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Posted on October 21st, 2017
Went to see this doctor early in June 2017 accompanied by my husband in order to discuss total knee surgery and possible scheduling of surgery. Have seen him 3 times in the past three years for no more than 5-10 minutes. Had to wait over 1 hour and when got to the room, he came in rushing. I prepared a few questions for him to explain and answer, vital question/s as to point to me the basic medications he will use in the surgery so that I can discuss these with my cardiologist as I had 4-bypass a few years earlier and I am allergic to some blood thinners, etc. His reaction was totally incomprehensible: he became agitated, his face became red, yelled to me "how do I dare to question him about his expertise in medicines" and went on to the extent that my husband and I were so shocked about his rudeness and poor manners with no empathy whatsoever to the patient. My husband asked me to stand and leave and thanks God we did. I had met patients during the visits I made to his office, and some were not happy with his "expertise" as they had to have revision surgery after one month because he did not adjust the replacement properly. After I came home I was very upset and could not sleep for 4-5 days. How can anyone trust a person like this? Please save your time and money (the only thing he apparently is interested in) and go somewhere else. Then I began to read patient reviews about this doctor and discovered the terrible things he had done to patients. I do not think that this guy ever read and understood Hippocrates Code. God helps him.
Posted on April 25th, 2016
Right total hip replacrment. Up walking 8-hours post surgery with much less pain than prior surgery. Post op 4-years. I will have Doctor Donaldson perform my right knee replacement. Go to guy in CA for hips and knees!
Posted on January 20th, 2016
Dr. Donaldson was able to fix, what other doctors said could never be fixed. I was told I would lose my leg numerous times by other doctors. Because of Dr. Donaldson I still have my leg. He took my case when others gave up or were too scared, busy or just didn't think they could fix me. Thank you Dr. Donaldson. I am so greatful to you and your amazing and courteous staff.
Posted on January 11th, 2016
Posted on August 3rd, 2015
Dr. Donaldson is one of the premier hip replacement specialists in the field. His diagnosis helped me avoid unnecessary re-do surgery, obtained from a hospital that had no answers for my issues. Thank you for getting me back on my feet.
great doctor all of the ones i worked with in thomas donaldsons organization
Posted on February 28th, 2015
his assistant doctor erin is a sweetheart , my fix could of been all bad and erins smile would make it better .but my both hip replacements are doing great i think ,so far any ways the left one is great and still expericencing a little stiffness and pain in my right but it has only been 2 weeks so time will make it better i think ,he had alot of bone fragments to clean out in the right side,it is definately geting better every day
Reinsertion of hip joint
Posted on July 12th, 2013
My wife popped her hip joint out of the socket. One doctor in Corona tried 3 times to reinsert it but could not. My wife was sent to Loma Linda East Campus where Dr. Donaldson practices. He managed to reinsert the joint with only 1 try. She is now doing well.
If he fails you he fires you
Posted on July 11th, 2013
I liked Dr. Donaldson until he refused to discuss problems that resulted from his care so that we could work it out and move on. A serious complication occurred with my surgical incision because he doesn't have trained staff to do his post op work. When I told him that I needed to talk with him, he said it sounded like a conversation for the office. When I showed for my appointment and discussion he came into the room, sat down and said, "let me tell you that the only opinions that matter are mine." From that point on it was useless to try to talk with him. I resorted to writing to him and his response was to fire me as his patient. I am so deeply disappointed in his behavior. I can't in good faith, recommend him to anyone. Especially when he said to me (another doctor did some plastic surgery to close the mess he made of my knee) that "Dr. Blank saved my butt on this one" Excuse me? Dr. Blank saved my leg. The only satisfaction I have from this horrible situation is the knowledge that he knows what he did. It is too bad he can't stand up to it and look me in the eye and talk to me. It is heart wrenching for me.
Posted on July 11th, 2013
I have seen Dr Donaldson twice and have yet to have surgery, next month, but he is amazing. His bedside manner is the best of Drs in this field. I have seen a d has many surgeries from ortho surgeons and they have not only had terrible bed side, but explained NOTHING, and actually told me rudely that I was neurotic because I asked how my functioning would be after a MAJOR surgery from bone cancer. dr Donaldson will be fixing a lot of the surgical problems from my past surgeries and I give him credit for even trying! He explained and took his time to make sure I understood the procedures.
Can't judge a book by its cover
Posted on April 25th, 2013
I had knee surgery and the incision became infected and opened. I had been to the doctor's office a total of 8 times in a 2 week period because I was concerned. Each time I was told my incision was ok until the last visit when it began to open. I asked the medical assist. who checked my wound to let the doctor know I was concerned. I was unable to get an appt. to see him. The result was two more surgeries and I now have a large area of flesh missing from my lower leg. This doctor does not oversee post-operative care. He relegates it to his medical assist and his PA. His medical assist said she wasn't familiar with wounds--he also doesn't train his staff. He is unreliable in terms of being available by phone when his office is closed. He doesn't leave anyone covering his practice at those times. I could have easily lost the use of my leg because of the lack of appropriate medical care. Doctors are responsible for overseeing their employees and making sure that they are able to take care of patients. In my case, had the PA or medical assistant ask Dr. Donaldson on the Friday my wound began to open, if he would come in to his office to see me, I might have been spared additional surgery to repair the incision , a skin graft, and weeks of follow-up care by the Wound Care Center. I have attempted to speak with this doctor about my concerns but he won't let me...his answer to addressing the problem was to tell me that the only opinion that counts is his. Dr. Donaldson is touted as being the surgeon who takes the tough cases. When something goes wrong that he is responsible for he changes his demeanor, becomes disrespectful, and defensive. I can't recommend this doctor because of his lack of over-sight of the post-operative care of his patients. That saddens me because when I first went to him he was very engaged, nice, and everything we would want in our doctor. You can't judge a book by it's cover.
Posted on February 28th, 2013
I am a 47 year old male who was suffering unbelievable pain in my hip. I had advanced arthritis with bone spurs. I had a short stem replacement done and was back to work full duty in 8 weeks. Pain free and active again I can't thank Dr. Donaldson enouph.He gave me back my life! I highly recommend him for those who are suffering with debilitating pain. Thanks Doc!
Posted on August 26th, 2012
Dr. Donaldson is a good practitioner. What is lacking is good training for his staff and his directions on how to handle patients who are need of assistance between visits. The staff, while pleasant are unreliable and often times they simply pass the buck for things gone wrong. This doctor needs to know what is going on in his office.
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