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Warning!! I had back pain for 20+ years. I got relief from epiduarl shots, I hadn't had one for 6 years so I needed to see a doctor to get a prescription. That brought me to Dr. Ali of coarse I had to get an MRI, while going over the MRI with Dr. Ali he came off very concerned for me and very persuasive on how he could relive the pain through surgery. He made it very clear I would need this surgery at some point in my life. I was very nervous about going under the knife so I went the shot route. After 2 shots came my follow up app. with Dr. Ali, I had some relief but again the Dr. gave a very convincing argument for going ahead with surgery. Full cage front and back and complete clean out L4 & L5. On the day of the surgery, I was very nervous about waking up paralyzed, he calmed me down and said the WORST thing that could happen is I'd have some tingling in my right leg for 3 to 4 weeks due to entering through my side instead of cutting me though the front stomach area. If he has told you the same thing after 9 / 2019 he's a Lair cause I woke up not able to move my right leg at all. I could wiggle my toes and move my foot up and down slightly. Here's where I saw the real Dr. Ali, he came in the room asked me to wiggle my toes...once he saw I could do that he simply said your nerves are "pissed off" and it could take 3 months for your leg to heal. I dragged my leg around using a walker to get to the 1 month app. Again he seemed to down play any problem, I said Doc this very painful dead feeling leg is going to be 100% in 2 months??? oh no no...now he kicked the can down the road to "6 months to a Year for nerves to fully heal" At my 6 month app. I didn't have much improvement when I said are sure my leg is going to be 100% in another 6 months. His reply was "it could take up to 3 years and lets shoot for 80%" Where did that kind caring Dr. I witnessed before the surgery go, he seemed to be stringing me along with BS. I did however notice at every app I had after the surgery, through his thin walls I heard the same spiel almost word by word convincing his patients how surgery would really help them...go figure...he's a surgeon! If your considering surgery PLEASE get a 2nd opinion and then maybe use that guy...I sure wish I did!! Sure he seemed so caring before the problem but when he screwed something up he gave no explanation other than my nerves are pissed. I know I didn't piss them off. I could see it in his eyes...he knows what happened and seems to care less!
Dr. Ali helped me with two knee injuries I suffered from soccer. He came recommended from other doctors that I trust. He had a great way of explaining the injuries and my risks. I was able to avoid another doctor's recommendation for surgery. I back on the field, feeling as good as ever.
Sorry it has taken me so long to fulfill my promise. When I hurt my back playing hockey, I didn't think it was so bad. I limped through a few months at work and took it easy at home. My family and I went on a bike ride and I ruptured the disk and was in excruciating pain. Dr. Raed got me in and got me into surgery immediately. He brought back quality of life that I had lost for months. It's been almost two years and I have been "normal" for at least a year of that. I walked out of the hospital pain free that day. And started playing hockey again in month 7. I read a lot online before my surgery and didn't see a lot of positive reviews or "success" stories. It occurred to me after, that for a majority of peopl who are in my situation, they get repaired and never look back or leave some hope behind. Dr. Raed can fix you.
Awful experience. My appointment was at 9:45 am didn't get seen till 11:45 am. No communication I was just put in a room I had to come out, and ask how much longer ???? Thought that's the whole point of having an appointment. Ugh... very irritated and frustrated. Definitely NEVER coming back. I wish I could give zero stars.
I had neck surgery in August and I am almost three months out from my surgery. Before my surgery my left arm was numb from my shoulder to my fingertips. Also, my neck was always in pain. Now my numbness in my arm is gone and while my neck still has some pain it is 90% better than it was.
Im disappointed to say the least with my experience with Dr Ali Raed. I went to his office next to st Judes hospital. Originally I was excited to go see him, since I had previously read online that he was a great Orthopedic surgeon.<br> Ive had severe pain in my mid back (sciatic nerve pain) for about 2 years prior and went to him hoping for some answers finally. <br>It took about a month or so of waiting for the approval of MRI to even happen. When it finally did I then needed to wait ANOTHER MONTH for my follow up appointment to find out results. I understand they're busy, but who makes a patient wait a month (while still in pain) to hear their results? <br>When my appointment finally arrived and I finally sat down with Dr Ali I was basically given the BS speech a doctor will give you when youre being written off. I was told that I should "fight through the pain" and take up activities such as: yoga, swimming and core exercises. Ive been dealing with this problem for 2 years, him mentioning this to me as if I didn't already know or hadn't tried already was perplexing to me. OF COURSE Ive already tired this, Doctor! Having an Orthopedic Surgeon explain how I can take Motrin and Tylenol at the same time in case I need to "take the edge off" left me speechless. I finally flat out told him "working 'through the pain' while working a FT job isn't realistic." Afterwards he begrudgingly offered a Pain Management referral, shook my hand, said "hang in there" and went on his way. I found out when making appointment to PM office that the next available day was December 24th.<br> He was professional and I guess in his defense he "tried" to do what he could since I wasn't in need of surgery, but Im without a doubt heartbroken with my experience. <br>Will not be going back even if I need surgery in the future.
This surgeon had botched my lumbar fusion surgery which created long term chronic pain issues for me. He fabricated the truth about the outcome of my surgery. Failed back patients like myself are swept under the carpet who discarded like refuse in the orthopaedic medical community. The remainder of Dr. Raed's patients have moved on from their successful spine operations who got their lives back. I hope you are all productive individuals.
I decided to wait to write my review until after my 1year follow up and I have to say, I couldn't be happier with the results. I was in an incredible amount of pain prior to my C47 fusion and like magic, it was gone immediately after surgery. Dr. Ali made sure I understood what was going to happen before, during and after my surgery and the follow up with him and Tennille was exactly what I was expecting. My 1year follow up was supposed to be with Tennille but something came up and rather than the office calling to reschedule the appointment, Dr. Ali stepped in and met with me, taking his time to answer the additional questions I had.
Dr. Ali is a great doctor!! I got into a car accident 4 years ago .. I was having neck shoulder pain and couldn't lift my arms that well. First he tried to avoid surgery giving me medicines and physical therapy didn't worked after a while my pain was getting worse so he tried the cortisone injection couple time but still didn't worked .. I wasn't feeling well, he ordered a Mri one more time, so he decided to go do a surgery Cervical Fusion. I was scared at first but I trusted him. After the surgery everything was good NO MORE PAIN!! The recovery was the hardest part but I could feel the difference !! <br>I highly recommend Dr. Ali
Dr. Ali did my ACDF C47 with fusion for spinal stenosis in 2010. He did an excellent job, and the small scar on the front of my neck is not visible. I haven't had any problems with the instrumentation since then. I had excellent care from his staff before and after surgery, especially his PA Tennille Greenfield. Dr. Ali has a kind, calm and caring manner, and he takes the time to listen. I have recommended him to friends, and have talked to another patient who had spinal surgery from him (for scoliosis) who was also very pleased with the results. I think his skills as a surgeon are the best.
Dr. Ali saved my life. Literally! An MRI revealed a life threatening spinal canal tumor, and an admission to St. Joes brought Dr. Ali to me on a Friday night. He stayed with me for an hour answering my questions and explaining the risks. He and Dr. Ho (neurosurgeon) performed a 4 hour surgery on me and not only did I have no repercussions from the surgery, but my chronic back and hip pain disappeared! Dr. Ali is so caring and attentive, I always felt safe and secure. He is confident, but always warm. His tremendous skill and compassionate personality turned a frightening experience into a miraculous result! His staff is also top notch! I visited both locations and always received excellent attention, fast service, and wonderful care from the staff. A lovely man with a great skill and supportive staff!
Dr. Ali is a butcher not an Orthopedic Surgeon.<br>The first time I met Dr. Ali he appeared kind, calm, concerned, and convincing. He stated I had "severe spinal stenosis" and needed surgery, immediatelyURGENTLY. A cervical fusion C3C7. No time to wait...he then sent in the scheduler who proceeded to schedule the surgery. Dr. Ali stated he would "take care of me" and the only change would be limited range of motion. Wrong. That was in 2011. It is 2015. I have problems I never had presurgery. I have since seen several physicians and all are in shock when I state I had a fusion. Even going on to further state there was no "definitive" reason, medical or otherwise, for such a serious surgery. Following the surgery I could not lift my arms, when I went to see Dr. Ali for followups he continued you state everything I was experiencing was normal to "walk" and you will be fine. I wasn't fine. I was a mess. I had MANY problems as a result of the surgery. 2012 Dr. Ali stated "I can go in and take out all the titanium...it will only take an hour..." Seriously? I was already suffering from the result of the surgery and would not allow Dr. Ali to perform such a surgery. Looking back I believe that once again, Dr. Ali just wanted to "cut." <br>Dr. Ali performed what is known as an "anterior" and "postanterior" fusion which involves cutting the front of my neck AND the back close to decapitation then screwing in plates and screws into my cervical spine THAT I DID NOT NEED. <br>When I initially went to Dr. Ali for my follow up visits, where I expressed my concerns and outlined the sudden influx of medical problems, Dr. Ali tried to smooth talk his way out of it. Truth be told, Dr. Ali does not concern himself with patients once he has "cut" the patient because it appears this is the thrill of the process, for Dr. Ali, the surgery, not the health of the patient. <br>I later learned, from a neurosurgeon, that cutting the back of the neck is the worst place to cut a patient. This Neurosurgeon NEVER cuts the back of the neck unless it is a trauma case (car accident, etc.) due to all the pain the patient will experience for the rest of their life. Due to the amount of muscle, tissue, and nerves in the back of the neck, when cut by the surgeon, this causes permanent damage. I actually asked Dr. Ali about the "big dip" in my neck, the sticking out of a bone and he said "oh it will go away." That was 2011. It has not gone away. The pain is still there along with many other issues.<br>Externally, I have a long and horrible scare, atrophy, and a deformity as a result of Dr. Ali butchering my neck. Honestly, I have many problems as a result of the surgery. <br>Out of my concern for others, I would ask you to turn and walk away from Dr. Ali as fast as you can. This man does not care about his patients. I don't know if he is simply doing this out of greed or if he truly gets a thrill from the act of slaughtering his patients. However, I do know I did not need this surgery. I was lied to and I suffer as a result of his negligent actions.<br>Please do not go to Dr. Ali.
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