Dr. Robert Ayer, MD

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Robert Ayer, MD, FAANS

426 Exchange Blvd Ste 500 Bethlehem, GA 30620

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Dr. Robert Ayer, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Bethlehem, GA. He is affiliated with medical facilities Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville and Piedmont Walton Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Ayer to book an appointment.

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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ayer

4.8

Based on 125 ratings

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He was very understanding of my condition. He explained everything very well so that I understood. He has done to surgeries in me. I will highly recommend him.
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Pamela Go le – Jul 20, 2021
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I found Dr Ayer through a co worker who had broken his back. I've had neck issues since my early twenties. When I went to see Dr Ayer I was suffering from numbness in my face and neck and these random electrical shock type pains that would cause me to jump. Dr Ayer was very patient with me and explained in all the detail I asked for what he saw on the scans and what the procedure would entail. He had to lock down my c4-c6, but due to a secondary issue of having bony growth in one of my ligaments we opted to go through the back of my neck. I fully expected to have lost some rotation in my neck, but I haven't. It's been a little over a year since my surgery, and in all honesty I feel better now than I have in almost 2 decades.
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Rod B – Jun 04, 2021
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I learned too late that Ayer was playing “pinball” between OR suites the day he shoved that shard of metal into my epidural space (rather than placing it like the 2 trials were done prior to receiving it) and ripping one of my blood vessels, things got worse. I was progressively losing feeling from my left arm to left leg to right leg to right arm to not being able to breathe, all the while telling the Gwinnett Medical Center PACU nurse about the paralysis, just for her to insist it was normal, & refuse to call the doctor. Finally, I grabbed the d/c area RN & told her what was going on. Thinking that when Dr Ayer was called, he would know it had to be a hematoma putting pressure on my spinal cord & take me back to evacuate the clot. Instead, he said he was just about to put in another spinal cord stimulator in someone else & I would have WAIT for his partner to drive in from home! My paralysis was progressing around my body, so I knew the vessel he had ripped open when he blindly shove
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May 10, 2021
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Felt very comfortable with Dr Ayer. He gave me hope that my pain can lessen or disappear.
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Gail McCauley – Feb 03, 2021
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Compassionate. Progressive - convinced he employs the latest techniques and works hard to stay current in his field. I researched that he teaches other surgeons surgery! My back was dramatically improved by his procedure.
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Jan 22, 2021
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My spouse has GBM and Dr. Ayer was/is our surgeon. We, quite frankly, adore him. Thank you Dr. Ayer for everything you’ve done. A truly professional and human doctor. So many doctors become cold and indifferent. It has meant the world to us to benefit from your expertise and humanity. Please never lose it. Merry Christmas again to you and yours.
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Dec 25, 2020
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I have had multiple visits with other neuro-surgeons in the past, and Dr. Ayer is by far the best. The best bed side manner and staff I have seen.
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Dec 09, 2020
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Came to Dr. Ayer with my 86 year old mother in law. She had degenerative disks and had many falls the last one caused compression of the disk causing severe pain. No one wanted to touch her and her pain was unbearable. He was able to do a Laminectomy and fusion which made her life better. Always available to speak with and appreciate his counsel and advice. His staff was also very caring and helpful. Would highly recommend and trust.
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Bonnie Landress – Nov 02, 2020
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Had sudden onset loss of strength in dominate right arm. Met with a couple doctors from Emory to discuss my issue. It was discovered through an MRI that I had compressed C5/6 and restricted nerve. The advice was to have surgery, but something was missing so I wanted a second opinion. We reached out to Dr Ayer and he worked in an appointment in very short order. The original diagnosis was correct, however the previous doctors missed other conditions that were contributing factors to my loss of strength and probably not related to the C5/6 compression. After much considertion and discussion we decided to move forward with ACDF surgery (Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion) which was two weeks ago today. I am confident my condition will contiue to improve under the care of Dr. Ayer. Highly recommend!
What went well
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Jason B – Oct 17, 2020
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The Dr and his staff are fabulous! All my nerve pain is gone!! Dr Ayers listened to me, read my files and then made suggestions for a plan of action!
What went well
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Michelle W – Jun 01, 2020
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Patient advocate. Not an aggressive surgeon, will discuss not surgeon options and the pro’s and cons of each decision .
What went well
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May 21, 2020
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Good informative appointment
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Chris young – Apr 27, 2020
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Dr.Ayer is the best neurosurgeon. I researched in the metro area and found two neurosurgeons I would consider. I am so happy I made the best choice. He is so knowledgeable and prepares his staff before each surgery while in the operating room. Kudos to his staff, also!!!
What went well
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Phyllis Candra in Snellville, GA – Feb 24, 2020
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Excellent Neurosurgeon
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Jan 20, 2020
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My back was so bad, and hurt constantly, I was restricted in what I could do. But after Dr. Ayer operated, my pain greatly decreased. Thank you Dr. Ayer. Because another doctor had operated on me, other doctors would not touch my spine.
What went well
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Harold in Watkinsville, GA – Jan 20, 2020
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Love him! Very grateful for the excellent care
What went well
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Dec 05, 2019
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He will listen, talk to you and explain. He will even calmly listen when you disagree with something. I had a 2 level diskectomy with fusion and I adked how long before I could ride my horse. He said about a year. Well I got upset and explained all the benefits (gentle movement of the horse quietly moving almost every muscle in your body; movement so you don’t stiffen up; and the mental benefits.) I explained I had a very gentle horse who took her responsibilities seriously. He listened, asked questions and finally said don’t fall off. I did wait 2 months before I rode.
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Shari Branson – Nov 20, 2019
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Very pleased feel like a new man. Thanks to Dr. Ayer and staff??
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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Randall Dillon in Buford, GA – Nov 19, 2019
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Would and have already recommended Dr. Ayer. The staff is fantastic. Thank you for everything.
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
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Athelstan Morris in Dacula, GA – Nov 04, 2019
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Excellent staff and. Excellent doctor great bedside manners. Love this practice,,,,
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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Carrie wade in Dacula , GA – Oct 03, 2019
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I am board certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery, which represents the highest standard of ethics and safety for neurosurgery in North...Read more

Biography

Dr. Ayer is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He has published numerous articles on stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries. For his efforts, Loma Linda University...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Trauma Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2013
Loma Linda University
Residency Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Robert Ayer, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Ayer frequently treats Osteoarthritis of Spine, Spinal Stenosis, and Scoliosis. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Ayer treats.

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Dr. Ayer's office is located at 426 Exchange Blvd Ste 500, Bethlehem, GA 30620. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Ayer's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ayer treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Ayer treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Spinal Stenosis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ayer treats Spinal Stenosis more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Ayer treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Scoliosis
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ayer treats Scoliosis more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Ayer treats this condition more than 97% 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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Dr. Ayer's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Locations

Robert Ayer, MD, FAANS

APEX Spine and Neurosurgery426 Exchange Blvd Ste 500 Bethlehem, GA 30620
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    • Mon: 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Tue: 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Wed: 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Thu: 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Fri: 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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North Atlanta Heart and Vascular11780 Northfall Ln Ste 303 Alpharetta, GA 30009
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    • Fri: 8:30am - 4:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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