Ratings for Dr. Anil Kumar
On September 19, 2018 I was admitted to the Regina General Hospital for Dr. Kumar to implant a lead wire for a neurostimulator. Dr. Kumar had been very thorough in educating me about this process, allowing me to go to the back clinic on the 5th floor for a walk through. I was encouraged with the hope of having less pain due to failed back surgery syndrome which I have suffered with since January 2017. After two back surgeries my pain is still unmanageable so this seemed like a great option, my only other choice was pain and narcotics. I was excited but nervous going into this surgery but encouraged by the fact that it was a relatively basic surgery that had few more risks than the past two surgeries. I woke up from the surgery litterally screaming in abdominal pain. I couldn't stop the heavy contractions in my abdomen and the pain was unbearable. The recovery nurses immediately checked me over, increased my pain meds and called Dr. Kumar. I overheard her request an abdominal X-ray and explain my symptoms. She came back to my bedside and explained to another nurse and myself that Dr. Kumar claimed that my pain had nothing to do with the procedure. She commented that he " made her feel stupid". Given no other option, they medicated my pain as much as possible and sent me up to my room in the 5 th floor. With no orders or concern from Dr, Kumar no other doctor was allowed to check me out. The nurses felt so bad for me but had no other choice but to drug me into sleep, the only solution at their disposal. The following afternoon I was coherent enough to speak with my husband and tell him that we needed to leave the hospital on discharge and re enter through emergency, on my husbands advice I told the nurse in charge of our plans. She encouraged us to wait a few minutes for them to come up with a plan. Within moments I had a thoracic spine and abdominal X-ray ordered , a general surgeon on route and a new neurologist on my case. Over the next four days the intense spasms caused my bowels to shut down. It was immediately suspected that the lead wire was touching a nerve to the bowel . Given the extremity of my pain and the mix of doctors due to the weekend, there was some back and forth as to how to move forward. They started out by trying to restart the bowel unsuccessfully. Finally after numerous procedures including one that required ICU it was decided to go back in and remove the lead wire that by this time X-rays had showed was touching the nerve to the bowel. Upon waking up from that surgery my spasms had stopped, remember these had been insanely severe for what now had become 5 days. Before Dr. Kumar was taken off my case he had stopped in once and asked how my back felt, and said we would wait to turn the unit on until "my TUMMY TROUBLES-subsided " and left the room. I'm sure Dr. Kumar was a great doctor in his day however his lack of skill and judgment in this case shows me that he is no longer the great surgeon he once was. It is time for this man to retire before he kills someone. I am home from hospital recovering slowly and hope to attempt this surgery again in a few months with my new skilled neurosurgeon. I am greatful for the nurses and doctors who finially came to my aid but have not a good word for Dr. Kumar. Please stay away from any surgery with this doctor.
When he did my surgery 10+ years ago, I came out of surgery with cyanosis, blue lips/finger. My family also commented on it. I got no answers from Dr. Kumar or the hospital. I know there's a nurse out there that knows as I heard her say things when I was in recovery. Also was dx with a third heartbeat within months after surgery. I had new leg weakness within 2wk post op, but I did have improvement after surgery. It was recommended that I have a follow up MRI post op. None was done. I did have new scans 2yrs later which found a new central cord lesion below the disc that were operated on. It was said to be part of a demyelination disease even tho central cord lesions are usually caused by trauma/injury, as it's mostly gray matter. Demyelination lesion are moreso found in the peripheral part of the spinal cord where it's mostly white matter. But I'm not a neurologist, BUT neither is Dr. Kumar. I went back to see him this years as I sustained a (new) injury at work. He looked the MRI of my spine, which state, "severe stenosis" above the fused part of my spine. He then gleefully informed me that I must had/have a demyelinating disease. His reaction and the other comment of how he "cut/hit" others patients' spinal cord during surgery, really made me wonder. He then wrote a prescription and said I didn't need to see him again. Which is fine by me. Went for second opinion in another city.
Horrific receptionist! Very egotistical. I had two surgeries by this man. First surgery went bad and he would not do any tests or examine me. My family doctor had to get a C.T. Scan. The recommendation from there was to have a MRI. The MRI recommended surgery. 1 1/2 years later he finally looked at the MRI results and then decided I needed surgery. He cut my spinal cord during surgery. I was 24 hours on my back to heal it. Once I was up and around it broke loose again and I lost a large amount of spinal fluid. He had left no standing orders for me at the hospital! The hospital were unable to contact him and were unsuccessful. Finally at the end of the day his receptionist informed the hospital he was out of the country on a holiday! His colleague cane to see me and stitched up the drainage tube after 36 hours on my back I was healed enough to walk and go home! I believe angels in the form of excellent nursing staff saved my life. That and Cranio Sacral therapy. I never want to see this man again and I recommend that others stay clear of him too!! He needs to retire!!
DO NOT SEE THIS MAN! Nov 2013 - in my surgery, he hit my spinal cord twice and chose to close me up and not contain bleeding from from vertebrae. I am now a paraplegic from the chest down. I spent nearly a year in Wascana Hospital where I heard of other examples of catastrophic results from his surgeries, a.k.a. poor skills! FYI: do you know that no one verifies the surgical reports that are written up by the doctors? Hmmmmm !
Dr. Kumar is a very skilled surgeon. I was initially a bit thrown off as he is abrupt and very factual, and I felt like I had to really dig to get information as he does not elaborate a lot [so be prepared with follow up questions]. In the end, he did a fantastic job with my surgery - whatever he lacks in social skills was made up for in technical skills. In addition, his front desk staff is very friendly and helpful and made me feel at ease.
Dr. Kumar was 2 hours late seeing us due to an unforeseen emergency. He was very apologetic to everyone in the waiting room and when we got in to see him, he was excellent. We were the first in and he answered all our questions and took time to explain everything. He did not rush us at all knowing there were a lot more waiting. My husband is needing surgery and he ran through everything including the risks and was very sympathetic to my husband's pain.
Dr Kumar may be a very good surgeon and does explain things very well before surgery however his communication , manners, empathy and helpfulness ends at that point. At the 3 month post op appointment he spend maybe 3 minutes with us and asked one question. He had no interest in listening to how the last 3 months had Went or any current concerns. It was like his job was done doing the surgery and he couldn't care less about anything else after that. In one statement he said everyone handles surgery different and then in the next breath says that everyone should return to work at the same time with no regard to the type of job you have. I understand he must see a lot of cases of people purposely trying to abuse an insurance system but you cannot paint everyone with the same brush or assume everyone on insurance is out to scam. If you tell a patient they have a weight lifting restriction and the main pet of their job is lifting greater than that how can you return to work and follow his instructions, he did not seem open or willing to help with documentation for making workplace accommodations. If he does a surgery for you then you pretty much need to count on your family doctor for all after care needs, follow up and questions. Never had someone make us feel so undignified and insignificant before!
Extremely disappointed with this doctor. Horrible mannerisms, would not let me finish a sentence and tried to tell me my own level of pain! I have degenerative disc disease and live in constant pain for many years now and have been back and forth to physio with nothing helping. Dr Kumars solution was more pain meds! I would not let this doctor operate on my worst enemy!
Dr. Kumar wasn't interested in hearing any of my concerns whatsoever. He asked a few questions and rudely cut me off as I was replying. Stated that I didn't require any surgery and you indicated that that was the end of the session. This doctor was highly recommended by my doctor and I traveled almost five hundred kilometers for this appointment. It was a total waste of my time and energy
In Aug 2015 Mr Kumar put titanium between my c4 c5 c6 and c7 vertebrae in my neck, and he then in Feb of 2016 completed a procedure called a lamonectomy , where he removed the centre of my spine from the 1st lumbar, all the way down to my cocksis and rebuilt my back with pedical screws and titanium...it has been an incredible journey and Mr Anil Kumar is an incredible surgeon, and very professional, this guy is very very good !!!Thank you Doctor Kumar, M Treble
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