Dr. Stephen Ritland, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 68

Dr. Ritland
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Stephen L Ritland MD

107 E Oak Ave Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Dr. Stephen Ritland, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ and has over 47 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Loma Linda University School Of Medicine medical school in 1974. He is affiliated with Flagstaff Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Ritland to book an appointment.

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Dr. Ritland's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Brain Surgery
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Broken Neck
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Cauda Equina Syndrome
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Cervical Spine Myelopathy
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Cervical Spine Myelopathy more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Chiari Malformation Type 1
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Chiari's Deformity
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Degenerative Disc Disease
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Degenerative Disc Disease more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
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Dural Tear
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Herniated Disc
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Herniated Disc more than 96% of his peers

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

Herniated Disc Surgery
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland performs Herniated Disc Surgery more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Ritland performs this procedure more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Plating & Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Discectomy
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Discectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Spinal Discectomy
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Intervertebral Disc Disease
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland performs Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy) more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Ritland performs this procedure more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Low Back Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Lumbar Spine Fracture
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Lumbar Spine Fracture more than 59% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 59% of his peers

Myelopathy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Myelopathy more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Autoimmune Myelopathy
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
may treat

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Neurostimulation
may perform

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Neurostimulator Implantation
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Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Osteosarcoma
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Pathological Spine Fracture
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Pathological Spine Fracture more than 22% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 22% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
Pituitary Tumor
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Polyneuropathy
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Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
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Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 99% 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
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Scoliosis
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Scoliosis more than 68% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 68% 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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Spina Bifida
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Spinal Cord Stimulation
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Spinal Fusion
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland performs Spinal Fusion more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Ritland performs this procedure more than 100% of his peers

Spinal Stenosis
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Spinal Stenosis more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spine Deformities
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Spine Deformities more than 37% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 37% 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
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Spine Fractures, Traumatic
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Spine Fractures, Traumatic more than 58% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 58% of his peers

Spondylolisthesis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Spondylolisthesis more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
may treat

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Subdural Hemorrhage
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Thoracic Spine Fracture
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Thoracic Spine Fracture more than 53% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 53% of his peers

Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ritland treats Thoracic Spine Myelopathy more than 57% of his peers

Dr. Ritland treats this condition more than 57% of his peers

Upper Back Pain
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Dr. Ritland's conditions and procedures:

  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • 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)
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Ritland's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ritland

4.5

Based on 38 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
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1 Star
5.2631578947368425%
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  • Office environment (35)
  • Staff friendliness (33)
  • Appointment scheduling (32)
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well (4)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (4)
  • Appointment was rushed (3)
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Dr. Ritland was GREAT. I had back surgery on Aug. 25 , 2020, in Flagstaff , AZ. I am 80 years old and my surgery went great. I feel good and am able to live without pain . He is the best. Thank You Dr. Ritland
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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Elizabeth Arnow – Nov 17, 2020
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Dr Ritland is an amazing Dr. He performed a lumbar fusion on my back almost 3 weeks ago & I’ve been up & walking without pain meds or a walker since the surgery! I am beyond impressed & happy! His staff is wonderful too!
What went well
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Virginia Vernon – Aug 04, 2020
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could no walk prior to operation
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Eugene J Young II – Jul 31, 2020
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Good surgeon, ZERO EMPATHY!! Well I wonder why my reviews are not posted, maybe a bad review?? Dr Ritland preformed a spinal fusion on myself. It took 2 surgeries to for the same symptom. After the first I was in major pain for 2 weeks. Ritland told me "you just had a major surgery, you should be in agony" He paid NO attention to my issues, in fact he downplayed the entire situation. I had to go to the hospital (unrelated) in the ER a Dr paid attention to my issues. A MRI was ordered, findings were an almost pinched spine from the surgery. Ritland was advised of the findings, THEN I was scheduled for surgery the next Day!! I am thankful for the Dr at FMC, if it wasn't for him I'd be paralyzed by now. This Dr has done successfull on family members, I know that he is a very competent surgeon. This man has NO bedside manner NOR any empathy for his patients! In hindsight really the only time that the Dr & his staff were really nice was when I "released" me after 3 months from 2nd surgery
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Chili – Mar 17, 2020
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Good Dr. NO EMPATHY!! I had a multi level fusion done by Ritland late 2019. After surgery things went bad, I informed the Dr that I was in agony and couldn't move. The reply was "you're supposed to be in pain, you just had major surgery." Very uncaring, does not care about pain, and makes the patient feel unworthy. I had to go to the hospital for another reason, after an MRI it was found to have pinched my spine at the surgery site. At this time my symptoms were believed and I had a second surgery. Thankfully the Dr at the hospital (FMC) had some empathy and ordered the MRI, otherwise I might have been paralyzed. Not a very good experience any way you look at it. I do know that Ritland is a good surgeon, as he has preformed surgery on a family member that was great!! I do wish I could say the same, the only difference was the family member was a young female and I'm just the opposite. This is the only the difference between the two people that had surgery. Good surgeon ZERO EMPATHY!!!
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ChaCha – Mar 11, 2020
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Dr Ritland does not beat around the bush with a diagnosis. He tells you what he can do and how it will help. He does not pressure you into having any procedure done. He explains it very well before he does anything and answers any questions you may have. Great bed side manner, very caring and wants to see the best for his patients.
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
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Jun 06, 2019
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Our Mom, age 90, previously very active, had an onset of pain and weakness in both legs that prevented her from exercising. Last week, Dr. Stephen Ritland performed a Lumbar Foraminotomy on her back to relieve the pain and weakness caused by a pinched nerve. With only a small incision, he was able to go in and clean out the pinched nerve area—all without disrupting anything in her spine! His surgery was phenomenal for our Mom—nothing short of a MIRACLE. Our Mom was up walking the hallways of the hospital the next day—with no pain! Dr. Ritland gave our Mom the best Mother’s Day gift of all . . . her mobility back . . . PAIN FREE! For those who have experienced severe back and leg pain, you will understand that he essentially gave our Mom her life back. Our family will be forever grateful to Dr. Ritland for his amazing surgical skill, professional demeanor in talking with us, and the compassionate care he gave our Mom. We give him the HIGHEST recommendation possible.
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May 18, 2019
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Dr Ritland is the BEST !!! My lumbar foraminotomy (to relieve my pinched nerve causing debilitating pain and weakness in my legs) was a success beyond my greatest hopes and expectations. I attribute 100% credit to Dr Ritland and his unmatched skill as a surgeon ... the day after surgery I was walking pain-free ... and I did not need any pain medication (not even ibuprofen) after discharge from the hospital. My entire surgery process with Dr Ritland and his staff ... from consultation, evaluation, counseling, surgery, and follow-up ... was professional, educational, and supportive. I am 90 YEARS YOUNG with a history of osteoporosis, spinal compression fractures, and now severe spinal stenosis. Dr Ritland's surgery gave me immediate relief and restored my quality of life ... but he has told me I have other issues with my back ... if I need additional surgeries, I will DEFINITELY return to Dr Ritland. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND him ... BEST decision of my life to seek his surgical skill.
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dr. Ritland performed to spinal fusion surgery is on myself. After both surgeries my symptoms increasingly got worse. It has been my experience that Dr. Ritland did not acknowledge the increase in symptoms post surgery. I would not recommend Dr. Ritland
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Excellent doctor. Very precise and to the point. He explained the complete procedure (surgery) and answered all my questions. I had two other consults (as per my pcp) and I was very happy with the way Dr. Ritland performed the surgery and the follow up. The hospital staff was very supportive when I mentioned Dr. Ritland was doing my surgery.
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Randy Janzen in Prescott Valley, AZ – Jan 26, 2018
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A wonderful neurosurgeon that respects his patients. Explained my procedure on a level I could understand.
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Ron Tevere in Dewey – Dec 02, 2017
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Doctor Stephen Ritland has helped me with my lower back issues since 1991, all three of my surgeries have been done by Stephen. He made me a believer in believing in myself after each surgery. I received a lumbar fusion of the L4-L5 in 2005, the best move Stephen did for me. No serious issues since then, it is good to be walking. He is a pro and i have recommended my son to see him for an opinion on his lower back issues. Thank you Doctor Ritland.
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Marty Hetrick in Eagar Az – Aug 02, 2017
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Dr. Ritland is an outstanding neurosurgeon. He has helped me live a comfortable life even though I suffer from extreme spinal stenosis and degenerate disc disease. I have recommended him to several friends who have also benefited from his expertise. Not only is he an expert in his field, he is a friendly, compassionate man.
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Carol Sundberg in Prescott, AZ – Jan 28, 2017
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My desectomy/fusion was without any issues. Dr. and office/hospital/associates were a well -coordinated team making the experience for me less painful than some dental procedures I have known. We're lucky to have Stephan Ritland's services available. I personally know 6 patients with the same opinions...
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George T in Prescott, AZ – Jun 22, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Stephen Ritland, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ and has over 47 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Loma...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Education

1981
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1975
Loma Linda U Affil Hosp
Internship Hospital
1974
Loma Linda University School Of Medicine
Medical School

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What are Dr. Stephen Ritland, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Ritland frequently treats Spinal Fusion, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Herniated Disc Surgery. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Ritland treats.

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Dr. Ritland's office is located at 107 E Oak Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Stephen L Ritland MD

Northern Arizona Healthcare Medical Group107 E Oak Ave Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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Flagstaff Medical Center

Flagstaff, AZ

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received