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Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD

Neurosurgery ·  Male · Age 70

Dr. Picker

Dr. Selwyn Picker, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Saint Louis, MO. He graduated from University Of The Witwatersrand, Faculty Of Health Sciences and specializes in neurosurgery.


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(314) 251-6267

Dr. Picker accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Preferred Plus POS
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Dr. Picker's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Spinal Fusion
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Picker performs Spinal Fusion more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Picker performs this procedure more than 93% of his peers

Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Picker performs Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy) more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Picker performs this procedure more than 91% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
Spine Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Picker treats Spine Disorders more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Picker treats this condition more than 88% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Diseases
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pediatric Spinal Tumor
  • Progressive Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Progressive Spinobulbar Muscular Atrophy
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Dysostosis, Anhalt Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Ryukyuan Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Scapuloperoneal
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type I
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type II
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type III
  • Spinal Tuberculosis

Dr. Picker's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease

About Me

Biography

"Dr. Picker graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1972. Dr. Picker is affiliated with Mercy Hospital Saint Louis. Dr. Picker specializes in comprehensive surgical and nonsurgical services...

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

Barnes Jewish Hospital S Campus
Residency Hospital
University Of The Witwatersrand, Faculty Of Health Sciences
Medical School

Languages

  • Afrikaans
  • English

Awards

Dr. Picker's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Picker

4.8

Based on 26 reviews

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Totally love this doctor- he saved our son Travis’s life 25 years ago - he was in a bicycle accident and quit breathing in the ambulance. This man gave us so much confidence he was going to be fine. After almost four hours of surgery, he came to tell our family Trav would be just fine. He was in St. John’s for one week and went home and has been totally fine since ???? We are once again here today as my husband is having hip surgery. Just brought back memories of that special day 25 years ago- ?
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Dr. Picker is The Man. I’ve just finished a spine surgery and feel better than I have in 3 years. It’s like I woke up without pain and New Legs. I had forgotten what it feels like to be out of pain. Thank you my sweet doctor. Dr. Picker and Dr curylo worked together to accomplish this. Thanks, thanks, thanks.
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Dr Picker and Mary are the very best of people and are very caring and helpful. My family and I appreciate the great care that has been given to me for my surgeries. This man is a great surgeon and has always taken great care for me as I have dealt with surgeries and when I need guidance on what to do next. Mary, his staff person is also a caring and professional staff person to work with. The Crady family appreciates everything that has been done to help me.
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Dr Picker & Dr Curylo have cared for me in 3 surgeries from 2005 - current. 2005 reconstructed my neck, which was in 6 to 8 pieces before surgery. 2 lumbar surgery’s. The 2cnd lumbar 6 weeks ago, 8 months before surgery, in severe pain & in mobile. After: went home after 2 day stay, 5 weeks after no pain medication, 6 weeks after, all pain is gone, walking better than I have in 2yrs & feel great again. Dr Picker saved my life once & gave it back to me again. Blessed to have him & his team.
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Explained every aspect of my condition and how we could correct it.
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I was referred to Dr Picker 10 years ago for a painful back condition. After reviewing my options I agreed to a 2 level fusion and I recovered fully without complications. 10 yrs later I returned to see Dr Picker and Dr Curylo for another surgery due to extensive painful arthritis. On 3/15/17 my Dr performed a 3 level fusion with Dr Curylo. These drs are amazing. I am just shy of 3 weeks post op. I have no pain, can do stairs well, sleep well, and will highly recommend these skilled doctors.
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Dr Picker and the staff who operated on me saved my life. I came into the hospital septic and very sick after many tests and scans they came to the conclusion that I needed surgery right away so I said ok. He saved my life I've came along way . I want to thank them I'm Caroline Reggio From Troy Mo
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I've been a patient of Dr. Picker's for 16 years. He's the most compassionate surgeon I've had the pleasure to know. He actually recommended that I wait to have surgery. How many doctors do you think would do that? Answer: zero. I could write paragraphs about this man, but to keep it short, he's the best and I highly recommend him to anyone with cervical (high neck) issues, which is why I see him.
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Dr. Picker is an amazing doctor. He transformed my life. I've suffered with back problems for more than 20 years. I've been on numerous medications, been to physical therapy, had steroid injections and nothing worked. My once ruptured disc had eroded and bone was rubbing on bone. I also had arthritis in surrounding joints. Dr. Picker recommended a procedure called RFN or heat lesions to deaden my nerves. I'm now med and pain free!! I'm in bootcamp at a local gym. My results are amazing!!
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Great Dr ! Very personal and nice takes time to make sure your completely understand the procedure to be done .
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