Dr. Brien G. Benoit


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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 25 reviews. Dr. Brien G. Benoit has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Neurosurgeon-related: nervous system, cervical and lumbar spine problems, brain tumors, neurovascular problems, peripheral nerve problems, neurological surgery, brain and spinal cord tumors, skull-base surgery, brachytherapy, aneurysm surgery, epilepsy surgery, neurological surgery
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02/03/12 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "Brian" to "Brien G." 
RID: 1496636
26/07/11 3 4 1 3 cant comment on his ability but can on the impact he had on me. Brain surgery is critically important especially if its my brain. In my opinion this man was totally uninterested, uncaring and bored with my situation and, apparently, his. He should have instilled confidence, empathy, trust and a smidgen a plain humanity and i didnt see any of it. I imposed on this man. I bothered him. I wouldnt let him stich my little finger let alone play in my skull. You might want to talk to Toronto surgeons about Radial surgery, if your condition qualifies, its a wonderful alternative.  Respond
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1310317
08/12/10 5 5 3 5 If you are looking for reassurance and information from a friendly face Dr. Benoit is not your man. If you are looking to get the problem fixed this doctor absolutely knows his stuff. After almost 2 years of being housebound under narcotic pain control his surgery gave me a new lease on life. I'd recommend him to anyone.  Respond
RID: 1295766
17/11/10 5 5 1 1 misled us about diagnosis - as in he was flat-out wrong. that's all there is to say really.  Respond
RID: 1287045
05/11/10 4 5 4 4 This neurosurgeon is blunt and to the point with me. Im getting brain surgery done by him and thats what i want. No sugaring. Just plain old doctors prognosis with a zest of dry humor added. I highly recommend him. He is a senior surgeon with LOTS of experience and teaches at Ottawa U.  Respond
RID: 1236392
24/08/10 5 5 5 5 I 've had 5 Brain surgeries by this wonderful doctor and he has saved my life each time . As for the bed side manners you all refer to I think you guys just don't get know how to take him he has been funny as well as straight forward with me I think he is a wonderful doctor and superb at his profession thanks  Respond
RID: 1217240
28/07/10 5 5 5 5 I was diagnosed with a mestastic brain tumor in March of 09(35 yrs of age). It makes me angry to see some of the negative comments about Dr. Benoit. If a doctor tells your that you are too fat then you are too fat, After my resection I felt very comfortable talking with Dr. Benoit about my treatments. I think that he is an amazing person and this world is lucky to have him. He was right about everything and I am doing well now so myself and my entire family think that he is a superhero.  Respond
RID: 1180995
02/06/10 5 5 5 5 I would recommend Dr. Benoit. He is very well educated in this field. I like the fact that he tells it like it is. I found him to be very professional and felt that I was in good hands. He kind of reminds me of "Dr. House". I prefer a strate to the point honest doctor like him. I deffinitly recoment him!  Respond
RID: 1156304
24/04/10 5 1 1 1 Having read the other reviews before seeing him, was not expecting a great bedside manner, but I was expecting competence. Scans showed my mother had three brain tumors. He looked only at the scans, did not interact with my mother at all, seemed to assume that she was cognitively impaired (e.g. unable to read) because of the tumors (in fact her mind was still sharp and she was still communicating via laptop). He said that they were secondary to cancer elsewhere in the body and there was no hope even with treatment. A month later we found out that the original report about the scans said the tumors could also be due to lymphoma, which is treatable. Eventually a biopsy was done and it turned out to be still something else (glioblastoma, not treatable). Still his dishonesty caused us a great deal of distress. I wonder why he was so quick to write my mother off--was it ageism or sexism that made him think it wasn't worth even trying to see if she had something treatable?  Respond
RID: 1143977
06/04/10 5 5 4 5 I have had 3 operations performed on my back by Dr. Benoit over the last 9 years. He has explained what would be done & why & what effects it would have on me. As for bedside manner, I would say he does a good job more often than not - we all have "off" days. I know he is highly respected by other physicians. Although I had a few issues with his office not responding at all when contacted several years ago, the last time I dealt with them(3 years ago) they bent over backwards to help. Three times I was in severe pain due to a degenerative condition for which there is no permanent cure. Three times he fixed it with minimal "side effects". I would definitely recommend Dr.Benoit.  Respond
RID: 1125531
11/03/10 4 3 5 5 I had this Doctor for an Arterior Vascular Malformation (AVM)- like an aneurysm. His diagnosis was perfect and his referral to a specialist group in Toronto for an experimental treatment was timely. His only error was in telling me I had only 10 years max to live - 24 years ago. Of course, he told me that before the experimental treatment was invented. I would agree about his bedside manner and sense of humour - they're strange. When my wife and I asked if we could have sex again after my leakage he told us ok but no swinging off chandeliers.  Respond
RID: 1010843
16/10/09 5 5 5 5 This doctor was great!!! good bedside maner careing takes the time to explain things to you and tell's it as it is.I seen him for a brain tumor and happy i did.  Respond
RID: 970169
23/08/09 5 5 4 5 ok people, doctors do not always have great bedside manner you want a doctor that knows what he is doing, sometimes you just can't have both but if I were to choose between expertise and manners I would choose expertise with dealing with your back and I would recommend Dr, Benoit. He is a highly skilled surgeon who has been around for decades way before a lot of you were even walking. He saved my father many years ago. I recently had surgery and I am doing fine in my 2 nd week of recovery. Yes he is right if you are not in shape and overweight your recovery will be harder and you are straining your back more. I know it hurts to hear that from a stranger but sometimes the truth hurts. Lump it! He is very informative and will answer your question if it is asked properly. There aren't many skilled neurosurgeons around like Dr. Benoit. We in Ottawa are very lucky that we have him.  Respond
RID: 908142
08/06/09 5 5 5 5 Very professional, knowledgeable, and pleasant. Long waiting list, but was prompt for office visits. Explained problem and procedure very clearly. Performed endarterectomy successfully. I would recommend this surgeon with no reservation whatsoever.  Respond
RID: 902732
02/06/09 3 3 4 4 He knows what he is doing but has really bad bed side manners. When my mom asked him questions he spoke to her in a very condescending way and at times did not even answer her. He only spoke to my father and boyfriend. When the results came in from my MRI he wanted to speak with my parents instead of connecting with me first. Other than that he is a really good doctor and has a weird sense of humor but everything went well in terms of surgery and at the end of the day thats what we cared about.  Respond
RID: 880523
07/05/09 3 3 1 3 I was in the hospital for a month, had every test done imagineable. Finally, the neuro doctors decided that I had cervical myelopathy. One day Dr. Benoit came to me and said he had room in surgery in the next three days to perform the surgery. I asked questions, but he NEVER even looked at me, he seemed more interested in my young female visitors. How does one get another neurosurgeon referral, if he does not want to give you one. NO BEDSIDE MANNER AT ALL.  Respond
RID: 818317
06/03/09 5 5 5 5 Did a microlaminectomy at L4-5 - very precise surgery to free up a nerve stem that prevented major problems later in my life. Very direct in conversation but caring and professional. I would have him operate again any time.  See Responses
RID: 801311
26/02/09 5 5 3 4 This Doctor is an excellent example of old-time doctoring. He has terrible bedside manner and talked down to me. He explained the procedure fairly well though in a condescending manner. Before the operation, he told me that I had back problems because I was too fat. After the operation he told me that I was not expected to get better. The aim was not to get worse. After the two office visits, I was depressed and had to work hard to get myself into a better more positive frame of mind. he has an excellent reputation as a surgeon but as others have noted, he has no people skills.  Respond
RID: 710387
27/10/08 1 4 1 3 I felt very uncomfortable talking to him. He talked down to me and made me feel as if I was wasting his time. I had an Acoustic Neuroma. When I asked for a referral for a 2nd opinion, he became angry. Very unprofessional. It took almost a month for his office to send the referral I requested.  Respond
RID: 565253
14/04/08 4 4 5 5 Dr. Benoit performed a disc removal on me. He was the only neurosurgeon to actually listen to me and believe I was experiencing as much pain as I was considering my young age. I would recommend him a million times over. Not a great bedside manner but I would rather have his expertise than anything else.  Respond
RID: 476335
04/01/08 2 5 1 4 I am sure he is a good neurosurgeon, however, he leaves alot to be desired when it comes to bed side manner. I was in and out of his office in a matter of 5 minutes after waiting for 3 months to see him. He should look into another profession.  Respond
RID: 448441
22/11/07 1 4 1 4 Dr.Benoit operated on me for trigeminal neuralgia. Procedure was microvascular decompression surgery. I now have anesthesia dolorosa a permanent severe constant pain, (burning,gnawing,stinging) fealing in my face. This was caused by injury to the trigeminal nerve during the operation. I realize that mistakes do occur, but are exceptionally rare in performing MVD surgery, and when it happens I would exepect the Dr. to have a better response than "" which would you sooner have (The TIC) or what you have now"".Knowing what I do now, I would strongly recommend to every one ""find another Dr. if you are contemplating having this surgery"".  Respond
RID: 329687
27/05/07 3 2 2 I could not work when I saw him; he operated me and it did not worked well. WhenI ask him for a letter telling that I could not work, he did not give me one. I had a penalty of three years on my CPP when I had to stop working. Very bad. I would not recommend him to nobody  Respond
RID: 328515
25/05/07 4 5 5 Dr. Benoit is an excellent surgeon. He performed the Cloward's procedure on me which corrected a severe c5/6 spinal cord compression. I have healed well and I am very thankful for his expertise. Follow-up appointments with him were very helpful and informative.  Respond
RID: 314582
10/05/07 3 1 3 No people skills, spoke to my husband not me for my surgury. Started discussing my return to work when I asked for a referal to Toronto. Did not answer my questions regarding symptoms or options after surgury left me with 'complications'.  Respond
RID: 310506
06/05/07 3 1 3 No bedside manner. Called me a liar when I discussed symptoms. He is well respected but I would not go back to him.  Respond
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