Dr. Kurt Von Rueden, MD

Dr. Kurt Von Rueden, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
61 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Kurt Von Rueden, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Austin, TX. He specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, spinal cord injury medicine, and more.

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Von Rueden performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Spine Deformities
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers
Chronic Neck Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers

Dr. Von Rueden's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Von Rueden "Austin Spine Specialists' balanced care approach to treating back and neck problems has made our practice unique among spine care centers. Our treatment options exhausts non-surgical options before resorting to surgical options whenever possible."

3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

78  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • 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)
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Torticollis


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16  Procedures

  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1982
  • Rush Presbyterian St Lukes Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Rush Presby St Luke's M C
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • North American Spine Study Traveling Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Woodridge Orthopedic Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Von Rueden has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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St. David's Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
America's 50 Best Hospitals Award

Hospital Quality Award

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Dr. Von Rueden's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Von Rueden to family and friends
33 total reviews (13 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (33)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Von Rueden's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (13)

Misread my images resulting in 3 surgeries over 4 months. Misdiagnosed. Left me crippled. He doesn't care.
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Dr. Von Rueden always gives us his complete attention - and most importantly, his exacting care/touch surgically. He definitely takes the time to carefully explain the actual problems being experienced in the patient's spine - and his plan of attack for resolving it. He's a real character too -...more
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Dr. Von Ruedon is an excellent doctor. During this visit, he spent nearly an hour with me explaining a very complex surgery that I would be having. This was very appreciated.
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Terrible sciatica eliminated. Preparation for surgery was thorough and well explained. Recovery from surgery quick and easier than expected. Third surgery in the family-all completely successful.
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I wish I would have known about Dr. Kurt Von Rueden way back when I had my injury, in 2015. Instead I used a doctor in Corpus Christi, Texas where I live, who was useless. On December 6, 2017. I traveled to Austin, Texas upon recommendation and Dr. Von Rueden, took a two year old injury and...more
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