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My wife as a Physical Therapist, and myself as a Dentist, have a combined six decades of experience with a special interest in working with chronic pain patients. We have never dealt with or even heard of an office that is as unprofessional as this one. No Doctor or Therapist in their right mind would ever refer to to Filler, his office staff is terribly abusive, and Filler has no interest in communicating with his patients or their primary care doctors. The staff told me what they thought that I wanted to hear, including that they would help me get insurance coverage until the moment that they got my written consent. The next day, after I had the procedures, they did a total flip on me, and were rude, totally uncaring, and lazy. Filler may or may not have tremendous talent. However he is a snake oil salesman, even trying to sell me on piriformis surgery before he even finished his brief initial evaluation or ridiculously priced scan! The old saying, "if the only tool that you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail," fits him far too well. Sadly, I have seen too many surgeons who seem to have talent and good credentials, let their professional judgement become corrupted by the lust for money. Doctors are responsible for providing a high level of care, skill, and judgement. He may or may not have skill, but my experience was that he offers terrible care and judgement.
Stay away from this "doctor." I wish I had done further research on this guy before going ahead with the procedure. His whole practice is a scam and only designed to generate money on the back of people who will believe anything to relieve their pain. Long wait, not bedside manners, his staff is rude and doesn't care at all. Do some research and you will find that Filler has a bad reputation amongst his peers. I went through the same process as everyone else, the expensive MRI diagnosis/injection, the insurance issue, the lies and omissions from his staff. I'm lucky the insurance ended up covering most of the over $100k surgery. He ended up entirely removing my piriformis (which he forgot to mention -- I only found out later from another specialist), which didn't change the amount of pain, but he also decided to make a second incision and get rid of some supposed scar tissue in an area that wasn't causing any pain. Result: two large scars, no change in the original pain, but he actually severed a nerve in my leg during the second incision, which has made the skin on the back of my thigh totally numb while there's a constant burning sensation inside the thigh. I thought I was in pain before, but it wasn't until I had the surgery that I realized what being in pain was really about. He didn't fix the problem but actually made it worse, and created a second issue. He claimed that was a potential risk of the surgery (which he never mentioned) but that it had never happened to him before (which was a lie, as I found several other patients online who had a similar experience). My life fell apart after the surgery because of the pain. It wasn't until six months later when I found a pain specialist who found the right pain medication for me that I found some relief and am now able to live with the chronic pain (the medication is buprenorphine, which was a life saver for me, helped with the pain but without making me feel sleepy or loopy like the other pain meds). It's now been 5 years since the surgery and I decided to write this after someone asked me about Dr. Filler. I just hope I can save someone from experiencing a similar nightmare. He does help a few people, but other neurosurgeons could get the same results without the risks, cost and overall dreadful experience that is Dr. Filler. He's an egotistical charlatan only interested in money, what he does borders on criminal and I'm amazed he is still allowed to practice. Do yourself a favor -- save yourself the pain, don't gamble with your health and go see another neurosurgeon.
I went to this doctor with severe right side pain. 3 years later it's actually worse from the surgeries that were done. There was no follow up care and getting medical records sent to another doctor is a nightmare. I live on the east coast and spent in excess of $50,000 between cost of flying out and his fees. Ridiculous! Now in 2014 I still can't afford care for my condition.
My husband had a 2 year pain in the butt (literally). In pure desperation we turned to the neurography institute. What a mistake! During the test the tech actually told him that every test she had ever done for them was positive for what the requesting physician was questioning. The test is very expensive. $4020. My insurance said that in California the max allowable charge for this is about $1700. That aside it was the staff that made this a terrible experience. I feel the while thing is shady. A particularly nasty woman, Hannah, harassed us relentlessly for payment. The agreed payment was $300/month but she wanted the payment in full. The agreement we signed stated that we had a year to pay off this huge bill but she agreed that we had 30 days from completion of insurance claim. She is quite unreasonable. I have no idea if Dr Filler knows how terrible his staff is but they are shameful
Dr. Filler is very knowledgable in the area of PNE. Unfortunately he has a gift that can help thousands of people in the PNE community but uses his gift as a money maker charging astronomical prices. His charges are not reasonable or customary!! There is a large disconnect between himself and his staff. I don't think he has a clue what they do in that office. They are grossly unprofessional to the point of being ruthless. I was shocked when I spoke to his staff...he is a highly regarded surgeon in the field and has authored books and published extensive research on PNE, and this is his support staff, pretty pathetic! If I were as accomplished has he seems to be I would definitely want some one more professional to represent me. Your business is only as good as your weakest link! I was treated and had surgery in 2010, I certainly hope he has addressed his staffing issues since then.
Nightmare!!! .....after the so called treatment, anesthesia etc... I stood on the street with my husband ,in the dark with a walker waiting for a taxi...was told Filler would call me in 2weeks...never heard one word...ever.... Only many requests for payment. Insurance doesn't cover anything, they are out of network.... I was much worse for going there, not only physically but monetarily.
Dr. Filler is a brilliant surgeon. He's unique in that he's interested in esoteric cases, the ones that other surgeons pass on. You might say he's almost willing to experiment. Consequently he has a mixed record of success. People either are totally cured or utterly destroyed. My own surgery left me exactly where I was. I was very happy not be worse off, so I count my blessings. I spoke to a guy who was totally cured. On the other hand I have a good friend who had piriformis pain and Dr. Filler operated, and he was somewhat improved, should have quit while he was ahead, but he agreed to a second surgery which resulted in cutting muscle to get at the nerve, and he wound up so bad that he's in lifelong agonizing pain; he can't sit, lie down, sleep, or anything but walk the floors. Six years later he's lost near 100 lbs. (now about 85 lbs. total) But others have had fabulous results. He is far too interested in money, though. Compassionate, but his office isn't. He's very expensive.
Anyone interested in taking action against this doctor because of their nightmare please contact me. Email email@example.com..This guy tore my obturator internus muscle..I had to have surgery 3 months after the same 3 injections he gives everyone...if anything to find moral support..light should be shed on the scam nature of this practice..they take scans that no other competent ethical surgeon will read..wish I had done my homework!!
Dr. Filler is one of the most amazing Dr.s I have met. He is compassionate, listens, and spends necessary time with patients. I came to Dr. Filler from a surgeon who said there was nothing else to do to fix the problem. Dr. Filler was able to both diagnose and repair the problem. He is the best.
We have been dealing with my daughter's medical situation for almost (4) years now and up until a visit with Dr. Filler's, no progress had been made. I am writing this because Dr. Filler has been to say the least, been a "remarkable doctor". My daughter has seen numerous doctors, six to be specific and not one, up until that point, had been able to even give us a diagnosis. It turns out my child had "Pudendal Nerve Entrapment". Pudendal Nerve Entrapment is apparently very uncommon. Dr. Aaron Filler has gone above and beyond to ensure my daughter received the best care possible, he has taken time out of his busy schedule to answer questions via email, usually these emails are answered after normal working hours. He has not only assured me that there was future hope to alleviate my daughter's situation but he cured it, as a mother that means the more than I can put into words. He is a consummate professional and has a tireless work ethic which is quite evident by the notable changes in my daughter's health.
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