Ratings for Dr. William F. Bell
Going to Dr. Bell for my foot problem was the worst mistake in my life. I had severe ankle pain in my right foot. I was suggested to him by Sanford. I'm not going to go into details, but he did more surgery than what was needed, and did more than what he explained to me he would do. After the surgery I had multiple complications. He told me I was fine, and would never talk to me for more than 5 mins. A year later I got a 2nd opinion at Mayo. They told me most all the surgery was unnecessary, and He wasn't sure why I had them! It is very frustrating. Wish there was something I could do. Well at least anyone that reads this hopefully won't trust this man. I have worse pain now than before, and am much more limited in what I can do. I'm only 28, so I'm very worried about what the pain will be like when I'm older. Very depressing, that's why I'm up a 2AM writing this years later.
PA's working with Dr.Bell were very pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. I had left and right ankle surgeries within 6 months. Everyone, including Dr. Bell, was very empathic and helpful - even when I was demoralized and crabby secondary to my pain and immobility. I found Dr. Bell to be patient and understanding with all of my questions. The procedures were well explained. Dr. Bell was not bubbly and gregarious - after all, he IS an orthopedic surgeon and I did not expect him to be. The lower rating that I gave for punctuality is a result of standards that more clinical offices need to practice: take care of the patient, explain everything in detail and answer all questions in a thorough manner. Overall, I would rate my surgeries and my experience with Dr. Bell and his staff VERY GOOD.
Dr. Bell was on call when I was in the hospital and ended up doing surgery on me. I did not see him or his partners for 3 days after surgery. He came in the third post op day for 10 minutes, took off the dressing and said it looked fine. I have not seen him since, was never told when to return for post op visit or given any instruction from him or his office. I had to call to make the post op appointment myself. They were scheduled with him but I saw his PA both times. I guess he was way to busy for me. He did the surgery, got his money and does not have any time for following up on his patients. I prefer a Doctor who has genuine concern for his patients, not the almighty dollar!
I had a leg injury but Bell was only interested in doing knee surgery. He wouldn't listen when I spoke about the pain in my ankle, calf, and thigh. The knee surgery went well but I had complications from anesthesia that added to my costs. No one involved, including the hospital, would assist in finding out what happened. Six weeks later my knee and lower leg began to swell unexpectedly even though I was exercising and walking daily. Dr. Bell's PA was an absolute jerk and left me sitting in an exam room for 40 minutes while he chatted up the nurses. I could hear the conversation outside my room but didn't know it was the PA. When I called him on it, he was extremely rude so I told the front desk to never schedule me with him again. The problems with my leg were never addressed. When I brought it up to Bell, he said, "There's no reason to think there's anything wrong there." I gave up, I think the pain and swelling were pretty good indicators that something was still wrong.
Dr. William F. Bell's Credentials
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- Northwestern University Medical School (Grad. 1977)
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