Ratings for Dr. Philippa Brain
I liked her when a patient but have since learned Dr. Brain is irresponsible. I know her practise is very busy but she couldn't be bothered to dictate an operation report after my surgery. FMC has no medical details of the extent of the surgery she did, which included both ovaries and Fallopian tubes removal, a D&C, and hysteroscopy, because there is nothing in my hospital chart or on Netcare. If another gyne consult is needed, another doctor won't know what was done as everything is in her handwriting in her private office chart. I thought is was illegal not to file a formal medical report. It shows a lack of care on her part. Her staff would not even help to tell her there was no report filed. I'm very disappointed she can get away with that and would not recommend her for that reason.
very smart when you don't ask specific question, she do not answer you but ask you for suggestion. For her any symptoms, tension, stress, anxiety or pain doesn't matter cause you will be fine. Then right after leave you in the room in a unprofessional manner. In a way slapping the door in your face
Dr Brain performed my first c-section which was the first time I met her. She did a wonderful job on the surgery and my healing time was super short. The scar is barely noticeable. I have been seeing her since week 20 now for my second pregnancy and she will be performing my second c section as well! She is very friendly and down to earth and I really like her demeanour and bedside manner. I highly recommend her!!
Love her. She's a smart diagnostician, a caring professional and an overall lovely lady. I went to see her about surgery for suspected ovarian cancer. She talks to you plainly and listens to your concerns and symptoms. She's careful in reviewing medical history and old charts before proceeding with the right kind of surgery for your diagnosis. If you're lucky to get to see her, as she does have a long waitlist, be patient and grateful you did. She goes the extra mile to make sure you are well taken care of, if not by her, someone as equally talented as her. Do not be in a rush in the gyne clinic. It's the patients, not her, that take more time than some. Her clinical staff are hard to get ahold of. The office is a maze of small rooms with clerks, sometimes difficult to communicate and navigate. If I could only rate Dr. Brain, she would get 10++\10.
basically this dr completely wrecked my life. I had severe pain with periods at age 12 and had endometriosis but I was not diagnosed with it yet. She told me I was "too young" to have endo when it is believed to be a disease you are born with as the disease has been found in autopsies of infants 11% of the time in several studies. About 10% of people get endometriosis so the numbers are similar. She put me on estrogen which is really bad for this disease we ended up switching from hormone pills to another one over and over again without relief and she believed the pain was just in my head and did not get how severe my pain was. My pain continued to get worse over time and I would go unconcious because it was so bad and at one point I was hospitalized for about a week due to severe pain and they finally convinced this dr and dr sarah k mcquillan to do surgery to look for endometriosis although they both said theres no way I have it but my dr in the hospital was pushing them to atleast rule it out. They had put me on the mirena IUD several months before the surgery which gives progesterone and progesterone visibily makes the endometriosis harder to see or completely unable to be seen they said that because I hadnt responded to the IUD (it made my pain worse and I was bleeding everyday for months on it) since it made my pain worse they thought that it meant I for sure didnt have endometriosis but only 40% of people with this disease repond well to hormones and lots of people with endometriosis get worse on hormones and the IUD. getting the IUD was the worst decision in my life I could walk before I had it but after having the IUD I became completely bedridden 24/7. Dr brain and mcquillan did surgery to look for the endometriosis but because I had just been on progesterone from the IUD it wasnt able to be found and they did not understand this so they said I didnt have endometriosis. they had looked around touching endometriosis that wasnt visible and when you touch the disease its severely painful so I woke up in so much pain I was screaming I had no pain medication given for after surgery and none given even after the pain was so bad I couldnt stop screaming they refused to do anything for the pain because they thought my pain was just in my head. Fast forward a year later and I decided to see the top specialist for endometriosis we drove about 35hrs to go see him as I could not be in a airplane or sit anymore and was losing so much weight from being unable to keep food down from pain that I was going to die if I didnt get help. The specialist in the states did surgery on me and found endometriosis inside of me, found adhesions and adenomyosis and removed all the disease and adhesions and I woke up from surgery in less pain already and am now no longer experiencing any endometriosis pain anymore but because my endometriosis was left for so many years untreated I developed complex regional pain syndrome from it basically I have nerve damage because this disease was eating away at my insides for years causing internal bleeding and damaging my nerves because it was left too long because of this dr. I wish I could give 0 stars because this took away 7 years of my life, I had to quit school, work everything.
She is simply brilant. It is worth the wait. None of other gynaecologist I saw was willing even to attempt to perform LAVH for my huge fibroids removal, while she succeeded!!!!! I'm pain free since day one and feel amazing. If you can get in, do so and just let her do the magic :).
Dr B is brilliant and so is her partner, Dr Wood. Both were very clinical and didnt address much beyond keeping me pregnant. I had to go elsewhere to find solutions and suggestions for swelling, leg cramps and pregnancy-related stress (I had a great chiro and accuptunrist - Dr Anita Yee in the downtown core). I disliked Dr Wood. He is too impressed with himself. Overall I would recommend Dr. Baranowski for a high risk pregnancy and not Dr Brain/Wood.... But they are all very smart clinicans.
I'm a physician myself and all I can say is, Dr. Brain is the absolute best of the best! I am extremely lucky that she saw me through two pregnancies, delivered one of my daughters and has recently agreed to see me again for my third baby! Her knowledge is excellent, she knows when to resort to evidence-based medicine and when to trust her intuition and expertise. She is kind, tactful and patient. She's down to earth and charismatic. And, as anyone who works in labor and delivery can attest - has excellent surgical skills when needed. Yes, she runs a busy clinic, and yes, sometimes things run behind schedule, but trust me - she's worth the wait!
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