Dr. Paul Beaulé


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Specialty:Orthopedics / Sports
Website: medicine.uottawa.ca... External Link
Hospital: Ottawa Hospital - General Campus
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Online Appt. Scheduling: Unknown
Accepting New Patients:N

Profile updated 15/04/13    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 24 reviews. Dr. Paul Beaulé 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: 3624705
04/12/13 3 1 1 4 Although I must attest to his abilities as a surgeon (2 successful surgeries),I would not recommend this doctor to anyone. The clinic runs anywhere from 1.5-3hrs late consistently and you are very rushed when you actually see the doctor. Dr. Beaule has never read my chart prior to entering the exam room in over 8 years, he asks me what he did last time. I come prepared with questions as you MUST force him to sit and answer them,often he walks out of the room without giving the chance to ask questions. He knows his material (surgery) but is not helpful whatsoever in helping to cope with pain, alternative therapies while you wait the long queue for surgery. He is dismissive, uninterested in his patients and rude with patients/staff. He is a good surgeon with terrible people skills and I dread each follow-up with him. If you must use Dr. Beaule (as I did), I suggest you come prepared and advocate for great care. If you are not a great advocate, bring someone who is. 
Insurance: OHIP
RID: 2693377
24/06/13 5 4 5 5 Dr. Beaule performed arthroscopic surgery on both my hips over ten years ago,while the procedure was still being evaluated by the FDA for approval in the U.S. Both operations went very smoothly. I was supremely confident in Dr. Beaule's expertise, very satisfied with his explanations & his bedside manner. The surgery was performed through the UCLA Medical Group, and I am 100% satisfied with the outcome. Dr. Beaule is one of the original surgeons to use this procedure, at least in the U.S. I believe he used the DePuy ASR System, which was recalled in 2010 due to some patients requiring revision surgery, but as of today,I have had no problems of any kind. I would definitely recommend this surgery - so long as you do not fall into one of the groups for which this procedure is not recommended.After surgery be sure to exercise the muscles in your legs regularly and keep your weight down. I believe this is one of the reasons my hips are still functioning. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
15/04/13 SYSTEM: Accepting New Patients changed to "N" 
RID: 2617641
15/04/13 1 1 1 1 4 months of waiting just to see Dr. Beaule and my referral has now been cancelled. Too much work, not enough Dr. Beaule.  Respond
29/09/12 SYSTEM: Accepting New Patients changed to "Y" 
RID: 1742026
14/03/12 3 5 5 5 Despite some administrative and scheduling problems I'm very glad Dr Beaule was my specialist for my femeroacetabular impingement procedures. Very knowledgable and almost arrogant about his abilities but that only served to reassure me that he was better than competant.  Respond
RID: 1564657
18/10/11 3 1 2 4 I had an appointment with this doc waited 2 hours - never looked at my xrays -too busy for all he has to do  Respond
RID: 1540913
19/09/11 5 5 5 5 It's been three months since Dr. Beaulé did my total hip replacement (at age 55). I could not be happier. Dr. Beaulé is my hero. The intrusion was minimal (a 6 inch incision) and I was walking without assistance within 10 days. Pain management was also minimal. Two and half months after my surgery I feel 95% normal. (I still don't feel comfortable running, but I can walk very quickly.) The nurses told me he is "an excellent technician" and they were right. He is a very pleasant person. Some might find him a little off hand insofar as consultations tend to be with the residents (some of whom should work on their bedside manner). However, when I asked to speak with him, he cheerfully made himself available. And when I was worried post-surgery, he patiently took the time to address my concerns. All in all, he was very attentive.  Respond
RID: 1526873
31/08/11 5 5 5 5 Dr. Beaule's knowledge and disposition certainly made significant impact on my decision to proceed with hip surgery at the early of 40. I highly recommend his service to anyone that is able to see him.  Respond
RID: 1491670
20/07/11 5 5 5 5 Very knowlegeable and competent surgeon, asks all of my prepared questions. I did well post op anterior THR but two years later I have been diagnosed with an allery to titanium and I must have the caps of both the ball and socket replaced with plastic or ceramic. He was very kind when dealing with this situation.  Respond
RID: 1405756
04/04/11 4 5 5 5 Dr. Beaulé did my bilateral hip resurfacing in July 2008, when I was 55 years old. Before then, my life had shrunk because of pain and mobility issues. Im 57 years old now, have recovered 100% and started hiking 6 weeks post-surgery and teaching yoga at 8 weeks. I did all rehabilitation and exercises recomemnded, and made it work for me. I continue to be well and active, and even started new hobbies: dancing salsa in June 2009, resument winter sports such as cross-country skiing, and continue to teach yoga. Key to making this work? Don't expect your doctor to FIX you - get his help to fix yourself. Make it work for YOU. I'd recommend the hip resurfacing and Dr. Beaulé 100%: he did what he was supposed to do - resurface my hip. And I'll be grateful for this new lease on life, always.  Respond
RID: 1342476
20/01/11 4 3 5 5 I'm a 50 year old active man. Before my surgery, I endured years of increasing pain in my legs & knees. Before surgery, after sitting for a few minutes, I could be writhing in pain. When sleeping at night, the only way to avoid pain was to lie on my back with 3 pillows under my knees. Turns out the problem was in my hips, BOTH of them. I live in Toronto, and drove past the offices of 50+ orthopoedic surgeons to see Dr. Beaule. At the time he was the only doctor in Ontario who would resurface both hips during the same operation (he employs an anterior - frontal approach). That way I only had to endure one recovery/rehabilitation period. I walked a few steps the day after surgery, & was climbing stairs on the 4th day after surgery. He's certainly the "go to Guy" for any form of hip surgery. It's too bad there's not more surgeons in Ontario using his techniques. I went downhill skiing in colorado 4 months after skiing, and I LOVE my new hips. Thanks Dr. Beaule  Respond
RID: 1298334
21/11/10 4 4 2 4 He seems pretty knowledeable, I wouldnt know for sure, he took only 4-5 minutes with me...I know hes pretty busy, but when you are having major hip surgury you would figure he would give you more details. I felt rushed in there. I am told hes the best, but it looks like hes the only one that does my surgury, so does that make him the best? we wil see in 2 years...  Respond
RID: 1285435
03/11/10 5 5 5 5 ANTERIOR APPROACH TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT? At last I found through intensive research one top surgeon, Prof. Dr. Paul E. Beaule, who could perform this minimally invasive procedure. The anterior approach technique is so difficult that only very experienced, above all, very skilled surgeons can master it. I was a candidate and had the surgery on April 28, 09. I walked the next day and the day after I was allowed to go home (6.5 hours by car). Before I left, the assistants made me walk the stairs (a prerequisite for dismissal). After 3 weeks (from day of surgery)I returned to Ottawa only to be told by Prof. Beaule: "No restrictions, other than running." I never experienced any pain. It simply was an amazing experience. Research paid off. My life changed drastically 1.5 years ago and I cherish my good fortune each and every day. Thank you Prof. Beaule, thank you OHIP.  Respond
RID: 1258635
25/09/10 4 4 5 5 Overall he did an amazing job on my hip arthroscopy and now, a year later I am 99% pain free at all times and back to all my normal activities. His office is very busy and wait time can be a long but overall it is worth it. It did take me some time to get an initial appointement, get all the tests done and get the sugery (about 2 years) but in the end, it was worth it. He can seem a little rushed during your appointment however he is precise and to the point but will still answer your questions. Overall extremly statistied with the results and if you are lucky to have him, you are in good hands.  Respond
RID: 1144819
07/04/10 3 3 5 5 I found Dr. B great. He is to the point and tells it the way it is. I always came in with my prepared list of questions and each time he took the time to answer them all. I had right hip resurfacing and immediately the groin pain, leg pain were gone. My quality of life gradually improved and family and co-workers are amazed how well I am doing. I plan to walk a half marathon this May which will be the 9 month post op. I highly recommend Dr. B as he is a wonderfully skilled surgeon and Ottawa is lucky to have him. More doctors need to be trained in this procedure. Keep up the good work Dr. B!  Respond
RID: 1096759
03/02/10 3 1 4 5 My surgery was not a total success. Three years later I still can't do half of the things that I did pre-surgery. I had a hip (right) arthrotomy and arthroscopy; I had a cartillage repair and the ball of the joint was shaved down a bit. He treated the part but not the whole as do most doctors therefore never solving the problem. My right hip bothers more than my left hip and my left requires the same procedure. I did not get nearly enought physio after surgery; I should have had double what was recommended. In the end I'm very disappointed.  Respond
RID: 1011396
16/10/09 4 4 4 5 Very knowledgeable. A bit direct and could take more time to explain the procedure in detail but he did a great job with my hip. I am very pleased.  Respond
RID: 846671
30/03/09 3 4 4 5 I have only had the pleasure of a 5 min. visit with the Doc. I have been waiting 11 months now for double hip replacement. All my phone calls but one to his office have been to a machine over that time. I am very frustrated as he has not answered my e-mails either. I have three young children, the oldest of which is 16 and special needs. As a result of my inability to walk or exercise, I have not been able to keep him active enough to prevent behavour problems, which he relys on. I have had to stop volunteering for field trips at the school of my 2 younger children also. I started the process far too late and as a result I have gained weight, lost flexibility and muscle mass and have given up all forms of activity. My day revolves around doing what I have to and resting. I urge anyone with any type of hip pain to get it checked quickly because the wait in this province is destructive; I fear my body will never recover. I was once an athlete; now I'm a cripple!  Respond
RID: 815875
05/03/09 5 5 5 5 Being only 20 and passed from doctor to doctor, Dr.Beaule is the first orthopedic doctor that listened intently to my concerns, did a thorough examination, and took my personal situation into deep consideration. He is extremely knowledgeable, took the time to look at information that was given from my physiotherapist, and is doing everything possible to move along my tests quickly so that a treatment plan can be decided due to the amount of pain I am in. He was great for helping make sure I would have proper documentation for school as well. As the first orthopedic surgeon I have seen that was not outrageously arrogant and took sympathy in my situation and is trying to help me as soon as possible, I would highly recommend requesting him if you are having hip issues. Also rated one of the best in Canada! Every doctor I've talked to says he is the one to see, the hip guy in Ottawa.  Respond
RID: 785722
09/02/09 5 5 4 5 i had a semi replacement in febuary of 2008 recovery was quite fast i gained leg leght and lost my sore back what a difference but i was stupid this week and went to work hard labor for 2 days now i've got a hard time mouving i called the office i will see him in 1 week  Respond
RID: 784661
08/02/09 5 5 5 5 I highly recommend this surgeon. He's extremely knowledgable and took time to address my concerns. His ability to assess the situation and provide or recommend proper treatment is wonderful. Very professional.  Respond
RID: 548972
26/03/08 4 3 2 4 I call to met Dr. Beaulé in December 2006. I got an appointment in July to met him and after, an appointment for a hip resurfacing in December 2007. The day of the surgery, I was prepared to received the surgery (pills, etc.), but after 4 hours of waiting, Dr. Beaulé came to say me than there is not enough time for surgery this day. So, he invited me to phone his secretary to got another appointment. Useless to say that I was furious(!!!) since it takes me 4 hours in car to go to Ottawa, with all implications (personnal and professionnals), and the fact that I got a confirmation of the hospital at 4 o'clock PM the day before that the surgery will effectively. I know. That's the system... In february, I finally had the surgery. Dr. Beaulé was confident but no time to speak, explain and appease. It's short and sweet. He said me 4 weeks with crutches and no physio. After 7 weeks, I have difficulty to walk because I have pain. Dr. Beaulé said me it takes sometimes 4-6 months to disappear. 
Paid (or co-pay): $600
RID: 528647
03/03/08 5 5 5 5 I was lucky in that Dr. Beaule had just returned to Canada from the USA in 2005, when I was referred to him in by my family Dr. He saw me in October, 2005 for a THR and operated in late December. He was reassuring,confident,experienced and very professional. Two years later, the operation has been a total success. There is nothing I have not been able do with the hip (golf, curl, ski) and no discomfort or pain......this is one very competent orthopedic surgeon and if he does your surgery, count yourself very fortunate indeed. J A  See Responses
RID: 284297
17/04/07 5 5 5 He is very knowlegable, and has a great bed side manner. He did a great job on my hip. I was told by some nurses he was the best and I agree. We need more doctors like Dr. Beaulé  See Responses
RID: 108959
23/01/07 4 5 5 very helpful doctor with a real attention to the problems of the patient; he has no time but during the consultation he is very efficient and time for surgery reasonable! I recommand!  See Responses
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