Ratings for Dr. Mike Spittle
Been in the hospital for over 24 hours now at Ridge Meadows with severe abdominal pain. Was told Dr Spittle would see me yesterday afternoon. I've now been this hospital for over 24 hours with no visit or update from the doctor at all. No one will even tell me what the course of action is or when i get to leave, anything!!!
i recently had to have emergency surgery for a perforated duodenum. i feel very fortunate to have had Dr spittle as my surgeon. He took my pain away. i found him to be a very humble man. when i said goodbye to him when i was discharged he said he felt privileged to have taken care of me. :). after my surgery i thanked him and told him he was a wonderful doctor. he replied, "oh no no! you are a wonderful patient" :) all the staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital were great.
Dr spittel advised my wife that she needed open abdominal surgery without even assessing her. He smelt strongly of cigarette smoke and made jokes while she was in severe pain. He repeated abdominal x-rays only 4 hrs apart and used them to attempt to convince my wife to accept the surgery stating she had a partial small bowel obstruction that needed full open surgery. After 24 hrs in his care we had more than 5 of the hospital nurses tell us to go and get a second opinion. I then discharged my wife against Dr. spittle advice and took her to a larger hospital. Upon arrival the nurses joked about how terrible Dr. spittle is. The new surgeon recommended conservative treatment, no surgery and she was better in 2 days. Please stay completely away from this guy. A total Hack with a suitable reputation.
When first meeting Dr Spittal he does not answer questions, he wants his answers! Get to the point! Didn't examine me, scooted me out the door, to wait for 3 months for a colonoscopy (because bleeding, low blood count = needed emergency blood transfusion), Secretary cancels my appointment - WHY ---Dr is going on holidays (so WHY the scheduled appointments?). People have taken day off from work (wages lost) to pick me up from hospital (guess that is not his concern?). Wait another 3 months, still bleeding, taking EXPENSIVE IRON PILLS, but you have to STOP TAKING IRON PILLS 7 days before surgery, so getting weaker every day & I prepare the prescribed medications to be mixed & put in the refrigerator for the next morning at 6 am (can it be frozen? It is expensive!) . I get a voice-mail message " the DAY BEFORE SURGERY after 6 pm"a (office is closed - cancellation again for another 36 days! I am going to get another doctor! This is ridiculous - HOW ABOUT all the other peoples' LOST WAGES..........If YOU are planning on a holiday - DON"T BOOK PATIENTS.........furious.....disgusted and annoyed!
After numerous trips to the emergency ward with acute abdominal pain, I was assigned to Dr. Spittle. While he did due diligence in assessing me through tests, he failed to follow through on a scope which came back with a negative result. He told me that he believed it was cancer but the pathology was negative and showed me the pictures of a very diseased colon. He then removed my gall bladder (which incidentally was fine) but refused to do another scope. Only after requesting to be transferred to another doctor (which did eventually happen with the assistance of a wonderful ER doctor), was the repeat scope done. Bottom line was that I had stage 2 cancer which was about to break out to the surrounding organs. If I had stayed with Dr. Spittle, I would not likely be here to share my experience. I highly recommend that you do not use Dr. Spittle as your surgeon. He has the knowledge but not the desire - time to retire!
Very helpful, did an excellent job on my son's surgery, which was emergency surgery performed after sepsis had developed from the onset of severe Crohn's. Personality is a bit different which is most likely why some here give less than glowing reviews, he often doesn't look AT you when describing conditions/details.. has nothing to do with skill.
As yet another one who has nothing but bad things to say, i'll keep it short. This "doctor" is a hack. I went in for a routine gall bladder removal which went horribly wrong. What was a scheduled day surgery turned out to be a three week stay in the hospital. Thank goodness my family had me transferred out of that hospital to another in Vancouver. Not only did he nick an artery, which required a 3 pint blood transfusion, he didn't close the area where the gall bladder was, thus, I leaked bile and other wonderful things into my abdomen for 5 days. I was fortunate to come out of this alive, thanks to the life saving skills of the surgeons in the other hospital. PLEASE DO NOT SEE THIS "DOCTOR". I have met families of people who did not make it out of their surgery. You have more choices in the hospital in Vancouver and New Westminster. You only have one life. Live it well.
my husband was refered to him by our family dr, when we saw him he took one look and said oh no big deal and squeezed the living daylight out of this wound, which turn out to ba a gaglioma(sorry for spelling) and then schedueld surgey for the next month, that was a year ago and we still have not see him, the appt was cancelled several times, because he was on holidays, when we saw him at his office, after we were done he asked my husband, can you fix my toliet, he is going for the surgey, because it will take to long for another dr to see him, but after what i have seen, if there is any infections or anything not seeming correct, i will be going to the bc medical board and filing a formal complaint, and taking print of this web site
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