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Dr. Randall Dryer, MD

Spine Specialist, Orthopedic Surgeon

Professional statement

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.

In-network insurances

  • APWU
  • Accountable Health Plan of Ohio
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Spine Specialist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Arise Austin Medical Center

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Iowa, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Fellowship in Spine and Hand Surgery
  • University of Iowa, Internship in Orthopedic Surgery
  • University of Iowa, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery

Professional memberships

  • Texas Spine Society
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Texas Medical Association

Awards and publications

  • Texas "Super Doctor" by Texas Monthly

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1912904053

Office locations

Central Texas Spine Institute, PLLC

6818 Austin Ctr. Blvd., Suite 200

Austin, TX 78731

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I'm came here after previously having been treated at Texas Orthopedics and the difference was night and day. From the moment I walked in until I left the staff and the Dr did not act rushed and took the time toanswer all my questions. I'm glad I found this place.
Less than 1 month ago
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thought it was great info still have to see how it goes
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All good, very professional, thorough and excited to move to the next step in getting well.
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Every single employee in Dr Dryer’s office was kind, professional, and able to answer my questions. I was seen in a timely manner and Dr Dryer’s bedside manner and knowledge of my condition immediately set my mind at ease.
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This was the first visit. Doctor was friendly, very knowledgeable, right to the point. Decades of experience came through. Some more sensitive patients might be put off. Not me. This is serious business I want it on the table no fluff.This guy is the best of the best. When he says “I can fix it” for a serious complication, no doubt in my mind he can as he is clearly on top of his trade. When he captured the visit on his recorder he nailed it. Every key point in my mind was covered.
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I think he is fantastic!
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Super professional staff- A++, efficient and pleasant. Dr. Dryer is absolutely wonderful and displays excellent qualities. I am totally impressed with the appointment scheduling, paper work, visit, and set up for MRI. I cannot wait to return for my follow up appointment. Keep up the excellent work!!!
Less than 6 months ago
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The young lady doctor was very attentive. Neither she nor Dr. Randall could figure out what is wrong with me, so I have to reserve judgement on that score. They are referring me to a neurologist, which is a good thing.
Less than 6 months ago
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The doctor explained my MRI and xrays and what the next step needed to be in my treatment. He made me feel like he could help.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr Dryer was very thorough, direct & wasted no time getting down to business. He was already familiar with my history when he came in to discuss my treatment plan, which made me feel like my care was a priority. I definitely recommend Dr Dryer!
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Now I know why my whole family goes to the Mayo Clinic for all their medical needs. Just took me 1 more Texas doctor to figure it out. This doctor appears to not want to look a little deeper to findthe answer. Or maybe he just doesn't like to treat people who don't have great insurance or money. That's to his detriment.
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Refreshing to have a orthopaedic surgeon who is honest, to the point, and asks not only the right questions, but also the right amount of questions. If it is an honest assessment you are looking for, without dramatic, nor diminished answers,this is your doctor. All doctors have opinions/options to give you, some you might not want, but it is up to you to decide if it is right for you (without sugar coating). On my first visit, after many other surgeons, (without a shrug or blowoff) he ga ve his opinion without making me feel stupid, and asked if I had anymore questions. The fact that he dictates his notes in front of you, is the MOST important reason I have instant respect for him. It is called intergrity. AND so far, I really like the staff members I have met. Very important in building a better working, trusting relationship between patient and doctor. Thanks.
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I APPRECIATED THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET DR DRYER AND HIS STAFF. I FELT COMFORTABLE AND LOOK FORWARD TO A CONTINUED RELATIONSHIP. IVAN
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Was very rushed, cut me off when I was talking.
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Dr. Dryer has been a wonderful resource for my patients who love him. I obviously went to him with a back injury myself. He has a very unhurried bedside manner and is empathetic.
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Attentive, friendly, good bed side manner.
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Very professional, friendly staff
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First Dr.'s office I've ever been in, that they valued your time (and money).
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After 30 years of back pain that has never been seen on x rays my back has recently gotten worse to the point i would like to know why iv had to deal it it all my life and they brushedme aside acting like they didn't believe me because there was nothing in the x rays. All doctor cared about is "if its so bad how come this is the first time you have been to the doctor in past 5 years?" I Have not had insurance fot last 10 years and after having back pain all my life you just learn to deal with it. Was not a good enough answer to take up any more of him time.
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Totally helpful.
More than 1 year ago
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Anyone who is experiencing any pain in the spine or anyone who has been told they have degenerate discs should go to Dr Randall Dryer. If you are referred to go to pain management, do not go. Get an appt with Dr Randall Dryer first.
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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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Best doctors appointment I've had in a long time.
More than 1 year ago
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attentive my needs, and addressed my problem. thanks Doc!
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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 wasvery 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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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 surgicalskill (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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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
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Very professional and thorough. I was very satisfied with my exam and treatment.
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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 himperform 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 reallyjust 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 ofmy 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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Horrible! I was so disappointed and will never return!!
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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 myfears, 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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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 wereseen for, the treatment plan, and initial diagnosis before leaving. Not being a doctor, it's difficult to remember the terms used during our discussion.
More than 1 year ago
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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 followme and was out the door. There was no time to talk about my concerns all my reasons for thr appt, NOTHING! Very disappointed
More than 1 year ago
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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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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.
More than 1 year ago
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Very good, prompt and attentive to my needs
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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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