgery I am doing good.
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Charles Campbell in Conover, NC – Dec 11, 2017
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Dr. Karikari changed my sons life!! At 14 years old he had suffered with back pain for a year. My son was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis . I prayed for hours after this diagnosis that the lord would guide my hands on the computer to locate the perfect dr for my son and he led me to Dr Karikari, and what a wonderful surgeon and man he is! He totally changed my sons quality of life after performing surgery. A year post_op my son enjoys all normal acitivities What a blessing this doctor is !
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Christina in Bluefield, WV – Nov 15, 2017
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Biography

Dr. Isaac Karikari, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Durham, NC and has over 14 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Karikari has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Duke University medical sc...

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2014
Orthopaedic Spine Deformity, Washington University In St. Louis (Missouri)
Fellowship Hospital
2013
Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
2006
Duke University School Of Medicine
Internship Hospital
2006
Duke University
Medical School
2002
Morehouse College
Undergraduate School

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Locations

Duke Spine Center

Duke Spine Center40 Duke Medicine Cir Ste 1c Durham, NC 27710
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Duke Health Raleigh Hospital

Raleigh, NC

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

Duke Regional Hospital

Durham, NC

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

Duke University Hospital

Durham, NC

81% Patient experience rating, 12% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)