Ratings for Dr. Mark D. Torke
I was referred to Dr. Torke after my PCP let me know my broken finger was actually a serious injury which could affect the function of my entire hand. (Who knew?!) Dr. Torke let me know that yes, surgery was an option, explained the risks, and ultimately we decided we would not pursue surgery. Since surgeons are paid exponentially more money for surgeries, it is a real blessing to find someone who can say NO to surgery. I was so worried I would be placed with a surgeon who just wanted to operate for the sake of operating. Dr. Torke advised me against the surgery. I found him kind and easy to talk to, and we even shared a laugh about my waiting so long to take care of the injury. (Oops.) Even though it was a silly little broken finger, I didn't feel dismissed. Also, the office staff are incredible. They are really diligent in finding out answers & YOU CAN FILL OUT PAPERWORK ONLINE! :)
He is just collecting a check. doesn't care about his patents. Is so out of touch with the new world of Orthopedics. Go to him if you like playing Russian roulette with your joints. Time to retire before you hurt someone and get sued and ruin your retirement which you should have done years ago
I had an MRI ordered by him. I went back ten days later. HE NEVER uploaded to show me my MRI or my X-rays. He just sat down and said, Yep, you have a bone spur and it needs to be operated on....blah blah." I asked for at least a cortisone shot in my shoulder for the pain and he said I was "beyond a cortisone shot." . As I walked out I was given paperwork for potential surgery. And then was told he was not in MY NETWORK..THANK YOU JESUS and was also told that I should use a recliner chair for my surgery recovery. WHICH I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT AND HATE THOSE CHAIRS. Two weeks later went to a different doctor who took the time to upload my MRI and Xray and he could NOT FIND one tiny tiny bone spur. and recommended PT and gave me a cortisone shot...I was almost pain free the next day. Now doing PT and NO SURGERY was ever recommended by the other doctor. SHAME SHAME SHAME on this place..subjecting me to UNNECESSARY surgeries, infection, pain, suffering etc. etc. DISGUSTING
My son flew down from Tennessee being told he needed surgery(his insurance I ours in fl and wouldn't approve it there. He came down and dr torke said he didn't need it he still can't lift his arm over his head. Who would you all say who is to blame? Idk
I first saw Dr. Torke on October 15, 2014. He told me that I had no choice but to get a total knee replacement. When I asked him what I should expect as an outcome he said that he has had patients with total knee replacements playing golf within 2 weeks. He said that with such conviction that I scheduled the surgery right then and there, only because he was so highly recommended. I got a total knee replacement on October 28, 2014. When I started physical therapy in November of 2014 my knee swelled up so much that I got stretch marks. When I went back to see Torke he noticed the swelling but didn't do anything or indicated that I needed to do anything about it. The swelling didn't subside and I continued seeing him through the end of December of 2014. All he said was that I was to continue with physical therapy. At that time he said it would eventually get better unless the cement comes loose. So a hobbled around on a cane for more than a year and swam at least 3 times each week to exercise with without putting a load on it. When I did put much of a load on it, it would blow up (inflamed and bruising from within) every week or so, which would cause me excruciating pain - so much so that I would have to hold myself from passing out until my pain meds kicked in. When I did see Torke again he took more x-rays and said that I must have torn my posterior ligament and thus needed the prosthesis that he put in replaced. He was also quite curt with me and I had to spar with him to get less than 5 minutes of his time. I then got a second, third and fourth opinion from doctors, Andrew Cooper, George Morris and Abner "Marty" Landry. All 3 of these doctors told me that the prosthesis that Dr. Torke put in had clearly come loose and they all also put their opinions in writing. I then scheduled with Andrew Cooper to have this prosthesis replaced. He told me that the surgery was going to be 3 hours or more because he had to chip away all the cement from the "Torke replacement". When I got out of surgery in less than 2 hours I asked Dr. Cooper why and he said that the prosthesis slipped right off, the cement was not at all adhering to my femur (bone) so much so that he didn't need to do any cement chipping at all. I then asked him what could have caused this and the said either faulty mixing, application or cement. I was walking down the hallway 2 hours post-surgery with Dr. Cooper. It has now been 4 weeks and this new prosthesis is much less inflamed and infinitely less painful than my previous knee replacement. I am writing this to give fair warning to anyone who might be considering surgery with Dr. Torke. No one should ever go through what I have gone through in the last year and a half – constant, unrelenting pain with weekly episodes of unbearable pain, addiction to opiates, not being able to work or participate with my family and friends, enormous loss of income and having to pay not only for the first knee replacement (over $80,000) but for a second knee replacement that was well over $120,000, which my insurance partially paid for. If anyone questions the validity of this review they are welcome to contact me. Everything stated herein is well documented. Dan Mueller email@example.com
Dr. Torke and his staff are terrible, unprofessional and rude-not to mention they do not fax records out or cooperate with other doctors. Dr. Torke looked at my daughter's ankle after she was told at the er that it was possibly fractured. They recommended a follow up with a specialist and a new set of xrays since she was still growing, only 7 years old at the time. We waited over an hour in the examination room. My daughter left the room to use the bathroom. When Dr Torke finally came in, I informed him that he should know its much more comfortable to endure long waits in the waiting room where there is TV, magazines, and more space as opposed to being holed up in a tiny exam room for over an hour with my kids. At that point, I could tell he didn't care because he shrugged his shoulders and said the staff takes care of seating, not him, and that he has no control over it. At that point, my daughter came into the room. I told him the er recommended more xrays. He said there was no way she could have a fractured ankle because she is walking on it. He said if it was fractured, she wouldn't be able to stand the pain. I told him her ankle gives out often and that she cries in pain. At that point he roughly pojed her ankle with his fingers and she jumped up and started crying. He dismissed us saying she is fine. After several months of complaints from my daughter, we took her to him again when I demanded more tests. He was very rude and uncaring, he has a terrible bedside manner. He agreed to the MRI. Turns out she's been walking on a fractured ankle for about a year thanks to him and she has several torn ligaments. I wish I had read these reviews before subjecting her to him. My little 9 year old son was so upset at the way Torke treated his sister that he was ready to kick Torke's butt right there in the exam room. Dr. Torke's "wow, you have your hands full" comment wasn't appreciated by me either. If he doesn't want to deal with pediatrics, he should change his line of work!
Dr. Torke was highly recommended to me by three friends. While I am very satisfied w/ him and his work, I am VERY unhappy w/ his staff. They are "short" with you when you ask questions. They act like they don't like each other...cutting looks at one another while they wait to see if someone else will wait on you. I had surgery and called the office to ask a question. I was on pain meds when I did that. Next day, wasn't clear on what they'd told me the day before and I got the same person (Susan) when I called to ask the question again. The response I got was "Didn't I tell you this yesterday? I've already gone over that with you." They are slow to complete/fax paperwork to employer. I had to follow up twice to get a one page form signed and faxed. Unfortunately, though I am pleased w/ the surgery, it's the staff you have to deal with for setting appointments, checking in, making payments and asking questions on the phone after surgery, etc. There are too many great doctors in our area to have to deal w/ this staff. Will steer any friends away from this practice in the future for this reason.
Dr. Torke operated on my shoulder for torn rotator cuff, I have had no pain since then after my therapy of course, am hoping to having the other should done also. He is very professional and caring of his patients. I would most definately reccommed him
Dr. Mark D. Torke's Credentials
Accepting New Patients
- University Of Wisconsin Medical School (Grad. 1985)
Areas of Expertise
Awards & Recognitions
Publications & Research