Dr. Joel Gelman

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Website: centerforreconstructive... External Link
Hospital: Chapman Medical Center
Med. School:Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Grad. Year: 1989

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Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 21 reviews. Dr. Joel Gelman has an excellent overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Dr. Joel Gelman
Urologist-related: urinary tract, prostate, bladder, erectile dysfunction, kidney stone disease, male infertility, prostate cancer, urinary incontinence
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RID: 5549450
08/06/14 5 5 5 5 Dr. Gelman is simply the very best. He has given my life back to me. As of June 8, 2014, I am 5 weeks post surgery and dodging GREAT. Wish I had surgery sooner. His entire staff (especially Denise) is outstanding. Shalom!  Respond
RID: 3654118
12/01/14 5 5 5 5 The reason Dr Gelman is amazing is the quality of his work, care, and attention to detail. For me that was the most important. However in addition, Dr Gelman and his staff surprisingly made the entire experience "pain free". My expectation of reconstructive surgery and memories of my first surgery as a child was that pain would be involved. Dr Gelman's staff is incredible starting with Denise. Throughout all of my appointments, Dr Gelman and his staff were always on time and thorough. Dr Gelman is honest and sets the appropriate expectations. I give Dr Gelman and his staff my highest recommendation. The reconstructive surgery he performed changed my life! I feel so lucky to have found him. I wish every doctor performed at the same level as Dr Gelman. He is the benchmark for the best in the medical field.  Respond
RID: 3631229
12/12/13 5 5 5 5 I suffered my adult life with a urethral structure. Dr. Gelman reconstructed my urethra. Dr. Gelman did, what no other surgeon could do. I had several failed reconstruction surgeries in the past by Dr's that should not have been attempting such procedures. Dr. Gelman's skill, confidence, knowledge, and ability is second to none. I cannot put my suffering into words. I've had many infections. Septic blood infections caused by catheters by treatment by incapable Drs., Claiming to know what they're doing. I've had long stays in the hospital fighting sepsis with IV antibiotics. I wish I found Dr. Gelman years sooner than I did. I did not suffer or have pain at all under Dr. Gelmans care. I prayed to God for a Miracle and God answered me with Dr. Gelman. Dr. Gelman improved my quality of life. I can never thank Dr. Gelman enough. If You, or a Loved one is suffering with a urethral problem, please do not let another surgeon attempt to operate, gain experience, or learn at your expense.  Respond
RID: 3596212
05/11/13 5 5 5 5 In the spring of 2013, I acquired a bladder neck contracture following robotic prostate surgery. My urologist’s approach to treatment included painful dilations of the bladder neck and trips to the emergency room when that didn’t work. I called Dr. Gelman for an evaluation. Following the evaluation Dr. Gelman explained that he wanted to perform a bladder neck incision. His confidence in the procedure gave me the trust that I needed to go forward. Two weeks later I had the surgery. Since the surgery, my bladder neck contracture has been cured without causing problems with incontinence. I feel that the cost of the surgery was reasonable and clearly explained to me. For these reasons, I would like to recommend Dr. Gelman and his staff to anyone who is having complications following prostate surgery. If you don’t feel confident in your doctor’s approach, give Dr. Gelman a call or leave him a message on his website. You won’t regret it.  Respond
RID: 2533116
16/01/13 5 5 5 5 A prostate operaton in Jan 2012 by local urologist had made me suffer from a urethral stricture. In June 2012, Dr Gelman fixed the stricture gave me and my family back a new life again. Now I can urinate freely like a fire hose when the signal comes. The flow is even much better than ever. I drove a few hundred miles from Northern California down to Orange for the first visit. I was impressed with Dr. Gelman’s professional attitude. I could feel it that he didn’t rush me into an operation like my local doctors did. Instead, he showed great care and thoroughly explained the significance of timing about my case for the reconstruction - a 7 cm stricture. Dr Gelman can do magic. There has been no pain at all during the whole process starting from the pre-op cystocscopy to the completion of the surgery. The only exception is the tissue taken out on my inner cheek for grafting.Patients who are searching for the best doctor to fix urethral disease should contact Dr. Gelman. I highly recommend him and his professional team members. 
Insurance: United Healthcare
RID: 2411259
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RID: 2406110
20/08/12 5 5 5 5 I highly recommend Dr Gelman the only doctor be able to fixed your problem.  Respond
RID: 2386779
28/07/12 5 5 5 5 Dr. Joel Gelman is in a class of his own. He saved my 19 year old son from a lifetime misery after performing the surgery. No other doctors gave him any hope. Dr. Gelman not only gave him hope but gave my son MF his life back. View the video library and see the first video up of MF. I want all of you to know MF and his entire family can not thank him enough for his care. This man is a superior doctor. Don't listen to that sham review, it's totally bs. PF  Respond
RID: 2344099
10/07/12 5 5 5 5 I can't think of anything negative to say about Dr. Gelman. He's an amazing doctor - confident, knows what he's talking about, has tons of experience, will take the time to answer your questions, etc. I flew to see Dr. Gelman from another city after doing a TON of research and it was the right choice. He did a great job on my surgery and I would highly recommend him for anyone with a urethral stricture.  Respond
RID: 1689115
17/01/12 5 5 5 5 amazing doctor the best in urethral stricture you can find,i had the urethraplasty about 3 months ago and i feel like a new person.  Respond
RID: 1577752
02/11/11 5 5 5 5 This man can do everything but walk on water, and I'm waiting for that to happen. He was able to perform a surgery that 15 other Drs could not do. I have sent other men to him and he was able to help them also. I would highly recommend him. Thank you Dr. Gelman for saving my life.  Respond
RID: 1460331
08/06/11 5 5 5 5 From my initial visit with him, to my urethroplasty procedure, i always felt that i was receiving top notch care. There was not one time during my experience with Dr. Gelman that i doubted his ability to repair my urethral stricture. He emits a confidence that makes you feel completely at ease. Being only 23, it was very frustrating & puzzling that i was dealing with something like a urethral stricture. It took me a while to finally seek medical attention because it actually seemed embarrassing in a way. If you are in the same situation that i was, DO NOT WAIT, this is not something that you should deal with when there is somebody like Dr. Gelman who can fix your problem. Do not try and go to somebody else who claims they can perform this complex and precise operation, it is not worth it. Dr. Gelman is fellowship trained and is a true expert in this field. If you have any questions regarding the procedure or anything about the recovery, please e-mail me ([email protected]
Insurance: Pacificare
RID: 1452549
29/05/11 5 5 5 5 Everything was great except the amount covered by my insurance company. Denise was on top of Anthem and kept Anthem to their pre treatment benefit promises. 
Insurance: Anthem
RID: 1345360
24/01/11 5 5 5 5 Dr.Gelman was great from the start he spent time on the phone explaining what wuold take place step by step, his diagnosis was write on, and the procedure was successful. 
Insurance: CIGNA
RID: 1338042
16/01/11 5 5 5 5 In addition to his technical expertise and excellent outcome, I was extremely impressed that Dr. Gelman called me twice to discuss my situation at length. I have never had a doctor call me personally and initiate a substantial and helpful conversation. He is the best in his field and a class act. 
Insurance: Workers Comp
RID: 1326080
03/01/11 5 5 5 5 I am 1yr post reconstruction and am "urinating freely again". This sounds like a punchline butif you're reading this you know it is no joke! Because I feared urethroplasty, I talked extensively with Dr. Gelman, my PCP, two local urologists, and two surgeons in other areas of the US who focus their practices on and have published medical papers on urethral reconstruction. My fear was unfounded; post-surgical pain was non-existent (except for the buccal graft location on my inner cheek), and Dr. Gelman's confidence, expertise, and personalized care throughout the process left me with no doubt that things were going as expected. Dr. Gelman is respectful, incredibly informative, and is very passionate about urethral reconstruction. "Miracle" and "art" are probably not the correct characterizations for what Dr. Gelman is capable of; he is beyond those words in that his expertise with urethral reconstruction is so extensive, the best outcome possible is a foregone conclusion. 
Insurance: CIGNA
RID: 1283425
31/10/10 5 5 5 5 My urethra was torn apart in a car accident. My local urologist said he was not qualified to reconstruct a urethra. He said it is a very delicate operation, and there are only two doctors in the United States who consistently do it well. One of those two doctors is Dr. Joel Gelman. (I believe he said the other doctor is in Virginia.) I visited Dr. Gelman and was extremely impressed with his caring nature and his confidence that he could reconstruct my urethra. He performed the operation, and it was a total success! I urinate normally now. My local urologist wanted to perform a cystoscopy on me recently. This is where a scope is passed through the urethra into the bladder. Although the local doctor had good intentions, I only trust Dr. Gelman with my urethra. I wouldn't trust anyone else. Therefore, I drove the distance to get to Dr. Gelman and had him perform the cystoscopy. As expected, he did an excellent job, and I am fine. I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Gelman and would DEFINITELY recommend him. 
Insurance: Aetna
RID: 1280558
27/10/10 5 5 5 5 Dr. Gelman and his staff were first rate in their handling of my stricture. From the several pre-op visits to determine my options, to the daily post-op visits to check on my healing, Dr. Gelman, his resident staff and nurses were all first rate. Dr. Gelman readily admits that my case was very difficult involving 7 hours of surgery time, but true to his description, the results are nothing short of a night and day difference. If you are looking into a similar procedure, you owe it to yourself to speak with Dr. Gelman. He is referred to by several prominent Urologists, and is highly regarded in this particular field. There's a reason that people travel extensively to be treated by Dr. Gelman. And after my experience, I know why. 
Insurance: Aetna
RID: 1115131
25/02/10 5 5 5 5 Dr. Gelman is the best doctor is has treated and and that I have ever known. He treated me with care  Respond
RID: 1091629
28/01/10 5 5 5 5 In 2002 I was diagnosed with scar tissue in my uretha. For the next 7 years I bounced from urologist to urologist with countless operations and procedures to correct my condition with no success. I was at the point where I was almost unable to pass urine. I was then referred to Dr. Gleman. Dr. Gelman did for me what no one else could. He reconstructed my uretha in a 13 hour operation and gave me my life back. This testimonial is very emotional for me. Words can not explain what Dr. Gelman did for me. I highly recommend him for people suffering from this condition. 
Insurance: Anthem
RID: 1070449
05/01/10 5 5 5 5 Referred to Dr. Gelman by local urologist. No one in our area who could preform urethral reconstruction. Dr. Gelman's reputation convinced me to travel out of area for a first visit and diagnosis. After meeting with him I was totally convinced that I was in the hands of an expert and that I could place my trust in him totally. There was no question that I needed surgery, and as frightening as that can be, I knew in my heart that all would go well. And it did! I feel he saved me from a life of misery and possible death. I would highly recommend Dr. Gelman to anyone with a urethral stricture. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $10000
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