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My experience with Dr. Richard Ostrup was nothing short of wonderful from start to finish! Typically, a medical assistant or a nurse calls you from the waiting room, but here at his La Jolla office, Dr. Ostrup comes out to greet you, a real personal touch! Immediately upon speaking with him about the condition of my back, Dr. Ostrup displayed a very compassionate, confident and relaxed demeanor. I also found that he had a very relatable sense of humor. I felt very at ease and comfortable as I could tell that he understood exactly how I felt and wanted to help my situation. Dr. Ostrup was able to explain how I was feeling and the discomfort I had without me really having to tell him, which was a relief because before seeing him I didn’t feel that anyone else understood. He thoroughly reviewed all of my options and recommended the least evasive approach to improve my quality of life. I never felt rushed to make a decision, although after our consult I decided to move forward that day. While I waited for my surgery to be schedule, which was not long they helped me to manage my pain. When my pain became so overwhelming, they went out of their way to reschedule my surgery by moving it up a week! Sometimes patients can have unrealistic expectations on how they will feel after having surgery; I was one of those patients! I thought all of my pain would be gone right after surgery, but he was very honest with me so I knew exactly what to expect. So far everything that he explained to me happened exactly how he said it would. I feel that my experience was picture perfect and I feel blessed that I was in such good hands. On the day of my surgery, he made himself available to make sure I didn’t have any last questions and that I was comfortable. The team for the surgery was excellent as well, which eased my anxiety immensely and before I knew it, it was over. Besides the pain from the incision, my back pain was gone immediately. Six weeks after my surgery my leg pain was completely gone and my back felt great. It is now two months after surgery and the sensation that I had lost in my foot has come back and I continue to regain strength. I had several follow-up appointments after the surgery and each time I felt that Dr. Ostrup and his office assistant Erica really cared about my well-being. Getting appointments for follow-up care were easy and convenient. I was even late to one appointment because of traffic and they still accommodated me, instead of making me reschedule. Before I had the surgery, the pain interfered with even the smallest of task and I had difficulty sleeping. The pain made it hard for me to play or even interact with my children. Having the surgery was the best decision for me, I feel like I have my life back! If surgery is an option for you, I highly recommend and trust Dr. Ostrup for the job.
Dr. Ostrup is amazing! My sister, age 62, has Down syndrome. Lisa has severe Basilar Invagination with lower brainstem and upper spinal cord compression, which is a condition common to people with Down syndrome. In the beginning of 2015, she experienced progressive weakness in her legs/arms/hands and surgery was only option. Otherwise she would be completely paralyzed with a feeding tube within three months. Surgery (Suboccipital Craniectomy and Occipital to C1-C4 fusion) was preformed on June 1st and only expectation was to maintain her condition and prevent any further deterioration. It has been 8 weeks since surgery and with the help of Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists, Lisa is walking and using her arms and hands. Dr. Ostrup is a miracle worker. He has exceeded all expectations of recovery and achieved a life changing outcome. Our family and friends praise this outstanding Neurosurgeon, Dr, Richard Ostrup.
I would highly recommend Dr. Ostrup if you are seeking the services of a neurosurgeon. To date I have had three spinal surgeries performed by Dr. Ostrup. One was cervical at C3 -4 having a former fusion at C5-6 out of state. It was on an emergency basis with him operating two days after seeing me. That surgery saved me from probable paralysis from the neck down. I still don't know how he stands on his feet for a 9 hour surgery, but he does and never left me. Dr. Ostrup holds my highest regards for his skills in saving my quality of life with that one surgery. Besides his technical and medical skills, he has great compassion and caring for his patients. He tells you how it is, which I like. He listens well, has a sense of humor, and is invested in me getting better. I have now had two lumbar surgeries, as well with the last being in December. Although my medical path has not been easy, I do know I can depend on Dr. Ostrup to be there for me should I need him in the future. You can not find a better doctor and more importantly a genuine caring human being in Dr. Ostrup.
I've had two spinal surgeries with Dr. Ostrup; one in 2007 and one recently in 2015-both in different areas of the spine. It would take me way to long to explain the pain that I was in prior to both surgeries, but my quality of life has improved tremendously. Dr. Ostrup is very knowledgably and a gifted surgeon who will speak to you in laymen terms so you understand what he is doing and has done. I would recommend Dr. Ostrup to anyone; he is the best!
I spent several years in pain due to spondylolisthesis (one disk slipped down over the other resulting in a 25% spinal column blockage and had severe spinal stenosis). Would not have opted for a fusion, but it was the only solution. Dr. Ostrup performed a double spinal fusion in Sept 2014. He is an extremely talented surgeon and I also did my research before selecting him. He is the current Division Chief of Neurosurgery at Sharp Memorial and past Div Chief at Scripps Memorial. Finding out that he also operates on other physicians wives was a great comfort in chosing him. Not only a gifted surgeon, he makes you feel like a treasured friend when in his care. Pretty much walks on water in my book.
Dr. Ostrup did a excellent job putting my skull cap back in. I had a severe head injury where I bled in all three levels in the brain and was in induced comma for 2 in 1/2 weeks. I was in Santa Barbara when this happened and there was known Neurosurgeon there who has is one of 35 of the best in the world. His name is Dr. Zauner and I went back to the hospital to meet him since I don't remember being there for 1 month before I was transferred to San Diego. Dr. Zauner wanted to put the skull cap back in, but my insurance wouldn't cover it. So Dr. Ostuup put it back in and when I saw Dr .Zuaner to thank him for his excellent work, he said "can I touch your head" (of course where Dr. Ostrup put the cap back in), then he said "I couldn't of done a better job". I believe when another Neurosurgeon who is excellent in their work, compliments another Neurosurgeon it shows that Dr. Ostrup is a great doctor and I would recommend him to anyone who needs his practice.
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Ostrup&his assistant(Erica) which I been dealing with the last 1-2 months. To piggy back on what some of the others wrote below, Dr. Ostrup was all around great at explaining my situation,how were going to attack it and where I am at now which is the recovery process. To sum things up, A+ as a Dr.& A+ as a person whose very caring,simply looking out for our(YOUR) best interest&to get us to 100% .
As a massage therapist for 37 years, I'm used to being the caregiver. A large herniated disc quickly changed that. I was in excruciating pain. At least 3 doctors and 3 friends referred Dr. Ostrup. Erica, his assistant, is both caring and professional. Dr. Ostrup, treats me like a long time friend, not a new patient, The surgery was a complete success. The intnese leg/nerve pain is gone!
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