Ratings for Dr. Fadi Tarazi
I have seen Dr Tarazi twice now for knee ACL reconstruction surgery. He was extremely through explaining the graft options, procedure and recovery process. He has excellent people skills and was a pleasure to deal with. He first fixed my knee about 9 years ago, I couldn't believe how well the surgery went. I was pain free and feeling as good as prior to having any work preformed. He gave me my life back. I was back to playing hockey and golf within a year and my knee had never felt stronger. Unfortunately several years after having my first ACL reconstruction I took a bad fall at work and retore my ACL. I was referred to another surgeon closer to where I lived, unfortunately the procedure performed by the second surgeon was a failure, the graft was not anchored properly and I spent the next few years in a lot of pain and was stuck wearing a knee brace every day. Once it was confirmed my second surgery was a failure I was referred back to Dr Tarazi. He removed the unsuccessful ACL reconstruction done by the other surgeon and preformed a bone graft. After I recovered from the bone graft Dr Tarazi again preformed ACL reconstruction on my knee. The recovery has been going extremely well, I couldn't believe how quickly the pain disappeared and I was able to walk again (within 2 weeks I was walking without aid and was almost completely pain free). After going through an unsuccessful surgery from another surgeon I couldn't imagine having anyone other than Dr Tarazi work on my knee. Dr Tarazi's receptionist was extremely helpful throughout all 3 of my surgeries, she was able to answer any questions I had, she was also very caring. It's was an amazing experience dealing with Dr Tarazi and his receptionist. Thank you for once again giving me my life back! In short wether it is your first surgery or a repair from another surgeon Dr Tarazi and his staff are a pleasure to deal with and do excellent work! I have recommended him to my family physition and to everyone that has asked me how my procedures have gone.
Just over three years ago Dr. Tarazi repaired a torn Rotator Cuff and an almost torn bicep tendon which he attached to the arm bone. Dr. Tarazi did a full-open surgery. As is normal for this type of surgery the first two months of recovery were very painful. The surgery was very very well done hardly any scar showing and all repair done excellently. Two years later I had surgery on my left shoulder, but done Arthroscopically by another well respected surgeon. Again I had Decompression, Debridement and Scar tissue removed from the Rotator Cuff area and again a thinned out bicep tendon re-attached to the arm bone on my left arm, the slight tear on my left Rotator cuff could not be repaired because of the position of the tear. This surgery had to re-done eight months later because first surgery did not fully fix the problem. These two surgeries on my left shoulder were no where nearly as painful. However the recovery time is the same six to nine months for each surgery. So here is my opinion, the full open surgery recovery is a lot more painful but the surgeon can see what he is doing, whereas an Arthroscopic surgery is akin to writing a letter while looking in a mirror. The doctor is working from an image on a screen and I think it is difficult to be as precise or as thorough. I have nothing but highest praise for Dr. Tarazi and the other surgeon for the surgeries they did.
I can not say "run" loud enough. Do not go to this Dr. I had a straight forward clean break that according to the surgeon I ended up going to should never have needed surgery. Fadi completely ignored my concerns with his method of dealing with my broken humerus. I could feel the bone poking out into my skin. He didn't even look at it just said "who's the doctor here. After 4 months of his repeated mess ups I ended up having to have surgery. As I said "run".
I highly recommend this doctor and his office!!! The doctor took his time to explain the procedure, he was very kind and most importantly he performed an excellent surgery. The receptionist just mirrored the doctor. She was always kind, professional and carrying. She was extremely helpful after the surgery when she handled patiently my numerous phone calls. Every time I called she answered all my questions, made me smile and encouraged to call again.
I decided to go to a private clinic for shoulder surgery after having doubts about the procedure [open bankart] suggested by him. I was told by another surgeon: "I don't know what they are doing in Burnaby, but may-be his skills need to get updated. Arthroscopic surgery is international standard now. What Dr. Tarazi suggested used to be the standard. I wouldn't want to get treated by him." The difference for me would’ve been 8-10 months recovery versus 3-6 with arthroscopic surgery. Less invasive procedure can also mean much less pain and pain killers which have lots of side effects. Summary: I have lots of respect for Dr. Tarazi's due to his skills. I was also told that he knows arthroscopy. It's worth it discussing with him what procedure you prefer.
Dr. Tarazi did refer me to a private MRI at the False Creek Clinic which cost me $500 but it expedited my surgery and was worth it for me. (I got the call from St. Paul's for my MRI two days after my surgery and over 7m after my referral.) Dr. Tarazi did seem a little rushed when I saw him but he knows his stuff and on surgery day he was awesome with his bedside manner. He rebuilt my knee ligaments with some of my hamstring and three years later I refer to that knee as my bionic knee! He also was respectful of my refusal of some of the pain meds and the nerve block in my leg on surgery day. I told him I didn't need it and he did not push it. Most of all I cannot thank him enough for the amazing job he did on my knee! You should see me kick the soccer ball now!
Dr. Tarazi did an excellent job on my ACL reconstruction, I had a great experience not only dealing with him during my follow up appointments and before surgery, but also Karen (the receptionist) was very helpful and kind. Very highly recommended if you require knee surgery!
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