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Kind, thorough, informative, courteous and great surgeon
Posted on December 26th, 2016
He has treated my teenager and me and we could not be happier patients. Dr. Hayer refused to take the time to explain MRI to my son, and patronized me, so we moved to Dr. Hoffman who was friendly and informative and out a very anxious kid at ease. I highly recommend Dr. Hoffman. His staff is courteous, friendly and prompt!
it was so easy. no pain and everyone was very helpful
Posted on December 15th, 2016
Don't go to him
Posted on July 12th, 2016
I am very unhappy with this doctor. Her old me I could only pick one place on my foot that hurt. I have arthritis one place doesn't just hurt.and when I said stop pushing on it and was crying he did not stop until I yelled. Then he gave me attitude about he has to cause pain to figure it out. He had such a attitude on. Until my friend said his wife is a doctor. Then he talked nicer but didn't care about me. Yea I am poor disabled and. Have public health insurance. How dare he treat anyone like that. He told I didn't have arthritis. I have five other doctors and blood test x rays and MRI that say other wise.
Not a People Person
Posted on January 14th, 2016
I saw Dr. Hoffman for Sesamoid Nercosis (dead bones in my big toe). While very thorough and explanatory, Dr. Hoffman treated me like I was an idiot. He was sarcastic and belittling if I didn't understand something. He very well may be a good surgeon, but he's horrible with people. No thanks, going elsewhere.
Great surgeon, not so good after
Posted on September 2nd, 2015
Dr. Hoffman is an excellent surgeon - knowledgeable, fun to talk with, on the mark. I had meniscus surgery. However, when I came back two months later because I am still having pain, he blew into the room and said, "Want a shot?" before even speaking with me. He was a little defensive and insisted that my pain was simply due to overuse. He just didn't seem at all interested in exploring it further or listening to my reasons for believing that the problem is more than overuse. This is a huge disappointment because up until this point, I would have highly recommended him. So, I'm on to the second opinion.
Very poor follow up. Very frustrating office to deal with,
Posted on March 17th, 2015
It took me a week to get an appointment for multiple broken bones seen in the ER. He ordered a CAT scan, to be sure whether I needed reconstructive surgery,. I had the CAT immediately after the appointment. He said not to bother waiting for the result, he would call me that afternoon. It's now been four days and five phone calls from me with no response from Dr. Hoffman, And nothing in my chart about the CAT scan. If he does recommend surgery, after almost two weeks since the injury, I will not have him do it. Go to Boston and don't waste your time or risk your health in Western MA!
Posted on May 9th, 2014
I slipped on the ice and fell on the upside down foot. Severed the fibula in my ankle. Dr. Hoffman recommended surgery and it was really the right thing. I had to wait a week for the swelling to go down, during which time the fracture didn't heal at all. Once the surgery was done, it began healing rapidly. At this point I'm walking with a cane and the scar is very faint. I had no complications. I think he did a great job. He's often busy and runs a bit late for appointments, but he was always friendly, compassionate, humble and took time to answer my questions.
Posted on September 4th, 2011
Dr. Hoffman immediately stuck me as an honest person who works WITH his patients to heal injuries (in my case, a broken ankle that needed surgery). He's a talented surgeon with a great bedside manner, and that's a real find these days. Definitely recommend him.
Outstanding surgeon, really nice person
Posted on July 2nd, 2011
You usually don't see these two qualities together, unfortunately. Dr. Hoffman is a compassionate person who took plenty of time to explain my problem to me, and even used drawings and models to help me understand. I ended up having surgery, and can already barely see my scar! During therapy, I met several other patients who had also seen Dr. Hoffman, and had nothing but good things to say about him and his wonderful staff (except he sometimes ran a little behind, but these days, it's worth it to be treated by a skilled doctor you can trust!).
Nice, honest, and NOT bigoted!
Posted on May 5th, 2011
I saw Dr. Hoffman for painful knee arthritis and he told me I would probably need a knee replacement. I weigh 245 lbs, and he informed me of the relationship between being overweight and painful arthritis. He also said that if I lost weight my knees might feel better enough not to need a knee replacement for a long time. When I told him I'd tried dieting, he mentioned weight loss surgery was an option. I appreciated his honest, and I have not lost 35 lbs. My knee feels MUCH better! I think the other reviewed is totally sensitive about her weight, and shouldn't take it out on doctors trying to help the WHOLE patient.
Prejudiced/bigoted against overweight people
Posted on March 9th, 2011
Wanted a second opinion about replacement hip surgery. Without even looking at me Dr. Hoffman told me I needed gastric bypass surgery instead because I weighed 218 lbs. X-rays show I have no cartilage left in my hip socket, but this man's aversion to fat led him to insult and embarass me over the phone. Since that conversation other patients have told me he is obsessed with obesity. Where does the hippocratic oath say you should pick your patients by size?
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