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Dr. John Spears, DO

Orthopedic Surgery ·  Male · Age 55

Dr. Spears

Missouri Spine Institute, LLC

1616 Southridge Dr Jefferson City, MO 65109

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Dr. John Spears, DO is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Jefferson City, MO and has been practicing for 21 years. He graduated from Michigan State University / College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.


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Dr. Spears' Top Procedures and Conditions

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Spondylosis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spears treats Spondylosis more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Spears treats this condition more than 93% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spears treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Spears treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
Myelopathy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spears treats Myelopathy more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Spears treats this condition more than 91% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Autoimmune Myelopathy

Dr. Spears' conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neuroplasty
  • 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
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection

Dr. Spears' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Spears

3.2

Based on 41 reviews

5 Stars
53.65853658536585%
(22)
4 Stars
2.4390243902439024%
(1)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
2.4390243902439024%
(1)
1 Star
41.46341463414634%
(17)

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From the initial office visit, to the day after surgery, Dr. Spears and his team were very friendly, accommodating, caring and informative... the surgery and afterwards, was just as he explained. He did an amazing job, and I’d go to him again in a heartbeat!!! Thank you Dr. Spears!!!
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Despite all the negative comments in these reviews, Dr. Spears is a highly talented and brilliantly skilled surgeon who is an expert in his field. My recent back surgery was flawlessly performed and my recovery was fast and painless. Dr. Spears is a military veteran who tells it like it is - very straightforward and sometimes brunt. He’s not a warm and fuzzy, hold your hand type of doctor but he’ll give you an honest assessment of your medical problem and what he can do to fix them. Follow his instructions and if he says he can make your spine issues better you can be confident that he will. His staff are all top notch as well. Best spinal surgeon in mid-Missouri. And if you need a back surgeon, that’s the kind I want ! I can skip the warm banter and hand holding. Go see Dr. Spears and make your own opinion. Just be forewarned about his irascible and no-nonsense personality.
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Dr. Spears may be an excellent surgeon, but he certainly lacks in "people skills". He is condescending, arrogant, vulgar, and is unprofessionally sarcastic to patients and their family members. He all but told me to shut up and let my husband speak. He needs to remember that it's the patients that keep him in practice!
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I have had #2 surgeries, lower lumbar several yrs ago and just released from 3-level neck fusion, performed by Dr. Spears. He is absolutely the finest orthopedic spinal surgeon in this state and I would trust no other physician with my spine and of his honesty of how he could help me. And his clinic team....Jason and staff are of the same excellence...and again I cannot thank you enough for your care and services!!
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What a tool!!! My son was having severe back pain and we were referred by his primary care physician. Dr. S was pissed that we wasted his time with back pain. He said multiple times “I am a surgeon why are you here for back pain. “ After he finished that tantrum he proceeded to tell us that my son should go to college and get a degree and not be a day laborer his whole life then he wouldn’t have back pain. He also suggested union jobs so he wouldn’t have to work hard. Wow really!! Total Jerk
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Dr. Spears has done 3 spinal fusions on me in the last 4 years. Every experience has been fantastic. I have been told that he is ex-military which may explain why he is meticulous and proud of his work. He is a no-bs kind of guy. You may not like what he has to say, but you can bet it will be the absolute truth. I totally appreciate his staff also. Jason and Amy are the best. If you have a serious back problem you won't find a better surgeon.
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Dr Spears and his team know what they are taking about. This is my 2nd surgery by Dr Spears and I have been extremely happy with the outcome.
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I have never been yelled at like this before by a doctor. I felt like I was in high school getting caught having sex and smoking pot in the bathroom. Other review said he was no nonsense which is fine but he treated me and my mother very poorly. I have no doubt that his diagnosis was accurate but all I heard after being shouted at for five minutes and given no opportunity to ask any questions was "Suck it butter cup, This your life".
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Dr. Spears is a down to earth surgeon that provides a service to mid-missouri that is hard to find. I have referred three new patients to him and they all have had great success as did I. He is very direct in his assessments, and gives you all the facts before proceeding with any surgical options. He is realistic with your possible outcomes and is not too proud to admit when his surgical expertise will not help you. I encourage anyone that has been told they need back surgery to see him first.
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Dr. Spears is a very straightforward doctor. He is very intelligent and has no time for BS or nonsense. He does spend time making sure you are aware of your options while also making sure you understand what is best. I wish all doctors were as honest as him. I felt completely safe in his hands, and have never doubted his diagnosis. He is also a very caring person, who takes a great pride in his work and his patients well being. He truly is in the right specialty!
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Biography

Dr. John Spears, DO is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Jefferson City, MO and has been practicing for 21 years. He graduated from Michigan State University / College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Maplegrove Center
Residency Hospital
1998
Michigan State University / College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical School
1998

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

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79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2017)