Dr. John Oliver


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Specialty:Orthopedics / Sports
Practice: Oliver John H Dr
Hospital: Kelowna General
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Rating: 3.3 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 25 reviews. Dr. John Oliver has a fair overall rating on RateMDs.com. neutral

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Dr. John Oliver
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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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 5326229
04/04/14 3 5 5 5 On March 21 2014 I had a full hip replacement surgery performed by Dr. Oliver. It's now been less than 2 weeks and I'm pain free and gaining more leg and hip movement each and every day. He has been courteous and top notch professional. Thank God I don't believe everything I read and I'm able to make my own conclusion. In short; A BIG THANK YOU to Dr. Oliver and his staff.  Respond
RID: 3653020
10/01/14 2 1 1 1 I had surgery in 2013. His staff is friendly but does not answer the phone, nor return messages within a couple of days - try weeks. He is the most arrogant individual I have ever encountered. After misdiagnosing my knee in the hospital - he spent 2 minutes and missed a torn ACL, torn MCL and torn meniscus. I went through a year and half of rehab, pain and disability. Second meeting, AFTER I paid for a private MRI that showed the tears, he said I should have had surgery when it happened so my outcome wouldn't be as good now. Then I had surgery and had many complications, but he was not available for a follow up since his office was being renovated. His office booked me to see him in the hospital, and after waiting for 3 additional weeks for the appoint and 2 hours in the waiting room, he didn't bother with a full examination, did not have my records so said I had to book an office appointment. That took another month. All of his exams were cursory and he missed major problems.  Respond
RID: 2373182
17/07/12 5 4 5 5 He did a scope on my right knee and its doing great so far. My knee hasn't felt this good since I was 20, I can exersice again, thank you Dr Oliver.  Respond
RID: 2227699
10/06/12 4 4 4 5 I had my knee scoped Tuesday may 29th 2012. So far I am very happy with the results. I was able to go home and mow my lawn the same evening. I had a private MRI done March 19th 2012. The report came back and read as follows. OPINION: The study demonstrates a full thickness tear of the ACL. An intrasubstance tear of the PCL is also identified along with a slightly depressed fracture of the posterior margin of the lateral. I did have 3 surgeries cancelled but the wait time did not really exists as far as I am concerned. From the time of injury march 8th 2012 to surgery date May 29th 2012 it wasn't even 3 months. It's been 12 days and it keeps getting better everyday as long as I walk lots and don't sit around. Thank you Dr. Oliver. I should be back on the hill snowboarding next year. Time will tell I will update my status of surgery results this fall/winter. But my opinion is that Dr Oliver is a great surgeon and treated me great, in a very timely and professional manor  Respond
RID: 1547423
27/09/11 5 5 5 5 I had recent scope and meniscus repair. All went well. Of course there is a wait to see Dr.Oliver just like all specialist. I know many Dr.s and pro athletes that trust him, so do I.  Respond
RID: 1422953
22/04/11 5 4 5 5 OMG! For all you nay sayers out there. If you need consoling, see a psychologist. If you need a friend, join FaceBook. If you need an oath surgeon, see Jack. FYI most surgeons are not social butterflies with their patients. They're busy shutting out the whiners and diagnosing the legitimate clients. He diagnosed my rare oath issue in the ER before he saw me. No he is not Mr. Congeniality but a great surgeon.  Respond
RID: 1370167
23/02/11 5 5 4 4 Great Dr and great team at the clinic. I have a needle phobia and the whole team made me feel super comfortable. I was concerned about the scarring after open ACL replacement surgery and he even did inside disolving stitches for me. So happy Dr Oliver and his team performed my surgery. It has been a week and barley any pain and everything is healing nicely. Heading back to work on the 28th. I would recommend him for any ACL replacement surgery.  Respond
RID: 1210334
18/07/10 3 3 1 1 In 2006, I injured my right bicep tendon distil. A serious tare to the tendon, causing my bicep to be pulled away from my forearm. Oliver operated on me, explaining nothing before the operation. I was nervous about this, as I new there were options. I trusted him to retract the bicep muscle back into place and suture it. As it turns out he had other ideas about my repair. He left the bicep exactly where it was and patched it in place, with the muscle remaining pulled away from my forearm and half way up my arm toward my shoulder. Today my life has changed drastically. I have lost most of the strength in my right arm. I'm having trouble gripping things and have cramping an pain in this area daily. Today I am playing the waiting game to see other orthopaedic surgeons. I could not recommend this Dr. to anyone. He is not trust worthy. If you are injured and require an orthopaedic surgeon, I would avoid this man altogether.  Respond
RID: 1173999
RID: 1163007
05/05/10 1 1 1 1 Dr. Oliver treated me for a fracture radius and ulna. He misdiagnosed my arm causing me to refracture it twice and ending up having surgery. I will never be able to move my wrist fully again and have now been in a cast and/or sling for close to six months. He is the worst surgeon I can imagine having. He has 14 pending lawsuits against him and has a rate of post-surgery infection close to 70%. He is the HEAD of orthopedic surgery at Kelowna General Hospital.  Respond
RID: 1145388
08/04/10 4 4 5 5 A surgeon is not there to book your mri appointment, he is there to tell you what he thinks is the best way to go about repairing your knee. He isnt a comedian, he isnt going to do two surgeries at once because there is a possibility of further damage post surgery if your a dumba**. he has done three of my 4 knee surgeries and i just booked 2 more with him. Dr. Oliver is a proffesional and as any doctor who went through the same training as he did, he tells you hwat you need to know. nothin more nothing less. hes not your friend, hes not your neighbour (maybe) but he is the dedicated orthopedic consultant to the canadian freestyle ski teams and for the 2010 olympics aswell. if proffesional athletes trust him, he must be an ok surgeon...  Respond
RID: 1127071
13/03/10 4 4 4 4 I need an acl replacement any feed back from patients would be greatly appreciated. 250-979-8350  Respond
RID: 1085838
21/01/10 4 4 3 3 ended up having 2 surgeries instead of just one because he wouldn't do everything that needed to be done in the first surgery. went to a differnt surgeon for 2nd surgery. no trust in this guy  Respond
RID: 1043188
25/11/09 4 5 4 4 Saw him for a knee injury. No issues whatsoever. He knew what the problem was and offered to fix it. Don't see what all the fuss below is for...  Respond
RID: 921324
24/06/09 3 3 1 2 I agree with pretty much every comment about how this "doctor" seems to have his mind made up before even seeing you, implies you will just have to suck it up and live with your injury, that nothing can be done, seems very disinterested, not helpful, and so on... I am a young strong man with no reason to be suffering the shoulder pain and limited range of motion that I have for over a year and a half now, and would appreciate something more than "sometimes these things happen for no reason, and sometimes they go away". Oh, and his parting comments were "I suppose if I don't send you for an MRI you'll just argue about it so I'll send you anyways". This after I briefly and simply explained the pain, potential cause (accident), and demonstrated that I was reasonable, don't expect miracles but just investigating if anything could be done aside from surgery... absolute waste of time, this guy. I guess if you have the Olympic rings on your "business" card, everyone is suddenly beneath you...  Respond
RID: 910960
11/06/09 4 4 4 4 Is a bit of an odd duck but he seems to know what to do with a scalpel. He's performed 2 scopes on my knees and I have no complaints.  Respond
RID: 780107
03/02/09 1 2 1 3 Very rude and arrogant. I waited 4 months to see this doctor and he just said "maybe" I should get an MRI done if it doesn't heal - it's been two years! It was the receptionist who said I should book one right away. He didn't offer help whatsoever. Useless.  Respond
RID: 725170
18/11/08 4 5 5 5 Dr. Oliver was my saving grace. Can't say enough kind things about him. He is professional, kind and extremely knowledgeable.  Respond
RID: 700540
12/10/08 5 5 4 5 Dr. Oliver repaired my separated Achilles tendon, he was very specific on the work that would be done, and the speed of getting the assessment to surgery was quick. Some of the reviews seem bad because he doesn't have the joking around type of personality, he is just there to get the job done, with specific details of what will be done. I am currently 8 weeks into the surgery, and walking around quite well. Thanks Dr. Oliver on a job well done!  Respond
RID: 528075
02/03/08 5 5 1 1 What a waste of time! Waited approx. 3(?) months for appointment. It was a maximum of four minute visit. Took a look at my (displaced) bone, pushing toward my throat, said "nothing can be done", and I was dismissed. Not even a hand examination to see WHY this bone is extending, or where it is coming from. And he was out the door. I felt that my age, (70) was a factor. There was not enough 'time' to inquire, is it something to do with a previous break of my arm. VERY DISAPPOINTING and very impersonnel.  Respond
RID: 334442
31/05/07 4 5 5 saw him for toren rotator cuff tendon, dry sense of humor, took time to explain all option and what course of action to take. found him to be very knowledgable and was highly recommended by other people I know that saw him and by two nurse's I know  Respond
RID: 325484
22/05/07 4 2 3 Went to Dr. Oliver regarding a seperated shoulder. Found him to lack bedside manner and general lack of caring. Found him to be rude, and arrogant.  Respond
RID: 311120
07/05/07 4 1 1 I went to see Dr. Oliver regarding my foot. Arthritis was diagnosed and he came back into the examining room with a large book and looked up how to perform the operation. Needless to say I didn't have him do the surgery! Not a very polite Dr. as well.  Respond
RID: 294563
23/04/07 2 1 3 Felt that Dr. Oliver didn't listen to me, had his mind made up about my so called "problem" before I said a word and rushed me out of his office asap.  Respond
RID: 235948
27/03/07 4 5 5 The only dealings I have had with Dr. Oliver, is that when he could not do my surgery, he reccommended a Dr. in another city who is excellent. Thanks you Dr. Oliver!  Respond
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