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Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on December 14th, 2015
Great surgeon. Will spend all the time you need going over specifics when contemplating surgery. This will end up causing delays for people after you, however it is reassuring. Not a cutter, and is very careful prior to recommending any procedure. He takes the time afterward to make sure you are comfortable and progressing as expected.
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Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on November 6th, 2015
My husband had two surgeries from Dr. Dohring. The second one turned into a nightmare! Right after his surgery, Dr. Dohring came out and specifically told me to make sure my husband wore his back brace 24/7 except when he showered starting ASAP! He failed to notify the his staff. 2 hours after my husband got out of surgery, the Physical Therapist Assistant at the hospital wanted to get my husband out of bed to walk around. I told him what Dr. Dohring said and the PT said " We don't do that here, he meant when you get home!" I told him again and to check with the doctor first BEFORE getting him out of bed. I told him I was going to the car to get my husband's back brace and to NOT get him out of bed until I got back. When I got back, I walked back to the unit and they had my husband standing with a walker. As soon as I walked up, my husband fell to the ground and all the staff backed away!! They didn't even help him up, I helped him up and got him off the floor! I got him back into bed and yelled at them for not listening. He fell because of a severe nerve pain that shot down his leg and legs started cramping really bad. 3 hours later Dr. Dohring came by to check on him and apologized for his staff. Then, he ordered my husband Percocet for the pain. The meds made my husband really nauseous. So, I told the nurse to ask the doctor for T3. She refused and ignored us, not contacting the doctor for another medication. Food trays started stacking up in his room until I told them to get rid of it. The night staff was able to get an order for something else and something for the nasuea. Then the same RN came back the next morning and again refused to give him anything other then the Percoset. I finally had to go to the DON and they gave him his T3. The cramping continued and it was attributed to nerve damage. He didn't have it ever before this incident. His follow up appointments, he was treated like he was full of crap and nothing was EVER mentioned about the incident in ANY medical notes. The cramping wasn't mentioned in his file until 4 months later even though we told the doctor that night and every visit afterwards. Since this was a workman's comp. case, he tried to close his case within a month and a half after his surgery. We insisted on an X-ray, which clearly showed another buldge, which he tried to deny and finally said, "it's a small one but it could be degenerative and due to regular wear and tear! He tried pawning us off on his PA "Dr. Bill" who clearly has an issue with women. We refused to see him at all because of his bad attitude. Dr. Dohrings visits became shorter and was clearly no longer interested in my husband's condition. He said there was quite a bit of scar tissue and had the nerve to brag about his "new procedure" that reduced scar tissue. And I reminded him that I didn't care about his other patients, only mine. Then he said that it didn't work on a small percentage of his patients and my husband was unfortunately part of that percentage and even gave my husband exercises to do to break up the scar tissue. And guess what, after admitting there was alot of scar tissue to us, he wrote in my husbands file that there were minimal scar tissue! He walked out worse then he did when he first walked in the door, refused to fix the chronic nerve damage HIS staff created because he was to busy to make a 3 minute call and tell them to make sure he wore his back brace. Dr. Dohring is a workman's comp doctor and will do whatever workman's comp tells him to. He will lie and when he and his staff screw up, he will not take responsibility! He will lie and fudge his paperwork in order to keep from getting in trouble or upsetting workman's comp. It's unfortunate because as a surgeon, he probably is really good and mistakes do happen, but when you refuse to take responsibility for yours or your staff screw up, lie on your reports,try to cover it up and try to get rid of your patient in order from being found it, while not once trying to fix the damage you cause, then your integrity is in serious question and is this really the kind of doctor you want?
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on September 22nd, 2015
Dr Dohring is one of the most compassionate and knowledgable physicians I have ever seen. He has given me my life back. After years of back pain I am now pain free.
Now Pain Free!!!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on June 28th, 2015
I made an appointment with the Spine Institute after being diagnosed with a synovial cyst between my L4/L5. The cyst was pressing on my nerves and I had severe sciatic nerve pain down my right leg into my foot. I had been unable to sit, stand, lie down without terrible pain for 3 weeks and couldn't drive, so I missed work as well. Bill, the PA at the practice, saw me and reviewed my imaging tests. We tried aspirating the cyst and injecting steroid first. When this did nothing, I saw Bill again and we discussed surgery. I was desperate to get rid of the horrible pain. Bill worked immediately with the staff to get my surgery scheduled with Dr Dohring and we set an appointment for me to see him pre- surgery. They took x Rays and checked my spine stability. Even though I do have some disc degeneration from L3 down and a very slight spondolysthesis at L5, my back is stable and has never given me problems. Dr. Dohring was friendly, professional, and took the time to explain the procedure. He was surprised with my age since most people with synovial cysts are much older than 45! He explained the minor laminectomy to get to the cyst and remove it. He felt great about my prognosis and said that i would probably be pain free (from the nerve pain) immediately after surgery. I was happy to hear this!! He spoke with me on the morning of the surgery again and I felt confident in the plan. As soon as I woke up from the surgery, I could tell that the pain was gone!!! The nurse helped me get up to use the restroom an hour before I went home and while I was sore from the incision and procedure, I felt no nerve pain!!! I am now five days post-surgery and am thrilled to report that I am sciatic nerve pain FREE!!! I am recovering well, have some soreness and am following instructions on my restrictions and am careful to rest but also am doing my PT at home and walking. I can't thank Bill, Dr Dohring, Sarah, Heather, and the staff at the Spine Institute for helping me when I was in such horrible pain! Their warmth, attention to detail, and sense of urgency to help me was unbelievable! Thank you so much to all of you!! I am confident that once I am healed, I will be back to my pain free life that I had before that bothersome cyst!! Highly recommend this practice to anyone dealing with back pain.
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on February 28th, 2015
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on February 24th, 2015
Excellent Physician and staff. Diagnosed my problem and provided the care I needed in expeditious manner allowing me to get back on my feet. Would highly recommend!!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on July 13th, 2012
he did my 2nd back surgery & I wouldn't trust any other doctor but him. I have degenerative disc disease and I have another disc going out & I will use him again.my first back surgery was done buy another doctor who was highly recommended and he totally jacked up my back, dr.dohring had to go in & fix it & did a wonderful job
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on May 8th, 2012
He is a workman's comp doctor and if you are being seen for workman's comp issues, I would seeking another doctor. Most of the visits too anywhere between fifteen minutes to an hour and a half just to be seen. If he is busy and/or stressed out, he rushes through exams and unless you are going to have sergury and can make alot of money off of you, he will pretty much tell you the same things over and over again and never really giving you answers. If something happens, he will not take responsibility for it and follows whatever workman's comp wants him to do. If you want medication refills you will have to spend at least two days on the phone trying to get a hold of someone. With the staff, only the squeaky wheels get the oil. There have been patients who was worse after surgery and went from walking to wheelchairs and this doctor washes his hands of them and say's there is nothing more he can do! Everyone has alot to say but never seems to listen. I'm sure he treats his regular insurance patients much better. The overall isn't good. It seems like the left hand has no clue on what the right hand is doing. Maybe as a surgeon he is good, but as a doctor, I think he need some refresher courses on bedside manner and overall patient care. He likes to throw statistics when he doesn't have an answer. The only one's I would highly recommend is his Physical therapist and PT staff. They are compassionate, empathetic, and genuinely seem to care. I am sure someone will dispute this because "God" wasn't placed upon his proper pedistool, but I hope you workman's comp people take this review seriously. Ask other's you will see what I say is true!
Skilled Surgeon, Attentive and helpful staff, great experience!!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on October 6th, 2010
After seeing 3 spine docs in the valley (who all recommended surgery) a neighbor told me that he saw Dr. Dohring was a TOP DOCS for spine surgeons 2010 in Phoenix Magazine. Dr. Dohring was the only surgeon who suggested I try a more conservative approach to my back pain before considering spine surgery. Eventually surgery was recommended but at that point I felt completely comfortable undergoing surgery because of my time with Dr. Dohring and his staff. Dr. Dohring specializes in minimally invasive surgery and my scar, hospital stay, and recovery time were all much shorter than if I had gone with another surgeon who uses more "traditional" surgery techniques. Today I am living pain-free which is something I never thought I would say after living with back pain for so many years. He is a wonderful surgery and I owe my newfound quality of life to him! There is noone else like Dr. D or his staff, if you are suffering from back pain, this is the Doc you want and need to be seeing!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on August 26th, 2010
I saw several surgeons and he was the only one who did not immediately try to get me to sign up for surgery. He spent time explaining several alternatives to surgery, which I pursued with significant improvement. Be3cause I do have some residual symptoms, we are now discussing the possibility of a minimally invasive surgery, where the other surgeons all had recommended a big scary fusion. I'm really glad I found this office.
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on February 20th, 2010
I was most impressed with his honesty regarding the worthiness of proceeding with surgury. My situation being difficult in that there was as much nerve damage as structural damage and getting an idea of the range of improvement that could occur before deciding was Dr. D's idea. I appreciated his realism about what could be done to improve my quality of living due to the pain. The doctor's support staff, his PE, Bill, Jill and Rake and others were all unbelievably accessible and arranged for tests immediately (due to my being from out of town). Tests that normally take several weeks to schedule were done in 2 days. I have nothing but good to say about this organization and how they operate. I have not yet been operated on by Dohring.
Self-verified patient of Dr. Edward J Dohring - Posted on June 28th, 2017
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