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This Dr. Has destroyed my life. Now I have to go to a real Orthopaedic Surgeon. And have heard nothing but horror stories since spmy surgery. Wish I had gone to KU. By the way the surgicenter she uses...she's o owner.
Well now that I know Dr. Bonar graduated in the top 5% of her class it makes my 24/7 days a week of pain feel so much better. This doctor does not look at the MRI's she requested because if she did she would have realized mine was blank, not her fault EIP's fault, but she could have told me. The surgery I signed for her to do was included in the other surgery that she did that I never signed for, she NEVER even told me she did it at the next 5 appointments I had to find out 7 months later when I ordered the surgical records. The pain I have now feels like she left some barb wire inside of my ankle, come to think of it maybe I should have another MRI to see if there are some parts left in there, OH I already have had 2 more MRI's since the surgery. Run as fast as you can, get 2 or 3 more opinions and maybe you will be able to walk unlike me without a big boot 3 years after surgery.
During my recent consultation with Dr. Bonar, I was deeply impressed with her intellect, presence, and thoughtful and thorough approach. Despite having graduated in the top five percent of her class at Yale Medical School (!!), Dr. Bonar was uncommonly grounded, gracious, and generous among physicians--not to mention surgeons. As a psychotherapist, I greatly appreciated Dr. Bonar's stance of asking probing questions, then listening attentively to my answers. In fact, I have rarely felt so heard and attended to within the medical community! Women employed in male-dominated professions face myriad additional hurdles, leading some to become (understandably) hardened. Not so Dr. Bonar, whose genuine empathy and compassion were palpable! I likewise resonated with Dr. Bonar's prudent, commonsense medical approach, in considering alternatives to surgery as a first resort. My situation is complex, as I appear to have diffuse nerve damage within my foot. I thus am beginning physical therapy via Dr. Bonar's referral, while simultaneously interviewing several other foot surgeons--a choice that Dr. Bonar wholly respected! While I have not yet made a final treatment decision, I feel an unusual sense of trust in Dr. Bonar's expertise. Dr. Bonar's office staff (radiologist technician Shannon and office manager Johnia) also were most caring and competent at their respective positions. In brief, while Dr. Bonar's office runs like a proverbial well-oiled machine, their treatment of me was anything but mechanical.
I saw 3 other doctors before seeing Dr. Bonar. I had 2 prior surgeries and my foot was worse, could not wear sandals or stand for more than 30 minutes without severe pain. Re-do surgery was recommended. I am now able to get through the day and enjoy it. Many thanks to Dr. Bonar. I was recommended by a co-worker who said she was great.
I had an issue with my Shoulder. Dr. Bonar and team were all over it. They got me in very quickly, and solved the problem immediately. I have not had any issues with it since. She has a great bedside manner, courteous staff, and above all gets things done. I highly recommend her.
In years past, I would ski, run and bicycle. 5 years ago I was experiencing pain in my right foot. My primary care physician sent me to Dr. Susan Bonar and she found I had severe arthritis. She fused the bones in my foot; and for awhile, I was fine. I then begin experiencing arthritic pain in my right ankle. After prescribing an orthotic (which worked for short time) Dr. Bonar suggested I have a total ankle joint replacement. This surgery terrified me. For about four years I endured the pain until I could barely walk. I then decided to have this surgery. I will never ski, or run or bicycle again, but shortly after the cast was removed, I was walking, pain free and without the use of an orthotic or cane. I am so grateful to Dr. Bonar for her skill and talent. I highly recommend her.
She performed an ORIF to repair my fractured and dislocated ankle. She had me up and walking in a relatively short period of time compared to what I was told by another surgeon in the ER. Mine is a Workmans Comp case and she never treated me any differently because of it. Here's the deal: she is extremely busy and won't remember your case from visit to visit, she is extremely experienced and will know if you are following directions or not, she is NOT a pharmacy dispenser. I have had no trouble getting the pain meds I have needed from her, but she will not keep writing scripts to make you dependent on more and more pills. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and be uncomfortable. I like her and would recommend her to anyone in the area. If you are looking for someone to enable and coddle you then I suggest going elsewhere.
I had my surgery several years ago. I can say that I have been in pain with my foot every day since that surgery. I would not recommend anyone to her for any type of services. Every day I wish that I had done more research on this doctor.
After 9 months of pain Dr. Bonar has me almost pain free in 6 weeks. I went to 4 other doctors and had 3 boot casts, Mri, xrays,shots, tens unit,steroids,orthodics, heel cups and horrible relentless pain with every step I took.
While condition continued to worsen doctor did not do much of anything to treat condition or help me understand it
Dr. Bonar and her staff were professional and prompt. I had a short wait while filled out my paperwork, which is pretty typical. Once I was called back, I immediately had x-rays taken then a short wait for Dr. Bonar. Dr. Bonar took the time to ask questions and examine my feet. She asked if I had any questions and answered them. She took the time to discuss my problem and offer a number of different options. Even though she is a surgeon she offered nonsurgical remedies. I had been having foot pain for sometime and was diagnosed with plantar facsiitis and prescribed splints to wear at night. I was able to get the splints right there. Dr. Bonar was right on with her diagnosis, just a couple of nights with the splints relieved my pain. Dr. Bonar said this would happen but added that I should continue wearing the splints to permanently take care of the pain.
Thank goodness. I have had pain in my foot for 3 years and finally I found help. I like to work out to keep my weight down, but I had to stop two months ago. Now, after trying different shoes and inlays, finally, I am able to walk regularly due to simple recommendation of taping my toes together. I like the straight forward approach. Great suggestions, highly recommended.
Unfortunately my experience with Dr. Bonar was not a good one. It seemed I had too many questions as she left me in the midst of our discussion after about 10 minutes. She proclaimed she had other patients waiting. She kept me waiting as I was in the office for almost 3 hours. While I understand wanting to treat all patients it seemed she is more interested in the amount of patients and the revenue she will be receiving from them. Her comments were unprofessional such as she can medicate and drug me up if I want which followed my question about cortisone injections. I had asked if it would help my situation and personally I would rather try other options than medication. The assistant in the room was very rude and as I asked him about an area that was painful when the doctor abruptly left he replied that I had not mentioned that area before as if I was making it up. Apparently he did not listen as I did mention that pain in the conversation with the doctor. If you want a caring doctor that will listen to you then look elsewhere. If you want to just throw away time and money then make an appointment.
I have been suffering with heel pain off and on for several years and not been able to find any solutions or relief. When I came in to see Dr Bonar she was very caring and knowledgeable about what was needed to help me get better. She offered me some solutions that at this point do not require surgery and I am grateful to her and her courteous staff for their profesionalism and care. I would highly recommend Dr Bonar!
I had bunion and hammer toe surgery two and a half years ago. My feet bother me more now than before the surgery and another toe on the same foot has now drawn up. Dr. Bonar was highly recommended so I did not expect to have the kind of problems I did. My follow up appointment was several days later than usual because Dr. Bonar left on vacation following my surgery. When I did get in I had an infection. If I knew then what I know now, I would never have had the surgery.
Dr. Bonar treated my very tall, fast growing 11 year old son over the past 6 months for a diagnosis of a severe case of Sever's disease or calcaneal apophysitis which means an inflammation of the growth plate. My son participates in many sports but began having severe pain following football injuries to both ankles in successive weeks. I had heard very good things about Dr. Bonar including her great bedside manners and practical treatment. As you can imagine, both were very important in getting proper treatment for my son. Dr. Bonar and her staff were wonderful in working us in on short notice. She did a great job explaining the severity of the injury and stressing the importance to my young active son of following her recommendations. His injuries/condition required double casting of both legs for 3 months along with physical therapy. He is now doing wonderful! I would recommend Dr. Bonar for any type of orthopedic problems. I think she did a great job treating my child! She was awesome
My overall experience was great. After explaining my symptons, Dr. Bonar knew exactly what was wrong. Her treatment has helped and I am now pain free.The staff was helpful and friendly.
There is something about the nurturing nature on female physicians that brings comfort.No need for follow up so I didn't know how many stars to put
Dr. Bonar has treated my middle son who has a bleeding disorder....a tough treatment plan. He has had his ankle and foot injured several times. Her staff made it easy to schedule an appointment on short notice and convenient times. They were very pleasant always in my experiences. Dr. Bonar was timely, had great bedside manners, accurate in her diagnosis of my sons' problems and most of all, very practical! Practicality is extremely important in my opinion when she makes a treatment plan that may be followed without causing too much expense or headache! Do not get me wrong, my 3 sons are number 1 priority in my life but as a single working mother, money and time are big issues. Dr. Bonar recognizes this and is respectful to honor these shortcomings in my life! Thanks Dr. Bonar! We will be back...it is inevitable with 3 sons who are athletes and work out daily!
Dr. Bonar has done two surgeries on me and both turned out wonderfully. My most recent surgery was to remove a bone from my right foot and everything went much better than I had hoped!
I came to Dr. Bonar after 3 surgeries on my right foot.She figured out the problem right away and although she dida fourth surgery in two places on my foot, it did fix myproblem - and that was 5 years ago. I have since returned toher with an issue on my other foot. I am very impressed withthe efficiency of her office.
I was treated for several years by another physician for pain around both of my big toe joints and the back of my right ankle. During that time I had to give up running; I then took up biking. The problem worsened and I had to give up biking; then I took up swimming. Then I had to give up swimming because it hurt too much to push off the side of the pool. That's when Dr. Bonar recommended surgery on both feet for removal of medial sesamoids and an extra bone in the back of my right ankle. Now, I run half marathons regularly. It turned out I had gout that was never diagnosed. I would highly recommend seeing Dr. Bonar if you are having trouble with your feet or ankles.
I had such heal/arch pain. You suggested I have custom arch supports made and to wear them continuously. It made such a difference in a short amount of time. I could go from a sitting position to walking without looking like a senior citizen. Thanks so much.
I had been having heel pain in both feet and was concerned that a doctor might recommend surgery. I didn't want that so I waited a long time to get care. Dr. Bonar immediately suggested custom made arch supports and night splints. Within the first week, I felt improvement when I got up in the morning. The pain has decreased each week since that time. I am thankful that I found such a good physician in Dr. Bonar and that she wanted to see if a non-surgical approach would work before surgery.
Dr. Bonar came highly recommended by my Primary Care Doctor as well as several other doctors at St. Joseph Medical Center. She constantly stayed on top of my case and made several adjustments to my treatment plan as deamed by current tests.
I was very pleased with my visit at Dr. Bonar's office. Her staff was very pleasant and I could tell that they all were concerned about my problem. Dr Bonar assessed my pain and gave me several options before I would attempt any kind of surgery. I felt that she knowledgeable and very helpful with my foot pain. I certainly will recommend her to my friends or anyone who would have pain or problems with their feet.
Dr. Bonar treated me for several years for a very difficult diabetic condition. I felt she did an excellent job in treatment by providing me all the options in plain and clear language. Her bedside manner was also excellent. Dr. Bonar takes the most difficult cases in the Midwest. I know that most ortho would not even see me in light of my history and condition. Many physicians refer to her as her reputation is the best for lower extremities in the Kansas City area. I would highly recommend Dr. Bonar for any foot or ankle problems you are experiencing!
Dr. Bonar was very helpful and informative on my ankle problems. She quickly explained my condition and gave me much needed help to correct my ankle. Her staff was very polite and patient! Thanks.
Dr. Bonar operated on both of my feet and one of my ankles. I gave up running and biking before seeing Dr. Bonar because of foot and ankle pain. After my surgery my activities are unlimited and am running half marathons. My results were outstanding. The citizens of Kansas City are lucky to have convenient access to a surgeon with Dr. Bonar's qualifications. I know for a fact Dr. Bonar is referred the most complicated cases by other orthopedic surgeons. I highly recommend Dr. Bonar.
I will never go back to Dr Bonar. She talked me into a surgery Osteotomy of a toe I was not having any problems with. I trusted her that this would help back pain I was having. I developed a Morton Neroma from a previous surgery. She thought my siatic pain was from my 2nd toe being longer than the other. By that time I had been in such extreme pain I was eager for relief and thought she has the answer. WRONG! She never really explained the surgery and my problem is worse now with my foot than before. I WISH I HAD NEVER HAD THE SURGERY. She wasn't warm. I think if she likes you going in your care is better. The staff was over worked and you could see they were trying to be nice. I wear special shoes and custom inserts due to the problems she left me with.It's a nightmare and the depression that has associated this has been umbearable. Get a 2nd & 3rd opinion I even had a shoe store guess who did my surgery and said she's always earger to cut.
Dr. Bonar persuaded me to have a subtalar fusion to correct foot pronation. After the surgery, the foot was tilted even worse toward the other side, and walking has been extremely painful ever since. She also infected the foot, necessitating another surgery, and I was on high levels of super-antibiotics intravenously for two months. I'm sorry I ever went to Dr. Bonar, and hope you will never do so.
NIGHTMARE EXPERIENCE, had MINOR surgery that was only skin deep on the bottom of foot was a poroma, Bonar said she would operate, but said she did NOT know what a POROMA was!!!! How can you operate on something you have no idea what it is? Was told to put NO weight on it, AT ALL, and use a boot, the boot never arrived at my home. HAD home health care which was a life saver. Had stitches and staples out after 3 weeks the nurse sat on the floor to remove them, did not sterilize my foot before or after or her equipment... very dirty AND THEN...2 months later foot was sore and noticed 2 stitches were still intact that I had to remove myself. Son had taken me to have stitches removed and said the WHOLE entire STAFF were laughing AT ME, including the Doctors assistants.
I want to say that this is an excellent orthopedics doctor. She has treated me for the last two years on my charcot feet, and without her I would of lost my left foot. Her staff is excellent also. They are very caring to your needs and give excellent care also. I very pleased to have Dr. Susan Bonar and her excellent staff to treat me on my diabetic foot disorders. I can not say enough THANK YOU's. May God Bless her and her staff.
Dr Bonar seems to be of the opinion that a successful doctor is one with many patients rather than one who provides good medical care. She spent at most perhaps a minute on subsequent visits after the first one, and if you don't ask your question while she is in the room she is not coming back because is already on to the next victim/patient.
Didn't look at the MRI Photo's, made a miss diagnosis.
I liked and respected Dr. Bonar and thought she knew what she was doing. But after (possibly unnecessary) surgery, which also became seriously infected, the problem she had treated was worse than before. I've endured two years of debilitating pain until finding an orthopedist who could correct the condition Dr. Bonar left me in. Perhaps she has been very successful with others, but this is my experience.
Great doctor! Very knowledgable and helpful and took time to explain what steps were needed to correct my problem. I had seen numerous doctors who were unable to help me or diagnosis my situation, she quickly told me what was needed to resolve my problem. Staff was courteous and helpful. Would highly recommend Dr. Bonar.
Doctor Bonar has a very busy office yet the waits are not too long and they always made time for me to re wrap my foot a couple of times. She made the diagnosis told me the odds off success and explained what she was going to do in the surgery. Over all I had a good experience with Her and her staff.