Ratings for Dr. Mike Spittle
Happen to be in ER in Maple Ridge with severe abdominal pain. Turned out to be gall bladder stones. I was not eating for 4 days, kept trowing everything up. Stayed overnight at the hospital and was released the next morning by Dr Spittle, saying that I am going to be ok. He was making stupid jokes and looked unprofessional. I was released with (turned out to be) intestine blockage and my liver started releasing toxins in the blood. In a couple of days of suffering I went to Royal Columbian in New West and was treated. Both ER doctor in New West and my family doctor was surprised Dr Spittle had released me without any diagnosis.
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.
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