Dr. Michael Cluck, MD

Dr. Michael Cluck, MD

Orthopedic Spine SurgeryMale

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Dr. Michael Cluck, MD is a Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist in Merced, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Regional Medical Center Of San Jose and El Camino Health - Los Gatos Campus. His office accepts new patients.

Locations

Valley Spine Care

Valley Spine Care1170 W Olive Ave Ste B Merced, CA 95348
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At a Glance

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Dr. Cluck's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Cluck

4.0

Based on 43 ratings

5 Stars
69.76744186046511%
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4 Stars
4.651162790697675%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
2.3255813953488373%
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1 Star
20.930232558139537%
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Saw Dr Cluck 3 months ago about previous right shoulder replacement surgery I had and also about a bad back due to a partial Laminectomy that was done back in 1994. I found Dr Cluck to be genuinely forthcoming and he seems to be very knowledgeable. However, his staff in the front need to get their training together when it comes to making appointments. Saw Dr Cluck last October and he said that we will see how things are in three months. The girl in the front read the chart and scheduled me an appointment in January at a certain time. I arrived 10 minutes before and she said that I was not on the schedule and that I couldn't be seen that day. The next available appointment was January 22nd so I had no choice but to say OK. Word of advice . . . . Call the day before to guarantee that you still have an appointment. Take your appointment card with you (which I failed to do).
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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Carl – Jan 07, 2021
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My experience was Horrible. His office manager Vanessa was the most rude plastic person I ever meet. Dr Cluck performed a fusion on my spine L3 L4. It was totally unsuccessful. I was still in pain from previous fusion of L4 L5. Asked him to remove hardware from previous surgery during his but they never did because they didn't order special tool and I was on the operating table when they told me this so I basically had no choice but to go forward with the surgery. Following visits were hell didn't want to give pain medicine Vanessa would Hide in the office and not answer the door and they couldn't understand why I wasn't fixed. Vanessa said it will hurt for a longtime and get use to it. Never received an exit interview. Dr Cluck didn't want to hear about failed surgery. I am worse off then before the surgery 2 plus years later.
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Jan 03, 2021
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all I can say in 500 character is, if you can find another doctor,I would It is his staff and poorly run. After dozens of Xray's, and waiting over 2 months for Dr Cluck to do a consultation with another Doctor, because my surgery was very complicated, I went to another surgeon. My Drs were in disbelief at his handling of the case. In fact one Dr tried to contact him to no avail. Patients either have a great experience or not. I considered filing a complaint, but what good would it do?
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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Janice in CA – Dec 09, 2018
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I was very reluctant to have spinal fusion surgery. I knew how serious it was and all the potential ramifications. Dr Cluck was the third surgeon I spoke to. For many reasons, I did not want to have this surgery with those doctors. After my first appointment with Dr Cluck, I knew I could trust this doctor and that I would feel safe under his care. My surgery went amazingly well and I am able to walk without pain for the first time in 4 years. I recommend Dr Cluck highly.
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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Maggie in San Jose, CA – Sep 18, 2018
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His office manager (Vaness) treats patients like they are a piece of meat.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
10 people found this helpful
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Jerry in Mountain View, CA – Aug 10, 2018
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I was in a lot of pain and was having difficulty with my day to day activities. I am in my early 40's and was hesitant to have back surgery because I have heard so many bad stories, but after seeing Dr. Cluck I felt comfortable moving ahead. He tried conservative therapies first and when those failed recommended surgery. Despite being nervous, I went ahead and it was the best decision I ever made. I have my life back! I am pain free and able to enjoy all of the things I was before!
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
1 person found this helpful
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Jennifer in San jose, CA – Aug 03, 2018
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First appointment they did not have me in the books. They took me in after waiting 1.5 hours and I saw a lady who I believe is his assistant? She left me in a room with a med student (who pushed way to hard on my injury and it hurt me for days to come). She came back in the room and said let's get you a X-ray and MRI. She did this without examining me, but I agreed because I knew I needed them. I never saw Dr. Cluck. She said I would when I came back with my results. Left the office after being
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Rita – Jul 06, 2018
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I absolutely love Doctor Cluck. When I first saw him it was a Wednesday. My wife had gone to see the Doctor that worked on her knee, and try to get an appointment with with Doctor Cluck. In the past 5 days I had lost the use of my legs 3 times, the worst was that Tuesday @ 01:45, I didn’t even know splits. My wife explained what happened and he ordered what felt like 10 x-rays and made an appt to see me Friday, early morning. Long story short, he had in surgery Mon to fix the problem.
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
1 person found this helpful
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Bruno Richard Martinez in San José, CA – Jan 19, 2018
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I went to Dr. Cluck because of other reviews and his video online, he seemed like a Doctor who actually cares about his patients. From my two visits, it seemed that he is more interested in overbooking patients (customers) to maximize profit.. I have been struggling with back pain for years, when describing my problems Dr. Cluck was condescending and not sympathetic, it felt like he was trying to get me out the door as quick as possible.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
8 people found this helpful
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Los Gatos, CA – Oct 12, 2017
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After 1-1/2 years of exhausting and seriously effecting sciatic nerve pain due to a synovial cyst on my L4, L5 facet joint, I was referred to Dr. Cluck whereby surgery was my next step to long term pain relief. The cyst had hardened and after my first consultation with Dr. Cluck, we had decided to move forward with his recommendation of minimally invasive micro decompression surgery. Well, I'm here to tell you, I am totally pain free and I owe it all to Dr. Cluck. I have a New Lease on life!!!
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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Patrick Kiley in Morgan Hill, CA – Feb 03, 2017
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Background Check

1 disciplinary action Found
  • Driving Under the Influence (6/5/2019)View details
No malpractice claims found for California
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Check if Dr. Cluck treats your condition or procedure

Dr. Cluck's conditions and procedures:

  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Cluck accepts the following insurance:

Anthem
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Select PPO
Chinese Community Health Plan (CCHP)
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

About Me

Care Philosophy

Values compassion, diversity, quality, integrity, teamwork, education and clinical research for both patients and other physicians.

Biography

Received medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine Omaha, Nebraska. Internship in general surgery from LAC+USC Medical Center. Residency...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Case Western Reserve University
Fellowship Hospital
LAC+USC Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA
Residency Hospital
LAC+USC Medical Center General Surgery, Los Angeles, CA
Internship Hospital
Creighton University School of Medicine Omaha, Nebraska
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Michael Cluck, MD?

Call (209) 273-1537 to make an appointment as a new patient. Click here for more information.

Is Dr. Michael Cluck, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Michael Cluck, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Cluck's profile to make an appointment.

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What are Dr. Michael Cluck, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Cluck frequently treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), Degenerative Disc Disease, and Intervertebral Disc Disease. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Cluck treats.

Where is Dr. Michael Cluck, MD's office located?

Dr. Cluck's office is located at 1170 W Olive Ave Ste B, Merced, CA 95348. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Michael Cluck, MD speak?

Dr. Cluck speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Michael Cluck, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Cluck has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

Affiliated Hospitals

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

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Regional Medical Center Of San Jose

San Jose, CA

63% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% lower than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)

El Camino Health - Los Gatos Campus

Los Gatos, CA

10 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)

Mercy Medical Center Merced

Merced, CA

63% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% lower than the national average

Mercy Medical Center Merced

Merced, CA

63% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% lower than the national average

O'Connor Hospital

San Jose, CA

UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus

San Francisco, CA

86% Patients that would definitely recommend, 16% higher than the national average

14 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)