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After having surgery at L4,L5,and S1. I came out of surgery and for the first time in what seems like forever the sciatica pain was gone. Seven months later I returned to him because I had pain and it hurt to walk. He did some testing and told me I was fine. I'm pretty sure if I can barely walk and in pain that I'm not fine. My husband talked me into going to Cleveland Clinic. He had to do another surgery. He came out after surgery and told my husband that the donor bone used for fusion was bad and that I had loose hardware. How did dr El-Kadi not realize that. It makes me angry when a dr dismisses what your telling them. He did a great surgery, but when something was wrong from the surgery he did I was dismissed and back to pain management. Pain medicine is not what I wanted. He would of been a great dr if he would of listened to me and checked if my surgery was still good.
Since December 2013 I had pain in the lower back and down my legs into my feet. I had PT from January, plus an MRI (that showed Stenosis) and an EPI shot, and walked and walked. The local neurosurgeons (southern tier NYS) did not have a good record with infection rates. A nurse friend from Erie told me about Dr El-Kadi, we drove 6 hours to see him. He has an efficient organization, spends little face-time with you, but enough. Procedures to eliminate infections were impressive. He said I had tried everything, and he could help..and he did. I'm now 2 weeks post-op, and pain-free. And no sign of infection.
He and his staff explained my symptoms, causes, and how to fix them. They explained how the surgery would go and answered any question I had. I saw the Dr before the surgery and he followed up with me the next morning. I'd recommend Dr El-Kadi to anyone.
I was in so much pain and very scared. Dr El Kadi and his staff made the surgery ( ACDF) as quickly as I needed and my pain is gone. I can't thank them enough for calming my fears and relieving my pain.
7/25/2014 I am writting this after I have just received a letter from Dr. El Kadis office stating he can longer treat me due to my high level of expectation of care. Im sorry when it comes to my spine what level of expectation of care should I have? I went to this doctor as a second opinion. I have spine stenosis, bone spurs, moderate pinched nerves, and a tumor (atypical hemangioma) on my t-11. I trusted his advice which was a chiropractor and pain management. I am only 31 years old and I was not happy with the options but trusted him and tried both. The chiropractor did not work and the steroid shot from pain management only lasted a few weeks so I called to speak with him and discuess other options. The staff did not know what prescriptions I was on and had to call me back three times to figure it out. They refused to order a mri on the section of my neck I was havibg having recurring pain in. So when I became upset and demanded someonr take interest they drop me.
I sought out Dr. El-Kadi as a second opinion for my spinal stenosis after receiving not so good news from the first doctor. Almost immediately he found my problem and ordered more tests that were necessary. The first doctor focused on my lower back whereas the main and most important issue was in my neck and if it weren't for Dr. El-Kadi ordering the cervical MRI and catching this problem, I could have been paralyzed or under went unnecessary lower back surgery, which also could have paralyzed me. He was very knowledgable in his field and my entire family was very appreciative of this. His experience was evident from the moment we met him. Surgery went well and finally after many years, I am pain free and on the road to recovery thanks to his expertise.
Dr. El-Kadi is confused at best and is all over the board. I am switching neurosurgeons to one located at AGH. He prescribed physical therapy for my c5-c6 herniated disc after the first appointment and then when that did not work, at the follow up appointment he said "we'll prescribe physical therapy for you". Surgery at this appointment was recommended and then at my latest appointment he said "since you don't have any more pain in your arm, I cannot help you surgically speaking and you'll have to go through pain management". He barely spends any time with you and is walking out the door before he's even done. There are similar reviews about him and there is not enough space in this rating page to tell the entire story. Stay away is the best advice I can give. It has been just over 2 months since my accident and I am in no better shape than I was the day the injury occurred on 1/2/2014.
Dr El-Kadi is straight-forward and no-nonsense in his approach. He read my MRI, told me what my problem was and stated categorically that he could correct it with surgery...very clear guidance. On this same Friday afternoon, his staff worked magic to get me scheduled into a slot that had just opened up on his Monday surgery schedule. This included a pre-surgery exam, all blood test scripts, and pre-op X-rays. On Monday morning, doctor El-Kadi performed the surgery and, open waking up from the general anesthesia, I was amazed to find that all pain associated with my herniated disc was completely gone. I just had my 2-week follow-up with him today, and cleared for work with a regimen of PT - but completely pain free!
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