Ratings for Dr. Raed Ali
Dr. Ali saved my life. Literally! An MRI revealed a life threatening spinal canal tumor, and an admission to St. Joes brought Dr. Ali to me on a Friday night. He stayed with me for an hour answering my questions and explaining the risks. He and Dr. Ho (neurosurgeon) performed a 4 hour surgery on me and not only did I have no repercussions from the surgery, but my chronic back and hip pain disappeared! Dr. Ali is so caring and attentive, I always felt safe and secure. He is confident, but always warm. His tremendous skill and compassionate personality turned a frightening experience into a miraculous result! His staff is also top notch! I visited both locations and always received excellent attention, fast service, and wonderful care from the staff. A lovely man with a great skill and supportive staff!
I wouldn't advise going to this orthopedic spine surgeon if your quality of life depends on it. Beware. There are multiple bad reviews about Dr. Raed Ali online. His failed back cases are a horrible nightmare for his patients like me who are permantly suffering from his gross surgical errors and mistakes. Dr. Ali is certainly a tosser surgeon.
I had a totally different experience with two separate surgeries by Dr. Ali then those presented here. I had multilevel lumbar laminectomy by Dr. Ali and later a four level discectomy and cervical fusion. Dr. Ali spent a long time discussing the procedures with my wife and I prior to the surgeries and either he or the assisting surgeon were the ones that I saw in the hospital for follow up. In his office afterwards I again saw Dr. Ali, at no time was I handed off to a P.A. and again he spent as much time with me that I needed and never made me feel rushed or unimportant. There are no guarantees in spinal surgeries and Dr. Ali made clear the best and worst case possibilities. Do I still have some physical issues? Yes. Do I blame Dr. Ali? NO! Let me put it this way, I will most likely require a total knee replacement very soon and if Dr. Ali performed that type of surgery I would have no qualms or reservations to him working on me again.
Dr. Ali is a butcher. The first time I met Dr. Ali he appeared kind, calm, concerned, and convincing. He stated I had "severe spinal stenosis" and needed surgery, immediately-URGENTLY. A cervical fusion C3-C7. No time to wait...he then sent in the scheduler who proceeded to schedule the surgery. Dr. Ali stated he would "take care of me" and the only change would be limited range of motion. Wrong. That was in 2011. It is 2015. I have problems I never had pre-surgery. I have since seen several physicians and all are in shock when I state I had a fusion. Even going on to further state there was no "definitive" reason, medical or otherwise, for such a serious surgery. Following the surgery I could not lift my arms, when I went to see Dr. Ali for follow-ups he continued you state everything I was experiencing was normal to "walk" and you will be fine. I wasn't fine. I was a mess. I had MANY problems as a result of the surgery. 2012 Dr. Ali stated “I can go in and take out all the titanium…it will only take an hour…” Seriously? I was already suffering from the result of the surgery and would not allow Dr. Ali to perform such a surgery. Looking back I believe that once again, Dr. Ali just wanted to “cut.” Dr. Ali performed what is known as an "anterior" and "post-anterior" fusion which involves- cutting the front of my neck AND the back - close to decapitation - then screwing in plates and screws into my cervical spine THAT I DID NOT NEED. When I initially went to Dr. Ali for my follow up visits, where I expressed my concerns and outlined the sudden influx of medical problems, Dr. Ali tried to smooth talk his way out of it. Truth be told, Dr. Ali does not concern himself with patients once he has "cut" the patient because it appears this is the thrill of the process, for Dr. Ali, the surgery, not the health of the patient. I later learned, from a neurosurgeon, that cutting the back of the neck is the worst place to cut a patient. This Neurosurgeon NEVER cuts the back of the neck unless it is a trauma case (car accident, etc.) due to all the pain the patient will experience for the rest of their life. Due to the amount of muscle, tissue, and nerves in the back of the neck, when cut by the surgeon, this causes permanent damage. I actually asked Dr. Ali about the “big dip” in my neck, the sticking out of a bone and he said “oh it will go away.” That was 2011. It has not gone away. The pain is still there along with many other issues. Externally, I have a long and horrible scare, atrophy, and a deformity as a result of Dr. Ali butchering my neck. Honestly, I have many problems as a result of the surgery. Out of my concern for others, I would ask you to turn and walk away from Dr. Ali as fast as you can. This man does not care about his patients. I don't know if he is simply doing this out of greed or if he truly gets a thrill from the act of slaughtering his patients. However, I do know I did not need this surgery. I was lied to and I suffer as a result of his negligent actions. Please do not go to Dr. Ali.
This Dr. has way too many patients too provide quality care. I would be lucky to get about 10 minutes with the PA. I had an L5-S1 fusion which after 1 year has not helped in the slightest bit. I feel I have gone to hell and back with he pain of surgery, but thought it would be worth it to get pain relief, but no relief I received. Follow up CT scans apparently show great progress, but my pain tells me differently. I wonder if they are so busy that they had someone else's CT scan or if they are too busy to do a proper interpretation. Going for second opinions.
I will NEVER refer anyone to Dr. Ali. I went to him with a back problem. T12-L1 herniated disk. Took almost 2 mos from my first visit, MRI's, scans, XRays..to tell me I needed surgery. I couldnt walk. Ended up having 2 surgeries. First 1 he didnt even correct the problem. post surgical visit was with his PA. I was still in major pain upon waking up after surgery. PA told me it was normal. 4 weeks went by, I still couldnt walk & the pain was so unberable. Was on 5 painkillers every 2 hrs. Kept calling Dr. After 4 weeks he finally sends me for another MRI. Then tells me he has to do another surgery that the first one didnt "work" and was worse then he thought. Was he sleeping during the 1st surgery? Horrible Horrible experience. then had to see him 2 yrs later, had cervical issues. Have HMO so had to see Dr. Ali again. Long story short....he did surgery on C6-C7 hernatied disk...only to wake up still in pain. Paid out of pocket to see a specialist. Yep.need 2nd surgery.
Doctor refused to see me after doing a bad job operating on my back. I Needed a second operation to fix problems he created. Also, this doctor did not address my flat disc issues. So, his operation was a waste of time and money. Worst of all, he refused to see me after I complained of pain in my back after the operation. After 3 months of leaking spinal fluid and his refusal to see me, I needed to go to another doctor to get my back repaired. I now was no longer leaking spinal fluid (after 2 operations), however, my problem of flat discs still had not been addressed. Worst of all, both this doctor and his colleague convinced each other that I really had no back problem. Five months after the 2nd operation, I asked for an MRI and the 2nd doctor said "It will not show anything". After the MRI was studied, doctor number 2 (colleague of Dr. Ali) admitted, that yes, I really needed a 3rd operation. Why? Simply to fix the original flat disc issue. What an awful experience!!!
I agree with the other comments about the quick hand-off to the P.A. and treating the whole patient! I went to this doctor for spinal problems and ended up having back surgery which provided no relief. This doctor will order asd many MRI's and CAT scans as your insurance company will allow and then when you return to find out what the findings or results were, the Dr. never knew and always seemed surprised to see me. He was never prepared or had a cohesive treatment plan for him or I to follow . I felt a total lack of faith in this doctor;s ability to actually discern what the problem really was or actually heal someone.
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