Dr. John Vangilder, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 53

Dr. Vangilder
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401 15th Ave S Ste 108 Great Falls, MT 59405

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Dr. John Vangilder, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Great Falls, MT. Dr. Vangilder has more experience with Cranial Neurosurgery than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Benefis East Campus and Great Falls Clinic Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Vangilder to book an appointment.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Vangilder

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Vangilder treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Vangilder treats other conditions, please contact the office at (406) 452-9504.

Cranial Neurosurgery

Cranial neurosurgeons perform surgical procedures that involve opening or passing through the skull to treat conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.Compare with other Cranial Neurosurgery specialists.

Dr. Vangilder is experienced in the area of Cranial Neurosurgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 11 conditions and procedures

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Neurostimulation
Neurostimulator Implantation
Brain Surgery
Deep Brain Stimulation
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Dr. Vangilder's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • 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 Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • 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)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pineal Region Tumors
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Vangilder's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Vangilder

3.6

Based on 28 ratings

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1 Star
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I would highly recommend Dr Van gilder. He performed surgery on my back placing a spinal cord stimulator. Give me and my family New Life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Perry Lee David – Nov 04, 2020
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Very good.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Susan Volf in Great Falls, MT – Feb 05, 2020
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Dr. VanGilder gave me my life back. I had unbelievable pain. Medication did not help. I was unable to get out of bed. I was in so much pain I did not want to eat. After 21 days of laying in bed in pain and losing 20 pounds. I finally got into an MRI which showed a loose body from my back got tangled in my sciatic nerve. He removed that 3 years ago and I got my life back. I am able to work, exercise,play with my kids etc. I would recommend him highly!! Brian B.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Brian Bergan – Nov 07, 2019
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I left one earlier and I mis -understood the star ratings part of the review and would like my first set discarded and this set replace it...Victoria Lee.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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VictoriaLee – Oct 04, 2019
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I believe the surgery performed was not necessary as it has NEVER fixed the original issue I was having when I first met with Dr Van Gilder. He performed a spinal fusion with bone grafting and surgical screw implantation. At the one year followup appointment I discussed that I was not seeing ANY improvement to my condition and the only advise I was given was that we could start over with more tests to determine the problem. I did not go with his recommendation as I did not feel he was leading me to a solution to my problem just trying to get further into mine and my insurance company checkbook. Over $95000.00 paid and no relief. 4 years later and I am still dealing with the issues I trusted Dr Van Gilder to fix. Have lost faith in Doctors.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
10 people found this helpful
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Jun 21, 2019
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Had cervical complications. Billings Doctor's found nothing. Dr VANGUILDER did his own tests, done surgery felt fantastic. Ready to see him again. Advice if you get a second opinion go to another hospital or county. Doctors will not I repeat will not contradict another doctor's findings especially if they are in same hospital. They will look up your history, exams, tests etc.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Robert Trombetta in Billings, MT 59106 – May 08, 2017
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Dr Van Gilder is a great Dr and has always been there for me For years I had HORRIBLE Headaches and most Drs had me down as drug searching and wouldn't help but Dr Van Gilder took me serious and helped and found out what was wrong and put in a shunt. A couple of months ago I had to be put in a medical coma Dr Van Gilder came by everyday to check on me. Michelle H.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Michelle Harris in Great Falls, MT – Mar 28, 2017
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Dr. Van Gilder gave the information I needed in a straightforward manner.... and he is a helluva surgeon .
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Bob W. in Helena, MT – Feb 01, 2017
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I have been a patient of Dr VanGilders since 2005. He fixed a huge problem that another Dr left me with. His bedside manor was great. He is very patient and explained what needed to be done and gave me all my options. I have seen him throughout the years for various probles and he was honest about what had to be done.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
12 people found this helpful
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Michelle in Great Falls, MT – Mar 29, 2016
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He was horribly rude and unprofessional! He refused to explain anything, was very biased, almost as if me being in his environment offended him. Horrible person, attitude, everything!!! He was mad because I asked if he could explain things to me, and just rolled his eyes. I've never been so offended by a so called professional. I pity the nurses who are employed by him, and pity anyone who may need help and answers.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Biography

Dr. John Vangilder, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Great Falls, MT. Dr. Vangilder has more experience with Cranial Neurosurgery than other specialists...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

University Hospital Of Cleveland
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Locations

Practice

401 15th Ave S Ste 108 Great Falls, MT 59405
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John G. Vangilder Pllc401 15th Ave S Ste 101 Great Falls, MT 59405
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Vangilder is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Benefis East Campus

Great Falls, MT

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

2 Awards Received

Great Falls Clinic Hospital

Great Falls, MT

78% Patient Experience Rating, 9% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received