Ratings for Dr. Joseph R. Raviv
My experience with this doctor was nothing short of horrible. I visited him a year ago, with complaints of mild but chronic sinus congestion, and he offered me rhino septoplasty and functional endoscopic surgery. The surgeries he performed, however, made my congestion much much worse. I visited him several times post surgery, to figure out why my nasal breathing had worsened. The only thing Raviv said he could do was refer me to a plastic surgeon who could reshape my nose. The plastic surgeon I visited offered me surgery that would increase the diameter of my nostrils, by infusing rib cartilage grafts to my nose, therefore giving me a large broad nose, that mismatched with the figure of my face. The surgeon also mentioned how the surgery would not be covered by my insurance and I would end up paying a tremendous amount of money for it. I therefore couldn't accept this procedure. Now, because of my visit with Raviv, I am never able to breathe out of my nose. My sleep and health suffers, and my life is ruined. Raviv does not deserve to practice. I am writing this review in hopes to deter other people from ever seeing him.
I did not have a good experience with Raviv. I visited this doctor two years ago with complaints of chronic sinus congestion. He offered me endoscopic sinus surgery, without elaborating on any of the costs, complication, or the lengthy recovery. At the time, I was desperate for relief, and therefore accepted the procedure. However, the surgery only made my congestion worse, and every time I followed up after the procedure, Raviv did little to figure out the reason(s) as why things had become worse, rather than improving. In the months after the surgery, I visited Raviv's office multiple times, trying to figure why my congestion seemed to get worse after the procedure. But all Raviv did was spend about a minute or two looking at my sinuses with an endoscope, before concluding that he couldn't find any problems related to the surgery, and that my congestion must be related to allergies or something else. Obviously, this wasn't the case. That fact that my congestion only worsened after the surgery indicates that the surgery itself must have had a negative effect on my sinuses. I also mentioned to Raviv that I had been allergy tested before, and the results indicated I wasn't allergic to anything. But rather than fleshing out the reasons as to why the surgery had been ineffective, perhaps with a detailed cat scan and X-rays analysis of my inner sinuses, he briefly, and half-heartedly looked through an endoscope, that could only reveal inner regions of my nostrils. He then tried to attribute the problem to my "nonexistent allergies", perhaps to hide the fact that he might have botched the procedure, worsened my situation, and even been negligent in his responsibilities as a surgeon. Furthermore, for every single follow up session after the surgery, I was billed an additional $500, even though nothing was revealed about my situation. I still suffer from chronic sinus congestion, two years later, and my experience with Raviv only made things worse for me. I am currently working with other ENTs to address my chronic problem. Raviv is clearly more concerned about making money, rather than actually helping his patients. If you have chronic sinus issues like me, find a different ENT.
Because of a chronic illness I consider myself to be a "professional patient" of sorts. I have seen countless doctors and have even been to Mayo Clinic. I have had PLENTY of good and bad experiences with doctors but I have never been compelled to write a review until now. My experience with Dr. Raviv was so terrible I just had to make sure that no one else is subjected to this treatment. While examining my sinuses Dr. Raviv said "Let me get something real quick" as he left the room. He came back with a suspicious looking tool and said "I just need to make a LITTLE snip" and proceeded to stick it up my nose and snip a piece of scar tissue from my sinuses. Then he charged me for an outpatient surgery. I tried to dispute the charges saying that I DID NOT authorize an outpatient surgery and his office said that I did.
Dr. Joseph R. Raviv's Credentials
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- Northwestern University Medical School (Grad. 2001)
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