Dr. Richard Wupperman, MD

Dr. Richard Wupperman, MD

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
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51 y/o
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Dr. Richard Wupperman, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Austin, TX and has been practicing for 11 years. He specializes in orthopedic spine surgery.

Austin Spine

3000 N Interstate 35 Ste 708

Austin, TX 78705
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  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
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  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Humana
Medicaid
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No malpractice claims found for Texas
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Wupperman's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Wupperman treats Spine Fractures, Traumatic more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Wupperman treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Spine Deformities
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Wupperman treats Spine Deformities more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Wupperman treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Occult Spinal Dysraphism
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Split Spinal Cord Malformation
Spondylolisthesis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Wupperman treats Spondylolisthesis more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Wupperman treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Dr. Wupperman's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Sprain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure

About Me

Care Philosophy

Diagnosis and treat low back and neck problems utilizing the very latest technology.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2008
Cedars-Sinai Institute For Spinal Disorders
Fellowship Hospital
2007
Vanderbilt University
Residency Hospital
2007
Vanderbilt University
Internship Hospital
2002
University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas
Medical School
1991
University Of Texas At Galveston / Medical Branch
Undergraduate School
2008
2007
2007
2002
1991

Awards

Dr. Wupperman's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Wupperman

4.8

Based on 97 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
1.0309278350515463%
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2 Stars
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1 Star
3.0927835051546393%
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Simply, splendid. I went in to see him after a fall at home. My surgery was 13 months old. He did xrays right away and ordered another test to make sure if I was fine.
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I had bounced around from physician to physician because of back pain for over six years. I had even been to two pain management doctors and they told me that I needed surgery. I was referred to Dr. Wupperman by a pain management doctor. After a few visits, we scheduled surgery, I spent twenty days in the hospital learning to walk again, but seven months from surgery, I am pain free and enjoying life. Personally, I can't thank Dr. Wupperman enough for helping me to enjoy life again.
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I would like to say my surgery was suprisingly a good one . It was my first surgery an Dr Wupperman an staff made me feel very comfortable. The staff checked on me after surgery an when I called asking a question they were always prompt. I have several friends who had surgery with Dr Wupperman an they had nothing but great things to say about him they recommend me to Dr Wupperman an I’m glad they did , good doctor !!!
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This is THE best doctor I have ever seen for any reason. He is thoughtful, kind, caring. He explains everything he is going to do and what to expect afterwards. I have and will continue to, refer anyone who needs an excellent doctor, to Dr. Wupperman.. Thanks for your help with most painful back.
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Dr Wupperman performed a fusion and 4 discectomys on me 7 months ago. This guy is a master surgeon, I think he’s part magician too. He listens, he solves problems. I think the world of him and his PA Valerie Cavaso. Both of them are empathetic and know every aspect of the human spine.
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I chose Dr Wupperman because of his past experience as a physical therapist. A trained MD with the practical, hands-on background of a PT seemed like the perfect professional to consult about my back pain. I found him to be extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and caring. I ended up not needing medical treatment, but he referred me for therapy. Everyone in his office is friendly, caring and professional. Highly recommend.
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Dr Wupperman is an excellent doctor. His “bedside manner “ is great. He is very knowledgeable and cares about his patients. He listens to you, exams you and discusses a plan. He’s friendly and easy to talk to, and a skillful surgeon. He’s the best!
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This is my second major spinal surgery on two different levels with him, and am happy with both results. Highly recommend Dr. Wupperman.
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I have already been recommending this practice. Dr. Wupperman is so very efficient, thorough, articulate and kind. He definitely does not “rush to surgery”. I value this enormously. He makes recommendations to other dr.s———I went to him after getting to know him through my S.O.’s very necessary spinal surgery. I have pain from a herniated disc and some other age-related spinal issues. He was very informative and sent recommendations to my pain management physician.
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Dr. Wupperman has performed 3 spine surgeries on me . I was lucky to have found him, because I was already in a wheelchair when he did my surgery. He has always treated my family well. He explains what is going to happen and why. Plus, the best part is he is very conservative as far as treatment is concerned.
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Dr. Wupperman is a great orthopedic surgeon. Highly recommend him if you need an orthopedic surgeon.
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Dr Wupperman and his staff go out of their way to make me feel at ease with my back problems as well as explaining everything in everyday language. Another thing thing they do that nobody else seems to do these days, is check back up on you to see how you are doing.
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Wish this was the first spine surgeon I had used I feel more confident in his performance and liked St. David's hospital.
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Dr. Wupperman is very knowledgeable and personable. He takes his time with me as a patient making sure all of my questions and concerns are addressed. His staff is amazing and helpful. The front office is staff is welcoming and accommodating.
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I have been to many doctors and Dr. Wupperman is the only one who actually listened to me and asked questions. He was optimistic and didn't look at me as an old overweight women who was probably imagining all my problems like other doctors have done. Even if he can't figure out my problem, I will have felt like he sincerely cares and will try.
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Dr Wupperman, is one of the best Surgeons. He has fixed my issues, just to say that my issues are from my lower back all the way up to the top of my neck. I am now shall we say a walking robot. I was at a point where I was in a wheel chair. I was told by him that I would be walking again. And now I’m walking straight up. Thanks to this wonderful man. Me and my brother are patients. That should tell you something.
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Dr Wupperman provided a level of detail I had not received by 6 other surgeons. He ordered additional testing, explained the Test (CT scan) showed me the areas of concern and provided the highest level of consideration I have received from any doctor in Austin. While he is not recommending surgery, he provided a detailed written plan of action to me and to the doctor he referred me to for treatment. His medical assistant was also very helpful and I only had to wait for a few minutes to see him.
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I consider Dr Wupperman one of the best surgeons, if not the best, in town. Following a staph infection that destroyed my T9-S1 (pain pump site) and left me in a bad way. 4 surgeries by someone else to clean it it up left me without my lododic curve and hunch back. Dr. Wupperman fixed those issues and others to give me a good quality of life following such a horrendous situation. I would trust Dr. Wupperman with my life. I already have!
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Overall good experience I was a new patient office visit from checkin to checkout was 30 minutes way faster than I expected. I was shown and discussed what was going on and treatment without feeling rushed. All the staff I encountered smiled and introduced themselves.
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I would totally recommend Dr.Wuppermann to friends and others. Dr. Wuppermann has saved my life in so many ways through the years.
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