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Dwight S. 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 S. 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 S. Tyndall, MD, FAAOS

What You Should Know About Exercising After Spine Surgery

Guidelines for safely exercising and resuming physical activity after neck or back surgery provided by an orthopaedic spine surgeon.

Spine Surgery Overview

Is spine surgery your only option for back pain? This article helps patients understand when a spine procedure may be recommended.

What You Need to Know About Sciatica Now

Spine surgeon discusses sciatica symptoms, causes, diagnosis and non-surgical treatments that manage back pain and leg pain.

CrossFit® Training: What You Need to Know

CrossFit 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.

Lumbar Discectomy Performed in an Outpatient Surgical Setting

Minimally invasive technology and advances in outpatient surgery have helped to make lumbar discectomy or microdiscectomy more accessible.

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.

Surgical Approach Is a Risk Factor for Infection in Spinal Surgery

From our study, we found that the minimally invasive surgery (MIS) approach was associated with a lower ...

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.

10 Tips for Recovering at Home after Outpatient Spine Surgery

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

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

A lumbar herniated disc is a common cause of sciatica resulting in low back and leg pain that is called a lumbar radiculopathy. Information about how to choose a spine surgeon and 10 smart questions to ask.

Lumbar Herniated Disc with Sciatica

Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that can be caused by a lumbar (low back) herniated disc compressing the sciatic nerve that originates in the spine and extends down the leg. Lumbar disc herniation can cause sciatica leg pain, tingling or burning sensations, and muscle spasms.

Outpatient Minimally Invasive Lumbar Laminectomy

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.

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.

Spine Care at an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC): Your Questions Answered

An ambulatory surgery center, or ASC, is an outpatient care facility that offers surgical procedures, including spine surgery. ASCs provide same-day surgical care, offering patients an alternative to the inpatient hospital setting.

Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery at an Outpatient Spine Center

Cervical disc replacement is gaining popularity among patient and surgeons because the surgical procedure may be performed minimally invasively in a outpatient setting.

Case Studies Presented by Dwight S. 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 S. Tyndall, MD, FAAOS

Outpatient Spine Surgery: What You Need to Know

Improvements in technology and surgical techniques have allowed for more spine surgeries to be performed outside of the traditional hospital setting and in outpatient spine surgery centers.

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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