Dr. Kevin Rutz, MD


Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male

Orthopedic Specialists 2325 Dougherty Ferry Rd Ste 100 Saint Louis, MO 63122 Get Directions
Dr. Kevin Rutz, MD
Dr. Kevin Rutz, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Saint Louis, MO. He is 46 years old and has been practicing for 20 years. Dr. Rutz is affiliated with Des Peres Hospital.

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Dr. Rutz's Performance
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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in St Louis, MO |
Excellent doctor, a truly gifted surgeon who gave me my life back.
This doctor has two options for treating disc pain, surgery or other surgery. Wait times are awful and the staff is not helpful.
in New Melle mo |
AWESOME! 2nd spinal fusion. He is a tremendous doctor who knows what he is doing. He is the best doctor for back issues. I recommend him to anyone.
in Gerald, MO |
Dr. Kevin D Rutz is in my opinion an absolutely marvelous Doctor. I am 80 years young and after walking in constant pain (7-9) level and bent over following a botched open back surgery in 2015 by another unnamed Doctor, after 4 to 5 hour surgery by DOCTOR KEVIN D. RUTZ, and a one night stay in Des Peres Hospital, I WAS ABLE TO STAND FULLY ERECT. My recovery continues at home but the pain is minimal. GOD BLESS THIS MAN AND HIS STAFF.
Farmington, MO |
I had constant pain going down my shoulder and arm due to a neck injury. I saw Dr Rutz because of personal friends who recommended him. He performed the surgery by using a bone in my neck to relieve the pressure on the nerve. I woke without pain and have had no pain for years. I would definitely go back to him if I needed orthopedic surgery on my back.
in Godfrey il |
If u like waiting for about two hours this doctors for you
in St. Louis, MO |
After years of back pain and trying every non-surgical option out there, it became apparent I needed surgery. I researched many doctors and visited 2 (both of which left me unimpressed) before seeing Dr. Rutz. Dr. R and his entire staff were amazing! They were very professional, curtious, and thorough and unlike many other doctors, Dr. R was happy to answer all my questions/concerns without rushing me along. I had surgery 2 weeks ago and feel like a new person. Can't say enough good things!
in St Louis, MO |
I am currently a patient of Dr Rutz 's for recurrent disc herniation issues at L3-4 & L4-5. Unfortunately, he recommended a fusion on those levels. Even after I informed him that I wasn't willing to go through with a fusion, he still spent a lot of time with me discussing lumbar TDR's & other Dr's that perform them in the area. You could tell he genuinely wanted what's best for me even if he couldn't perform it. Only complaint is wait times, but I still think he's better than most orthos.
in Saint Louis, MO |
I made an appointment showed up on time, waited over an hour and then was told there was two people ahead of me. I had to leave to take my son to his therapy appt They called back to reschedule and they were incredibly rude. I was told they were, being nice by trying to reschedule. Really? You're not the only game in town. Unfortunately, my son's therapy schedule is hectic. I don't have an hour or 2 to sit in a waiting room. Still, I don't have these scheduling problems with other doctors
in anniston, mo |
Awesome doctor. He found my problem when other doctors said there was none. He even personally waited with me personally, in preop until my husband got there.
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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


  • Medical School
    Baylor University

    Graduated in 1997

  • Residency Hospital
    So Il University School Of Med
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Orthopedics Indianapolis

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection