Dr. James Powell


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Specialty:Orthopedics / Sports
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Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 25 reviews. Dr. James Powell 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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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 2616596
13/04/13 5 4 5 5 Dr. Powell has done a left and right THR for me. There are times you will wait well beyond your appointment time to see him but he is worth it. The only downfall to this is his office is downtown and parking is a premium. He is an excellent surgeon. After having complications with my second replacement he has been great to continue follow up care. One of the greatest assets to Dr. Powell's office is his nurse Colleen. She provides exceptional care and always makes time for the patients regardless of the huge case load. Jeanette is always friendly and professional when booking follow up appointments. Overall, if you require a competent, skilled Orthopedic Surgeon, do not hesitate to be referred to Dr. Powell. 
Insurance: AHC
RID: 2607363
04/04/13 5 5 5 5 Great Doctor repaired my smashed acetabulum to the point I can still ski down Delirium Dive and play tennis. Handled my panicked parents very well as well.  Respond
RID: 2473880
14/11/12 5 5 4 5 Excellent doctor. Quirky bedside manner, but I kinda like that. He fixed my ankle with no problems at all and now I wouldn't even know it had been full of screws, pins and plates at one time. And I have to mention how great his staff are, especially Colleen. You read so many bad reviews here about bad support staff but Colleen was so helpful, friendly and caring and always there when I had a question or concern. Great team here. Dr. Powell even fixed the hip of a friend of mine and he is equally impressed. My only complaint is I didn't get all the information for aftercare / follow-up when I left the hospital - but one phone call to Colleen and I had all the answers I needed - it just would have been nice to leave the hospital with that info. Now if someone could just do something about the freezing cold waiting room they make you sit in for hours before the surgery... but that's nit picking...  Respond
RID: 2295278
26/06/12 1 1 1 1   Respond
05/02/12 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1559520
12/10/11 5 4 5 5 In a word - "Outstanding". Simply put, he gave me my life back!!! He and his staff kept me informed and were extremely helpful at all steps of the procedure. It has been 5 years since he replaced my hip and words cannot describe how grateful I am and how helpful he has been.  Respond
RID: 1555237
06/10/11 5 4 5 5 Dr.Powell and his staff were amazing. When the Burmingham procedure was unsuccessful, he consulted the doctor that helped design it to see wat could be the problem. Once it was determined that it could not be resolved by simply replacing it, he had a date for a complete hip replacement immediately. Both surgeries went extremely well otherwise. His staff were on top of everything regarding pre-op tests and making sure all of my questions were answered. The care I received from Dr.Powell and his staff was nothing short of exemplary. I have moved 300 kilomters away from Calgary and I will need to have surgery on the other hip in the not too distant future. I will travel back to have Dr.Powell perform the surgery if I can get him. Great Doctor and great staff!  Respond
RID: 1492796
21/07/11 5 5 5 5 Drs Powell and Kiefer came as a God-sent and saved my son's hip. 14 months ago we were facing a real risk of a hip fusion, after a severe SCFE injury and 4 unsuccessful attempts to stabilize the hip. In July 2010, the Powell / Kiefer team performed a hi-tech 5 hour procedure, in which they did a surgical dislocation and an osteotomy with excellent results. Today my son's hip is well healed and pain free, with no pain. He can run, walk, longboard and ski! They are top notch both from a technical skills and bed side manner perspective!  Respond
RID: 1464203
14/06/11 5 4 5 5 I have had several surgeries with Dr. Powell and never once have I had a problem with attitude, personality, professionalism or knowledge. It didn't matter whether it was WCB or not. He had great bedside manner, empathy and never made me do any action with my hips that I was uncomfortable with. Dr. James Powell and his staff were very professional and I wouldn't want to go under the knife with any other surgeon ever!  Respond
RID: 1397962
26/03/11 5 5 5 5 Dr. Powell usually sees people who have complicated issues or cases, so not the regular normal hip surgery cases. His risk runs higher than most surgeons. I had to wait 2 hrs. to see him, but knowing that it takes over 6months for orthopeadic surgery in Alberta, I had no problems waiting. He had high empathy, intelligent and great diagnoistic skills. I knew he could only access me with the information I was providing him. As for waiting, he had a trauma case, car accident before me, so I did not mine waiting if it were me. Responsibility is a two way street for your health!  Respond
RID: 1371635
24/02/11 3 1 1 1 Every time I saw Dr. James Powell I had to wait 4-5 hours in the waiting room to see him. His advice about my AVN was not at all helpful. In fact, he ended up hurting me more than helping me. Even though I was in severe pain, he insisted that I do things and move certain ways that I couldn't, and when I wasn't quick enough as a result of the pain he became aggitated and forceful. He doesn't seem to care about his patient's physical health or emotional health. I've dealt with dozens of doctors over the years and James Powell is without question the worst doctor I've had the displeasure of meeting.  Respond
RID: 1325936
03/01/11 5 4 1 1 Went to Dr. Powell with lover leg issue. Misdiagnosed dispite several visits. Over a year later an xray technician told me with the problem moving my foot I was showing it was obviously a torn archilies tendon. Second Doctor confirmed that but due to the extensive delay due to shoddy diagnosis I was beyond repair - now crippled, major loss of mobility and grave loss of life enjoyment. Due to my advanced age I was simply overlooked, my pain "a symptom of age" instead of the obvious injury it was - repairable if properly diagnosed at the time. Get a second opinion IMMEDIATELY if Dr. Powell tells you there is little he can do for you - I sure wish I had. A nice man but he sure dropped the ball in treating me.  Respond
RID: 1153677
20/04/10 5 5 5 5 Fantastic Dr, listens and thoroughly explains the procedure. He genuinely cares about his patients after the surgery and throughout the recovery.  Respond
RID: 1141033
01/04/10 5 3 1 3 Our experience of Dr. Powell found him overly focused on making sure we knew there is a two tier health care system in Alberta. WCB, and everyone else. I'm sure he has great bedside manor if you're NOT WCB.  Respond
RID: 1106418
15/02/10 5 2 5 5 I too am very greatfull for the Dr. my new hip is amazing and he is very caring. All the positive comments are true.....  Respond
RID: 1025052
03/11/09 5 5 5 5 It has been four years that I have had my Birningham hip, Dr Powell and his team are the best group of people you could ask for. After years of being told I was too young for a replacement, Dr Powell was the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. People are amazed when I tell them that I have a replacement, as I have no limp, do yoga everyday, rock climb, ski, anything I want too!!  Respond
RID: 993842
23/09/09 5 5 5 5 Can't say enough good things about Dr. Powell and his nurse. Fantastic surgeon, incredible bedside manner, caring, compassionate and highly skilled. I'll be back for a second hip replacement soon and know I'll be well taken care of.  Respond
RID: 990707
18/09/09 5 5 5 5 From the moment I met with the staff and then Dr Powell I knew I was in the right place.Not only where his staff very experienced and knowledgeable but Dr Powell is very compassionate and deeply cares for the welfare of his patients. I really feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be a patient of a Dr with such knowledge and integrity.  Respond
RID: 685028
15/09/08 5 5 5 5 Dr Powell is one of the most caring doctors I have ever had the privilege to operate on my knee. If I ever need another knee surgery there is no one else I would go to. He is the best.  Respond
RID: 675538
28/08/08 4 4 5 5 Very good doctor! Really knows his stuff. Would recommend him to anyone.  Respond
RID: 615849
17/06/08 5 4 5 5 Dr. Powell is a very caring Dr. I was so lucky to have him do my Burmingham hip. I can tell he takes very good care of his patients. As I was nervous about the surgery he reassured me that he would do his best. And I know that he did.  Respond
RID: 575247
24/04/08 5 4 5 5 Dr. Powell did an excellent job repairing my broken pelvis and followed up the operation very well. He is an fine physician and a kind and caring person.  Respond
RID: 489774
21/01/08 5 5 5 5 Excellent physician. Highly regarded in the ortho community. Very professional and knowledgable about the latest advancements in hip surgery. We would highly recommend him.  Respond
19/12/07 SYSTEM: 3 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 417598
24/09/07 4 5 5 5 Dr Powell got me in early for a very painful hip.He did a hip replacement and I am pain free and walk normally. He gave exceptional treatment and I would highly recommend him. I have seen the scars on other hip replacement people and mine is barely visable. I just hope he is around if I need another hip.  Respond
RID: 334099
31/05/07 3 5 5 He did a full hip replacement on me in 2000, excellent results. He did the Birmingham resurfacing hip relacement May 1/07. Just 4 weeks later I am walking with no pain and hardly a limp. Incredible results. I can highly recommend this great surgeon.  Respond
RID: 298294
25/04/07 4 5 5 Top rated in joint replacement. Is highly thought of by the medical fraternity.  Respond
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