Ratings for Dr. Houman Solomon
Dr Solomon is very sweet n funny along with being a top rate doctor
I visited Dr. Solomon's office on a Monday after my primary doctor ordered an ultrasound and a CT scan with contrast, both on the previous Friday, when I complained of severe pain below my ribs, right above where my lap band is located, as well as skin sensitivity over the area (sudden onset, lasting 3 days). My scans returned normal, and she suspected it was likely related to my lap band and advised me to see a bariatric surgeon ASAP. Over the weekend (before I could contact Dr. Solomon's office for an appointment), my pain worsened substantially, and I went to the ER at UCLA, where they did a chest x-ray, but again saw nothing of concern. The two ER physicians said the symptoms pointed to a lap band problem, admittedly beyond their level of familiarity. On Monday, I contacted Dr. Solomon's office, and was told he was on call all week, and unable to see me. I was in a lot of pain, so I proceeded to call other doctors to see if anyone else could see me, when his office finally called me back in the afternoon and told me I could come in. Dr. Solomon was flippant, rude, and did not even bother to review the scans I brought (at his office's request) because he said he "didn't need to", insisting that my symptoms couldn't have been related to the lap band, and I probably had a "cracked rib". The chest x-ray ruled out a cracked rib and my other scans ruled out the majority of other potential organ issues, but he was too arrogant to even try to help me. He repeated several times, "I don't know what you want me to do." He offered me pain meds to mask the pain, which I did not want - I wanted to find the cause. I asked him if an endoscopy would be possible just to make sure the band isn't eroding or perhaps had slipped; he refused both, but offered to "order a bunch of [other] tests if that would make me feel better". I walked out of his office angry and frustrated, after days of intense pain. I was able to see another bariatric surgeon the exact same day, who is very concerned about my band possibly having flipped vertically due to stomach stretching, and who is also further scoping my gallbladder. If you want a doctor who takes their time and listens to you, my advice is to find someone else; someone who is not rushed, and completely unwilling to explore possibilities and find the cause of your pain. I could not have been more disappointed or angry after seeing Dr. Solomon. Note, he was not the doctor who performed my surgery initially (I've since moved), but the refusal to even entertain the idea of a band failure tells me he is more concerned with charging for a visit than with seeing his patients comfortable. I had visited Dr. Solomon for a band adjustment on one prior occasion, and he was friendly and the appointment went very well. However, I scheduled that appointment only after his staff verified that they were in network and that the adjustment would be covered by my PPO. Once confirmed the adjustment was covered and in-network, they proceeded to bill me an astronomical amount, claiming it was not covered, and it took them 10 months to adjust the amount owed, as initially stated. This office is terribly disorganized, and unfortunately one of the few local to me who accepts Anthem Blue Cross. I would rather pay an out of network doctor for genuinely good care than visit this doctor again. When he was taking his Hippocratic oath, he must have been preoccupied; very unfortunate for his patients.
Absolutely the best overall experience I have ever had with a doctor and his entire staff. Dr. Solomon will be one of the great doctors in his field. Took all the time I needed to explain how he would repair my abdominal hernia and what I could expect. He also has a very good sense of humor which I appreciate. A real honest people person.
Dr. Solomon's knowledge, encouragement, and care have given me a new me. I weighed 238-lbs. and have lost 82-lbs.and 15.5" off my waist since my gastric bypass surgery. I no longer have diabetes or high blood pressure and am very healthy. I have had no complications and feel this has added years to my life. I would recommend this procedure to anyone serious about losing weight. The program Dr. Solomon and staff have set up will help you be successful in your weight loss journey. Do it for yourself, no more excuses!
I was referred to Dr. Solomon for colon cancer surgery. He was very generous with his time and explained everything to me and my wife. He performed the surgery with laporoscopic technique and I went home in 3 days. I am doing really well and I am very thankful to Dr. Solomon for his skills and compassion. I highly recommend him.
Dr Solomon is the best, he gives it to you straight up, he is honest and very knowledgeable. He will listen to all your concerns and advise you in an appropriate manner.I would recommend him to anyone.He guided me through my surgery with ease, and paid special attention along the way. Anything you wanted to know he had an answer for.
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