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About Dr. George W Balfour

Dr. George W Balfour, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Van Nuys, CA. He has 45 years of experience. His specialties include Orthopaedic Surgery of the Hand, Surgery of the Hand and Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Balfour is affiliated with Orthopaedic Institute For Children, Antelope Valley Hospital and Encino Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Balfour has received 1 award. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

45 Ratings with 18 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. George W Balfour is Good. Dr. George W Balfour has been rated by 45 patients. From those 45 patients 18 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. George W Balfour is 3.0 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Valley Hand Surgery Center

14624 Sherman Way Ste 306
Van Nuys, CA 91405
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Specialties

Dr. George W Balfour has the following 3 specialties

  • Orthopaedic Surgery of the Hand
  • Surgery of the Hand

    Hand surgeons are certified surgeons who are also experts in the function and structure of your wrists, hands and forearms. This allows them to treat arthritis, carpal tunnel, trigger finger and tennis elbow, most of which tend to result from repetitive and excessive use of the corresponding joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
    Hand surgeons also commonly work with patients who have fractures or broken bones from any kind of accident. If you're experiencing any kind of general pain in your hand, wrist or forearm that isn’t going away, a hand surgeon is probably your best resource.

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. George W Balfour has the following 6 expertise

  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. George W Balfour has 2 board certified specialties

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Board Certifications

Dr. George W Balfour is Board Certified in 2 specialties

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Reviews

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His ego won't allow you to disagree with him even once...

At first I thought he was a good doctor, but after being in severe pain for years and finally asking for pain management he offered me a drug that would cause too much harm/side effects for one body part. All I wanted was pain management on days where the pain was too much to function, not every day. Something I could take a few times a month and told him no I didn't want that specific drug. I am too young to take something that will cause that much damage to me. ALL doctors should be able to have a dialogue with their patients and discuss treatment options, but he can't do that. Once you say no he gets incredibly angry with you and immediately stops being your doctor. He didn't tell me to me face, but informed the insurance company that I needed to get another doctor. I didn't find out until the day before my next appointment that I no longer had him as my specialist. I was completed shocked and hurt. No one should be afraid to talk with their doctor, afraid to address their concerns, and should be allowed to decline options that are not good for them! I told him no once and he was done with me and for that I no longer have any respect for him. On a side note, he asked me if I was, at least (what a terrible way to put it), married (when my condition proved to be bad enough to make me disabled). I told him no. He rolled his eyes at me. Why should that even matter when it comes to my health?

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One Star

His staff is ridiculous they set an appointment with no authorization had to move it twice third time they call me 2 days before surgery to tell me he is going out of town not to mention I waited a month due to him going on vacation! The kicker is his staff telling me that the soonest date is a month later! I have to sit in pain waiting on him! No apology nothing! He is very knowledgeable and his diagnosis was great but his office needs to learn professionalism! How can you allow a patient to just be ok with that? Who sets an appointment with no authorization? Again great doctor but unprofessional staff with no respect nor do they care! Be careful!

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Dr. Balfour takes the time needed to answer questions I may have as well as to ease my fears when I had to have surgery. My hand surgery went very well and I am recovering nicely. His work was amazing. No one besides myself can tell that I had surgery as there is only a very small mark where the incision was made. It literally is an extremely small dot.

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One Star

I do not recommend dr Balfour at all. The only thing I give him credit for is discovering my right hand was truly broken. My hand was misdiagnosed at a different medical facility. His staff is rude and inattentive and seem overwhelmed with their job. Only the X-ray technician was polite and sympathetic regarding my condition. I was almost not seen because I could it pay the 5 dollar copay which I asked them to bill me. It is not easy to get an appointment with dr Balfour because he switches offices. I had to raise a big fuss and speak to a office manager who got the staff to see me. I appreciate her very much. When I saw Balfour he was short , trite and grumpy. He confirmed my hand was broken in three places. That was about it. Did not ask my pain level, did not offer pain medication, did not suggest physical therapy. He also knew I was disabled and could not work and did not offer to put me on unemployment. No advice what's over all he said is that he can't do anything to help me because it was to late. He did not say how the healing process was going and he told me to come back in 9 months. His receptionist is very rude. Find another doctor.

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I had a severe comminuted fracture of the left wrist. He took me on an emergency basis in the evening. It couldn't have been done better! I had very little pain after surgery which he was shocked. I had six screws and a plate inserted. I could have went home after the surgery. Absolute work of art.

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  • Awards

    1 Award

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2008, 2009, 2010)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Balfour is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    45 Years Experience

  • Medical College Of Wisconsin

    Graduated in 1973

  • King Drew Medical Center

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. George W Balfour accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna HMO Deductible Plan CA only
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Savings Plus of CA
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross California
    • BC CA California Care Small Group HMO
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
    • Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
    • Blue Cross CA California Care Large Group HMO
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
    • Blue Cross CA Pathway X HMO
    • Blue Cross CA Pathway X PPO
    • Blue Cross CA Select HMO
    • Blue Cross CA Select PPO
    • Blue Cross CA Select Plus HMO
    • Blue Cross CA Vivity
  • Blue Shield California
    • Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
    • Blue Shield CA Access Plus Savenet
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
    • Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
    • Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
    • Blue Shield CA Platinum Local Access + HMO 25
    • Blue Shield CA Trio ACO HMO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA HMO
    • CIGNA LocalPlus
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
    • CIGNA PPO
    • CIGNA Southern CA Value
    • Cigna Southern CA Select
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Health Net
    • Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
    • Health Net CA HMO Whole Care Network
    • Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
    • Health Net CA PPO
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
  • LA Care Health
    • LACare
  • Molina Healthcare
    • Molina Mrktplace CA
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
  • UHC West
    • UHC SignatureValue Flex1
    • UHC SignatureValue Flex2
    • UHC SignatureValue Flex3
    • UHC SignatureValue Focus
    • UHC West SignatureValue HMO

Locations & Directions

Valley Hand Surgery Center, 14624 Sherman Way Ste 306, Van Nuys, CA

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