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Orthopedic Consultation
6818 Austin Ctr. Blvd., Suite 200, Austin, TX, 78731

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Recognized as one of the top 100 spine surgeons by the Becker Orthopedic & Spine Review, Dr. Randall F. Dryer provides premier care to residents of Austin and greater central Texas area. As a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in the spine, Dr. Dryer is trained to diagnose and treat a number of highly complex spinal issues.

In order to provide specialized and focused care, Dr. Dryer limits his practice to issues associated with the cervical and lumbar spine. He is an active participant in the medical community and currently holds professional memberships at the North American Spine Society, the Society of Lateral Access Surgery, and the Spine Arthroplasty Society, among others.

Patients remember Dr. Dryer for his compassionate and detail-oriented approach to care. It is no surprise, then, that he was recognized as a 2010 and 2011“Patients’ Choice” physician by Vitals.com, as well as one of the “Texas Super Doctors” by Texas Monthly Magazine.

When Dr. Dryer is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and their children. He is also an avid tennis fan.

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Very positive. Clearly Dr. Dryer is an expert and new in minutes how I should proceed in managing my back pain.

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attentive my needs, and addressed my problem. thanks Doc!

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Best doctors appointment I've had in a long time.

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He was very thorough and personable. I felt comfortable and well informed. His staff was very friendly and accommodating.

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I probably only saw Dr. Dryer for a total of 2 minutes. The Physician's Assistant was the main one who was talking to me, etc. She was great, went over my x-rays, did not recommend surgery. Overall her bedside manner was very good as well and seemed very knowledgeable. I can't really give Dr. Dryer a review, because like I said, barely saw/talked to him.

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Didn't even look at the correct MRI. Didn't listen to my symptoms. Has no desire to spend more than 5 minutes with patients.

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Very professional and thorough. I was very satisfied with my exam and treatment.

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Very professional

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Dr. Dryer made my office visit very informative. I know that I need back surgery, but the thought of it scares me tremendously. After consulting with him, I feel at ease to have this done. I am confident that having him perform this surgery will relieve me of this terrible pain I have suffered for 1 1/2 years. His staff was also extremely friendly and made my visit enjoyable.

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He was not friendly or helpful. He didn't go into any detail. He was annoyed from the time he entered the room. We had some sincere and serious questions. His curt and uninformative answers were degrading, short and rude. He really just seemed like he didn't want anything to do with us. We will not be going back or recommending him to others.

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Every Dr. I've met with introduced themselves with "Hi, I'm Dr. John Doe." There was no handshake or smile upon meeting...very cold. My wife and I are laymen asking questions which seemed to annoy Dr. Dryer. I expressed the concerns of my massage therapist, he then got very haughty with a bad attitude remarking "they don't know anything, they're not doctors, I've been doing this all my life." He was very pompous and arrogant. This was the worst Dr. experience I've ever had. I will tell all of my friend and associates to stay clear of his practice. What a waste of time and money...I paid to be treated horribly!

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The reason for my appt. was concern over what a chiropractor had told me about my back and neck, alleging that I needed 8 or more months of treatment involving a huge time and monetary commitment. Dr. Dryer quickly assuaged my fears, as he told me there was absolutely nothing wrong with my back or neck, just as I suspected. He said I was perfectly fine and to disregard anything the chiropractor had told me. I can't tell you the relief I felt, for I had been very concerned about what the other "doctor" had said, as well as the cost and especially the time commitment involved. If I could give 10 stars to Dr. Dryer I would!

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I'm 40, I've had 17+ surgeries, and I've seen probably 20 different surgeons in my life and another 30 GPs and Dr. Dryer is without a doubt the worst physician with which I've ever interacted. I have no problems w/his surgical skill (so far), but in every other category, except timeliness, he's abysmal. I've had appointments that lasted less than 2 minutes. He wouldn't give me time to ask more than maybe 1 question, so I wrote them down last time, and he refused to answer them and implied I needed psychological help simply because I am an informed patient. Seriously, screw this guy, even tho we both served in the military.

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Very pleasant experience. Dr Dryer listens, asks questions, discusses X-rays, allows me to ask my questions, and explains his diagnosis and treatment suggestions. Very good communication as well as medical skills. Friendly efficient staff.

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The office staff were so friendly and personable. It didn't seem like a number, but an actual patient/friend while I was in there. I would highly recommend!

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Comprehensive but fast, great bedside manner. Already feeling so much better on meds just a couple hours later and have a reasonably scheduled follow up.

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Love the staff and Dr. Dryer. They are all confident and upbeat.

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Friendly, efficient office staff. Dr. Dryer is knowledgeable and provides quick, effective treatment plans.

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Great doc. I'm back after a 10-year span of no back issues. Staff was friendly and accommodating, passing out drinks when appointments were running late in the afternoon. I wish they would provide an initial, basic printout of what you were seen for, the treatment plan, and initial diagnosis before leaving. Not being a doctor, it's difficult to remember the terms used during our discussion.

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Was very behind due to xray machine malfunction once it was finally my turn after waiting for so long i was rushed out of the room. I was told walk on your toes followed by walk on your heels then follow me and was out the door. There was no time to talk about my concerns all my reasons for thr appt, NOTHING! Very disappointed

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Dr Dryer was very professional and new what was wrong immediately but just looking at my X-rays. The staff very friendly and helpful.

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Very good, prompt and attentive to my needs

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I have 3 degenerating disks and the pain is so bad I was hospitalized recently and I lose feeling in my legs and feet. Dr.dryer will not do anything because he feels I am too young and because of my weight. He wants me to get shots in my back (which I have had in the past and they did not help). How the heck am I supposed to lose weight when I am in this much pain and when I can not move? I am disappointed and so was his staff who seemed to care more than he did.

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Straight to the point. Didn't hem and haw like the last spinal surgeon I went to see. I know exactly where I stand and what needs to be done. Thank you.

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Wonderful staff and very efficient. In my particular situation, I was in and out in less than 30 minutes which included taking Xrays. Would highly recommend Dr. Dryer for his straightforward attitude and his attention to my health needs.

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Dr. Dryer is without a doubt a "most excellent" doctor. I have known him for sometime and would refer anyone who needs a spinal consultation or treatment. He is a fine gentleman.

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GREAT! To the point didn't waist anytime but explained everything

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Always great to see Dr. Dryer & his positive, helpful attitude.

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Dr. Dryer was, as always professional, caring, efficient informed and to the point. Would highly recommend him to ANYone.

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He was friendly and seem very knowledgeable about his craft. He was no nonsense and gave a quick and positive diagnosis, which I will appreciate as the treatment and care will continue to correct my problem. He treated me with respect and courtesy.

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Dr Dryer is always congenial and gets right to the point, which I appreciate. Today was no different. I have referred several people to him and will continue to do so.

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Kind, thorough, knowledgable and took the time to explain everything and my options. Excellent service by all staff as well. Thx

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Dr. Dryer is a very kind and warm hearted Doctor I've ever come to know. My husband (diabled) and myself were very impressed with Dr. Dryer. I was so happy to hear that Dr. Dryer will be able to help my husband with his back with a precedure that does not consist of nuts and bolts!! Another Surgeon has mentioned my husband would have needed the hardware and return for another surgery.We are so happy to have the opportunity and the preasure to have Dr. Dryer as our Orthopedic Doctor.

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Dr. Dryer is the perfect doctor for me, no BS just straight up facts, no hand holding here, a little gruff on the outside but when you are in pain this is the guy you want to have at your back and fixing it too. Bring a pad and paper and someone with you to take notes. It can be a little overwhelming when you get all the info. He can be intimidating with his explanations so ask questions, again if you are looking for hand holding this guy is not the one but he is the best and knows his stuff. I would have the back surgery all over again as long as he was at the helm. His staff is top notch, his nurse Lynn is the very best where he can be short and to the point she is the soft side and has unlimited patience with questions, concerns and fears and returns calls right away. A+++++ team here.

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Dr. Dryer was a huge help! Turned out I didn't have a spine related issue but he was about 99% sure that my pain issue was caused by Poly Myaligic Rhumatica and referred me (with his notes) to a Rhumatologist who I am seeing today!!!

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Horrible! I was so disappointed and will never return!!

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I am not pleased! He was rushing us and didn't bother asking us for our opinion regarding his treatment recommendations! Sorry this doctor is not for me. There are lots more spine specialist who are compassionate with their patients!

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Great, he recommended a more specialized surgeon to help me. He was very knowledgeable and explained everything clearly to me. No hem hawing around saying maybe this or maybe that, his diagnosis of my problem was fast and definite with a clear path to correcting the problem.

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This is my third visit. It has been 6 months since the original diagnosis. There has been no pressure to rush into surgery. We are trying a few other treatments first.

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Outstanding surgeon! My consultations were thorough, informative, and demystifying. I was extremely prepared for my surgery. His surgical team was top notch and I saw immediate improvement in my condition. My recovery has been swift and follow up visits have continued with the same level of professionalism as before surgery. Absolutely fanstastic work!

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