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Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr Is this you?

About Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr

Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Vienna, VA. He has 53 years of experience. His specialties include Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Gaertner is affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

12 Ratings with 4 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr is Good. Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr has been rated by 12 patients. From those 12 patients 4 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr is 3.0 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Orthopaedic & Sports Medical

133 Maple Ave E Ste 300
Vienna, VA 22180
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Specialties

Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr has the following 1 specialty

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr has the following 15 expertise

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sports Medicine
  • Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Joint Replacement
  • Bone Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Joint Pain/Swelling
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Laminectomy
  • Surgery
  • Hip Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteoarthritis

Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr has 1 board certified specialty

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Board Certifications

Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr is Board Certified in 1 specialty

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Reviews

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Run away-- as fast as you can..!

This practice is the worst nightmare for any patient looking for proper treatment. I had a tennis elbow that was bothering me for over an year. Went to him since he is located close by. Saw me for 2 minutes; ordered X-rays, gave me steroid injections (which I later learnt are not to be given or taken lightly). Anyway, problem was getting better but then I injured my elbow again swinging a hammer; went back to him; he asked me to get an MRI (only from a particular MRI center (!) and come back. He did not discuss the MRI with me; instead his physician assistant met with me and told me that the MRI showed a partial tear in my tendon; When I asked questions about the MRI and asked her to show me the tear etc she deflected all questions (because she had no clue). On the way out Gaertner started started pushing me into immediate surgery; all the tactics that you see in a car salesman-- "we can get you in day after tomorrow if you say yes now" -- "next appt. would be much later", "since we have a cancellation we can give you a discount!!" , etc. etc. I had warning bells clanging in my head by the time I left. This was a surgery that had partial chance of success and would need 4+ months of rehab! No way I was going to get pushed into surgery on my right hand (I am right handed) by a 75+ year old doctor whose hands shake , without getting a second opinion. When I called to get my MRIs (which I had paid for) so I could take to another ortho for a second opinion, I got some pushback but I was persistent so that finally gave in (had to shell out a "processing fee"). Took the MRI to Dr. Annunziata at Commonwealth Ortho. What a difference. He checked me and then told me that the MRI should be thrown in the garbage; My problem did not need surgery and that surgery would most likely have made things worse. Just told me to take it easy with my arm and it would heal in a few months. He was correct. Two years later, my arm is absolutely fine ; I am back to doing everything I was doing before-- golf, home renovation projects, gardening etc. Thank god I followed my gut! Stay away from this place !

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Four Stars

WHAT A GREAT GUY! HE TOOK X-RAYS OF MY SHOULDER AND NECK. CHECKED MY RANGE OF MOTION OF BOTH THEN ORDERED AN MRI OF MY SHOULDER. HE THOUGHT I HAD A ROTATOR CUFF TEAR. THE MRI PROVED HE WAS RIGHT.I HAD SURGERY JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2010 AND NOW MY SHOULDER IS GREAT.HIS OFFICE STAFF IS WONDERFUL. A VERY CARING GROUP OF PEOPLE. CURRENTLY "DR G" IS TREATING A MEMBER OF MY FAMILY AND SEVERAL FRIENDS THAT I REFERRED.

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One Star

I won't go back, NOT recommend to anyone

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One Star

He is a very good doctor. The staff are rude, arrogant, not friendly, talk bad about patients and their attitude makes me not to come to his office.

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  • Hospital Affiliations

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

  • Education

    53 Years Experience

  • Temple University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1965

  • Medical College Of Virginia Hospital

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Richard L Gaertner Jr accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Anthem
    • Anthem HealthKeepers HMO POS
    • Anthem KeyCare PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
    • CIGNA PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
    • Coventry - Bon Secours Tier 2
    • Coventry - Southside Tier 2
    • Coventry Southern Health PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

Locations & Directions

Orthopaedic & Sports Medical, 133 Maple Ave E Ste 300, Vienna, VA

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