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Dr. Sean Keem, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery ·  Male

Dr. Keem

Polyclinic Madison Ctr Ortho

1145 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122

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(206) 860-5383


Dr. Sean Keem, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Seattle, WA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from University Of California, School Of Medicine in 1994 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic neck surgery, and more.


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Dr. Keem accepts the following insurance:

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Dr. Keem's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Keem treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Keem treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
Spine Deformities
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Keem treats Spine Deformities more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Keem treats this condition more than 85% 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
Spinal Stenosis
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Keem treats Spinal Stenosis more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Keem treats this condition more than 85% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Dr. Keem's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Pathological Spine 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
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Fracture

Dr. Keem's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Keem

4.4

Based on 46 reviews

5 Stars
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1 Star
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Dr Keem gave me back my life. I owe him a debt of gratitude.
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The very best. I had extensive back surgery, S1,L5,L4,L3, L2, and am now totally pain free. I ride bicycle, ski, walk, hike, etc. Dr. Keem is a man of his word!
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DR Keem performed a spinal fusion on my L5-L4 vertebrae. When I awoke from surgery the pain that had been plaguing me for months was immediately gone. He is an excellant surgeon and an excellant person. He takes the necessary time to explain what is going on and what to expect. I would certainly recommend Dr. Keem to anyone who is having back issues.
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No experience as Dr. Keem was never seen. Bad referral. Never showed for appointment and the information he shared with staff to pass on to me was lies
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Dr. Keem left out an important detail regarding my prognosis which, had I known, may have made me choose a different path. Instead, I elected to have an artificial disc inserted in my cervical spine. The disc did not set properly due to a bone spur, causing more pain than I originally had. After receiving a second opinion, I am now going to have to have another surgery. Dr. Keem throughout the process never saw me once after surgery. This experience has been frustrating and painful.
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N. Gene Erken in Seattle, WA I was very pleased with Dr. Keem's attention to detail and professional approach. He explained what he needed to do and why, and had my complete trust. I've got the feeling back in my hands and no pain!! Great work!!
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Dr. Sean Keem was recommended by my personal physician. Dr. Keem reviewed my x-rays and MRI and concluded that my back from T-10 to S-1 had moderate to severe scoliosis. Dr. Keem recommended a procedure the would correct my damaged nerves and scoliosis. Through the surgical procedure, I regained 2 inches in height that was lost and the nerves are repairing.
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I had neck surgery 8/17 by Dr Keem and my life is so much better now. I waited about three years too long because I was afraid of the surgery but I’m so happy I found Dr Keem thru a friend. No number of pain meds could keep my pain bearable until after the surgery. I haven’t had a bad migraine since the surgery and usually I had 1-4 per week. He’s caring and really explains the details to you. My husband is so impressed with my results that Dr Keem will be doing surgery on his back too.
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Dr Keem diagnosed and corrected the major cause of my migraines and Laryngeal Spasms caused by severely misaligned and arthritic C4, C5 vertebrae. I have had no pain from the surgery and the Cervical (Neck) Implants by "MEDTRONIC" that he used. He is very personable and took the time to understand my overall condition ( unlike other specialist I consulted with prior). Additionally with the removal of a very large Cervical Osteophyte (Bone Spur) on the forward side I am now pain and spasm free.
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Had back surgery with Dr Keem. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who asked. He did excellent work, explained what needed to happen and why, and had my complete trust. Great surgeon!
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The very best care and result. Highly recommended.
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Great Surgeon! Had back surgery and results were terrific. Thank you Polyclinic for such high quality, state of the art doctors and surgeons. I could hardly walk two blocks and was in continuous pain. 6 weeks after surgery I am out walking 3+ miles pain free. I am 73 years old and this gave me an important part of my life back.
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I suffered worsening back pain and leg pain and weakness for decades. I tried cortisone injections and physical therapy without success. I had spondylolisthesis. Dr. Keem performed a minimally invasive spine surgery that corrected my spondylolisthesis and my back pain and leg problems went away. The nerve pain that used to wake me up is gone. I am planning my ski trip in Austria this winter. That one hour long surgery that left me a two inch faint scar on my side transformed my life.
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Dr. Keem and his team are fantastic. I could barely walk with spinal stenosis and other lower lumbar issues. Dr. Keem evaluated my condition and determined a fusing of L4 and L5 and some clean up work would make me better. He was right! After a 24 hour hospital stay and a walker, I was able to get around the first evening. I am SO MUCH BETTER. Dr. Keem is a miracle worker and I couldn't ask for a better turnout. Thank you Dr. Keem. Highly recommended.
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Follow up visit after having major back surgery 2 year ago. Everything checked out well. Dr. Keem was pleased with my progress. I was very pleased with his attention to detail and professional approach. Dr. Keem is a highly skilled individual.
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Dr. Keem's surgical skills were life transforming for me! I had shooting pains in both legs due to severe spinal stenosis in L3-L5. In two back-to-back surgeries Dr. Keem and his team laparoscopically repaired the lumbar discs and replaced the damaged cartilage. The immediate results were spectacular: no more pain in either leg and the knee I thought might need replacement is now pain free. This is so far and beyond my expectations I can't thank Dr. Keem and his team enough for their efforts.
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My experience with Dr. Keem and his staff for a Posterior Spinal Fusion of L1-5, and more, 6 months ago has been excellent. I interviewed a total of 6 surgeons from three different systems (Polyclinic, independent, Swedish Neurological Institute). Dr. Keem's explanation of his minimally invasive approach was clear, his demeanor calm and reassuring, so I felt he was the best match for me. 6 months later I am in great shape, pain free and no complications. I highly recommend Dr. Keem.
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Dr. Keem is very patient, takes time necessary to inform you of problem and options to treat it. Though he is a surgeon, surgery is not his first suggestion to address a problem. He is very competent and answers all questions you have. He never talks down to you.
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I was diagnosed with lumbar sponylolisthesis at 18. I always had back pain that got worse after the childbirth. The pain became insufferable and it consumed my life. I saw 6 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. Dr. Keem was my 3rd opinion and I decided to go with him because of his reputation and his ability to listen to my problem carefully and explain the treatment clearly. His surgical option was the least invasive, too. One year after surgery, I am so glad I made the right decision!!
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Dr Keem was prepared with my medical history when I first saw him. He listens well. He told me that he would be the surgeon, not a resident or other colleagues. Result excellent. Pain mostly gone (was told pain would go within 6 mo) & complete healing within a year. Am very happy with results & with ability to walk without a lot of pain. Highly recommend Dr. Keem.
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Surgery should rarely be the first option in caring patients with spinal disorders. If patients are left with no other practical option but surgery, I strive to delivery the maximum value through minimal necessary spinal surgery.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2000
Craig Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2000
Denver Children's Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2000
Lakewood Orth Clin Spine Surgery
Fellowship Hospital
2000
St Anthony Med Ctr
Fellowship Hospital
1999
Rutgers Med Sch-UMDNJ
Residency Hospital
1995
Rutgers Med Sch-UMDNJ
Internship Hospital
1994
University Of California, School Of Medicine
Medical School
University of California at Santa Barbara
Undergraduate School
University of Washington / Foster Business School
2000
2000
2000
2000
1999
1995
1994

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

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