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Great experience. Quick service as far as wait time. Friendly staff and more importantly Dr Virella did an unbelievable job on my back.
He was caring and confident - informative and sensitive to my condition.
Since the day i met Dr Virella and his staff my experience has been great. He was very thorough in explaining my MRI and the surgical options and procedure. Even the surgery center was awesome. Overall I am very happy that I chose dr Virella and his staff to care for me, they are the absolute best!
Dr Virella literally saved my life. I was living in intense pain daily due to a herniation in my neck. I tried therapy, massage and epidurals and nothing fixed the issue. Dr Virella identified the issue, had me in for surgery and now I have been living pain free without issue. I am able to enjoy my old life again all because of Dr Virella!
Dr. Virella quickly and professionally diagnosed my lower lumbar herniation. After therapy did nothing for my nerve impingement, I knew the only path to healing was surgery. My expectations were not only met, they were exceeded. Dr. Virella's bedside manner is second to none and my surgery was less stressful than I thought. It was fast and easy and I am in 100% relief only a week after surgery.
Completely lost all sensation in my arm and hand due to severely pinched nerve in my cervical spine. Dr Virella conducted a removal of my disc and replacement and the nerve impingement was gone and my sensations returned. The surgery was without complication and I am able to use my arm and hand again as I could before my disc herniation. Dr Virella was caring and compassionate and got me in and out in only a few days from my first appointment. I would recommend him to anyone in need of spine consultation.
Dr Virella and his staff were comforting, knowledgeable and professional during the entire process. From the day I walked into his office to now one month removed from surgery, I have been treated like a queen. My surgery was nothing short of a success. I now am able to do the hobbies I once couldn't because of the pain and discomfort. I can play with my children and live life to the fullest. I can't possibly recommend Dr Virella more.
I saw Dr. Virella after seeing two other spine surgeons who were unable to accurately diagnose my condition. Dr. Virella was able to see exactly what I was dealing with and scheduled me for surgery within a couple days. Surgery was a perfect success and I now have feeling back in my arm and am beginning to reverse the muscle atrophy I was experiencing. Dr. Virella is very caring and took all the time with me I needed.
I would not hesitate to recommend Dr Virella to anyone who is experiencing back pain or any other type of pain. Great job! Dr. Virella's staff was caring and professional.
Dr Virella has a great bedside manner. He answers your questions with patience and explains things well.
Many other spine surgeons tried to fix the problem of severe neck pain due to cervical instability. Dr V took a look at the films, did a history and examination of my reflexes and told me I needed surgery, the orthopedic spine doc I saw in the same town told me nothing was wrong and sent me to a pain doctor. Dr V performed my fusion and I was home that afternoon with some surgical pain but the deep neck pain and headaches was GONE!!! Thank you Dr Virella, I have never met a doctor who knows his spine like Dr V, he listened to the patient, identified the problem and fixed it!! He's a really nice guy too, spent a lot of time with me going over the spine models before surgery and putting me at ease. I am now mountain biking and surfing again!!
Personable and Knowledgeable, made the diagnosis and surgical procedure easy to understand. The staff is also very attentive and personable as well. Thorough in surgery follow up.
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Dr. Virella very knowledgeable, patient and I would most definitely recommend him for any surgery.
Great experience. Quick service as far as wait time. Friendly staff and more importantly, Dr. Virella did an unbelievable job on my back.
Virella is by far the best spine surgeon around. I was fearful about the entire process and whether it was worth it and after surgery, its been almost a year now, I am so thankful I went through with it. He is compassionate and very skilled. Cannot recommend him enough.
He explained the procedure, how the back works and what's expect. Thank you!
Everyone in person and on phone was/is friendly, happy to help and professional. A very professional and friendly experience. Dr. Virella was the best in all aspects. I have already recommended Dr. Virella's services.
Before surgery I felt hopeless and helpless with chronic pain. Decreasing ability to walk, even using a wheelchair to take my children shopping. I struggled with activities of daily living and driving my children to school. Now I have hope for a functional and happy life.
Staff very professional. Dr V is very personal and knows his medicine
It was a very good experience. He is professional and answers any questions you may have. He did not make you feel rushed.
Best doctor I have ever visited. Extremely patient and knowledgeable. His office is also very compassionate and always going beyond the call of duty.
Staff is awesome. Very satisfied with procedure done. No back pain.
Everyone in the office was so pleasant. I loved the girls; so sweet. They called to check up on me after surgery also. Dr Virella is amazing. He is a wonderful surgeon and person. I trusted him 100%.
Doctor Viella is a lifesaver I had been suffering with severe pain for years, I had tried every conservative option and Dr. Vierlla said he could help me, and he was right, I am only 8 days post op, but I have no more pain, I'm walking again and feel my energy returning! When I went in for my first post op appointment, I had to give him a big hug, and let him know how very grateful I am for his talent and expertise as a neurosurgeon. If you need back surgery, believe in Dr. Vierlla, he is a true healer, oh and the staff was great too! We are family now.
I had a minimally invasive disc surgery. I was home in 90 mins. Back to work the next day. Enough sad, this guy is simply the best in his field
Very happy that I had back surgery done by Dr. Virella for two herniated disks. The surgery went well, my symptoms (back pain, tingling in the leg) are gone. It's wonderful to be pain free again. Thank you Dr. Virella!
Everyone has been very helpful and kind.
Dr. V took my pain away forever!! I am back to playing golf, jogging, lifting weights at the gym. The incision was tiny and I went home in an hour, back to work the next day. No nonsense approach, got the job done, super nice guy even called me at home the night to surgery. Highly recommended, if your on the fence just do it!
Treated very professionally and compassionately by Dr Virella and his staff
To me, he is the best doctor I have ever seen in my life.
Top notch doctor, really listened to me and even gave me his cellphone to call him afterhours if needed. I had a minimally invasive removal of a herniated disc and was back at work the next day! Yes, the next day. He is a world expert in minimally invasive disc surgery and it shows in how quickly I got back to normal. Great job Dr. V!
I was seen right away after being referred by Dr. Spiegel. Had successful L4-L5 fusion in less than a week and am currently pain free. Always pleasant in the office.
He is very down to earth and spent a lot of time explaining everything not only to myself but to my husband!
Dr Virella is a consummate professional, a man of incredible talent. I recommend Dr Virella highly. His staff are cheerful and are a credit to Dr Virella's practice.
Dr. Virella and his staff were always professional and accommodating. My surgery was a great success. I feel 100% better than I did prior to my surgery.
He gave me my life back!! Unlike some of the bigger practices in So Cal. The staff at Dr. Virella's office was first rate and actually took time to get to know me. It was not a "puppy mill' like some of the other bigger practices in town. They worked out all the details with my insurance (which was a nightmare, but they did it!) He performed a minimally invasive disc procedure to relieve the pressure on the nerves. My foot was basically "dead", other spine surgeons in town wanted to put multiple grafts in from the side. It just didn't make sense. My neighbor had surgery with Dr. V and highly recommended him. My foot is now back to normal, I am working out at the gym and this was all fixed with a tiny incision that is less than one inch! Amazing! This guy is a miracle worker! Thank goodness I didn't go with the other guy in town who wanted to do that big fusion surgery. He returns all calls immediately and even gave me his cell number!! I give him 5 stars!!
Dr. Varela saved my life he operated after a diagnosis of a subarachnoid cyst which became symptomatic.
Wonderful! I would absolutely recommend Dr Virella's services.
Dr Virella is a great surgeon
My esperience was one of the best I ever had with a Dr. I was diagnosed and shortly afted that i was shedule for surgery, after 7 monthe were I have seek every possiblesolutions for my problem and not being able to lay down, Dr Varilla took care of it all , what an exelent performance
Excellent surgeon!!! He spends time with theÂ patients andÂ holds your hand during the process! The best by far....excellent results I'm back to life.....the pain is gone. ...don't livein
I feel great about my progress and would recommend any of my friends to Dr. Virella.
Dr. Virella is very caring, is very attentive to the patient's needs and helped me get back to a normal life/routine.
Dr. V was the only neurosurgeon in LA who was willing to address my special problems. Post-surgical success has improved the quality of my life.
Not at all what I expected. Other reviews were not at all accurate. the doctor was totally into himself. I went to see him because I have a neck problem. No bedside manner what so ever.
Questions answered very well. 10 out of 10!
I was referred to Dr. Virella by a friend of mine, who does a lot of work with him. I have been having back and leg pain for many years and it has been an agonizing pain for the last 3 years. I was told I needed surgery and most doctors said I would need 3 level disk fusion to fix the problems. I am an active person and having that type of surgery did not appeal to me at all. After I might with Dr. Virella he reviewed all MRI's, studies, etc and recommend a micro surgery to remove the pressure off the nerve, that was causing me all the problems. I had the surgery and it was almost like he hit the light switch for the pain I was in. I never felt such relief almost immediately after the surgery it was amazing. I am very happy and pleased with Dr. Virella and his Staff they are wonderful, kind and understanding.
Dr Virella removed a cyst from my L4-5 vertebrae. I must say I was terrified. Dr. Virella took the time to explain the procedure and eased my fears. He was patient and kind. The surgery was minimally invasive and as he said, I was back to regular activities in a couple of days. I would highly recommend Dr. Virella.
He is very polite and he addressed all of my questions very clearly. He builds confidence in ourselves. His smile is always the best about him, I would say.
I had severe sciatica, was skeptical about how simple and un invasive his ILIF was, so I checked other doctors, orthopedic methods, and revisited and realized this was the best way to go, with a surgeon who knows
Great Staff. Great Surgeon. Personal Service.
Dr Virella is a great surgeon. I was supposed to have a routine surgery to place a clasp between L2-L3, when Dr Virella was in the surgery he discovered I was missing a bone, so no clasp could be attached. He quickly decided an alternate approach which has worked. He is very friendly and caring. He has gone out of his way to make my recovery as comfortable as possible. If I should ever need another similar surgery, I will definitely go to Dr Virella.
Dr. Virella is awesome. In 2013 I had a Laminectomy on my neck and a fusion on 2 levels on my back! My neck feels so much better and back is healing wonderfully. Dr. Virella was patient and kind to me. His right hand person Meena in the office is awesome! She's professional and sweet. She works with your insurance company and disability so well the process is seamless for the patient. I highly recommend Dr. Virella.
Dr. Virella is a kind and caring Dr. who doesn't rush through office visits. He is easy to talk to and I feel much more at ease with him than I ever did with my previous spine doctor who I was with for over 2 years. Mina is friendly and helpful and answered any and all of my questions never making me feel like I was a bother. The surgery I had freed me from years of living in pain and I only wish I had found Dr. Virella sooner than I did. I would recommend Dr. Virella to anyone seeking relief from neck or back pain.
The minimal invasive surgery performed by Dr. Virella gave me immediate relieve from excruciating pain and misery of 2 months.
After several surgeries with other neurosurgeons I had the great pleasure of meeting Dr. Virella. He performed a surgery on my neck that was finally successful and I was very pleased that he opted to do a less complicated surgery with excellent results. I am so grateful for the relief of the pain I had in my neck. He took the time to explain the procedure, reviewed my MRI and his follow up was just as thorough. His office staff was also very helpful and very kind. I would highly recommend Dr. Virella to anyone looking for a wonderful, helpful, kind and competent neurosurgeon!
I did my homework in researchng the best neuorosurgeon to peform back surgery on me. I had three consultations with neurosurgeons in the Phoenix area and after having a consultation with Dr. Anthony Virella I knew I wanted to have my surgery performed by him. His staff was wonderful to work with as I was traveling out of state for the surgery and the arrangements with the hospital were all taken care off. I only needed to show up! Dr. Virella has a terrific bed-side manner which is so important when you are having surgery. His credentials are very impressive and his skill as a surgeon is well -known. After having severe sciatic pain down my leg and into my feet for over 6 months, it was overwhelming to wake up from surgery pain free!
Very good doctor, very good staff, no problem with insurance and very good asst. doctors. Operation was to fix problem with l4 in my back. Dr. was able to see that operation was a problem with scar tissue pressuring the nerves not a herniated disc. Only did work that needed to be done, did not linger to do more surgery than had to be done. I liked that very much. Would use Dr. Virella for all surgeries if I could.
I was a victim of a serious cycling injury when a vehicle hit me from behind without warning. I was transported to Los Robles hospital and was very fortunate to be treated by Dr. Virella. His operations were successful and I feel very lucky that the injuries did not cause further damage. It is miraculous that I have the possibility to fully recover. My family and I have a deep respect for Dr Virella for all that he was able to do for me. From the deepest part of my heart, thank you.
Giving my highest recommendation to Dr. Virella. From start to finish I received excellent care and got a terrific result from the procedure. He answered all my questions fully and helped me to make the best choice for my situation. Thorough, professional, cutting edge; he greatly improved my quality of life.
Dr. Virella was the first doctor to really listen to me. I told him that was not interested in any more physical therapy and that I was at the point where I had to at least look at minimally invasive options. Dr. Virella was the first doctor to order a nerve conduction study on me after going to doctors for over ten years with similar issues. That, along with another MRI, Dr. Virrella was able to more or less pinpoint the compressed nerve and the critical issue for me. Dr. Virella was very clear and decisive in recommending a L3/L4 foramenectomy, answered all of my questions and helped me understand all of my alternatives and exactly why he believed this was my best shot at improving my condition. The surgery was a bit rough, but I did notice a significant improvement in my pain level as soon as I woke up. I am two months out and doing much better overall. The surgery experience was about as good as could be expected. The followups and navigating the insurance maze were stellar. I'll always recommend Dr. Virella; the guy is solid!
Dr. Virella,M.D. was outstanding from start to finish. He told me as it was. He did surgery on my back on a Friday, I was back to work a week later. My scar is about an inch long. I feel improvement every day . I have my life back. I can't thank him enough. Dr. Alexander Hersel assisted. He is also an outstanding Doctor. They both gave me the best care. I would and have recommended both Doctors to several friends and will continue to do so. I believe it would be hard to find anyone that has more knowledge or more compassion. Do yourself a favor, go see Dr. Virella, Neuro Surgery.
After going in circles with my general practitioner and physical theraphist I woke up one day with intense pain and gave Dr. Virella a call after checking out several specialists on the internet. Within a day I was able to visit and after he looked at my MRI for 5 minutes he diagnosed me with a herniated disk. He clearly explained the problem and my options. He predicted the pain would get more severe and proposed some tests to further baseline and diagnose the condition of my nerves. The diagnoses of another neurologist confirmed his assessment and within a week the pain had intensified further. Dr. Virella proposed surgery and within a week I was able to go into his clinic and walj out the same day about 4 hours later. My pain has not returned since and I am currentky in the process of strengthening my back and core as well as recovering from the surgery itself. 2 months later I feel 95% fulle recovered after spending 6 years with pain. My advise to anyone with backpain is to see someone that has deep understanding of nerves and pain associated with it. I strongly recommend Dr. Virella. I know people have made remarks about his style in some of the reviews. Without any question Dr. Virella speaks with confidence and maybe this is not what veryone wants to hear, in my opinion though this is what doctors should do. I personally have wasted too much time to vague diagnoses of people that did not know what to do.
After years of pain I decided to stop crying about it and searched online for a beard certified neurosurgeon. When I came across Dr Virellas name I gave his office a call and could not be more surprised at how quick they got me in and how professional they were over the phone regarding insurance and anything it was that they needed. After meeting the Dr I was so relieved that he could help. I was so sick of the narcotics and no results, and I thought that was it, that I just needed to give up. Not only did Dr Virella give me courage, he reassured me that I still had a life to live. He told me I was going to be ok and within no time I can go back to my daily activities. I am so glad I chose him and his staff. I look back at the years I wasted doing pain management without taking the next step. Surgery is not scary if you choose the right Dr, and in my case I found hope in a fabulous Dr. I recommend Dr Virella to anyone I know. Thanks Dr Virella, you saved my life!
Dr Virella performed a micro discectomy on me for a herniated disk between L3 & L4. He did a fantastic job! The laporascopic technic he pioneered is phenomenal. I awoke from the anesthetic with all pain gone. I never had to take any of the pain pills. There was no bleeding from the incision. My operation was better than perfect. The surgical center is excellent. He has a great bedside manner. His office staff handled everything including billing the insurance and letting me know what how much I would owe quickly and professionally. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing back surgery.
I had two surgeries prior to visiting Dr. Virella. The first surgeon had me in worse pain then I was before going to him. Dr. Virella took one look at me and my charts and stated, "I can fix this." He said this with such confidence I had to give him a chance. After 8 years of extreme pain and copious amounts of narcotics, Dr. Virella, did what he said and said what he did. He has golden hands and he is the ONLY doctor I will ever trust with any surgery. No matter the problem, if he says he can fix it, he will. Post surgery pain was minimal, despite the invasiveness of the procedure. He's excellent as a surgeon, as a doctor, and has wonderful bedside manner. He instilled confidence in me despite my two prior surgeries just 6 and 7 months before. My other doctor left me twisting in the wind. Dr. Virella, coming back from Europe of Friday, called my house and told me to get to the hospital Saturday morning as he's already assembeled the dream team. A great surgeon to whom I shall always be indebted. His office staff too is excellent and will go out of their way to make you comfortable and reassurred. If you are in fear of upcoming surgery and Dr. Virella says he can help, put your faith in him. He's the best. If this were the Olympics, he'd get the GOLD by a mile.
If you are looking for a Surgeon, so far so good. If you looking for a caring, understanding surgeon, look elsewhere. After my surgery, Dr. V didn't have the time of day for me or my questions. He does not like confrontation or being questioned. Whatever happended to truley caring about another human being? Why do so many doctors just put you down as a number. I am sure to this day if he were to see me on the street, he wouldn't even recognize me. God may have given you talent, but I believe you misplaced His compassion. I pray you find it someday.
We strive to provide compassionate care to all of our patients. We realize that patients may be scared or emotional while dealing with illness. Dr. Virella strives to treat his patients like he would family members. Unfortunately, miscommunications can arise which may lead to the impression of lack of compassion. Rest assured that we are constantly working to improve our communication skills with each and every patient. Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it and will use it to improve the patient experience for all of our patients!
Because of his God given ability, personal skills, and extensive training, he saved my life. We highly recommend him. He and his staff are also very supportive to the family of the patient.
Dr. Virella's and his staff, along with Luc (PT in referred practice) helped me so much, I would never have believed I would feel this good again. My laminectomy with fusion have proven to be 100% successful after only 4 months and I'm feeling better and better (pain free) each day. I recommend Dr. Virella and his team highly. I also recommend staying in the hospital for at least one night after the surgery to make sure you are properly hydrated etc. before you go home. Talk to Dr. Virella and Mina about this.
I had pain in my lower back for about 10yrs. I had tried different approaches like....physical therapy, exercises, yoga, chiropractors. Every time I had some relief for some time then again the pain came on even stronger, longer and deeper. So, finally chose to go for surgery. Dr. Virella and his staff were simply excellent in every way to make it easy for me to get it done as soon as possible. The staff also helped me a lot with my Insurance which made it much more easier. I was very impressed with Dr. Virella together with his staff's readiness to explain all the details, possible complications and answering all my questions during the appointments and otherwise when I called them if anything occurred to me later. They were always very willing to answer same questions or any questions without making us feel silly. I would recommend this Dr. & his staff to anyone...even my closest family remember without feeling any hesitation because I know my loved one will be taken care of the BEST way humanly possible.
I can't say enough about my experience with Dr. Virella. After many years of pain, and trying other forms of treatment, with little or no help, I made an appointment to see Dr. Virella. Having someone cut open my neck was the last thing I ever thought I would do. After speaking to Dr Virella, he helped put me at ease. He explained everything really and told me what to expect.As far as the surgery itself, it all went as expected. Surgery was easyand and fast. Then recovery was a couple of hours. Everyone was very professional, and helpful. My recovery has been pretty fast. I think I made this whole procedure more complicated than It should of been, before I had a chance to speak with doctor Virella. I feel so much better than I did and I am only 3 weeks into my recovery. Dr. Virella is always available to answer any questions or concerns. I whole heartily recommend Dr. Virella.
My back was so bad that I couldn't even walk up the stairs. Dr Virella saved my life--I can walk again. It was a simple out patient procedure at ...
At my first appointment Dr. Virella had reviewed my records and MRI and was prepared to explain the necessity of the proposed cervical fusion surgery, the risks, expectations and recovery in a direct and calm manner, setting me at ease for the procedure, and answered my questions clearly and concisely. I admire his professionalism at the hospital and office visits and felt valued as his patient.
I had a burst and ruptured L5 S1, and was referred to him by my primary physician. On my first visit, after reviewing my MRI, he got me in for emergency surgery that evening.After not being able to walk or sit for almost 2 weeks, I was able to walk AND sit immediately after my surgery.The surgery was easy, and I was up and about the next day. He also referred me to some amazing physical therapists for the significant nerve damage I sustained from having a ruptured disc for 2 weeks.I highly recommend this office and his staff is friendly and on top of things. They worked hard and helped get me into surgery that day.They were the first people to help me get my life back in order after it flipped upside down.
Dr. Virella took the time to listen to me, did a thorough examination of me and my films. Explained to me what my situation was and how we would address the problem. He also explained the procedure, where the procedure would be performed and why. I feel better that I have in the last 6 yrs. Thank You Dr. Virella
I was referred by my family Dr to go see Dr Virella after I was at my wits end trying to understand why both my hands were going numb. After some exrays and MRI, Dr Virella diagnosed my problem which included having surgery on C3 and C4. The surgery took longer than normal but in my view so far very much a success. I'm on my 7th week post surgery and will start up with Physical Therapy in another 3 weeks or so. Dr Virella knows his stuff even though I gave him a hard time about how young he was. My family Dr who I've been seeing for 24 years said he's dealt with a lot of Neurosurgeons in his time but Dr V "shoots straight" and knows what he's doing.....I'm looking forward to my ongoing recovery process but today I feel so much better than I did when I originally went in for a diagnosis.
I had 3 back surgeries done by Dr. Virella. If I need them in the future, he is the only doctor that will perform them. I trust this man fully. I highly recommend. Just to mention I am an ER nurse and we are pretty hard to please :)
Without Dr Virella I would not be where I am today. I was referred to him by a local neorologist. I was very scared initally. The girls in the office assured me that Dr Virella was experienced in his work and that I should have no fear. After my warm welcome to his office, I felt comfortable moving forward with his work. I proceeded to have surgery with him and I have never felt better. He is an amazing doctor and I knew I made a great decision. I feel like new again, and can not thank him enough. I will recommend him to anyone. I put my trust in his hands, and I am so relieved. Thank you so much
I was suffering from constant neck pain for 8 months. I went to 3 different doctors and 1 pain management doctor for epideral shots. They didn't help at all. The pain management doctor referred me to Dr Anthony Virella. I had a consultation with Dr Virella. I told hime what the problem was, and he sent me to get xrays. After reviewing the xrays, he told me what was wrong. I was given 3 options. I chose surgery because of how bad my neck was. Dr Virella explained to me what he would do during surgery. After surgery the pain was all gone. I like the way Dr Virella handled my whole situation, before, during, and after surgery. He's a really nice guy. I would highly recommend him to everyone. My life is so much better thanks to Dr. Virella. I am a real patient, thus I don't mind signing my name. I suggest we all do that.
I've had so much pain for so long. I've been to many doctors, and nothing seems to help. I was sitting at church one day, and was introduced to Dr Virella. I felt like it was meant to be! He has saved me ! He's a member of my parish, so it was easy to trust him. I highly recommend him.
Dr. virella does not treat his patients like family members like he claims in his ads. He does not keep the families informed or return any calls.
Our practice policy is to have Dr. Virella return all non-emergent phone calls within 24 hours. Emergent phone calls, of course will be relayed to the surgeon asap, even if he is in surgery. If non-emergent calls are not returned immediately, it is because the doctor is in surgery. After he is out of surgery, all calls are returned promptly. After EVERY surgery, Dr. Virella will come out into the waiting area and discuss the surgery details and status of the patient with patient's family members.
I went to see 2 other doctors in the area prior to seeing Dr Virella. The other 2 wanted to do surgery, but Dr Virella wanted me to try pain management first. I avoided unnecessary surgery! He saved me! He was so kind and caring. He is a special person, the kind you want and expect your doctor to be.