Dr. Bruce Yoneda


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Specialty:Orthopedics / Sports
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Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 29 reviews. Dr. Bruce Yoneda has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Orthopedics / Sports-related: hand surgery, arthritis surgery, knee surgery, back surgery, spine surgery, scoliosis, athletic injuries, sports injuries, sprained knees, back strains, broken bones, torn ligaments
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RID: 2238895
12/06/12 4 4 5 5 Dr Sun and Dr Yoneda gave me back my life many years ago. I had extensive back surgary and was told, at best you will allways walk with canes. Well I ended up walking Wittys lagon with my dogs for years, up down all around with no cane perioud! Years later I damaged my knee and was in so much pain I took the first doctor who would take me (wosrt decition of my life) As with all surgarys, there is a waiting. You will wait long periouds in the dr's office, you will wait... thats a fact! Your not the only one there! By the time my knee surgary came, I walked down the stairs that morning as a normal person, 2 years later I heve never been able to walk Wittys lagoon and can't even walk my dogs anymore. My knee sugary from another has done me more harm than good rite from day 1! Now I'm so bad, I can't work anymore. I will wait for Yoneda, because if, "Yoneda a dr", you wait for the best! I never found things rushed, he listened, he explained, blunt and to the point. I allways respect that!  Respond
RID: 2122890
08/05/12 5 4 5 5 He is one great doctor - he gives you the time you need - lets you ask questions and is a very knowledgable doctor. He also has the best sense of humor for a professional. I highly recommend Dr Yoneda.  Respond
RID: 1717341
19/02/12 3 1 2 3 After 3 visits with Dr Yoneda I have waited a total of 8 hours in his office, yes a full days wages lost! He finally operated on my knees after 2 years. Post op surgery appointment he told me i can never squat, lunge, use stairs again! This was after removing bone spurs on my knee caps. So I can't use the washroom in his office as you have to go upstairs? His bedside manner is horrible, zero information given to me after my operation (Had to get an explanation from my physiotherapist on what he did) I will never waste my time with him again. There are other excellent surgeons out there! Although Dr Yoneda will be the first to tell you how great he is!!  Respond
RID: 1695164
24/01/12 5 3 4 5 He's a good surgeon, honest, very laid back which is fine by me. He is very busy so often he gets behind and I have to wait.  Respond
27/09/10 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1152451
19/04/10 5 3 5 5 This specialist has been our best find in BC. He has saved my wife's knee from the ignorant and rough surgical approaches of others and as a medical person myself I would fully endorse his knowledge. Wait times are more a function of his attention to each patient's needs than a lack of compassion with booking arrangements.  Respond
RID: 1115455
26/02/10 1 1 1 1 After reading some of the comments, I should have checked this page out BEFORE I went to see him. My appointment with him was at 9am, and I did not see him until 10:30am. That is pretty unprofessional. In the appointment, he gave a cursory exam, asked me about my history but was not paying attention to what I said, told me I sprained my MCL and ACL, and that I would have to wear a brace. Not believing him, I went and got a second opinion (Dr. Gershmann; awesome doc!) and found out my ACL WAS COMPLETELY TORN!!! How, as an orthopaedic surgeon, do you miss something that significant?!? Very frustrating doctor. If you went to see him, get a second opinion. If you are going to see him, CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENT!!!  Respond
RID: 956133
06/08/09 2 2 1 1 First of all my family doctor sent three referrals before the office of Dr. Yoneda accepted me, saying they'd never received a referral before, though there was fax confirmation each time. When I visited Dr. Yoneda for the first time it was a year after my injury. He said it was a problem with my medial meniscus and there was nothing he could do about it, but I could wear a brace for the rest of my life. I continually re-injured my knee following the first injury and this was because my knee could bend (with pain associated) left and right. When I moved to Vancouver I had another accident involving this bending and quickly I saw a surgeon who said there is a problem, it's very likely we can fix it and I need you to have a MRI (Dr. Yoneda had said no) and as it turns out my ACL was completely torn. This happily was fixed and I thank all my doctors who changed my life! Now Dr. Yoneda will not answer my insurance company and is preventing me from receiving long term disability!  Respond
RID: 921383
24/06/09 2 1 3 3 Dr. Yoneda performed bilateral fasciotomies for my anterior compartment syndrome two years ago. As everyone else says, the wait times are very long and unpredictable, he mumbles and doesn't look you in the eye, the appointments are very quick, and my results were nothing like he had claimed they'd be. Over a year post-surgery, he said that "running is good for his business" and that I shouldn't run, even though before surgery he said I'd be back jogging 6-8 WEEKS post-surgery. I still can't run. Not to mention the inappropriate comments during my post-op visits. I would not recommend Dr. Yoneda.  Respond
RID: 895023
23/05/09 5 3 5 5 Dr. Yoneda and his associates are hands down the busiest Drs in Victoria. Their wait is very long (but worth it) and they work around the clock to make sure they see every knee, hip, ankle, wrist, elbow etc injury in Victoria. One would think that seeing 50+ people in one day for assessment would make someone robotic but he was friendly and joking the entire time. My surgery went as well as can be expected and although his follow up was short (as he is extremely busy) he did everything he needed to to make sure I was ok. Great doctor!!  Respond
RID: 766117
16/01/09 2 1 3 5 At the RJH clinic, hours are based on Yoneda time. Your appointment may be scheduled for 9:00 but it's Yoneda's habit of booking blocks of patients in at the same time. You probably won't be seen for 4 hours.  Respond
RID: 655871
03/08/08 5 5 5 5 Excellent Doctor. He was able to diagnose me where others weren't/wouldn't. He was very courteous, thoughtful, helpful, polite, honest and above all most professional.I would recommend Dr Yoneda to anyone.  Respond
RID: 532163
06/03/08 3 3 5 5 I love this guy, he is so in tuned with his patients with his casual style. Has done both hands and both knees, would highly recomend him and have.  Respond
RID: 479897
09/01/08 3 3 5 5 My knee surgery went without a hitch...its been 1 year now and my knee feels better than ever.  Respond
RID: 448955
23/11/07 5 3 5 5 AAA+. Affable, able and available - the hallmarks of a consultant. An Expert orthopedist. Master of pattern-recognition/diagnosis. Superb technician. I feel very fortunate to have been under Dr. Yoneda's care.  Respond
RID: 298868
24/05/07 2 5 5 Dr. Yoneda is legendary for his casual manner (and his baseball hats) -- in fact, some patients think he's the bicycle courier! And yes, the office waits are often 2 hours -- difficult for those who are truly disabled, but manageable for those of us who check in and walk around the block or over to check out specials at London Drugs. Sometimes he's very rushed, since he's behind schedule, but often he's been on call/had an emergency surgery the night before. All in all, he's worth the waits, and his surgery is expert and careful. Unfortunately, he doesn't do knee and hip replacements, so he has to refer you on to an associate when that time comes.  Respond
RID: 306272
02/05/07 2 1 2 He reviewed me after an accident that damaged my knee and told me i'd have to wear a brace for life and there were no surgical options. His assessment took 30 seconds in which he poked or quickly touched my knee 3 times. He did not in my opinion undertake a very thorough examination or explain his reasoning well. My knee was operated on 6 mths later by a Vancouver ortho and was much improved. It seems as Yoneda is a cookie cutter surgeon who does the same procedure to each patient and if your injury is outside of that he is not prepared to help.  Respond
RID: 272576
11/04/07 1 5 5 I have never been so happy to wait for such great care. Everyone is right...I was being treated over many, many months, by Dr. Yoneda, after our car accident. If you want the best, and I did, the waits were worth it! He is a very polite, funny guy. You cannot do better than with him.  Respond
RID: 272037
11/04/07 3 5 5 Dr Yoneda is by far one of the best doctors/surgeons I've had. He is always very kind, very informative and always has "time for me"...I feel that some doctors just want you in and out of the door but he isn't that way. For the nearly eight years that I have been a patient of his I have never had cause for complaint!  Respond
RID: 262704
05/04/07 1 3 3 I was referred to him through my family dr, about a knee problem. AFTER waiting in his waiting room for more than an hour (nearly 2 in fact), I finally had my MOMENT with him. And that was just that..a MOMENT. I found him very abrupt and fast. He was hard to understand because he mumbled and talked so fast. He sent me on my way for further tests without merely a glance back. Follow-up for those tests were slightly better. I waited for 1.5 hours in the waiting room, he was calmer, and told me my results, referred me to another doctor, and gave me yet another ineffective cortisone shot in the knee. He may be knowledgeable, but his bedside mammer needs a major overhaul.  Respond
RID: 224962
23/03/07 4 5 5 My doctor for 20years, 5 operations, right knee, 15 neovisc injections, two knee braces, 4 orthotics,20 letters to dva my behalf, always professional,well informed,I now have all 3 neovisc injections at once,save time,PS> with freezing,works great. I love him but he came be kert  Respond
RID: 193913
13/03/07 5 5 5 Dr. Yoneda is a wonderful doctor and a great surgeon. Dr. Yoneda fixed my daughters congenital dislocation in her hip 22 years ago. He did a fantastic job, as she has had NO problems, EVER. Apparently he is a favored doctor or else his wait times would not so long. Only the best are busy.  Respond
RID: 119088
30/01/07 2 5 5 Well, Dr. Yoneda would not be Dr. Yoneda if you did not have to wait:) But his office staff does let you know and suggest that you go do something rather than wait in the office; that being said, he is the best in the city and I would not trust my knee to few others. Kept me "in the game" as he understands the sports mentality.  Respond
RID: 108719
23/01/07 4 5 5 I had a dislocated hip due to a car accident. Dr.Yoneda saved my hip. I found him to be very good and he told me exactly what I needed to do to avoid a hip replacement. I think he's great.  Respond
RID: 105224
21/01/07 3 5 5 He is a very skilled Doctor. His office is busy but he is very efficient. My surgery was fast and done right.  Respond
RID: 60211
29/11/06 2 4 5 Long waits for knee injections but surgery waits were shorter than expected.  Respond
RID: 49233
06/10/06 3 3 3 I don't know Dr. Yoneda, but in reference to the previous comment about setting femurs I just wanted to say that femur shortening has little if anything to do with the surgeon and everything to do with the injury. There is little that the best orthopaedic surgeons can do in the primary setting to prevent shortening in pediatric femur fractures. Children can actually compensate quite a bit for limb shortening (sometimes having more growth in the shortened leg), so it's appropriate to wait until growth has stopped before repair.  Respond
RID: 39929
08/08/06 4 2 1 He set my femur as a child after a bike accident back in 1982. When he was done it was two inches shorter that the good leg. This has caused me considerable problems later in life. To repair the damage...another Dr. had to break my other leg and cut two inches out of it.  Respond
RID: 33675
27/06/06 2 3 5 Knowledgeable but long office waits - very popular dr. Poor bedside manner.  Respond
RID: 32985
21/06/06 2 5 5 What can one say about this fella: a very popular, talented and caring (knee) surgeon. If one could have control over a single problem? How about much shorter office waits (up to 4 hours!)  Respond
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