Dr. John Vangilder, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 52
  
Dr. Vangilder
Accepting new patients

Cascade Neurological Surgery

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

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(406) 452-9504

Dr. John Vangilder, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Great Falls, MT. Dr. Vangilder has more experience with Cranial Neurosurgery, Spine, and Neuro-oncology than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with Benefis East Campus. 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 typically treats 59% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Neurostimulation
Brain Surgery
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
Deep Brain Stimulation
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High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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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.

Dr. Vangilder typically treats 58% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 24 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Spondylosis
Spondylolisthesis
Intervertebral Disc Disease
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High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Neuro-oncology

Oncologists diagnose and treat tumors, both malignant and benign, in or near the brain and spinal cord.Compare with other Neuro-oncology specialists.

Dr. Vangilder typically treats 56% more often than similar doctors

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Treatments
Meningiomas
Acoustic Neuroma
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
Brain Cancer
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High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • 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 Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • 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

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Dr. Vangilder's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Vangilder

3.6

Based on 28 ratings

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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
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Perry Lee David – Nov 04, 2020
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Very good.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 .
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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.
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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.
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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, Spine, and Neuro-oncology...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

University Hospital Of Cleveland
Residency Hospital

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Locations

Cascade Neurological Surgery

Cascade Neurological Surgery401 15th Ave S Ste 108 Great Falls, MT 59405
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Practice

401 15th Ave S Ste 108 Great Falls, MT 59405
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Benefis East Campus

Great Falls, MT

65% Patient experience rating, 4% lower than the national average

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