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Dr. Russell Nockels, MD

Neurosurgery ·  Male · Age 61

Dr. Nockels

Loyola University Medical Center

2160 S 1st Ave Maywood, IL 60153

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Dr. Russell Nockels, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Maywood, IL and has been practicing for 31 years. He graduated from Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine in 1984 and specializes in neurosurgery, neurological spine reconstructive surgery, and more.


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Dr. Nockels' Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Scoliosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nockels treats Scoliosis more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Nockels treats this condition more than 98% 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
Spine Deformities
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nockels treats Spine Deformities more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Nockels treats this condition more than 97% 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
Myelopathy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nockels treats Myelopathy more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Nockels treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Autoimmune Myelopathy

Dr. Nockels' conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

About Me

Biography

Dr. Russell Nockels, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Maywood, IL and has been practicing for 31 years. He graduated from Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine in 1984 and specializes in neurosurgery, neurological spine reconstructive surgery, and more.

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Education

New York University Med Center
Residency Hospital
1988
Queens Sq
Fellowship Hospital
1985
Loyola University Med Center
Internship Hospital
1984
Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine
Medical School
1980
Loyola University Chicago
Undergraduate School
1988
1985
1984
1980

Dr. Nockels' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Nockels

3.4

Based on 21 reviews

5 Stars
57.142857142857146%
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Star
38.095238095238095%
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Dr. Nockels operated on my mother at 80 years of age, she had spinal stenosis in the lower spine. The outcome was fabulous, she walked out of the hospital after one week. Her pain level during recovery was low and she regained some strength and balance. When my husband needed surgery for spinal stenosis in his neck Dr. Nockels again did a wonderful job. His recovery has been very good.
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I have had cervical and lumbar surgeries performed by Dr Nockels. He is an amazing doctor and so is his PA, Erin Schilling. I received excellent treatment from both of them. They are extremely kind and compassionate. Thanks to them, my back is 100% better. I was in terrible pain prior to surgery. I highly recommend them both. You won’t find a better neurosurgeon!
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After my first visit he ordered many unnecessary tests. After this he resign to do the surgery but before after reviewing my mri's he said I need one. My insurance paid his hospital over 30k for nothing and I waste 3 months of my time. Never recommend to anybody
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I truly liked him, seemed very concerned, asked questions and listened. Ordered tests and was very thorough. I'm very optimistic he will get to the root of what's going on with me. Very pleased from ladies at check in desk to lab and radiology. Very pleased I came here ????
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Unwilling to "dig" into complex issues. Dismissive and reliant on old tests (done by other doctors he doesn't know, that were done before onset of symptoms). Does not listen to the patient. Waste of time and money and a frustrating shame. Dr. Nockels really needs to adapt more of an open mind and stay up on current medical literature and findings as it pertains to patients coming to see him.
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Dr Russ nickel is a great doctor
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It's been 7 years since my fusion & I still can't walk without pain. I would never go back there.............. I was so drugged I was hallusinating for 3 days. The nurses were terrible & even took my phone away. They never talked to my family or answered their questions. My son-in-law had to stay with me 2 nights. & He sent me home with more Fentynal.
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It only took this wonderful surgeon 1hr to repair the screwed up fusion surgery that Dr Kraus from Memorial Hospital in Decatur did to me! I suffered for 3yrs before I found Dr Nockels and was contemplating using a hand gun as a pain killer. The pain now has subsided to a point where it is tolerable. Thank you Dr Nockels for giving me something to live for again!
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Wonderful physician. Excellent skills combined with a compassionate and caring bedside manner.
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