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I am a 65 year old woman from the Boston area who now lives in Marina Del Rey for the last year and a half. About 17-18 years ago, my MRIs showed a problem in my lumbar area, and I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. After waiting for months to see one of the best orthopedic doctors there, I was told to live with my pain. Nothing could be done for me. I was given drugs and had to endure a procedure, spinal root nerve block, every three months along with cortisone shots in each hip. These procedures gave some relief for about two months, and I counted the days until my next one. My 5'2", 130 lb body was on 80 mg. Oxycodone/day plus all the 50 mg. Tramadol I wanted. For Years!! I found a pain management doctor here who had different ideas and procedures, but luckily I saw the D.I.S.C. Sports and Spine Center building here in the marina and called to ask if any doctors accepted Medicare. I was told that four did, and while googling them, I saw that one had spondylolisthesis in his bio. It was Dr. Hooman Melamed. I made an appointment hoping that some great, new technology would be available now to help me. Dr. Melamed looked at my MRIs and said that no, nothing new... my heart sank. Then he said that he does these surgeries all the time. I couldn't believe what I was hearing! I saw him in January, had the surgery in February, and am now being weaned off of the drugs from the surgery. I am a new person. After all those years of constant pain, I had a horrible life. I was so limited in what I could do. I now have three screws and a cadaver disc added to my spine doing what Dr. Melamed intends them to do. I see him often on tv on The Doctors Show and what he has done for people is so amazing. My problem was pain. There are others who can't walk until they see him! Patients come from all over the country to see him. I moved here to be near my grandchildren. I never dreamed that after all these years of suffering with back pain and having to be addicted to pain meds, that I would find total relief thanks to finding Dr. Melamed. I tell everyone I can about how wonderful he is. I want to spread the word so that there is not some person with pain who could be helped if only they would see him. It was definitely worth it for me!!
I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for him. he treated me better than any doctor you have been to in the past. and finally after at least seven years of constant nerve pain in both of my legs, I have been pain free since my surgery for the first time. I will only go to him for future needs, and I traveled over 2000 miles to be treated by him.
June, 2015 - Dr. Melamed is an outstanding physician in every regard â you will be hard pressed to find a better surgeon. In a nutshell, he was very conservative and did a conservative surgery on me which resulted in abatement of severe pain and restoration of my active life. I had minimal pain after the surgery and a very fast recovery to a point where I feel fantastic and much, much better. I have had a progressive case of Degenerative Disc Disease with a herniated disc, bone spur and very badly pinched nerve. After putting up with recurring pain for 15 years and being scared away by another surgeon that wanted to rush into a 2 level cervical fusion surgery without explaining her rationale and with a terrible bedside manner, I did a lot of research and discovered Dr. Melamed. Dr. Melamed is a very conservative physician that only does surgery as a last resort but also who has outstanding skills to do surgery with minimal risk. He explained my options while recommending not fusion but a left C5-C7 posterior cervical microforaminotomies and left C6-C7 posterior microdiscectomy which I elected to do. Dr. Melamed is very patient and caring, and stayed with me during counsel sessions as long as necessary to assure I had all my questions and concerns addressed before, during and after the surgery. He was very helpful to work with the insurance company to minimize cost to me while also working with Dr. Bray, another nationally respected spinal surgeon. The surgery was done flawlessly as a Â½ day outpatient procedure and his entire staff was fantastic every step of the way. I feel great and while surgery should be a last resort, it was certainly the best decision. Should you choose surgery, the most critical element is selection of the surgeon â Dr. Melamed was great for me. Thanks again.
I would like to thank dr. M for correcting my back I've had two surgeries to back surgeries an after another injury I've had constant nerve pain for the last three years until Dr Melamed fix my back and I am forever grateful I no longer have your pain at all
If you need a spine surgeon Dr. Melamed is by far the best and most compassionate spine surgeon you will ever see.
A year ago, I went to see Dr. Melamed regarding pain in my lower back & down my legs. During my consultation, Dr. Melamed told me that he could help me. After recovering from surgery, the pain in my legs was gone. I found the doctor to be very caring & a honest person. He tells you up front what he can or can't do for you. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing his services.
I was searching for 2 years and I finally found my doctor: Dr,Hooman M. Melamed, MD, I knew when we shook hands that he would be my doctor. He was concerned only with your problems and immediately got my x-rays taken and realized that my case was serious. He was kind, compassionate and took me to look art the x-rays personally to show me why I was in so much pain. I felt so good for the first time in 10 years about getting surgery. He was so fast efficient, always letting me know what he was planning for my surgery. The day of my surgery was of course exciting and a little scary, normal to feel that way. Mind you he did a 12 hour surgery because he did reconstructive work on my back as needed. When I woke up. I had some pain but for that kind of surgery I was feeling pretty good. I was already walking with a walker to get my x-rays done, within the 2nd day in the hospital my physical therapist came in and I was walking with her around the hospital. So amazing to walk and not have that pain I felt every time I walked before the surgery. My Doctor is a true SUPER DOCTOR, and is one of "The best leading spine surgeons with international reputation for helping patients like me regain an active, pain free life. cannot believe this gift I have been given is true miracle to me. And I would recommend Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, MD FAAOS to a person who wants a caring, respectful, understanding and truly loving doctor. I could barley walk before and can do the things I did 10 years ago. I am 43 years old so extremely grateful for surgeons like Dr. Melamed. had I not met him I would have not received the same treatment by anyone else. I recommend this incredibly gifted Dr. I call 'Da Vinci', he is truly amazing Thank you Dr. Hooman Melamed, I consider you a friend and cannot truly thank you enough for what you have you done. I hope others get to have you a their Spine Doctor as well.
Dr. Melamed is the most awesome doctor and most skillful surgeon I have ever met. I came to see him after years of painful lower back pain. I was in such agony, I couldnât sit, stand, bend over, arch my back or exercise. Several other âdoctorsâ I had seen previously either put me through years of costly steroid injections, told me I was just too sensitive to pain, or claimed back surgery doesnât work. When I saw Dr. Melamed he immediately took my problem seriously, ordered all necessary imaging tests and came to the conclusion I did need surgery. He performed my surgery at Marina Del Rey hospital (which I loved). Since my surgery couldnât be done minimally invasive, he asked a vascular surgeon to join him as a precaution. Throughout the whole process Dr. Melamed has been a real âMenschâ, he knows how important compassion and good bedside manners are to a patient. It has now been about seven months since the surgery, and after physical therapy I am without any back pain whatsoever. Dr. Melamed gave me part of my life back. I cannot thank him enough, and highly recommend him.
Dr. Hooman Melamed is a SUPERIOR spinal surgeon. Do not hesitate. Thank you Dr. Melamed.
Having solved my long time arm numbness problem, he treated me like royalty and spent time being personal and kind. I am very pleased with him and his entire staff. He actually remembers personal details from year to year! A true gentleman and brilliant surgeon.
Most amazing spine surgeon no need to see anyone else
To Dr Hooman Melamed Md at Diagnostic international Spine Care in Marina Del Rey Ca 90292. I am 75 years old and was in need of help with my back. Dr. Melamed was the only Spine surgeon I had confidence in. He has a great staff such as Joan C surgery nurse, she was a great help to me. Dr Melamed is kind and went through what he was going to do very clearly. He was a great help to me and my husband, both medically and financially. Dr Melameds surgical staff at Marina Del Rey hospital is a great team. A big thank you to Dr Melamed, Dr Watson, R.N Emiliya, R.N. Rowena and R.N Heather and all the hospital staff Joyce and Reno Shadden
I barely crawled into see Dr. Melamed. I had chronic, excruciating pain and had fallen several times. On the first day after my surgery, the nurses got me on my feel and I felt completely balanced. At the two month mark, I had no pain whatsoever. Dr. Melamed is a gifted surgeon. I will never be able to thank him enough.
I am having a bad surgery corrected by Dr Melamed that I had here in Bakersfield, I have full trust and confidence in Dr Melameds skills and I know God will guide His hand and I will be relieved of all this pain.
Dr. Melamed may be a good surgeon, but the office visits are absurd. Wait time is always well over an hour after having to wait 4-6 weeks to be seen for a follow up appointment. His staff is uncaring and unhelpful. When you're in excruciating pain being treated that way makes you feel hopeless. I will never go back to him because of his staff.
My surgical experience was wonderful. I would recommend anyone suffering from back issues to contact Dr. Melamed. The best in the business!
Dr. Melamed is a great and very thorough doctor! Before I went to see him I saw four other doctors and he was by far the best. He explained everything to me and made sure I understood the surgical procedure. Because I'm very active, the surgery was very important to me. I am happy to say I have regained function! My son has also had surgery with Dr. Melamed and has had great results as well.
Dr Melamed really cares about his patients. When something hurt me he winced. My surgery was long and complicated and in spite of this the results are miraculous!! He has incredible skill as a surgeon and his rate of success is proof of that. He gave me back my life!
The most surprising aspect of my surgery was how clean Dr. Melamed operated. I've had no swelling, inflammation or any of the side effects I've read about prior to surgery. I came to the conclusion this was in part because Dr. Melamed is one of these people who are really into what they are doing and they can not imagine doing anything else. Even in our first meeting I get the impression he was realistic and confident in his abilities. In final analysis I feel lucky and fortunate that I choose to go with him.
Before my surgery I could barely walk. It felt like someone kicked in my tail bone. After surgery and recovery it's completely different!! I don't feel that pain anymore, just occasional aching. Mostly due to the weather.
Dr. Melamed is one of the best doctors I've ever known. After having a few consultations with other surgeons, most of which had recommended in undergoing an invasive procedure for getting a fusion on my L4-L5. Dr. Melamed was recommended to me as a last resort prior to having the fusion procedure done. After reviewing my medical records, MRIs and etc. he offered me his opinion, which differed from the ones I had until then. He took his time in explaining the discectomy procedure as being a minimally invasive procedure, which would relieve the pressure form the nerves causing me a huge agony. In comparison to fusion, I didn't have much to think about, specially his personality and level of care I saw as a decent human caused me to build enough trust to go forth with the procedure he recommended, to this day I'm happy with the decision I made, as from the moment I opened my eyes after the procedure, felt no pain and am grateful for his professionalism and care he had extended to me.
Dr. Melamed is an amazing Dr, Surgeon & human. After being diagnosed with a bulging disc & 3 injections I was referred to two surgeons. I went to the 1st Dr. who kept me waiting over an hour (I got a parking ticket), his PT examined & spk with me, then the Dr came in & asked what my problem was, I asked if he read the MRI, he was very arrogant & spent maybe 4 minutes with me & suggested all these bogus test & surgery. I then made an apt with DR MELAMED, he was friendly, sympathic to my pain, informative & treated me with concern & respect. He took the time to explain my issues & showed me my MRI & Xrays, he also showed me another patient's MRI & Xrays he treated with a similar issue & said it was very common & could do the surgery blind folded. So I scheduled the surgery. His surgery center was great, the staff was caring & professional. The end result of this is that I have no more pain. Last Mother's day I went for a message with my Sister-in-Law & the next day I couldn't move. I called Dr. M & he sent me for an MRI the next day & saw me after, I had a herniated disc!! That same week he fixed it & a few days later I had a 2nd herniated disc which was on my ganglia nerve, so painful I went to the emergency room! Once again Dr. M saved the day!! Thank you Dr. M. Oh, one more thing, at my first post-op my Husband asked Dr. M if he treated necks, Dr. M then started examining my husband & sent him for an MRI can you imagine a Dr taking the time to look at another patient during an exam? My experience has always been "Make an appointment". To make another long story short, he fixed my Husbands neck as well, so we had 4 surgeries in 2 years. We Love Love Love Love Dr. Melamed & highly recommend him.
Here is a doctor who cares, is totally professional, and is one who puts his patients first and spends quality time answering all questions.
Dr Melamed has been a fantastic surgeon, already recommended other friends and family to his office; I would not recommend anybody else than Dr. Melamed! Great staff, easy scheduling and less than 15 minutes waiting time! Dr Melamed always answers any questions I might have on my condition!
In June 2013 I was involved in a high-speed motor vehicle accident, which injured both my back and neck. The first doctor I went to thought it was a bulging disk, and told me it was just arthritis, a symptom of my age. I went to another doctor for epidural shots, and also got physical therapy, which helped with the pain. My doctor said that full activity was ok, but once I returned to full activity I felt severe pain shooting from my back down into my right leg. This lasted for a few days, and no matter what I did I had this intense pain. Nothing helped. I went and saw the first doctor, which didnât help. The doctor who gave me shots, Dr. Palencia, ordered an EMG and a new MRI, which showed that I had a severely herniated disk. He then referred me to Dr. Melamed. Talking to Dr. Melamed and his PA felt very comfortable for me. As we discussed different options I felt good about going into surgery with him. Even though I was apprehensive, because I had never had any surgeries before, all my questions were answered, and the surgery turned out well. I am extremely happy with the service and care that I got, and especially with the doctorâs willingness to sit and answer any questions I had.
âI have lived in constant pain as long as i can remember due to a bad disc. The pain down my legs made walking more than 30 paces impossible. The operation that you performed ninety days ago has truly been a life changing event. I am totally pain free! My wife says my face is no longer pinched in pain. My coworkers say that i seem to have more patience. Unbelievable. I canât thank you enough for the positive impact that you have had on my life.â - Perry
Last February I was in the hospital, unable to walk after my back gave out. I'd been dealing with severe back problems for 20 years. Dr. Melamed came to my hospital room and told me that five years ago he may not have been able to help me, but that now, technological advances were such that he could safely fix my problem (spondylolisthesis with pars defect and degenerative disc disease). Although I'd never met the man before, I immediately had the impression that he was trustworthy, intelligent and kind. Nevertheless, I had my father (a Radiologist) consult with Dr. Melamed, and he gave me a positive second opinion. I agreed to have the surgery as these episodes were getting worse, and were having a huge negative impact on my life and limiting my ability to do the things I love. After I was released from the hospital I had a few more consultations with Dr. Melamed and his staff. They were awesome--extremely knowledgable and professional. My surgery date was set. On March 15, 2013 I had a 3-level fusion (L4-L5-S1) & double disc replacement. I remember coming out of surgery and Dr. Melamed telling me everything went perfectly. Now I won't lie--recovery from a surgery like that was no walk in the park, but I was surprised at how quickly I progressed. I also had excellent post-operative care, including home nursing and frequent follow-ups with Dr. Melamed and his Physician's Assistant, Michael. The day after the surgery I walked. A week later I drove. Two weeks later I was back at work. A month later I moved to Colorado, and Dr. Melamed and I would have phone consultations and he'd read my x-rays remotely. I received excellent care from 1,000 miles away. After a couple months in a walking brace, and a few months of physical therapy and taking it easy I was back to normal activity. It's now been a year, and for the past several months I've been on unrestricted activity. I now ski, run, lift weights, swim, and do all the things I love. The best part is, the pain is gone, as are the episodes of my back going out. I am so thankful that Dr. Melamed found me and was able to fix my back problems. He has changed my life. He is an amazing and talented doctor, who I would recommend to anyone suffering from spinal problems. I cannot speak highly enough of this brilliant surgeon and caring man, who has given me back so much. Thank you, Dr. Melamed! You are the best! -Jeremy
I had all kinds of lower-back problems I had been wrestling with a back doctor for 2 1/2 years until it was clear surgery was necessary. Dr. Melamed was THE BEST in every way, and after my surgery, I have repeatedly shared with folks, "I'm the poster boy for this operation!"
ent Sent: Thu, Mar 13, 2014 3:34:12 PM I have a huge statement to make .Dr.Hoonan Melemen has done multiple surgeries on me I am almost crippled and will be probably in a short year or so because I have had serious problems I was one of his newer patient and used to feel that death was option until I felt the results of Dr melamen please get back to me I think this should be put on the table a very powerful word ARACHNOIDITIS and what is it all about I suffer from it greatly a volatile deadly painful nightmare lifestyle no medicine in the world and no amount can help me anymore I am ready to leave this planet but not untill my belief in God says so but I believe this is all because of dr Hoonan melemen's work that I'm still alive yes done several surgeries but cannot change the facts I contracted arachnoiditis somewhere with one of the surgeon because arachnoiditis is: entering the arachnoid the second lining of the spinal cord mine is inflamed the pain is beyond words . I believe the world would agree please get back to me I'd like to come on your show and tell my story.with this amazing Dr. I will be seeing the doctor after another cat scan but after hundreds of procedures I know the answer there is no help except for the fact that he was able to keep me from being in a wheelchair on and on for the last 19 years and able to walk still again please consider I love this dr I believe he saved my life in many different ways that I would like to explain to the world and the only way to do that is the exposure of the TV show I would want to bring my youngest son who sees the most my wife of 34 years my youngest daughter is 20 and sees just as much as we all live together in the same house three older children that are also a part of the upbringing of a person and my best friend And Body Guard."Big Mac" -Matt ...who have all been by my side...and who also have undergone such problems I was recently hit by a car well last April 2013 it has exacerbated and quite frankly really done more harm if you could possibly imagine more harm meaning after the last surgery June 29 2012 with dr melamed I have had 10 times the pain thank God I have wonderful pain doctors who also would do good to be on the show this word arachnoiditis is very serious and spreading quickly see the very procedures that doctors do entering the spinal canal do enter the Arachna the second lining of the spinal cord and brain I suffer from a tremendous amount of pain I have been to ...and back many times and I live this daily thank you for listening god bless you all sincerely mark messing 805 205 5414 Yahoo Mail on Android. Â
âI think he's a fantastic doctor, he's a very nice, personable man. He did a great job on my lower back two years ago. He's one of the best doctors I've ever been to in my life. Right now Iâm having a little bit of pain in my neck, maybe from arthritis. Iâm going back to see him because everything he worked on in my lower back feels great, and I know I can trust him to do a great job on my neck too.â Al M.
My mother only speaks Spanish and so I always accompany her on her visits to Dr. Melamed. She just had surgery with him about six weeks ago and she is very thrilled and happy! She used to have trouble walking because of the pain in her back and leg, but now she is much better. The service, the outcome of the surgery, and the follow-ups with the doctor...all were very excellent. She's bragging to all her friends and showing Dr. Melamed's picture to them, she has the greatest respect and admiration for him.
I feel like I can do so much more than ever before. Back before I had the surgery, I remember that when my husband and I went shopping, just taking a normal step off the curb sent pain down my legs and back. Dr. Melamed probably has a pair of wings hidden under his shirt, heâs terrific all around. I was scared about surgery, but when he explained my MRI to me, he was very comforting and made it easy for me to talk to him about my fears. He was so heartfelt, and I had such a feeling of trust in him that I couldnât say no. Not every doctor goes that extra mile. After my surgery with Dr. Melamed last June, I just feel better overall, like I'm getting back to the feeling I had when I was 20. Iâm still healing, and I have to be careful not to overdo it, but the surgery hasnât restricted me from work, exercise, or anything else I do. I have the thrill of feeling better overall.
I am writing this review because I feel Dr. Hooman Melamed is the best surgeon I have ever had! He is kind and gentle. He is a very caring doctor and lets you know everything he is going to do and explains it in great detail. I had my neck fused in September 2012 and he had explained everything to me. He came in to see me the day and the day after the surgery to check on me and he has been there when and if I had any questions. He did such a good job that I have total movement in my neck even though I have a plate and screws in there. If you need a doctor who is caring and a very talented surgeon then you need Doctor Melamed! If I ever need more surgery he is the only one I want working on me!
Everything was explained in detail, very pleasant person to talk to. The woek done is excellent. Doctor has real concern about doing the best work for his patients.
Words fall short when trying to express my praise for Dr. Melamed. I came to him after having several prior cervical spine surgeries that produced less than desirable results. Due to these past surgeries my case was rather complex, yet from our very first consultation it became apparent that Dr. Melamed had the expertise to not only understand my case, but that his approach was different and obviously at the cutting edge of current surgical techniques. Dr. Melamed clearly explained the intricacies of his proposed surgery and included me in all necessary medical decisions. I realized I was in the very best medical hands and for these reasons had the faith to allow him to operate on me. It is obviously important to have the best possible doctor whenever going into a planned surgery, but it is crucial to have a superior doctor in the event that unforeseen events do occur. Dr. Melamed did an excellent job in surgery and the operation itself went smoothly, however, through no fault of his, I developed an unknowable post surgical complication unrelated to the actual orthopedic surgery. I had blood clots in my legs that traveled to my lungs. This was a life-threatening event and even though Dr. Melamed was not at the hospital when it occurred, he raced over and was there within a very short time. Dr. Melamed immediately took charge of the medical team that was assembled to help me, and without the slightest exaggeration, he saved my life! I cannot begin to express the gratitude I feel toward this incredible doctor. When I needed his medical expertise he was there, but this man went far and above all expectations when he visited me every day during my long hospital stay. His bedside manner is warm, assuring, and he had a great sense of humor that cheered me up during a most difficult time. The medical office itself is pristine and loaded with modern high tech equipment. No doctor is able to provide the superior level of medicine that Dr. Melamed does without a terrific support staff. It must be mentioned that the doctorâs Physicianâs Assistant, Michael Olschansky, as well as his entire office staff, is phenomenal. The helpful and warm manner in which these friendly and capable people treated me made a scary surgery so much easier. I truly appreciate that they, as well as the doctor himself, put themselves out to go above and beyond for patient care. It has been three months since my surgery and I am most optimistic. Iâm healing slowly, as this was a long-standing problem that developed and progressed over several years, however even at this point of my recovery I can feel steady healing and clearly observable progress. I have already been able to cut back on the pain medications I was on for quite some time and now see a future without them. I simply canât recommend Dr. Melamed enough and strongly suggest anyone even remotely contemplating spinal surgery make an appointment to visit him. He saved my life and I will forever be grateful to have been in his care. Ronni R.
After 1 failed emergency microdiscectomy, I researched far and wide to find the right Doc to get me out of pain and back on my feet. The Doc and his facility came highly recommended. The most impressive recommendations were from actual doctors who only trusted him to perform thier own surgery. In our first meeting, he met all my expectations. He explained my situation thoroughly and all my options. Scheduling surgery was a breeze. The procedure was performed in the surgery center. The nurses, staff, and anaesthesiologist were all top notch, personable and attentive, and Dr M walked me through how everything would go. The surgery was a breeze. And my outcome was great. I rarely write reviews but Dr M and his staff deserve it. Highly recommend!
After several back surgeries, I thought I had to live with back pain the rest of my life. Doctors I went to said "there is nothing they can do" until I watched The Doctors Show and saw the quality of life he gave his patient after 18 failed surgeries. So I made an appointment with Dr Melameds office and he INSTANTLY knew what had to be done to fix me. Nownit has been 6 months since my surgeries and I am yaking NO pain medication. I will forever be grateful . Thank you Dr Melamed
I was treated very well and Dr. Melamed was excellent. I had my surgery with Dr. Melamed 6 wks ago and now I feel 99.5% better than I did before surgery. Before surgery my pain was 20 out of 10!!. I will not hesitate to recommend anybody or my family to Dr. Melamed
The miracles that Dr Melamed has given to me and my family go without saying.
He spent a lot of time with me. He brought in other doctors to confirm with about diagnosis. Explain how the operation will go and my recovery time. Showed me my whole mri and explained everything from disk to disk to disk. Awaiting surgery right now.
I saw Dr. Melamed since Dr. Bray did not take my insurance. After a few short minutes of review he recommended surgery. He seemed to be selling me on it and verballly expressed high confidance in success (90%). In writting to my PCP he tailored my symptoms to fit the procedure he recommended. He would not respond to my questions in writing. It felt a little pushy. Second and third opinions contradicted his recommendation. I did not see him again.
After several consults with other doctors, Dr Melamed took time dlring my visit to explain my diagnosis and the surgery that he was going to perform. I am 100% WITHOUT pain.