Dr. Wayel Kaakaji, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 54

Dr. Kaakaji
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Community Spine and Neuosurgery Institute

801 Macarthur Blvd Ste 405 Munster, IN 46321

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(219) 836-5167

Dr. Wayel Kaakaji, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Munster, IN and has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Kaakaji has more experience with Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures than other specialists in his area. He graduated from U TX Hlth Scis Ctr medical school in 1993. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Community Hospital and St. Catherine Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kaakaji to book an appointment.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Kaakaji

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Kaakaji treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Kaakaji treats other conditions, please contact the office at (219) 836-5167.

Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures specialists.

Dr. Kaakaji is experienced in the area of Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 57 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Kaakaji
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Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Spinal Stenosis
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
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Dr. Kaakaji's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • 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 Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • 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)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

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Dr. Kaakaji accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Balanced Blue Access-IN PPO
Blue Access-IN
Blue Preferred --IN HMO
Blue Preferred --IN POS
Blue Preferred Plus-IN POS
Blue Preferred-IN HMO
Blue Traditional-IN
Bronze Blue Access Plus w/HSA-IN PPO
Bronze Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO
Bronze Blue Access-IN PPO
Bronze Blue Access-IN PPO Plus
Catastrophic Pathway-IN
Franciscan Alliance Tiered-IN
Gold Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO
Gold Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO Plus
Gold Blue Access-IN PPO
Gold Blue Access-IN PPO Plus
HealthSync (Select Network)-IN
HealthSync Options-IN POS
Healthy Indiana Plan PPO
Lumenos Plans-IN
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Pathway-IN HMO-POS
Platinum Blue Access-IN PPO
Silver Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO
Silver Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO Plus
Silver Blue Access-IN PPO
Silver Blue Access-IN PPO Plus
The Christ Hospital Health Network (TCHHN)-IN
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Sagamore Health Network
Sagamore Plus

Dr. Kaakaji's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Kaakaji

4.0

Based on 34 ratings

5 Stars
73.52941176470588%
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2 Stars
5.882352941176471%
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1 Star
20.58823529411765%
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Dr Kaakaji is extremely knowledgeable and took plenty of time answering all my questions . Wonderful person and Doctor...I received an excellent and thorough Neuro Evaluation!
What went well
  • 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
1 person found this helpful
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Apr 27, 2021
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My husband had 2 different surgeries done by this physician. He has a great bedside manner , informs patient of what needs to be done ! Dr. K and his team are amazing
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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Apr 02, 2021
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Our experience happened in early 2013. Dr. Kaakaji performed 4 surgeries in a 2 week span. Our lives are forever changed because of the chain of events during this time. My wife is in constant pain and unable to enjoy most activities that she used to take for granted. A medicine chest full of prescriptions, don’t help much. After the forth surgery I had her transferred to Rush hospital in Chicago. We spent two months there. Although I believe that much of the damage was the result of the hospital staff, the ultimate responsibility falls on the surgeon. Other than the ultimate bad outcome I would have given him very high marks. Unfortunately mistakes made cost my wife dearly and changed our lives in ways we could have never imagined. I wish now that we would have gone to Rush to start with. If I can give one piece of advice, it would be, if it is a complex problem seek help at one of the teaching hospitals in Chicago.
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dec 30, 2020
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This wonderful man operated on my husband's back and got of his sciatica pain. I was with my husband at his consultation and was very impressed with the way he answered all of our questions. I plan to see him soon myself for my own health issue.
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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Debbie & Eric Mayro – Jun 30, 2020
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He does zero follow up. He did nothing to suggest alternative treatments.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Mar 28, 2020
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His bedside manner was good although I would suggest going to another provider if you have a complex problem. Life was changed forever and although in part because of the hospital staff, the ultimate responsibility falls on the surgeon.
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Mar 30, 2019
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No follow up
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Mar 22, 2019
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Everyone said, "Don't have back surgery"! Well, my pain doctor suggested I see Dr. Kaakaji , and I am so glad he did. Dr. Kaakaji operated on my back and gave me my life back. He is a caring, confident doctor who wants you to understand the proposed surgery and outcomes and takes the time it takes to answer questions.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Ellen – Jan 15, 2019
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We went to Dr. Kaakaji for a second opinion. He was very straight forward and explained all of our options for my husband's back very well. He is not jumping to do surgery, which my husband appreciated. I appreciated the fact that he was looking at his future potential for needing extensive surgery as well.
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
3 people found this helpful
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Z in Valparaiso, IN – Dec 30, 2018
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Dr. Kaakaji saved my life and continues to fix my many spinal and back problems. He never recommends surgery unless it is absolutely necessary. He listens and explains bluntly what is happening. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything and explains in detail. I highly recommend that if you are looking for a compassionate, knowledgeable and caring neurosurgeon, Dr. Kaakaji is the doctor to see.
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
3 people found this helpful
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Laura Villarreal in Hammond, Indiana – Jan 25, 2018
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Dr Kaakaji has helped me. I came in the hospits from the emergency room, and could not walk and in great pain. I was sent to take an mri and found my problem was in my neck. After talking with Dr Kaakaji he operated 1 day later, he had to change something he had to do, so that he had the time to operate on me. I am very grateful, if it wasn't for him I think I would not be able to walk at all. I do have to use a walker, but I think I would not be able to walk at all if it wasn't for Dr Kaakaji.
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
2 people found this helpful
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William Cox in Hammond, IN – Aug 12, 2017
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Dr Kaakaji was recommended after an MRI showed severe stenosis to my lower back. He performed a very thorough exam and was very upfront and honest. He explained my options well and ordered more testing to see if there was anything else going on. During my second visit he confirmed what what found during the first visit and even recommended I get a second opinion to feel better about my future with surgery. He was very easy to talk to and took his time with me. I will definitely be returning.
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
4 people found this helpful
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Munster, IN – Jul 19, 2017
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I went to see Dr. Kaakaji for a back problem I was having. It was a long wait in the waiting area 2 hours after my appointment time. When I finally got to the room he didn't even spend 5 minutes with me. It seemed he was in a hurry. He also didn't give me many options to try and fix my back problem. I had to suggest physical therapy because his suggestions were to live with my pain or get surgery. I would never go back to see him. And I would not recommend him to anyone!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Hammond, IN – May 31, 2017
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He shoots straight from the hip....straight shot no chaser. . . He doesn't mind explaining how he sees you case individually not just lumped in a category. .... He want the best possible outcome for his patients regardless of whether he operates or not...
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
11 people found this helpful
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Candace Jones - Bolden in Gary, Indiana – Aug 02, 2016
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had first appointment and waited over thirty min. asked what was wrong and was told computer problems docfor was not aware of it. i think he was late and he told me thats way it is.
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Merrillville, IN – Mar 15, 2016
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Dr. Kaakaji has the most excellent bed side manner and is very pleasant physician that have ever meet, has given my mother so much peace of mind and confidence. I Thank him for taking very care of my mother, God bless him,and continue helping others that are in need.
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
No results
6 people found this helpful
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a thomas in Chicago, IL – Feb 26, 2016
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Wonderful person and Doctor. Had both cervical and lumbar surgery performed by Dr. Kaakaji with great results. I would highly recommend him.
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
No results
9 people found this helpful
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wlb1158 in Portage, Indiana – Feb 05, 2016
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About Me

Biography

Dr. Wayel Kaakaji, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Munster, IN and has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Kaakaji has more experience...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1999
OR Hlth Scies U
Fellowship Hospital
1998
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Residency Hospital
1993
U TX Hlth Scis Ctr
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Arabic

Awards

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What are Dr. Wayel Kaakaji, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Kaakaji frequently treats Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. See all practice areas where Dr. Kaakaji specializes.

Where is Dr. Wayel Kaakaji, MD's office located?

Dr. Kaakaji's office is located at 801 Macarthur Blvd Ste 405, Munster, IN 46321. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Practice

Community Spine and Neuosurgery Institute801 Macarthur Blvd Ste 405 Munster, IN 46321
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Kaakaji is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Community Hospital

Munster, IN

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

St. Catherine Hospital

East Chicago, IN

75% Patient Experience Rating, 6% higher than the national average

St. Mary Medical Center

Hobart, IN

75% Patient Experience Rating, 6% higher than the national average