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very disappointed in his lack of communication-extremely long wait time-just rude!
I can only speak about my initial consult for surgery with Dr. S. Others have said he has no compassion. That's not true! He did look at my MRI, He confirmed my Spine & Pain Mngmt specialist's beliefs on what I need to have done. When he told me what surgeries I will be having I started to cry and let me tell you something. He does care, he did take the time to console my feelings and assure me that everything will be alright. It's different to have other good doctors referring you to him and walking in with an MRI to show what you need done. There are far too many people just seeking their next med. fix. If you've done the physical therapy, the steroid injections, and everything else that can be done and it hasn't helped then by all means go see him. If not, I don't blame him for not letting anyone waste his time.
I saw this doctor who took no time to examine me, looked at my MRI and said my issues are normal at my age. I can barely walk on most days and have incontinence. I was referred by MY doctor who started surgery is the only key to my recovery and back to a normal life. I was seen in his office in less than 5 minutes with only an answer of "these issues are normal with your age." NO, YOUR WRONG, THEY ARE NOT!!!!!!!! off for a second opinion to a doctor who will take time, show compassion, and realize its not normal for me to live like this!!!!!!
I have had a laminectomy and left and right ulnar surgeries. Dr. Sungarian has been very informative and truthful about what to expect each surgery. He is one of the few neurologists that I have seen that actually HAS a personality and does not come off as a Godlike surgeon. I would not hesitate to recommend him and I would certainly only trust him to treat me. I also take Morphine and have for many years, he has never indicated to me that I was a drug addict.
Dr. Sungarian's practice is one of the fields of medicine that has seen a large influx in patients exhibiting pain med-seeking behavoir. This country, unfortunately, has had dramatic increase in narcotic abuse. It is for this reason his sensitivity to pain complaints has dropped. He is first and foremost a surgeon. His job is to evaluate, recommend and act on maladies he can correct. Anything outside his parameters will cause him to exhibit disinterest. While this can absolutely be taken as rude, it is not meant to be. As others have said, his bedside manner is lacking. By this I mean he will not empathize with your struggles and does not want nor need to know how the pain affects your daily life. What he needs is to know basic information on where and what hurts. On the day of surgery, this is where you will see Dr. Sungarian shine. He literally looks like he's about to go on vacation. Its apparent he loves to perform surgery but also apparent he won't do so if he believes its not in your best interest. I am going in for a second surgery in about a week. I will post how I feel about my experience after. I suspect I will receive better hospital care this time around (UMASS was horrible, this ones at St. V's). You need to make him hear you if you don't feel like you are getting thru. Be blunt with him and he respects you for it. He does dictate in his office riht in front of you, however not only is this a new surgical trend (rather him do things that are of the times!) But you should understand he is dictating WITH you. Not at you. More in the coming weeks...
I will never recommend this Dr. to anyone! When i first got into his office he asked me where my pain was and i told him my neck. He then asked what i was doing for the pain and i told him i was on Morphine. Without even opening my chart he told me i was nothing but an addict and there was nothing wrong with me! My PCP found a number of bone spurs in the MRI of my neck which is causing my pain ! He was very rude to my wife and myself! I talked to my PCP later that day and she told me she would never recommend Dr. Sungarian to anyone ever again!
Dr.Arno Sungarian is Awesome. He is the only doctor who was able to figure out what was wrong with me not once but twice!! He is the ONLY back surgeon I will let operate on me. He was able to show me and tell me exactly what was wrong and what my options were. I recommend him to all my friends and family.
I found Dr Sagarian to kind and compassionate, this is different from warm and fuzzy. I waited a while for my appt and noticed he spent diffent amounts of time with different patients. He explained everything to me which some stuff I didn't get although when he was dictating it into he his computer I managed to pick up somethings I had missed. I think so far so good with him.
I found him to be very rude and uninformative.I asked him if after surgery I would have use of my hands and arms again, his responce was "I don't know". I think I'll wait for Dr McGillicudy to come back from vacation.
I thoought he was arrogant and VERY rude. He did not examine my husband, and gave no teason for his opinion. I wouldn'y send my worst enemy to that person!!!
dr. sungarian went out of his way to iron out some difficulties with my medical insurance. he was personable and came across as caring and concerned. some have criticized him for recording his notes while they are in the room but i found it to be informative.
this doctor is a surgeon folks, get over it! he is professional and caring. when my scheduled surgery hit a bump in the road, he went the extra mile to work with my insurance company, refunded the office visit copay, and made sure that i knew he was personally working on the issue while i waited. I hear that he is impersonal, not so! just because he transcribes your visit in front of you with voice recognition software does not mean he is impersonal, you know exactly what he is seeing and thinking without having to get a copy of the records. after the surgery he was exellent as well.
I had a pretty rare nerve issue in my brain, the most painful affliction known to man. The doctor diagnosed it and suggested surgery. Although there were some issues, he was in to see me every night before he left the hospital, was extremely compassionate and caring. Very good and nice doctor!
THis surgeon promised me to be back to work after 3 months.... I was denied by my supervisor due to this surgeons promise..... I have now been out of work, as a lead CT technologist for 14 mths...... during which time, he prescribed me percocet 3 times a day.... Three mths ago I asked him to wean me off of this narcotic, however, during this time, he did no such thing. I recieved a calll today saying he was reffering me to my primary care physician. He had no attempt to get me off of this medication!!!! What is my option at this point, besides having 3 small children and going through withdrawals....I DESERVE better care than that.....Any human being that is made to go through that is caused by a MONSTER.....so, whoever reads this, should find a surgeon who actually cares about his patients.... Please be aware of his terrible bedside manner, and lack of his patients well being.P.S. pain is still as bad as before surgery, be wearyA Caring Person and medical professional
Dr. Sungarian is the best doctor I have ever had. His office secretaries are nice and curtious. He is very caring and unferstanding about my back surgury and never once did I feel like he left me in the dark or neglected me. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a lumber disectemy as I needed. A
I had 3 prior surgeries by an Ortho surgeon with poor results. I was referred to Dr Sungarian and had to wait 6 weeks for an apppointment to see him. (This was in 2007) He proved that he was well worth the wait! He took the time to explain the exact causes of my problem and what he could do to help me. I soon had an Anterior interbody lumbar fusion with posterior pedicle screw placement (L4-S1) the surgery took much longer than anticipated due to scar tissue and damage from previous surgeries but Dr Sungarian corrected the problem and I am now pain free for the firt time in many years.The only possible negative comment I have is that I always had to wait to see him for scheduled appointments. After being treated by him I now realize that the delays were due to his taking as much time as I needed when I was with him, to explain everything in detail. After realizing this I would wait much longer to see thes excellent Doctor.His bedside manner was outstanding and his staff was always very helpfull.My only regret is that I now need a spinal fusion in my cervical spine and can not have him perform it since I live in Arizona currently.
Dr Sungarian has not spent more than 10 minutes with me at any time since my oparation. The constint pain and suffaring has taken a toll on my mentel health as well as my physacal health & on my wife children and gradkids too. In under 2 minites he looked at my MRI and when I finally went to another Dr it took 45 minutes to look it just that one. I think Dr Sungarian meens well but he is not tolereant of the thoght that he could have made a mistake. Since than I have approached others asking them about theyr experiance and it seems he's missled most of us. If this man wont hold himself accountible for his mistakes than his boss should. His attatude towards my suffaring was one of contempt and he had no conshence whatever. He treated my wife poorly after she asked him why he did a diffarent surgary than he said. I would not reccomend him to be a vetaranian. Im looking into a correctave oparation now with anather Dr that wont say it out loudly but hints that Dr Sungarian botched my oparation months ago and I have to get opened anather time now. Dont go to this docter office! Find anather one! please 4give my spelling. Not my strong suite.
I wish I never had my surgery! I wish I took more time too look around and read reviews before choosing a Dr. As far as the Mechanic metaphor there is a huge difference between a life altering illness and the care you seek and getting a tune up. My mechanic although is much friendlier and a lot cheaper! I couldn't help but notice the few positive comments seem to be from family and friends who haven't been patients or been treated rudely by his staff.
I have fractured my L2 Vertebra and have been out of work for 4 months, during which I have had two appts with Dr. Sungarian. My first appointment lasted less than 5 minutes. He was very uncaring and disinterested in the injury. You are just another number to him. His office canceled/rescheduled my 3rd follow up appt (rescheduled for another month - and they don't have a cancellation list) and said that I can go back to work to my phyiscally demanding job WITHOUT him seeing me to determine if I am healed!!! Nor does he think I should go to physical therapy. In my opinion, go to another doctor because he is not interested in you, your injury nor the potential for further injury. I am highly disgusted with this doctor and wouldn't not recommend him to anyone.
yes, he could be better at his bedside manner, time with you, time waiting, time waiting for prescriptions, caring about you. He seems more interested in raking in the money. In the end though, my back feels better after surgery. I think he makes up for what he lacks. did crack a joke once though
Two surgeries in less than 1 yr and he wants to fuse my back now!! Insane..going to see another Dr. in Boston, trying to get my records released is like pulling teeth from a bird!! So rude, no people skills and not the best spine sugeon around. I wish I had been better informed before allowing him to cut me open twice! Run don't walk!
As I arrived, I noticed a large crowd in the waiting area. I asked the receptionist how long the wait was and she said "He's running a little behind, but it should not be too long." After waiting for over an hour, I was finally asked to meet in his office. I sat there another 10 minutes before he came in. He took my MRI disk, briefly looked at it, explained what surgery he thought I needed and the repercussions of surgery(death, etc.) before asking me if I had questions. Wow! Of course I had questions, which he seemed frustrated in having to answer. He spent all of 10 minutes with me before rushing to tell me that his receptionist would be in touch about scheduling a surgery appointment, which I had made quite clear that I was unsure of at that point. He then spoke into his tape recorder the notes that he would send to my doctor ... in front of me and about me. He may be an excellent surgeron, I don't know, but his manner and lack of interest for people turned me off.
If you want someone who will make you feel like a 2 year old, not answer any questions,and when he does answer he answers like I have no right to ask a question, and make you feel like your severe back pain is all in your head, He is the perfect guy for you.
i had an accident back in 2008 that left me with a broken back and the possibility of never walking normally again. i am gratefull to Dr sungarian and his staff that were so gentle and loving while i recovered at the hospital.today i have a minimum scar on my back,i run everyday,excercise,lift weights,and i never have to take pain medication. my recovery time after the surgery was really fast.les then two months after my surgery i was going by with my life and working fulltime again.We are trully blessed by his care. Thank you Dr Sungarian,may God continue to use your gift to heal others like me.
does not return phone calls had complications night after discharge, never returned phone call, answering service never returned phone call, hospital wanted nothing to do with me after discharge
Please don't do what I did... I let him cut me open 3 times. Now I have 2 rods with 4 screws in me, and feel even worse than when I got my first discectomy, All 3 surgeries were the worst thing I have ever been through. The 3rd really bad. Arno Sungarian is a one dimensional doctor.. he only wants your money. He could care less about how you actually feel. He literaly walked out of my visit (which was $212.00)because I told him my back was still killing me- THIS MAN COULD CARE LESS ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS, OR YOUR WELLBEING. PLEASE FIND A NEW DOCTOR TO HELP YOU.....
Very professional and to the point. I had a great experience and outcome. The doctor was honest and forthcomming. A fantastic surgeon. Always returned my calls. Staff was very helpful and accomodating. Recommended him to many friends.
Very business like in his approach (just another patient). Very distant and "matter of fact" kind of experience. I think he is a good surgeon, difficult to rate as my experience was not necessarily successful with a prognosis from the doctor "it might get better, it might not", oh well kind of attitude.
Had disk surgery in 2007, told me up front that "one out of ten" don't work. After surgery said "well, you were the one." Having another surgery by the Boston Spine Group. During my last visit waited nearly two hours for him to spend literally 30 seconds writing an illegible perscription for physical therapy (never even asked a question).
The entire staff including the doctor need to be schooled in patient communications. I called the office 4 times and never got a return call. I was scheduled for surgery and could not talk to the doctor when asked to. Never returned phone calls.
I believe that I am seeking a Neurosurgeon for his expertise and his hands not his personality. While I understand it is vital to have a good working relationship with a doctor we as patients must be willing to be proactive. If someone is unhappy tell him, if someone is disastisfied, tell him. Remember you as a patient ALWAYS has the choice !!! It appears someone is displeased and that is sad, however do something about it rather than complain. I found this Doctor to be all business and professional. Not to mention his office staff were accomidating as well as courteous.