Dr. Rick Wupperman, MD

Dr. Rick Wupperman, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 53

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(737) 276-4043

Dr. Rick Wupperman, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Austin, TX. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as St. David's Medical Center and Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Wupperman to book an appointment.

Locations

Austin Spine

Austin Spine3000 N Interstate 35 Ste 708 Austin, TX 78705
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Austin Spine - North Quinlan Park Rd

Steiner Ranch2900 N Quinlan Park Rd Ste 430 Austin, TX 78732
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Hospital Highlight

Dr. Wupperman is affiliated with St. David's Medical Center Austin, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ See hospitals

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Dr. Wupperman's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Wupperman

4.9

Based on 128 ratings

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Dr Wupperman was able to diagnose my spinal column collaspe after the first visit with a 3-D MRI. I had been searching with other Drs. for 3 years with no success and was considering a spinal cord stimulation implant, when he said surgery would fix my problem. Thank God for Dr. Wupperman I am 100% better.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Kim M. – Feb 09, 2021
Successful neck surgery.
What went well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Nov 16, 2020
There is nothing bad I can say about my experience with this office and this group of professionals. Everyone is so kind and knowledgeable. Always ready to answer any questions and help out. Dr Wupperman was awesome, I’m so lucky I found him, my surgery was scary but he made sure to explain everything. I can’t say enough good things about the people in this group
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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Margaret – Jul 28, 2020
Since the onset of all my spinal issues, and there were many that needed critical attention, Dr. Wupperman has brilliantly, compassionately, and with absolute integrity, addressed every issue with terrific success!! From a life of constant, debilitating pain, I am now living free of pain and able to perform everything that I need to do including running 30 second agility courses with my dog. Yes, I have some limitations such as sitting or standing for long periods or lifting heavy weights, but taking the precautions advised by Dr. Wupperman such as lots of walking, careful core strengthening exercises, maintaining good posture, using proper body positioning to perform ordinary physical movements, changing body aspect (from sitting to standing to laying down as necessary) every 30 minutes, no jumping, and minimal running, I am able to live and function pain free! Dr. Wupperman has my absolute trust and highest recommendation!! I am forever grateful for him giving me my life back!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Marilyn Munger – Jul 28, 2020
This was my first visit and all went well. BEING ABLE TO FINALLY SEE MY mri'S WAS VERY HELPFUL FOR ME TO GET A VISUAL IDEA OF WHAT IS GOING ON DOWN MY SPINE THANK YOU
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jul 27, 2020
I have seen over a half a dozen orthopedic surgeons who would not operate on me because of my osteoporosis doctor Wupperman was willing to take on a difficult case I am looking forward to feeling better thank you Dr. Wupperman.
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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Jeanie goldman – Jul 04, 2020
This is my second visit with him. I saw him a year ago and already liked him, but this visit sealed how much I like him. He answers my questions and he is not the type that pushes surgery on you. He said I did not have enough of a change to have to come every year, but I told him I would feel better if I did.
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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P. Johnson – Jun 15, 2020
I am so thankful to have Dr. Wupperman's expertise and help! He was very informative and makes sure all my questions answered. Everyone at his office was super helpful and kind. I highly recommend this neurosurgeon and his staff!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • 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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Adrian W. – Jun 10, 2020
Dr. Wupperman is a surgeon with a personality; a rare find in surgeons. He is an excellent surgeon who cares about his patients. He is the best. He is thorough, detailed, and readily answers any and all questions. You are in great hands with Dr. Wupperman. He also has the best PAs available. I just can’t say enough good things about Trae and Dr. Wupperman. Simply the best.
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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Arlene Horne – Apr 23, 2020
Educated and good work exclamation of issues.
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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Clifford lovett – Mar 30, 2020
Dr Wupperman and his team are hands down amazing! When it felt like all hope was lost, he didn’t give up and provided a road forward. I’m in recovery now from my lumbar fusion, but the care hasn’t ended. From easing my post op concerns to helping manage my pain, I couldn’t recommend Dr Wupperman more. Thank you thank you!!!
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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Mar 29, 2020
Dr Wupperman performed a lower lumbar fusion a long complicated surgery. He achieved great results in correcting my curved spine. I appreciate his caring manner. He has a sense of humor to put the patient at ease and then when it comes time to get serious he does it carefully and recognizes that the patient is nervous.
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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Steve B – Mar 12, 2020
We had been to several neurologists for my mother's neuropathy and mylopathy, and we firmly believe he is going to be able to help her walk again (at least with the walker) instead of being wheelchair bound. He ordered a test (myelogram) that all of the other docs had brushed off at our suggestion. He was very easy to communicate with and he listened to all our concerns. He is the only one who actually laid hands in my mother's back and found all of the problem areas by actually examining her back. We have always believed that her sudden immobility issues were because something is compressed in her back- no other doctor has really wanted to investigate that issue except for Dr. Wupperman. I would highly recommend him and his wonderful staff to anyone who has an orthopedic issue.
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 – Mar 08, 2020
Excellent doctor with great bedside manners, truly talented surgeon and a passion for what he does. He listens to you, explains everything, takes time to ease your fears and address your concerns.
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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M. Dragan – Feb 27, 2020
Dr. Wupperman and his entire staff were excellent to work with. One of the nurses at my rheumatologist's office had lost the ability to walk and she was adamant about nothing being put in her back and someone she knew recommended Dr. Wupperman. She was absolutely thrilled with her surgical results; so I decided to see Dr. Wupperman to evaluate my lumbar spine and tell me what we might do that did not entail putting anything my body (I previously had rejection of hardware with a badly broken ankle). I am looking forward to my surgery and the relief I am sure it will provide to relieve the pain and profound weakness in both legs and the bowel and bladder problems my back problem is causing. I agreed to have Dr. Wupperman preform surgery on my back in the next couple of weeks because I found him to be a doctor who would "work with me" and not just insist on "working on me" like so many surgeons do.
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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Feb 21, 2020
Dr Wupperman is the best doctor I have ever had.He performed two major surgeries,(one thoracic and one lumbar) with no problems whatsoever. He has a great personality and bedside manner. The staff is great as well. Highly recommended!
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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Mark Z – Feb 21, 2020
Dr. Wupperman was very kind and he didn't make me feel like he was in a rush to move on to the next patient. He made sure I understood everything he was saying to me without me feeling uneducated. I highly recommend him if you are having issues with your spine and I will not hesitate to refer my family and friends. Thank you so much for truly caring.
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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Jacquelyn Garcia – Feb 10, 2020
He changed my life. I was in pain all the time and couldn’t walk. After he operated on me I had no more pain and walked. He was very caring and thoroughly explained everything to me before and after the operation. I highly recommend him!
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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Jan 26, 2020
I’m a Veterinarian and started having back problems several years ago. Having to been over to get relief. Slowly it got worse. My legs went to sleep, I couldn’t stand very long, it was rather debilitating. After MRI and diagnosis of L4 and L5 severe problems and L3 and L4 moderate. I was very debilitated and my life was becoming nonfunctional. Dr. Wupperman was recommended to me by my cousin. He had had surgery by Dr. Wupperman with Excellent results and he had been recommended to Dr Wupperman by another Spinal Surgeon who felt that Dr. Wupperman was more qualified to do his surgery than himself. My surgery resulted in a fusion of L4 and L5 with a Laminectomy at L3-L4. 4 screws and rods for stabilization. Results were Excellent. Dr. Wupperman gave me my life back. I owe him my eternal Thanks and Gratitude. You can’t go wrong with Dr. Richard Wupperman.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
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Charles (Tom) Reagan DVM – Jan 20, 2020
Dr. Wupperman and his whole staff were wonderful. He was very professional and thorough with my exam and his explanation of my condition. I had a lot of questions and he answered them all. I was very pleased and feel very fortunate to have found Dr. Wupperman as my back condition is a very complicated one. I highly recommend him.
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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Jan 11, 2020

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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

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Scoliosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Wupperman treats Scoliosis more than 100% of his peers

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

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
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Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Wupperman treats Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis more than 100% of his peers

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

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 Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • 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
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • 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
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • 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 Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • 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 Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure

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About Me

Care Philosophy

As a former physical therapist, Dr. Wupperman tends toward a conservative approach for most spinal disorders. Treatments may include activity modification,...Read more

Biography

This physician is accepting telehealth visits. Dr. Richard Wupperman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specialized in diagnosing and treating the...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Medical School
2007
Vanderbilt University
Internship Hospital
1991
University of Texas At Galveston / Medical Branch
Undergraduate School
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Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Rick Wupperman, MD?

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Does Dr. Rick Wupperman, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Wupperman has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Rick Wupperman, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Rick Wupperman, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Wupperman frequently treats Scoliosis, Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis, and Spondylolisthesis. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Wupperman treats.

Where is Dr. Rick Wupperman, MD's office located?

Dr. Wupperman's office is located at 3000 N Interstate 35 Ste 708, Austin, TX 78705. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

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

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

St. David's Medical Center

Austin, TX

80% Patient Experience Rating, 11% higher than the national average

23 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin

Austin, TX

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Round Rock

Round Rock, TX

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

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)