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Dr. Matthew Wasserman, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Physician Biography

The son of physicians, Dr. Wasserman received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. He did a fellowship in spine surgery at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Wasserman is board certified in orthopedic surgery.

In private practice since 2005, Dr. Wasserman treats patients of all ages and is fluent in Spanish. His special interests involve diagnosing and evaluating patients with lumbar and cervical spinal stenosis as well as treating those with lower back pain and chronic and degenerative spinal disorders. He takes the time to get to know his patients and understand their concerns before recommending a treatment approach.

Dr. Wasserman is married and the father of three. He enjoys spending time with his family and plays amateur men's soccer in the Houston Soccer League.

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Patient Testimonials

My lower back had hurt for as long as I could remember - even as a child. Standing was very painful; sometimes almost impossible. With every step it felt like I was being stabbed in the back and the pain radiated down my leg to my knee, sometimes to my foot. It had gotten so bad I was staring to hunch forward when I walked. I did everything I could to ease the pain. I exercised regularly, saw a chiropractor regularly, did back decompression, and even went to an acupuncturist. None of those things helped me.

Having back surgery completely changed my life.

I didn't know what it was like to live without back pain and now I do.I can move freely - without pain. I can run, stand, sit, exercise, bend, lift. I even played on a volleyball team and on a basketball team 6 months after the surgery. And my husband will tell you I am a much nicer wife and mother. I didn't realize how much the pain was ruling my life until it was gone

Karen Crow
Date of Procedure: June 10, 2008
Procedure/Treatment: Lumbar Laminectomy w/fusion

We are very thankful for your excellent care for Steve since he went to see you with back pain. We appreciate your time and your positive attitude all the time and your talent to perform such a precise surgery on Steve.

He is feeling very good and he is very glad that he decided to have this done now. He can already feel the improvement. Steve recommends you to any of our friends or acquaintances who tell us they have back problems. He knows he couldn't have a better doctor at his care than you. Thank you for improving Steve's and our whole family's life.

We hope to continue seeing you for "check ups" and we once more want to thank you for all you have done for Steve and our family.

God Bless you,

Steve, Silvia, Natalia and Victoria Cachia

"The results were beyond my expectations. I felt better immediately following the procedure, and my husband says I'm even better than I was before. The recovery time was very short, and I only needed a few months of physical therapy as a follow-up."

Brenda Weatherford

Before my Spinal Fusion I had severe pain down my left leg and my back pain left me totally incapacitated. Dr. Wasserman explained the procedure so we all understood it. The surgery was a success and all of the pain was gone from my leg. He has an excellent bedside manner and I felt very confident that everything was done to take care of my pain. We highly recommend him.

Harvey Stuessel Jr.
Spinal Fusion 1-13-2009

I was in a lot of pain and had tingling down my left leg. I had surgery with Dr. Wasserman at the end of April and I feel great!! I am getting ready to go play soccer again.

The entire staff at RBJC was great! I was seen very quickly and everyone was so nice. Dr. Wasserman and Josh, his PA have such great bedside manners and made it so easy for me and took care of me right away!

Regan Garduno

What is Lateral Access Surgery?

Lateral access is a safe and reproducible means of addressing certain spine disorders with an approach from the side of the patient, as opposed to an approach from the back (posterior) or the front (anterior). A lateral (side) approach is made safe with the use of nerve monitoring technology (NeuroVision® from NuVasive,® Inc.).


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