Dr. Richard Hynes, MD

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Dr. Richard Hynes, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

The B.A.C.K. Center 2222 S Harbor City Blvd Ste 610, Melbourne, FL 32901 Get Directions
(321) 723-7716

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Dr. Richard Hynes is Board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and fellowship trained and Board certified in Spine Surgery. Practicing at...Read more

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    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (7)
in Melbourne, FL |
Dr Hynes is a nice, knowledgeable, capable doctor. However, he has too many patients. His office staff is also very disorganized and rude. Not once have I been greeted with a smile when I check in. I always get a look like I'm bothering them. Then when you check out and try to make the requested doctor appt. you are told "I cant find anything on his calendar and Pat will call you"... every time.. Does Pat call? Nope. You end up calling her only to find nothing avail for months.
in Satellite Beach, FL |
Came in 3 years ago now with 2 discs impinging on my spinal cord due to a rear end collision from a truck at a light. 5 months of unbearable pain that didn't start for almost a month after accident. Got MRI, and the neurologist was so concerned called me the SAME DAY. Dr Hynes cleared his schedule and did emergency surgery to replace 2 discs, and cage C4, C5 & C6...Flawless experience and post-op. Seeing him directly Post-Op can be tough, but what I care about most is the mad surgical skills!
in Cocoa, FL |
I have very complicated back and neck issues due to a genetic disorder and birth defects in my neck and back. Dr.Hynes is the first doctor that even heard of my disorder and developed a plan to help with the constant pain of over 35 years. I wouldn't hesitate to recommended him to anyone with back and neck problems.
Melbourne, FL |
If you want a doctor that lies and staff that is mostly incompetent - losing appointments, constantly changing appointment, missed Rx Refills and tons of headaches this is your spot! Dr. Hynes may have a lot of knowledge - but if he can't fix you - he will just keep operating and operating regardless of if it will really fix your issue!! There are a few gems in his Staff - that are amazing - but overall there is a ton of incompetencies, lack of communication, and untruths! Choose another doc!
in Sebastian, FL |
I had cervical spine surgery with stem cells from my hip several years ago. I highly recommend Dr. Hynes and his staff. These are caring exceptionally knowledgable doctors and staff. Thank God I went to the best. I am a teacher and an artist can do my work because I was operated on by the best of the best. If the time comes when I need further surgery I need look no further. Thank you all. Keep doing what you do. God bless these doctors and their caring and knowledgeable staff. C. Franek ??
Sebring, FL |
I would NEVER recommend this Dr.
in Melbourne |
Multiple surgeries in 2015 & 2016 to remove infected bone. Patient 83 yrs old.. long process, but careful surgeon 100% success. Definitely trust Dr. Hynes 100% & in general care at HRMC.
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Dr. Richard Hynes is Board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and fellowship trained and Board certified in Spine Surgery. Practicing at the B.A.C.K. Center in Melbourne and Merritt Island, Florida, Dr. Hyne performs spinal surgeries, making use of state of the art spinal technologies and innovative stem cell research. 

Dr. Hynes has participated in numerous FDA-approved studies and has a professional interest in biologics and the use of stem cells in spinal surgery.  He has been a key consultant for Medtronic, the world's leading company in the area of innovative spinal technology, since 1992.  Among other notable achievements, Dr. Hynes has earned global recognition for pioneering the Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF) operation, which has become one of the most popular procedures around the world for implanting the most minimally invasive device that uses stem cells to create fusion to relieve pain in damaged spinal disks.  He regularly instructs surgeons from across the globe on the OLIF operation as part of The B.A.C.K. Center's Visiting Surgeon Program. Prior to joining The B.A.C.K. Center in 1996, Dr. Hynes was a highly decorated medical officer in the U.S. Army.  Among other senior posts he held during his distinguished 20 military career, he served as Chief of Spine Service at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Chief of Spine Service and Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics at Letterman Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in San Francisco.

After receiving his Medical Degree from Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey, Dr. Hynes completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He then underwent fellowship training in spine surgery at Harvard University, Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Rutgers and a Master of Science degree in Biology from The American University in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work as Medical Director of The B.A.C.K Center, Dr. Hynes is also Director of TZEDAKA, a not-for-profit charity that assists low-income individuals gain access to the medical care they require.

Dr. Hynes' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

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  • Media & Publications
    • Dense Bone Engagement in Osteoporotic Vertebra Using a Novel Pedicle Screw Trajectory Results in enhanced Fixation, March 2008
    • Complications of the Lumbar Anterior Surgical Approach for Artificial Disk Replacement of the Lumbar Spine, 2005
    • Percutaneous Tendo Achilles Repair; A Long Term Follow up study., June 1993
    • Bilateral Symmetrical Synchondrosis of Navicular First Cuneform Joint Presenting as a Lytic lesion., 1987
    • Intestinal Filtration - Secretion Due to Increased Intraluminal Pressure in Rabbits., 1982
    • Cortical Bone Trajectory For Lumbar Pedicle Screws, May 2009
    • Cervical Spondylitic Myelopathy, Jan 1993
    • Radiologis Versus Pedicle Screw Placement Techniques, 1990
    • Elevated Intraluminal Pressure Alters Rabbit Small Intestinal Transport in Vivo, 1982
    • Percutaneous Tendo Achilles Repair; A Ten Year Review, 1989
    • Primary Idiopathic Scoliosis, 1988

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    Malpractice Claim

    Dr. Hynes has 1 malpractice claim

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    • Settlement (10/22/2012)
    • Amount or Range: $210,000.00
    • State: Florida
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


  • Medical School
    UMDNJ--Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Graduated in 1983

  • Internship Hospital
    Tripler Army Medical Center

    Completed in 1984

  • Residency Hospital
    Tripler Army Medical Center

    Completed in 1989

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Completed in 1990

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection