Dr. Kevin Rutz, MD

Orthopedic Spine SurgeryMaleAge 50

Dr. Rutz
Accepting new patients

Orthopedic Specialists

2325 Dougherty Ferry Rd Ste 100 Saint Louis, MO 63122

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(314) 909-1359

Dr. Kevin Rutz, MD is a Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist in Saint Louis, MO and has over 24 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Baylor University medical school in 1997. He is affiliated with medical facilities Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Saint Luke's Des Peres Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Rutz to book an appointment.

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Dr. Rutz's conditions and procedures:

  • 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
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Trigger Point Injection

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Dr. Rutz accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Balanced Blue Access Choice-MO
Balanced Blue Access-MO
Balanced Blue Preferred-MO
Blue Access Choice (St Louis) (Select Network)-MO
Blue Access Choice - S-MO
Blue Access Choice-MO
Blue Access-MO
Blue Preferred (Blue Preferred / Small Grp)-MO
Blue Preferred (Select Network)-MO POS
Blue Preferred Network-MO
Blue Preferred Options-MO
Blue Preferred Plus-MO POS
Blue Preferred-MO HMO
Blue Traditional-MO
Bronze Blue Access Choice Plus-MO
Bronze Blue Access Choice-MO
Bronze Blue Access Plus-MO
Bronze Blue Access-MO
Bronze Blue Preferred Plus-MO
Bronze Blue Preferred-MO
Gold Blue Access Choice Plus-MO
Gold Blue Access Choice-MO
Gold Blue Access Plus-MO
Gold Blue Access-MO
Gold Blue Preferred Options-MO
Gold Blue Preferred Plus-MO
Gold Blue Preferred-MO
Lumenos Plans (Blue Access Choice)-MO
Lumenos plans (Blue Access)-MO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Preferred-Care Blue (KC) (Select Network)-MO
Silver Blue Access Choice Plus-MO
Silver Blue Access Choice-MO
Silver Blue Access Plus-MO
Silver Blue Access-MO
Silver Blue Preferred Options-MO
Silver Blue Preferred-MO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
HealthLink
HealthLink PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

Dr. Rutz's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Rutz

4.2

Based on 48 ratings

5 Stars
77.08333333333333%
(37)
4 Stars
2.0833333333333335%
(1)
3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
2.0833333333333335%
(1)
1 Star
18.75%
(9)
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What went well
  • Explained conditions well (36)
  • Staff friendliness (36)
  • Appointment scheduling (35)
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (10)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (9)
  • Appointment was rushed (8)
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Dr. Rutz did surgery on my back and neck and was nothing less than professional and clearly knew what he was doing. I feel so much better!
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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Teresa McBride – Jan 12, 2021
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Two back surgeries. The first was "guaranteed" to cure the problem. It did not. Second surgery recommended as the more drastic solution since the first did not work. Very cocky. Cannot deliver. Cannot diagnose problems well. Cannot provide solutions. Don't go to him.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Very disappointed – Nov 24, 2020
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I am a 58 years old active man and met with Dr Kevin Ruts' office after trying conservative treatment (physical therapy and and cortizone shots) for alleviating severe back/should/arm pain from a herniated 6-7 and bulging 5-6 cervical discs. Dr Rutz's office walked me through my MRI and showed me the severe stenosis on my nerves from disc. Because conservative treatment did not alleviate pain, I decided to pursue a 2 level disc replacement with Dr Rutz. I had the surgery approximately 24 hours ago. Dr Rutz came in before surgery and talked to me about what all he was going to do. The surgery went great and it took about 2 hours start to finish for the 2 levels. I woke up in the recovery room feeling fantastic, walked to my room. Really no pain to speak of. Up walking around same day of surgery, no soreness in my throat, incisure or neck and have full neck range again. Symptoms all gone. Slept great first day of surgery and then came home. Dr Rutz and team were great.
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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Scott Jaskowiak – Oct 24, 2020
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From the very first visit, he was informative and determined to get me out of such severe pain. He was very informative and thorough.
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Mar 30, 2020
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I’m not sure about these other reviews, I’ve been to this office many times and never had a long wait. Dr Rutz is an amazing Doctor and brilliant Surgeon. He has truly changed my life. The only reason I chose to see him was because I literally had no other choices, chronic burning nerve pain is life altering misery. So as far as his options being surgery and more surgery, that would make sense considering he’s a surgeon, he’s not going to give you a lollipop and tell you to go get acupuncture. He’s going to give you his experienced expert opinion. He’s competent, polite, caring, and very good at what he does. I would recommend him to anyone I crossed paths with.
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Nick – Feb 03, 2020
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Absolutely excellent physician. Office visits run very organized. Friendly staff X-rays taken promptly as you arrive to see him. After he gets the reading he has it all planned out. Just as I said very excellent St Luke’s Hospital where he performs his surgeries. Very clean hospital with outstanding care.
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
2 people found this helpful
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Washington – Jun 03, 2019
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Dr. Rutz and Ms. Loren are extremely knowledgeable and awesome individuals. I would recommend their services repeatedly.
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What could be improved
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May 22, 2019
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Excellent! I had a double level disc replacement performed by Dr. Rutz. Surgery went very well. Everyone in his office as well as Des Peres hospital are extremely professional and friendly. Dr. Rutz is very skilled as is his NP Loren. MaryAnn at the office is very helpful too!
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Janet in STL, MO – Feb 02, 2019
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Wonderful experience with the Doc & staff. Excellent surgeon. I highly recommend Dr. Rutz.
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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Lisa Miller in Rolla – Apr 23, 2018
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A legend in his own mind!
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Matt in Chesterfield – Feb 18, 2018
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Excellent doctor, a truly gifted surgeon who gave me my life back.
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Jennifer Smith in St Louis, MO – Jun 02, 2017
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This doctor has two options for treating disc pain, surgery or other surgery. Wait times are awful and the staff is not helpful.
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May 18, 2017
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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.
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Ellen in New Melle mo – Apr 06, 2017
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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.
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Clarence A. "BUZZ" Barrows in Gerald, MO – Mar 23, 2017
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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.
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Farmington, MO – Mar 18, 2017
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If u like waiting for about two hours this doctors for you
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Jeff s in Godfrey il – Sep 29, 2016
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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!
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Kristen M in St. Louis, MO – Sep 04, 2016
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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.
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Aaron in St Louis, MO – Jul 27, 2016
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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
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Amy in Saint Louis, MO – Feb 05, 2016
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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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melissa housman in anniston, mo – Jan 09, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Kevin Rutz, MD is a Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist in Saint Louis, MO and has over 24 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Orthopedics Indianapolis
Fellowship Hospital
So Il University School Of Med
Residency Hospital
1997
Baylor University
Medical School

Awards

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What are Dr. Kevin Rutz, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Rutz frequently treats Laminoforaminotomy, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Rutz treats.

Where is Dr. Kevin Rutz, MD's office located?

Dr. Rutz's office is located at 2325 Dougherty Ferry Rd Ste 100, Saint Louis, MO 63122. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Specialists2325 Dougherty Ferry Rd Ste 100 Saint Louis, MO 63122
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Affiliated Hospitals

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

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Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Saint Louis, MO

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

5 Awards Received

Saint Luke's Des Peres Hospital

Saint Louis, MO

77% Patient Experience Rating, 8% higher than the national average