Dr. Richard Thomas, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 54

Dr. Thomas
Telehealth services available

Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates

4802 S 109th East Ave Tulsa, OK 74146

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(918) 392-1400

Dr. Richard Thomas, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Thomas has more experience with Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Ascension St. John Medical Center and Stillwater Medical Center. He has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Thomas to book an appointment.

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Dr. Thomas is affiliated with Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital Tulsa, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Thomas

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Thomas treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Thomas treats other conditions, please contact the office at (918) 392-1400.

Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures specialists.

Dr. Thomas is experienced in the area of Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 57 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Thomas
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Spondylolisthesis
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
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Dr. Thomas' conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Periacetabular Osteotomy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Thomas accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Blue Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Community Care Network
Standard Network PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Thomas' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Thomas

4.3

Based on 46 ratings

5 Stars
78.26086956521739%
(36)
4 Stars
2.1739130434782608%
(1)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
6.521739130434782%
(3)
1 Star
13.043478260869565%
(6)
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Awesome Dr and staff! This was my first, but not last visit. I was there less than an hour, which included x-rays and meeting my Dr and his PA. Thankfully, I will not need surgery and Dr Thomas called my pain management Dr suggesting a plan for back injections. I will refer all of my family and friends to Dr Thomas!
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
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Vicki – Aug 29, 2021
Dr Thomas displayed all of the qualities I believe are most important to patients and their families. He explains things and answer questions in language that is easily understood. He never makes you feel rushed and eases any anxiety you have regarding your treatment. I would recommend Dr Thomas to anyone without hesitation.
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
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Aug 25, 2021
My visit with Dr Thomas was very reassuring. I saw him for a second opinion as the Dr I had seen had told me I needed surgery immediately or I was at risk of permanent paralysis if I fell or got rear ended in my vehicle. Dr Thomas did X-rays and went over my MRI with me. He explained his findings and did neurological tests and the result was that I don’t need surgery now. He told me signs to watch for when it would be time for surgery. I would recommend him for his caring and putting patients at ease, not rushing and answering all my questions. All the staff are friendly, helpful and caring also.
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
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Jul 24, 2021
Dr Thomas and his associates are kind compassionate well knowledged professionals that provided excellent care for my needs. I had surgery that took care of severe back painAnd after surgery received excellent follow up care. I would recommend Dr. Thomas and his associates highly.
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C.Coda – May 01, 2021
Not nearly as good as his ratings would indicate. He’s fine for simple procedures like laminectomies and the such, but choose someone else for more complicated procedures. The surgery he performed on me has effectively ruined my life. Virtually zero communication between his office and the patient concerning follow-up care. If there’s a problem, you’re just on your own. Having my last surgery was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life. Too bad i can’t turn the calendar back.
What went well
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Apr 28, 2021
I have seen Dr Thomas for 14 years. I now measure all my doctors to him. He doesn’t push surgery, and explains everything in great detail! 10/10 would recommend and have referred several friends and family to him! His PA Jason is amazing as well! I wouldn’t go anywhere else!
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
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Jenni – Jan 08, 2021
Great surgeon.
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
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Jan 06, 2021
All of the staff at Tulsa Bone and Joint are professional, friendly and helpful. They have been informative and answered any questions without hesitation.
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
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Dec 23, 2020
Great professional friendly service
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jim G. – Nov 25, 2020
Dr. Thomas is so wonderful. He explains things in terms I understand without talking down to me. He worked on my back since 2014. I fell and hit my back where he had worked and when I called, he saw me the same day. That is caring to me. His PA Jason is outstanding also. Both are such a great team. I would highly recommend giving him a chance to help you. Forgot, he worked on vertebrae in my neck also as there was a problem causing my right arm to be numb yet hurt to move.
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
1 person found this helpful
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Lisa H – Oct 28, 2020
My visit with the doctor was extremely educational. I was very satisfied with how he explained my mri and the following procedure that I will be needing. I feel very confident and looking forward to getting my strength back.
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Ted Garcia – Oct 15, 2020
Had an appointment with Dr. Thomas the end of July 2020. Was told I would have surgery in 2 weeks. It is now the second week in October and no surgery date scheduled. Have called several times and the only explanation has been Dr. Thomas is still thinking about it. Last 2 phone calls have not been returned.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Oct 14, 2020
I got the absolute best care and would recommend to anyone.
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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Kristie – Aug 19, 2020
Dr Thomas is an exceptional surgeon and his supporting staff is second to none. TB&J has provided me with total knee replacements for both knees as well as major back surgery and they also provide the best Physical Therapy team available anywhere.
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
1 person found this helpful
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MICHAEL DOYLE – Jul 24, 2020
All the staff are very pleasant and professional. They treat you like you are their only patient when you are in front of them. In, taken care of, & out pretty quick. Big Thumbs Up
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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Susan – Feb 07, 2020
I had a great experience with Dr. Thomas. He was very polite and he answered all my questions and concerns. He assured me that I was going to be okay
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
2 people found this helpful
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Tammy Brantley – Feb 05, 2020
All appointments are on time and very informative !
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Jan 29, 2020
Thorough, curteous, listened to my concerns, and clarified any questions I had. Top notch doctor.
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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Susie – Jan 19, 2020
He has performed my lower back surgery, three years ago. I have had no problems since then. Now, I am having neck surgery to fuse several vertebrae to give me relief from my pinched nerves in which are making my arms and hands numb. Although I have to wear a neck brace for 6 weeks following the surgery, I can’t wait to have feeling back in my hands and fingers.
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
3 people found this helpful
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Lisa Walker – Jan 19, 2020
Very informative
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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Brenda Althouse – Oct 23, 2019

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About Me

Biography

Dr. Richard Thomas, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Thomas has more experience with Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures than...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

University Of Ok College Of Med
Residency Hospital
2003
Panorama Orthopaedic & Spine Center
Fellowship Hospital

Awards

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Dr. Thomas frequently treats Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. See all practice areas where Dr. Thomas specializes.

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Locations

Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates

Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates4802 S 109th East Ave Tulsa, OK 74146
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Affiliated Hospitals

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

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Ascension St. John Medical Center

Tulsa, OK

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average

Stillwater Medical Center

Stillwater, OK

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

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital

Tulsa, OK

92% Patient Experience Rating, 23% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)