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Having chronic pain for over 4 years I was finally diagnosed with 3 herniated discs and a dislocated spine. I also have osteoporosis, osteo-athritis, rheumatoid-athritis and nerve damage and was extremely nervous about having this surgery. After much phone calling I was finally referred me to Dr. Ginsberg at St. Michael's Hospital. Upon meeting Dr. Ginsberg in December 2013, I was immediately put at rest due to his knowledge and the confidence he showed when he explained the procedure to me. I had my surgery on February 19, 2014 and one day after the surgery I was up and walking and each day getting stronger and stronger. I would like to thank Dr. Ginsberg and his surgical team for giving me back my life as living with chronic pain, in my opinion, is not worth living. I am now walking further and further each day and I am totally pain free. For anyone looking to have this type of surgery, I would highly recommend Dr. Ginsberg and his surgical team.
Submitted April 4, 2014 | flag
I simply wanted to say that I myself am a surgeon so I chose my own surgeon very carefully. I consulted 4 neurosurgeons in Toronto and Dr Ginsberg was the only one who had a sensible approach in my opinion. Having spinal cord compression, my career and my life were on the line, so I had to choose carefully. His philosophy is to try conservative measures when possible, and failing that, to try the least invasive surgical approach possible for the maximal benefit. The others generally preferred a very aggressive high risk operation as their first choice, which would probably have created more disability in the end. His residents and fellows that train with him speak very highly of him. You really can't go wrong choosing him as your surgeon.
Submitted Dec. 13, 2013 | flag
Dr. Howard Ginsberg is a fascinating man with 17 years of degrees. He is an engineer who does surgery, not a surgeon who is also an engineer. I was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy with severe numbness in both arms and beginning in my legs. I had seen two other surgeons before him but didn't trust them. As soon as I met with Dr. Ginsberg I immediately knew he was the man I wanted to perform my surgery. He is beyond genius and even though he warned me that this surgery isn't going to correct what is already wrong just make it so it doesn't get any worse he did correct what was wrong. I call him "The God Doctor" because I truly believe he was sent by God to heal people. His assistant Myrna was also very helpful and doesn't deserve the uneducated remarks made here. People need to understand Myrna gets hundreds of faxes a day because Dr. Ginsberg is that highly rated and the best neurosurgeon in Toronoto. She does her best. Thank you for saving my life Dr. Ginsberg. :)Tara
Submitted Aug. 16, 2013 | flag
Dr Ginsberg iS the most amazing doctor I've seen out of many he spent time with me on every visit doing through testing. He has an amazing bedside manner. Be careful who you let cut you open some do it for the money and some devote their life to it. Doctor ginsberg has been my life saver. I've been all over the place till I met him. Doctor who is not a student but and actual surgeon from japan is amazing also. Spine Surgery is very risky and does not always cure pain. My spinal cord is compressed and I'm looSing function that's why I'm doing the surgery. Anyone is blessed to come into dr Ginsberg care. If he Says you need surgery I believe him he's not the type of doctor that will just cut you open unless he is sure he thinks there is a chance he can fix you. I've been to a few other surgeons he's the only one I've trusted. God bless you dr ginsberg you are and angel put here to help. You are one of the best surgeons in canada
Submitted March 14, 2013 | flag
Submitted March 7, 2013 | flag
If you have spinal stanosis you should go see Dr Ginsberg. I'm 68 years old and not in the best of health, but that didn't seem to matter as all went well. I had a spinal splitting laminectomy (for spinal stanosis) that Dr Ginsberg said he learned from Japan. The operation took about one hour and I went home the next day. To my surprise I didn't have much pain after the surgery and was up and around the morning after surgery. Its now been about six months since the surgery and there is no sign at all of my old leg numbness and shooting pains. My only regret is not doing this sooner.
Submitted Jan. 20, 2013 | flag
Very smart doctor. He fixed a large herniated disk for me in my low back. I was 100% fixed from the moment I opened my eyes after surgery. Four years later I am still 100%. I probably need a surgery on my neck for stenosis in the future and I will have him do my surgery again.
Submitted June 5, 2012 | flag
I have now had my surgery. It was called Anterir, Cerivical, Dissection and Fusion. My life has changed dramatically. I still have severe pain.I ma still so hopeful. The thing that no one seems to wite on here is that perhaps not every condition is repairable. Dr. Ginsberg and his staff are wonderful. This is a very caring Dr. whom does not deserve some of the comments on here. I find it hard to believe with so many working parts going on in a neck and back that people expect everything to be as it was.Dr. Ginsberg is still trying to find answers to why I am still in pain. This is also a Dr. whom operated on my own family Dr. To me that says it all. Be thankful for this man who has dedicated his whole life to medicine ! Come on.
Submitted Dec. 17, 2011 | flag
My problem is the same as someone else who wrote on here. Another neurosurgeon did the first surgery on my beack and made a big mess. Dr. Ginsberg fixed the mess and I'm finally on the road to recovery after a long ordeal. He was great - thorough and thoughtful. I wish I saw him first and I could have avoided the first big mess that made things so much worse. As another user said, you should choose your spinal surgeon very carefully. Some neurosurgeons like Dr. Ginsberg devote their practice to spinal surgery while others don't. I can't emphasize this too much. Be very careful who you let cut you open.
Submitted May 2, 2011 | flag
I have had an extraordinarily wonderful experience with Dr. Ginsberg. Contrary to some of the other ratings, I found Myrna (his office assistant) to be MOST helpful. She answered my questions, scheduled my surgery and pre-op procedures. My family doctor had sent my records to the spine clinic in Richmond Hill and never heard back from them. He then suggested he would do one more thing--send my records to "one of the best spine guys in Canada". My family doctor didn't think Dr. Ginsberg would see me but he did and for that I am eternally thankful. It has been a little over three weeks since the fusion and decompression and the pain that I have endured for the last few months in my right leg has completely disappeared. Dr. Ginsberg, Dr. Tochigi, and everyone at St. Michael's Hospital were (and are) absolutely WONDERFUL!!! Thank you hardly seems to do it!!!
Submitted Feb. 16, 2011 | flag
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