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He saved my daughter life I was losing her with every body crash she had. Now after surgery she is improving everyday.
Dr Rekate was my surgeon when he was at Barrow's in Phoenix and he is the best!
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this doctor! He changed my life and has ALWAYS been available if I ever need him. (I once emailed him with a medical question and received a reply within 5 minutes). He is unlike most doctors you will encounter. He truly takes ownership and does not disappoint. I am almost 5 years shunt free when other doctors told me that would never be possible. Dr. Rekate went above and beyond for me and I will always be grateful.
Dr. Rekate operated on my 17 year old daughter. She had Chiari decompression surgery. She has been free of all previous symptoms since the surgery. It is amazing to see her pain free! Dr. Rekate was fabulous from the first appointment on. He is compassionate, understanding and takes the time to explain the details. I also appreciated that he did not rush to surgery. My daughter had a lot of symptoms and he took the time to explore all her symptoms, having her see other specialist to be sure surgery was the best option for her. I highly recommend Dr. Rekate without reservation. We also had a good experience at the Cohen Children's Medical Center and at the Ronald McDonald House. Having a child with a serious medical condition is scary; I am so glad we had Dr. Rekate through it all.
After our first consultation, Dr. Rekate recommended surgery and explained why. In the follow up letter he sent, there were typo's, he wrote incorrect information on it, and it even had food on the paper. We got other opinions, and declined surgery. At our second consult (we gave him the benefit of the doubt that possibly it was a clerical error prior), and after waiting 2 hours to see him, he spent 9 minutes with us. He again, gave us incorrect information, WAY off from what any other surgeon and radiologist told us, and told us our son has no restrictions, even though he still has Chiari, EDS, and symptoms from both. Then, in the follow up letter, he again sent us the wrong measurements and incorrect information about our child. I feel like their office is poorly run, the doctors are seeing too many patients. I honestly question whether he was even looking at the correct MRI's, as he would not look at them with us in the office at our appointment.
Dr Rekate is dishonest and hides mistakes he makes from his patients. He is not a doctor to be trusted and preys upon those in need of help and hope.
He listened and believed in me, where other doctors couldn't see the forest thru the trees. Amazing doctor.
Surgery wise he is magnificent! He operated on me twice and after he implanted a shunt I improved instantly. He is very knowledgable on his field. As far as my post op appointment I was not pleased because I felt he was to busy to even see me for more than five minutes after I waited over four hours past my scheduled time. I will give him the benefit of the doubt that it was just a busy day for him. After all he saved my life!
Dr. Rekate is one of the most honest , loyal doctors we have ever seen. We have seen neurosurgeons in MS, FL, SC, AZ due to the military moves. Dr. Rekate saved my daughters life and to this day 15 years later I'm always and thankful for him! I never write reviews but had too after reading some of yours. I would trust Dr. Rekate with my life and have trusted him with my daughters life. If I could give 100 stars I would!!! We miss you Dr. Rekate!! Alexis is doing amazing! I wish I could send you a picture. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!
In our experience, he came across very nice during the consultation. But be forewarned - it all changes quickly when he's realised he made a serious mistake with your loved one. That is when the cover-up starts. There were lies to cover mistakes and more lies to cover other lies. It was really crazy just how far he was willing to go to make us feel like we'd imagined the whole ordeal. To the reviewers that think he's wonderful during a consult, so did we, until we learned about the real Rekate - the hard way. I would recommend someone actually have surgery with him (within the last 3 years) before posting. My opinion is he has lost his skills, maybe has some issue with substance abuse or is becoming senile, because he says he will do one thing, and then forgets to do that during surgery. Meanwhile, the person you love and adore suffers and you are forced to watch them suffer while you live with the regret of your decision to trust this very good actor/con man. It haunts me how I allowed myself to be taken by this man. The fake smiles, the pretend concern are now obvious. A wolf in sheep's clothing. He really could care less about a patient's suffering. His own self-preservation and ego is his main concern. Total lack of empathy. This is the definition of a psychopath.
I think Dr.Rekate is an amazing person. He saved my life and I will be forever grateful. I had a small problem a few months ago (not caused by him) and he told me to be at his office the next morning. I love him so much. He is just so compassionate,gentile,and an overall amazing person!
We saw Dr. Rekate last year for our child's Chiari Malformation. She has not had surgery yet. His attitude was nothing like the previous posters described. He was kind, and very down to earth. He listened intently, and explained everything so that it was easily understood. He has an excellent reputation. It is pretty obvious if your read all the comments, that it is just one or two disgruntled patients that keeps posting again, and again....to bring down the patient score for this wonderful neurosurgeon.
I thought highly of Dr.Rekate , because I had to, after being his patient for the last 18 mo. I now understand why he likes pediatrics, they can't really talk or describe what they feel, so he takes it on himself to do it for you. I am 37 and been sick for 11 yrs. he does not listen and does not document the truth!!!!!!!!
This man has no credibility. He lied so many times to our family we cannot keep count. He knows very well that he made a big mistake, which almost cost a life, and took away any possible quality of life but he continued with his lies to us, thinking we are stupid and that we don't get the medical info. It does not take a brain surgeon to understand this mistake. People are not as dumb as you would like them to be. Pretending that he is the one that is insulted or offended when a loved one is paralyzed is just classic NPD. He needs a psychiatric evaluation.
After years and years of being given the medical run around this doctor not only gave me hope but a new life. I can't thank him enough. It's only been 2 weeks since my 12 mm decompression surgery but I've already had major breakthroughs and pain reliefs that I haven't felt in over 20 years. He's an incredible doctor and is in the practice for all the right reasons. He knows what he's doing. I highly recommend this surgeon!
This man should not be practicing medicine any longer. He is arrogant and will cover life-threatening mistakes rather than admit to them, much less assume responsibility. Do not be fooled by his self-congratulatory claims or publishing--his sterile technique is poor as well, so in addition to you risking him doing a delicate surgery with hands that should not be operating, you run the risk of infection. We had several brain infections after surgeries with this man. Run way.
This man saved my life. When no other doctor could help me because of the severity, Dr. Rekate stepped up and took me on as a patient and in a little over 6 months I am walking, talking and enjoying life again. Thank you so much Dr. Rekate, you are my hero.
Dr Rekate is the best Neurosurgeon I have seen. He understood the problem, fixed it and had incredible follow up. He also employees a very professional front office staff.
We trusted our loved one's health to this so-called expert and we paid dearly for our naivete. He insults your intelligence with outright lies. It adds insult to injury. He is not knowledgeable, trustworthy or skilled. He just pretends to be.
He retaliates if you question him and his wife is a med mal defense attorney. He would probably have been sued left and right if it were not for her. Be very afraid of this man. He's a narcissist and self-proclaimed expert.
The most fantastic doctor you will ever meet. The best handsdown!!! Like an old country doctor except the top of his field.
I am floored! Not only was it nearly impossible to actually see this man due to his travel schedule but after being a patient for 14 years & having a truly complex case of hydrocephalus, we didn't even get the courtesy of a standard form letter announcing his departure from the hospital that he has worked at... No contact, no letter, no referral of where to go nor who to be treated by now.... NOTHING! I had to find out online, nearly a year after his departure that he was gone. Wow! I guess I see where we rank on level of importance! Total lack of professionalism!
He may have been a good surgeon at some point in time but he has gotten sloppy and careless.
Reading most of the comments on here was really disheartening. But I understand that those are your opinions based on your experience. However Dr. ReKate SAVED my life! I was born premature and with Cerbral Palsy Hydrocephalus. Without the quick action of Dr. ReKate I would not be alive today. I was one of his "miracle babies." I technically was not supposed to live past 5 yrs old, but I am going on 25yrs old now! I have spastic cerebral palsy and I am happy to say that I show no signs but a slight limp to the fact that I have CP. I love that man! He had been my doctor since I was born up until he left for New York and that hospital is lucky to have him on their staff!
Not only is he s great doctor. He is a loving ,caring person. Thank you for loving and caring for our children.
My experience was a disaster to say the least. After he makes you worse, he still acts like he did you a big favor or that he "helped" you even though you are much worse off. He has a selective memory. He "conveniently" forgets everything he ever told you. The previous posts are on the money. That is who he really is. Don't be fooled. Any other impression is an act. He is not concerned with you or your complications. He acts like the victim. You can be paralyzed, in a coma and he's the victim. It's all about him.
I am very disappointed with this doctor. I don't know where the reputation comes from but my experience was less than ideal. In terms of medical ethics, experience, skill, and integrity, Rekate falls short. I am not surprised he lied to another doctor as was mentioned below, or that important information was omitted from that patient's record. Doctors should abide by ethics and standards. It's a slap in the face to the medical profession when they don't.
When I was refered to Dr. Rekate, I only heard of his reputation, and how he was a 'mirical worker'. When I met him, I was astounded -and not in a good way. He is arrogant, talks down about any other doctor, and believes that he is one step above god.He placed a lumbar shunt in me in April. When he placed the shunt, he caused a very large spinal leak, which he denied that he caused. After nearly a month of being in the hospital, and losing nearly ten pounds because of nausea and vomiting caused by the leek, he finally went back in and attempted to repair the leak.For someone that has been working with spinal issues for longer than I have been alive, he did as much help as a floor cleaner would have. He did not finish the leek, and then stopped coming to the hospital, as if ignoring my symptoms made them not there. And then he had the floor doctor practically throw us from the hospital.Six months later, we went back to the practice, as the leek still continued, and Dr. Rekate handed my case over to his partner, and I never saw him again.The leek was fixed by his partner, but that was not the end of things. When I continued to worsen, I went to a local Neurosurgen, Dr. Rekate lied, saying that he had never put a shunt in me, and had never had a leek. I had to pull his surgery notes just to prove to this new doctor that I had even had a surgery from him, and on the notes, he never once mentioned that he had a leek, putting that he only placed a ICP bolt in my head -though that was true, the leek was never documented.I would never recommend Dr. Rekate, plain and simple, as he went and ruined nearly seven months of my life, making any chance I have of recovery even slimmer.
I have had Pseudotumor Cerebri since 2007. I went to see Dr. Rekate because of his reputation. Well Dr. Rekate does not live up to his reputation. He has no bedside manners he doesnt take the time to talk to you to discuss things. I had to have surgery and I kept telling him something was wrong with the shunt but he did not listen, his resident was the one that listened and did scans and tests and found out that the shunt Rekate placed was messed up and Dr. Rekate did not fix it I had to have a plain surgeon go back in and fix Dr. Rekates mess up. He is very arrogant and I would never recommend him to anybody. His office staff is very rude and not helpful as far as any questions or concerns and scheduling appt's If you need your records or have any questions done talk to Jolene she needs to go to school for learning office manners as well. So my overal experience with this doctor and his office was the worse of worst. I would never recommend him to anyone
Dr.Rekate must be a direct desendant of St.Luke,master physician of biblical times!With grace and ease,this saint has created a loop hole into hopeful recovery from dasterdly surgical botchery.It has been said by many that (saint)Rekate corrects other surgeons mistakes quite often.Praise God for gifting Dr.Rekate.Now my wife can truely begin a sense of recovery!
Dr. Rekate Saved my life. He did an awesome surgery with minimal scaring. Super nice man. Highly recommended.
Our daughter Jordan C.Allen was Dr. Rekate 99th patient with a HH Tumor. He removed 95% of the tumor off of her brain when others doctors told us to leave it alone. God answered our prayers when we found this doctor. He is an excellent doctor and I highly recommend him.
I feel God blessed us in 1986 when my son was born with Craniosynostosis and we were referred to Dr. Rekate. We lived in Tempe, Az at the time and at the time of course we were devistated but looking back how blessed we were to have the Best of the Best in Dr. Rekate. Thank you again.