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Dr. Carolyn Garner is the most wonderfu, kind, caring doctor I have ever known.
Dr. Garner took out half of my thyroid. It was a relatively easy procedure, and I took nothing more than tylenol and ibuprofen for a few days afterwards. She's a skilled, intelligent surgeon who also has an amazing personality!! In addition, she has a pathologist ready during thyroid surgeries. If there's cancer present, she can take the entire thyroid out in one procedure instead of bringing you back in for a 2nd surgery like many doctors. Highly recommend her!!
I have met with doctors before, but she is hands down one of the kindest I have met with. She sets and actually listens to you and walks you through exactly she is going to do and explains to help educate you about what is taking place with your body, and the staff was awesome. Now I am on the mend and working my way to being pain free, so thank you Dr. Garner, you were a huge Blessing the Lord sent my way.
Doctor visits with you and explains in layman terms so that she can be sure you understand. She opens up the floor for any questions that you or your family may have. She makes sure that the patient is informed about any necessary procedure but does leave the ultimate decision up to the patient. Wonderful bedside manner, inviting examine room atmosphere
I had my thyroid removed and my 15 yr old daughter had hers removed and Dr. Garner is the best dr I have ever known. Best bedside manner!
I am very pleased with the help and care from Dr. Gardner.I came all the way from the St. Louis,MO and was recommended to Dr. Gardner by a friend in Louisiana. I would make the trip to see her for surgery if I had to drive 3x as far as St. Louis, MO. She is very good at what she does. It is always very scary at the thought of surgery and possibly having cancer. I was amazed by how comfortable I was all throughout the visits pre-surgery even through the day of surgery and beyond. Thank you Dr. Gardner so much for everything.
Dr. Garner is the best. So nice and easy to talk to about my thyroid. I couldn't think of a better surgeon than Dr. Garner. I had surgery on 1/2 of my thyroid removal and no problems. Her staff is great too!
Dr. Garner is a very knowledgeable surgeon and courteous person. She is not like any other surgeon. I never felt like just a another number with her. I had complications after my thyroid was removed unrelated to the thyroid surgery itself. Although it wasn't related she made sure to help find out what the problem was and to keep updated with me with the very serious matter that had occurred. Several months later I had to have my gall bladder removed and again dr garner took excellent care of me again. Dr. Garner out of my now many many doctors has to be the most caring doctor I have ever had and the only doctor who has ever taken the time to answer all of my questions even if she thought they were silly or unrelated. I would recommend her to anyone.
I'm glad that everyone else (who wrote a review) was helped by this person. I really am. I, however, was not. In fact, her irresponsible diagnosis and recommendation for "treatment" delayed my healing process substantially. I was very, very ill for a long time. I had chronically enlarged lymph nodes. I knew I did, but my internist told me to go to a general surgeon to get an ultrasound. I went to Dr. Garner, who did the ultrasound, and told me that I had stones in my salivary glands. Her solution? Suck on sour candy. I wish I was joking. She asked me if I had dry mouth, I told her I didn't, that I felt very ill, had fevers and what felt like a sinus infection. None of this seemed to register with her, who maintained that I just had salivary stones and needed to eat sour candy. I found this extremely strange, so I went to an ENT, who said I indeed did not have salivary stones, rather, enlarged lymph nodes from chronic sinusitis. I required extensive nasal surgery and completely recovered after that. It's very unethical to write off people's symptoms and completely unimaginable for someone who operates on cancer patients to make such an obviously incorrect diagnosis. Even I knew they weren't salivary stones, and I didn't have an ultrasound machine. Mind boggling. I'm glad I didn't resort to eating some sour patch kids or warheads to cure me of my chronic illness.
I am sorry for this negative feedback. This patient was seen for free on an emergent basis as she was worried about a neck mass. She did not have a mass on her thyroid and there was no abnormal enlargement of her lymph nodes. She was already under the care for sinus issues. I am happy that her sinus issues are resolved.
Dr. Garner was professional. I had no complications and my scars are minimal. Her staff was very friendly adn helpful.
Dr Garner explained to my understanding what the concern was and what it took to fix it. She listened to my questions and answered them without seeming rushed. When I came to her office to pick up my pre-registration package, she accompanied me to the hospital next door and showed me the registration desk. All you wand in a doctor/surgeon.
If you are looking for a skilled surgeon to take out your thyroid (and believe me, she will) but do not expect any follow through afterwards, this is your doctor. Be sure to arrange for after care once the surgery is complete as you will not be spoon fed with this Dr. She is however a skilled surgeon and does a great job removing the gland with little scarring.
If you even suspect a symptom that might be thyroid related.... this is the Doctor to see. She is thorough and accurate and explains things in depth. She performed needed surgery for myself and I couldn't ask for better results or better bedside manner, in a doctor. She is excellent!
Absolutely adore this woman. She is very kind and answered all of my questions. She was the one that found my Hashimoto's and that i had a goiter that continued to gross. She removed my thyroid. Her staff and everyone at the hospital have been wonderful. i highly recommend her.
I highly recommend Dr. Garner and I found her to be a very friendly, professional and caring Doctor. Dr. Garner has a very good bedside manner and I was very impressed how she spent time with my family explaining my surgical procedure and post-op care. I recommend her without any reservation.
Dr. Garner and staff are very caring, compassionate and friendly. Her diagnosis and treatment were right on target. My thyroid surgery went well and I recovered very quickly. I would recommend Dr. Garner to anybody seeking thyroid surgery and treatment.
Dr Garner was recommended to me by a friend when I started having thyroid issues. She removed my thyroid and found cancer in the center of it after it was removed. No issues after surgery. She called me several times to check on me after I was home from the hospital. Very professional and witty! LOVED HER!! Have and will continue to recommended her to everyone.
The only surgeon in the country who understands Hashimoto's thyroiditis
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this doctor and staff. Both are knowledgeable, compassionate and professional.I have had numerous medical issues throughout my life and have seen well over 30 specialists. Dr. Garner is one of my favorites, and for good reason.I would trust this doctor with my life- in fact, I have already :)
Dr Garner was efficient, thorugh and extremely compassionate. Had a partial removal of my left throid and a benign nodule. She diagnosed it correctly and explained all my options.
I previously had a partial lobectomy of my thyroid and 5 years later still didn't feel right. Dr. Garner was able to give me the right diagnosis, answered my "million" questions, and did a great job on my surgery. The difference in my surgery experiences was night and day! I felt better the day of surgery. Even the nurses at the hospital said I was lucky to have her as my doctor. Dr. Garner called me herself to follow up. I have already recommended her to several people and will continue to do so.
Outstanding surgeon! She is highly professional yet remains caring and compassionate. She is very knowledgeable, up on current treatment options, informative regarding issues and straightforward in anwering questions. Staff is also professional, courteous and helpful. The best!
Gifted endocrine surgeon-- the technical expertise of the university with the caring and compassion of a small town
I like that she takes the time to explain exactly what she feel is the issue and how to correct it. She takes the time to answer any and all questions. Great doctor.
I really like Dr. Garner. She is professional, but she is very caring. She explains everything in understandable terms and tells you exactly what to expect. After surgery she explains exactly what she did and what the follow-up care will be. I felt extremely comfortable with her. I just wish she could be my primary care doctor.The front office staff were very nice also, except for a matter of not wanting to wait for a bill to go to our insurance company before we made a payment. This was worded in such a way to appear that they thought I had deliberately avoided paying this fee before the surgery. They mentioned it once before the first appt. and then never again (frankly, I forgot about it). Someone also said they called my home to remind me about this fee, but if someone did call they didn't leave a message.Overall, Dr. Garner is an EXCELLENT doctor and I recommend her without reservation.