Ratings for Dr. James C. Wang
WARNING – AVOID OR PLEASE AT LEAST SEEK 2ND OPINION I made the mistake of trusting Dr. Wang with my foot surgery, a lapidus bunionectomy involving the use of an external fixator. The surgery failed and Dr. Wang later failed to properly read the X-ray that showed the failure. He also failed to disclose that his plan entailed using cadaver bone (which I wouldn’t have consented to) and also failed to disclose that he was receiving thousands of dollars in consulting fees from Orthofix, the company that sells the external fixator and bone graft material he used in my surgery, as well as the bone stimulator he prescribed for me after the surgery failed in a futile attempt to avoid a 2nd surgery. It’s taken me 4 years to recover from his missteps. My journey included a 2nd surgery in which 2 joints were fused, 30+ physical therapy sessions, countless appts with other drs, and a medical malpractice lawsuit I filed against Dr. Wang that was recently settled and reported to the CA Board of Podiatric Medicine by his malpractice insurance company. Bottom line up front: if you are considering Dr. Wang for surgery, seek at least 1 additional opinion. The use of an external fixator is uncommon and controversial. In addition, look into payments he received from medical companies and be sure you’re comfortable with that. The gov’t runs a transparency program that shares info about financial relationships between medical companies and health care providers. You can see Dr. Wang’s payment history at https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/207469/payment-information. Note in the 2013-2015 timeframe he was one of Orthofix’s most highly-paid drs nationwide. In 2014, when I was recovering from my surgery, he received almost $150K in payments from Orthofix. While this is legal, and I don’t know whether Dr. Wang received payments related to my case, not disclosing this financial relationship is ethically questionable. Indeed, his brother, a spine surgeon, was sued by his patients for financial conflicts of interest in a case that cost UCLA millions. As the LA Times reported, “The plaintiffs argued that Wang deceived them by failing to obtain their consent for the ‘off-label’ use and by not disclosing the tens of thousands of dollars in financial support he had received from Medtronic over the year.” (see http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ucla-wang-medtronics-20160729-snap-story.html ) I had my surgery in Nov 2013 and never felt well afterwards. I followed Dr. Wang’s instructions to the letter (including trying to run ~7 weeks post-surgery), but battled a lot of pain and couldn’t resume my regular activities. It wasn’t until 7 months later, Jun 2014, that he ordered an X-ray to see how my foot looked. He declared it looked fine; my pain was due to tendinitis. When I finally sought a 2nd (and 3rd and 4th) opinion 9 months later, I learned I had a non-union for the joint that the surgery was supposed to fuse. You can see that X-ray at http://bit.ly/2s0nRqE. Note the black line– that was supposed to be all white (solid bone). I was devastated by this news and the recommended next step: surgery. I was desperate to avoid it and turned to Dr. Wang for help. He suggested I try a bone stimulator and offered to do a 2nd surgery for free if necessary because I’d gone through so much. I decided if my health insurance would cover the bone stimulator, which it did, I’d give it a try. After 3 weeks of using the bone stimulator, Dr. Wang ordered an X-ray and declared that things were looking good. At that time, I consulted another dr who didn’t see the X-ray results quite as positively. I also learned that Dr. Wang had misread the earlier X-ray (the June 2014 X-ray actually showed a non-union, not that everything was fine). My trust and confidence in him completely eroded, and I switched to another dr. After 9 months of use, I had a CT scan that revealed the bone stimulator did NOT fuse my joint AND I also had severe arthritis in the adjacent joint. This meant surgery was inevitable, and I started screening candidates for my 2nd surgery. During this time I became aware of the full extent of Dr. Wang’s negligence and his financial relationship with Orthofix. In response, I initiated a medical malpractice case. As the legal process unfolded, I underwent a 2nd surgery at Cedars-Sinai, spent months in a cast and 7 weeks on crutches, went to dozens of acupuncture and physical therapy appts, and struggled mentally thinking this all stemmed from Dr. Wang’s errors. My medical malpractice case was settled before going to trial, and 18 months following my 2nd surgery, I’ve regained most but not all of what I had lost. I’ll need to wear orthotics the rest of my life, and a 3rd surgery is possible. For now I’m grateful to have so much behind me and believe I’m still going to get better, not worse. As part of my healing process, it’s important to me to help others avoid my fate. I hope you do.
WARNING WARNING WARNING!!!! My mother was referred to Dr. James C Wang for hammer toe and bunion surgery on her right foot. She and I were told by Dr. Wang that the surgery went perfect and that in "three days she would be on the elliptical and in the pool." It is now more than 8 months after the surgery and my mother is in complete agony every day and night, and has to take pain medication every few hours just to deal with the pain. Dr. Wang, as you can tell by all the other 1 star reviews, is a CON MAN and DANGEROUS. My only hope is that someone reading this will not go to Dr. Wang, and get a few opinions before doing surgery. He put an external fixation device in her foot, and punctured a vein doing so, and when she was profusely bleeding, he said that he thinks she has a problem with blood clotting, even though before the surgery, he did not ask her to do any blood work, and now post surgery, we know it is not a problem with clotting, but the fact that he punctured a vein. Not only that, one of the screws from the device was hitting a tendon and every time she moved an inch it is like someone stabbing her foot with a knife. We went to another doctor to remove the fixture, just wanting to get as far from Dr. Wang as we could, and the new Doctor was surprised that he would use the external device. After some research on the internet, it seems Dr. Wang has ties to the company that makes the external device, and it is his go-to, even though it might not be necessasery. We now know tha he caused permanent nerve damage, and our hope is that Dr. Wang stops practicing medicine, as he is doing much too much harm to too many patients. There have been many lawsuits filed against Dr. Wang, and it is surprising that USC would have him working at their hospital. There are doctors who can fix bunions and hammer toes with the utmost care and quality, and can have you in the healing process in three days, as Dr. Wang said, but he is not one of them. We hold Dr. Wang completely responsible for a botched surgery, unnecessary device implantation, and overall lack of professionalism. DO NOT GO TO DR. JAMES C. WANG
I cannot disprove anyone who has been thrilled with having crossed James Wang's doorway. This is how I was introduced to the man....through a very enthused referral. And perhaps he really has helped men and women regain their lives with certain conditions. At my consult this charismatic fellow made it seem like a slam dunk easy procedure to repair a partial tear in my posterior tibial tendon. I was so swept away with his "can do" attitude. The surgery was performed, and then the healing. All during the following year, as I was continuing to feel weakness and pain, he would tell me "just use your core" "exercise your core"...."work the heck out of your foot, and this will only help"....Well, as we all know time does fly by. The window came and went, when I could have taken legal action for what he did (or more accurately, what he did not) address. My pain became grievous, and I knew that I could never trust this man again. But in a way, this man did me a wonderful service. I wised up and methodically had consults with SEVEN foot/ankle surgeons. I was that leery of ever trusting again. When I originally walked through Wang's doorway, he failed to address the fact that my right completely flat foot was also totally collapsing. His tendon repair ended up being nothing more than a bandaid approach to what I was really dealing with. Don't ask how many of the surgeons who I interviewed told me that I could have easily sued him for what he did to me. What I learned though, from one of the fine surgeons at Cedars, sure made that clear. At my consult, the surgeon could look at my paperwork and see that I had seen James Wang. The surgeon asked me what I thought of him. This was the first time in my life that I had ever opened my mouth to moan about someone in the healing arts. The surgeon looked at me and said "Yesterday I was called to testify regarding this man at a mal-practice hearing". The surgeon went on to say that he thought that Wang was "oily". I have the time right now to be writing this review, because 3 years after James Wang had his way with me, I finally trusted again, to have the appropriate surgery that should have been done in the first place. I thank God that James Wang did not do anything that could not be un-done. I am on day 9 of recuperating from a full flat foot reconstruction surgery. I am in for a long journey of recovery, but let me tell anyone who is reading this....when you find an elite surgeon who is at the head of the pack, and you can own that you need this work done, that you are halfway home. I will bring up one more item here that at the time brought me to tears at my first post operative visit with James Wang. That first week of my original surgery, he was very good about personally calling our home to see how I was doing. But at my first visit back into his office, while of course still swaddled and using crutches, he told me within a brief explanation of how I was to get back to using my foot. It had to do with being able to sit with my foot touching the floor, and then after doing this without too much pain, to move onto a few other positions. He did this very fast, and I asked him if he could repeat it to me or have me be able to read his instructions. I swear to God, this man YELLED at me, telling me that he had no time to repeat himself, and that he had more important clients to deal with. What a complete jerk, in addition to his being unethical. I am told though that he has a brother who is a fine doctor. Good luck, everyone! Delete review
I read the last comment and have to say I researched this persons claims and the trial. This person tried to blame the doctor for her chronic arthritis and she fully signed off on his surgery. She lost the two week trial 12-0 after the jury deliberated for 45 minutes!!! The fact really is that he utilizes techniques that are far advanced to many doctors in the LA area. I went and had surgery with him for a bunion that had an external fixator. Unlike other methods I was able to walk right away and all the other 5 docs I went to would have had me in a cast for 6 weeks. Nothing is left in my foot and I am back to running marathons every few months. Do not blame the doctor for your result. I also read in the court documents that you walk without a limp and teach pilates on a daily basis.
I have just emerged from a jury trial in which we sued this person for the permanent damage he did to my foot with an unnecessary and mangled surgery. This is the third time he has been sued for the same malpractice. Another lawsuit is pending for the exact same misuse of his training and professional oath. He lied to me about what my injury was - a simple fifth metatarsal fracture, lied about the procedure he intended to perform, had me fill out paperwork in which he claimed to be an MD and orthopedic surgeon - which he is not - and performed a surgery that involved drilling four, four inch threaded pins into my foot and attaching an outside rail, for no medical reason. He is deeply invested in the company which manufactures the device he uses, and he uses it a lot. Using this device, he wrongly drilled a 'pin' through a joint. I am left with permanent pain and loss of function in my foot. The device he used is called an 'external fixator' and has legitimate use for complex multiple fractures which are severely out of alignment. My injury was simple, did not require intervention, and was removed by another doctor who was appalled at the device he saw for this simple fracture which should have been treated with a walking boot. Despite our best efforts, we did not prevail in this lawsuit. I remain very appreciative of our judicial system and for the opportunity to face this person publicly, and in a court of law. I am hopeful that these multiple lawsuits being brought against Wang, and this steady humiliating public attention will eventually dampen the ease and sense of imperviousness with which he acts, and harms people who come to him in good faith. I am writing this to caution anyone who encounters this person to seek a different medical professional. He is confident, relaxed and lies easily and without hesitation in a court of law and in his practice. Please beware of this person until he is finally stopped.
I went to Wang for Planter's in an isolated spot in one foot. He did not take me through the normal course of cures for this common problem, but taped, gave me an exercise and a shot. I was functioning and walking very well and enjoying my daily walks until he made an orthodic. I tried to tell him it was causing horrible pain, but he said to keep wearing it. In short, it caused 3x the problems that weren't there to begin with and then he wanted to do surgery. He told me there was a part added to the orthotics that caused the foot not to be flexible. Now I am left with trying to find a doctor to cure the damage he has caused, a lot of medical bills and I can not walk much at all anymore, let alone my nightly walks. Sadly, my life has changed for the worse.
Dr. Wang fixed a problem that another surgeon botched. I have been seeing him for 7 years and he has kept me walking. He's a master with treatment avoiding surgery as much as possible, AND the most ethical doctor I have ever known. Thank God for him!
Dr. Wang is an amazing person and a great doctor. He recently performed a complicated surgery on both my feet. His staff is excellent and happy to answer questions and he stays in constant touch - checking in via email and phone - and answering any question, big or small. We both expect a positive outcome to the surgery and while I'm glad I waited to find Dr. Wang, I wish I'd found him years ago.
Dr Wang used external fixation after removing arthritis growth and scar tissue from a 20 yr old injury. While not completly recovered, he(and I?) are confident the surgery was successful. He is very knowledgable, easy to talk to and surgery follow up was flawless,calling me daily after surgery. with a slight exception to his receptionist who is sweet, but at times a little forgetful. His foremost concern (besides performing sucessful surgery) was pain control, and since I;m a big fat baby when it comes to pain, he was very thorough, and took into consideration my tolerance to pain meds, as I had been taking them for quite some time after an UNsucessful surgry. I would highly recommend him, hje does indeed look very cute in a bow tie.
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- Pennsylvania College Of Podiatric Medicine (Grad. 1989)
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