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Dwight Tyndall, MD, FAAOS
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Orthopaedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana
Munster, IN
Dr. Tyndall is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Dwight Tyndall, MD, FAAOS

Dwight Tyndall, MD is a Board Certified and Spine Fellowship trained surgeon, who is recognized as one of the top spine surgeons in the Midwest. Dr. Tyndall specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, disc regeneration therapy, and outpatient spine surgery.

Dr. Tyndall believes that outpatient spine surgery is the future as it allows for a better patient-centered experience and faster recovery with less pain and discomfort. To this end, Dr. Tyndall, with a consortium of fellow-minded surgeons, opened an ultramodern facility in Munster, IN devoted to minimally invasive spine surgery and outpatient/same day spine surgery.

He offers patients personalized care that includes the latest technologies and developments in the diagnosis and treatment of spine problems.

Although Dr. Tyndall is known for his extensive experience in spine surgery, exploring all potential nonoperative treatments is his first approach before considering surgery.

Among his accomplishments, Dr. Tyndall is a leader in motion-sparing surgical spine procedures, instrumentation and technologies that permit minimally invasive spine surgery, disc regeneration therapy, and outpatient spine surgery.

Dr. Tyndall has been passionate about medicine from a young age. He completed his undergraduate training at the Sophie Davis Accelerated Medical School program in New York City before receiving his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Tyndall completed his residency at Stanford University in Stanford, CA and Spine Fellowship at the world-renowned Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center in New York City. Thereafter, the Jamaican-born, New York native relocated to the Midwest where he established his practice in Munster, IN.

Dr. Tyndall has published his research in many leading peer-reviewed medical journals, including ADVANCE for Directors in Rehabilitation, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Furthermore, Dr. Tyndall has authored a chapter on Lumbar Spondylolisthesis and regularly presents at spine meetings and conferences.


Tyndall DS. Effect of physiological fatigue characteristics on subsidence of an artificial posterolateral lumbar disc replacement. North American Spine Society 24th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. November 10-14, 2009.

Tyndall DS. Tracking back problems. Journal of Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation. 2007;16(1):23-24.

Tyndall DS. Back on the job. Journal of Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation. 2007;15(6):55-58.

Tyndall DS, Boachie O. Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine. Clinical Orthopaedics. Craig EV (ed). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, NY. 1999:407-418.

Lane JM, Cornell CN, Tyndall DS. Treatment of experimental osteomyelitis using antibiotic impregnated bone graft substitute. J Orthop Res. 1993;11:619-626.

Cammisa F, Tyndall DS. Treatment of multilevel servical spondylotic radiculopathy and/or myelopathy with anterior cervical decompression and fusion without Instrumentation. Eastern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ. October 1997.

Tyndall DS. Cervical spondylotic myeloradiculopathy: Diagnosis and treatment. Midwestern University 50th Annual Clinical Refresher Course, Chicago, IL. September 1997.

Tyndall DS. Retrospective analysis of the Santa Clara Valley's experience with the treatment of spinal fractures using Harrington rods 1985-1990. Midwestern University 50th Annual Clinical Refresher Course, Chicago, IL. September 1997.

Tyndall DS. Treatment of cervical spondylotic myeloradiculopathy with wide posterior decompression and fusion with lateral mass plating: A preliminary analysis of a new technique. Disputation Day Conference. Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA. June 1997.

Burton D, McClellan RT, Tyndall DS. Retrospective analysis of the Santa Clara Valley's experience with the treatment of spinal fractures using Harrington rods 1985-1990. Disputation Day Conference. Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA. June 1996.

Tyndall DS. Hot topics in spine. Barclays Capital 2011 Global Healthcare Conference, Miami, FL. March 2011.

Tyndall DS. Spine Q&A: Appropriate recommendations and expected outcomes. Workers' Compensation provider seminar, Oakbrook, IL. October 2008.

Tyndall Ds. Cervical spine care. Indiana Insurance Staff Education, Indianapolis, IN. September 2008.

Tyndall DS. Total spine care. St. Anthony Hospital Grand Rounds, Crown Point, IN. August 2008.

Tyndall DS. Workers' compensation spine care. Indiana Workers' Compensation Institute, Merrillville, IN. August 2008.

Tyndall DS. Global approach to spine care. Innovations in Modern Spine Seminar, Merrillville, IN. April 2008.

Tyndall DS. Spine care for the injured worker. Workers' Compensation Educational Luncheon, Merrillville, IN. June 2007.

Tyndall DS. Workers' compensation cervical spine care. Sentry Insurance Staff Education, Stevens Point, WI. May 2007.

Tyndall DS. Diagnosis and surgical treatment of lumbar spine disorders. Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN. April 2007.

Tyndall DS. Diagnosis and treatment of cervical myeloradiculopathy. Advances in Spine Spring Roundtable, Merrillville, IN. May 2006.

Articles Written by Dwight Tyndall, MD, FAAOS

Outpatient Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion

While many types of minimally invasive spine surgery can be performed in an outpatient surgery center, this article will focus on minimally invasive lumbar (low back) fusion.

8 Planning Tips for Outpatient Spine Surgery

A spine surgeon who performs surgical procedures at an outpatient spine center provides tips to help you plan and prepare yourself and your home for aftercare and recovery.

What to Expect on the Day of Outpatient Spine Surgery

Know what to pack and wear, which medications you can or cannot take, when to stop eating/drinking, and what to expect when you arrive at the outpatient surgery center.

10 Tips for Recovering at Home from Outpatient Spine Surgery

10 informative tips on ways to make your recovery smoother and get you back to your normal activities sooner.

What Happens After Outpatient Spine Surgery?

Learn more about the specifics of what to expect Immediately following your outpatient spine surgery, including coming out of anesthesia, pain management and discharge instructions.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) at an Outpatient Spine Center

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, ACDF is a common surgical procedure to treat a herniated disc in the neck. Now ACDF can often be performed minimally invasively in an outpatient surgery center.

Lumbar Laminectomy Performed in an Outpatient Spine Center

If you experience low back and leg pain and haven’t found relief through nonsurgical treatments like medication or physical therapy, your spine doctor or surgeon may recommend lumbar laminectomy.

Surgical Approach Is a Risk Factor for Infection in Spinal Surgery

According to a retrospective case-control analysis in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, there is an advantage to using the minimally invasive approach to spinal surgery. Read on to learn more.

Lumbar Herniated Disc with Sciatica

Several symptoms may suggest a lumbar herniated disc. Pain can range from a dull ache to a severe, sharp pain. Sciatica is a certain type of nerve pain that can be caused by a herniated lumbar disc compressing the sciatic nerve.

CrossFit® Training: What You Need to Know

CrossFit, which was founded in 2000, is a training program that aims to enhance strength and aerobic conditioning. It brings together all types of people to improve physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness.

Surgery for Herniated Disc with Sciatica: Find the Right Surgeon, Ask the Right Questions

Assuming that surgery has been recommended for your lumbar herniated disc and sciatica, the first step in getting well and pain free is finding a surgeon who is a good fit for you.

Summer Safety Tips for Your Neck and Back Health

Here, Dr. Tyndall shares important tips about how to stay safe and healthy—prevent the risks for spine injuries—while being active this summer.

Single-Level Instrumented Lumbar Interbody Fusion: The Impact of ASCs on Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine is the emerging trend in health care reform focused on making health care safer, less complicated, and more cost-effective.

Modic Changes Associated with Greater Risk of Poor Outcome in Lower Back Pain

Patients with lower back pain who show Type 1 Modic changes may be at increased risk of experiencing poor treatment outcomes. This finding comes from a prospective study of 141 patients with lower back pain that was conducted in Denmark.

Case Studies Presented by Dwight Tyndall, MD, FAAOS

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis with Grade I Spondylolisthesis

Presented by: D. Tyndall MD, FAAOS
This 75-year-old male was initially seen three months ago. At that time, he presented with symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis and neurogenic claudication due to a L4-L5 Grade I spondylolisthesis and stenosis (L2-L3).

Articles Reviewed by Dwight Tyndall, MD, FAAOS

Stem Cells and Degenerative Disc Disease

SpineUniverse interviewed Kaliq Chang, MD—an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist about stem cells in the treatment of degenerative disc disease.

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