Dr. William Pfaff III, MD

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Dr. William Pfaff III, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware, P.A. 17015 Old Orchard Rd Ste 2, Lewes, DE 19958 Get Directions
(302) 644-3311

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Offering complete spinal care from nonoperative therapies such as injections to minimally invasive surgery through small incisions as well as disc replacement technologies in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.Read more

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William L. Pfaff, M.D., specializes in spinal reconstructive surgery of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Dr. Pfaff is well...Read more

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in Harbeson de |
Very thorough. Explains things very well.
Great credentials. Takes time 2 explain what's going on&his plan to fix. No pressure-just facts 4 patient 2 decide what's next. 'Bedside manner"excellent, surgery outstanding w/immediate results in alleviating back pain from stenosis/herniation. Follow ups great/on time. A minor hiccup in assistance/aftercare/m relaxers w/severe spasms&possible interaction w/antibiotics I'm on. Not happy-no dr visits after 8wks, all drs on net say 3/6/12 mos visits, on net 4 answers to pain concerns/answers....
in Milton, DE |
Very congenial and listens to how you feel rather than just previous diagnostic testing. Extremely professional and knowledgeable of the latest treatments in the field. I would recommend him to others.
in Lewes, DE |
I recently was in a car accident and have seen Dr. Pfaff. I had whiplash and a fracture in my back have been suffering from chronic neck, back pain and vertigo. I went to my followup appointment arriving early, and his staff refused to allow me to have my visit due to rescheduling a test. When I got home I back went totally out and I can not standup. His staff is the worst I ever seen they make decisions that put your health in jeopardy. I would not recommend his office for walking my dog.
Millsboro, DE |
I am 1 year post surgent withe Dr. Pfaff. I suffered through steroid injections, physical therapy, and medications for a year while multiple doctors told me I didn't need surgery. I was 39 and experiencing life altering pain from what I was told were herniated discs. Dr. Pfaff finally put together the EMG, MRI, and my personal account of what I was experiencing and discovered the discs were basically dying. He was the only one to listen to me. So grateful to have my life back. Truly a caring doc
in Millville, DE |
Great doctor and surgeon. Takes the time needed with his patients and truly cares. Great office staff also!!
in Milford, DE |
He is amazing! He is knowledgeable in his field. He cares 110% about the needs of his patients! His staff is great!
in Middletown, DE |
Dr. Pfaff was thorough with the exam. I needed an ACDF and he explained the surgery in detail and explained it in a way that I understood. I was apprehensive about the surgery but he had an excellent way of putting me at ease. I am 100% satisfied with the outcome from surgery and have since recommended him to others.
in Wilmington De |
He was very patient friendly & thorough!
in Wilmington De |
He was personable & truly listened to what I had to say.
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Dr. Pfaff III says...

William L. Pfaff, M.D., specializes in spinal reconstructive surgery of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Dr. Pfaff is well versed in the newest technologies for spinal reconstructive surgery, including total disc arthroplasty, XLIF, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Surgeries cover all degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine. 

Dr. Pfaff III's Care Philosophy

Offering complete spinal care from nonoperative therapies such as injections to minimally invasive surgery through small incisions as well as disc replacement technologies in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. 

Dr. Pfaff III's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Delaware not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epilepsy
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


  • Medical School
    Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University

    Graduated in 2003

  • Residency Hospital
    Temple University

    Completed in 2008

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Perelman School Of Medicine University Of Pennsylvania
  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Del

    Graduated in 1997

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate