Ratings for Dr. Sheldon J. Black
Just had my Sinuses surgically scraped out and cleaned, not sure of the term for the procedure, but it was surgery, IVs, anesthetics, a breathing tubes, bloody bandages, the whole 9 yards. Dr Black did an almost immaculate job on the surgery judging off my recovery versus the majority of those I've read from others that have undergone the same procedure. However, that's exactly where my satisfaction ends. My procedure was scheduled for 7am on friday, and I dont think I was even taken into my room to undress until 9:30, and said they would be in soon with something to calm my nerves. 10:30 rolls around and the nurse starts wheel me out of the room, so I ask what about the medication? turns out even though they called it in no one remembered to do it, so we had to wait for that. Then the surgery happened, which as I said to my knowledge went perfectly. I was prescribed 10 5ml hydrocodones to take once every 6 hours. I'm no doctor, but I can deduce that 10x6 is 60 hours worth of medication. That wasn't even going to see me through the weekend at that rate, and I had to take 2 at a time to notice any pain reduction. "No worries" I think, surely I can just call in, explain and get more. Nope, Turns out his office has a policy where they don't prescribe pain meds on the weekend, even though they aim to schedule surgeries on fridays. He tells me over the phone "just alternate Tylenol and alieve, you'll be surprised how much it helps." Seems to me if those were adequate for the situation that's all I would have been perscribed initially. So I've been without pain medication for about a day and a half, and am very much aware that Ive had part of my sinuses carved out of my head. Today is monday, I called them at 11:45, was told to leave a voicemail, heard back an hour later and was told i needed to leave a voice mail with someone else instead, and did so around 12:45. Heard back after 2pm and all I got out of it was "We"ll talk to Dr. Black and see if he will give you more." Are you kidding me? Everyone including Dr. Black and his nurses I've spoken to has acknowledged that taking one 5mil pill isn't effective, that you have to take two to even notice any pain reduction. that translates to 30 hours of medication beginning the second I was wheeled out of the hospital on friday around 1:pm, so enough to last give or take until Saturday afternoon knowing full well they wouldnt be able to get me any more until monday. Seems pretty willfully negligent to me which entirely contradicts the way I perceived him up until surgery. I had a massive sinus infection when this all happened, enough for them to look at the x-ray and decide I needed surgery 3 days from then. I asked him for some cough syrup and he prescribed me half the lowest dosage that is recommended for a 12 year old child. I'm 22 years old, and barring these sinus issues perfectly healthy, I'll let the readers put together how effective HALF of the lowest dosage you would give a 12 year old is working.
In March 2011 Sheldon & a surgeon friend of his cut my throat, & made a mess; 2 mos later I still was having difficulty swallowing. I picked the surgeon for the 2nd surgery, & 2 wks after he cut my throat was better then I was two months after Sheldon & his friends were done. I can't believe the difference. Sheldon didn't even bother to show up for my 2nd surgery, called 2-3 weeks afterwards & apologized, claimed he was out of town, but I had already been told that he said no one advised him of the 2nd surgeon, but I did as did the surgeon's office. I don't trust many people & Sheldon has been added to that list of people. I will never use the word DR when talking about him; and I will NEVER recommend him to anyone for any type of medical work/advise. If he did such a good job why hasn't he filed a claim with BCBS? The surgeon that did the job right has already been paid.
I saw Dr. Black for vertigo. He said it would cure itself, if not, come back in 2 weeks. I came back in 2 weeks and he said the same thing. I then went to my GP. He performed a very common maneuver(Epley) that cured me immediately. Black could/should have done this and saved me 2 weeks of suffering.
My daughter has used Dr Black for over 5 years and we have been very pleased with him and his staff. Before going to Dr Black we were constantly in the pediatricians office for ear infections which resulted in hearing loss. After the first visit with Dr Black my daughter had tubes put in. We are now on our fourth set of tubes, all by Dr Black and she has 100% hearing. He always takes the time to speak to her as well as me about the treatment he will be doing. Dr Black is the one doctor that my daughter never complains about going to see regardless of the treatment that will be done that day. She and I both think you can't go wrong with Dr Sheldon Black.
I think Dr. Black is a good surgeon with the personality of a good surgeon - which leaves something to be desired regarding his 'bedside manner'. He does seem to be in a hurry. I was glad that he perfomed my surgery AND I was really glad that I had a very good internist to follow up during my stay at the hospital, for pain management, to keep me informed and take care of my condition afterward.
Dr. Sheldon J. Black's Credentials
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- Emory University School Of Medicine (Grad. 1988)
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