Ratings for Dr. Richard K. Ryu
I destroyed my left shoulder rotator cuff after an accidental fall. Dr. Ryu at our first meeting seemed less than willing to want me as a patient based on the severe damage done to my left shoulder rotator cuff. He kept advising that the process/recovery could be painful and that the final result would not make my shoulder 100% as it was prior to my fall. He was very straight forward, not overly friendly. Doing my due diligence I consulted with another orthopedic surgeon who was well known for taking care of most of the southern california professional atheletes who had either shoulder or knee injuries. After he and his staff tested me and reviewed my MRI he stated I needed a completed shoulder replacemen and that he does not do that kind of surgery. I then went back to Dr. Ryu and told him I would accept whatever outcome he could provide me with in order to avoid shoulder replacement. He assured me he could help me. It has been a little over a year since my surgery. Dr Ryu is an absolutely top notch surgeon. I had major surgery by him when I fell two of my shoulder tendons were completely destroyed and not repairable the third tendon had a significant tear, the bicep tendon was detachedfrom the bone and I had a number of bone spurs. Following surgery I had discomfort but not pain. Dr Ryu each time I saw him gave me specific instructions on how to progress with my care and rehab with my shoulder. I followed his instructions religiously and have had great results. After I completed rehab I enrolled in a Core Fitness program for the past 5 months and have regained muscle tone and strength. I am back playing golf, exercising and trimiming trees and shrubs on my property without restrictions and or pain. A little more about Dr. Ryu he is a no nonsense doctor he expects you to be on time for appointments and to follow his directions on care after surgery and with rehab. I live as do a number of his patients about a 1 hour drive from Dr. Ryu's office. This should tell you a lot about Dr. Ryu. On SUNDAYS he would make the 1 hour drive to an office near my and other patients homes to hold our follow up appointments and check on our progress. He stated to me at one of our appointments that it made more sense for 1 person to drive an hour vs. a dozen patients all getting on the freeway to see him. He is as good as it gets, and results and his talent mean far more to me that if he is too straight forward for some peoples tastes. I highly recommend him and I have had a number of surgeries in my life and have had a mix of great, good and poor results. Dr. Ryu can deliver great results if you are also a great patient and do your part.
If you want a surgeon who knows what he is doing Ryu is the guy for arthoscopic knee repairs. He will tell you what he can do to help you and if you follow his post op instructions to the letter, you will be well on your way to getting back to your pre-injury activities! He replaced a torn ACL and not only was my post op phase near painless, his very exact instructions paid off and I was back to spin classes, hiking, and exercise in about 5 months. Very happy -cheers to healthy knees and amazing surgical outcomes by Dr. Ryu !
My knee was so bad I couldn't kneel without pain so I went to see Dr. Ryu. He examined me and his diagnoses was right on and after the MRI conformation he suggested repairing my knee and after three weeks I am back to normal with no pain or problems. Dr. Ryu is the best in his field and well worth the wait.
People don't understand that Rick Ryu is not arrogant, in fact he is very fearful and suffers with a form of mental illness which, unfortunately, comes out in strange behavior that patients misinterpret. It appears to be getting worse as he gets older. That's why I can no longer recommend him. It is a shame because he had a bright future but patients are starting to see he has a personality disorder and they now become fearful when he has one of his episodes. Hopefully, he will get help for his condition but that requires insight and that is a big hurdle. Yes, even doctors suffer from mental illness. I fee sorry for the patients who aren't aware he is ill and thing he is rude and offensive. It is all part of the disease. Fortunately his staff has continued to support him and hopefully he will start on a medication and therapy program so that he can regain some of his past popularity. Very sad.
Dr. Ryu is a narcissistic a-hole. If you have major trauma or something that needs obvious surgery he is probably great, but if you have anything more complicated, he is not friendly at all. He basically operates like a surgical factory - get em in - churn em out. He won't spend hardly any time with you explaining things, and he treats you like an idiot. I was out of work for 3 months due to knee troubles, (had a mri that showed a cyst in my knee and oped to not remove it) went back to work for over a year, and was continuing to have trouble so I scheduled an appointment with him just to talk about things. He basically accused me of attempting to scam disability and that "he pays in to the system also" when I wasn't even asking for time off work. He then told me he never wanted to see me in his office again for any reason. I was completely caught off guard by his behavior when all I wanted was an honest consultation. Steer clear of this narcissistic, empty, unempathetic, amoral slime bag. He should have gone into auto repair if he doesn't want to deal in human compassion.
A trusted orthopedic surgeon in Santa Barbara! Dr. Ryu has successfully performed surgeries to mend my knee and my shoulder. During initial consultations, Dr. Ryu was very thorough with his explanations and what to expect during surgery. Each surgery went as planned and recovery was complete without complications. My experience with his services have been nothing but positive. I would highly recommend his professional services to those who are needing orthopedic surgery.
Amazing doctor! He took me in and reconstructed my ACL. I was fully cleared within 8 months. Do not be late, arrive early at least 10 minutes early to his appointments. He is an intelligent man and will tell you how it is, so trust and understand his opinions
If you want a friend get a puppy. If you want the pain to go away and have your shoulder feel like new again go to Dr. Ryu. I too had a hard time at first with him until I realized he was just a perfectionist that takes his job and his practice seriously. If you want perfection seek a perfectionist if you want your hand held see a Therapist. Dealing with Ryu is simple. 1. Don't be late. Ever. Show up a little before your appt and you will glide through. Show up late , pack a lunch its going to be a while. 2. Don't ask stupid questions. It may be new to you but imagine answering the same ignorant questions about the same joint every 30 minutes all day every day. If your shoulder hurts look up how the shoulder works on WebMD before your appt. If you have good questions he will answer politely and professionally. 3. Take him, his staff, yourself and your recovery seriously. A great chef does not want to see you put ketchup all over their cuisine. Do these things and you will find a warm kind healer with an amazing talent to bring you back to 100%. I know because I am living proof after my over 1cm rotator cuff tear. I cannot see the incisions and my right arm is better than my uninjured left. Thanks Dr. Ryu you are the best.
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- University Of California, San Francisco School Of Medicine (Grad. 1980)
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