Ratings for Dr. William A. Schwank
On my first visit to this doctor, he eventually appeared in my room long enough to tell me his nurse was scheduling tests and would give me the date and place. Maybe half a minute. On my second visit, to get the test results and his opinion, he appeared briefly again, then left in mid-sentence to take the first of several lengthy telephone calls. I'm betting they were not to patients. He finally appeared again, long enough to tell me he'd referred me to a neurologist at Vanderbilt and his nurse would give me the appointment date. I already had a neurologist at Vanderbilt, and preferred to keep her, but went along for the sake of saving time. For the following six weeks until my Vanderbilt appointment I attempted at least twice a week to get a record from him, and was never able to accomplish that. The report was "not ready yet" at every request. But the neurologist at Vanderbilt managed to acquire them, and said Schwank "thinks you have ALS." The only good part about this time-consuming, exasperating, and expensive experience was his incompetent MISDIAGNOSIS.
Dr. Schwank done 4 back surgeries on my back within 85 days apart. I am now disabled and unable to work have have to walk with a cane & im in Constant pain all the time. I am on all kinds of medicines to try to help the pain but none of it seems to help at all. I would not recommend letting Dr. Schwank do back surgery on you if you want to have a normal life because having to live in Constant pain is not fun. I know that everyone's body is different and everyone reacts differently to surgery but there is still no reason to have to have 4 back surgeries in 85 if it would have been done right the 1st surgery.
I've had 2 surgeries with Dr schwank my last was 6 months ago and he is going back in next week cause I have a broke bone in my neck he left. I'm in such pain and numbness in my face and serious pains. After reading some of his reviews I will be looking for a different surgeon
Dr. Schwank left a scalpel blade and several pieces of gauze in my friend's lower back. She went to a surgeon in Tennessee to correct his mistakes. There was a medical malpractice suit to follow, which was settled out of court. Dr. Schwank should have retired years ago. I personally would not let do surgery on my dog, much less a friend or family member.
In 2007, my mother was in severe leg/back pain (degenerative disk disease). Schwank operated and inserted numerous screws in her spine, but less than 6 mos. later, she was in worse pain than before. She just went through another surgery (3 yrs later) to correct his work. The doctor who corrected it confirmed that 1)the screws Schwank used were not even used anymore, and 2)they were incorrectly positioned with one being placed too close to a major nerve which explained her chronic pain. I just learned that Schwank also operated on my uncle's neck years ago. But he was in so much pain that Schwank went back in the next day to try to correct his work. My uncle then had to go to a specialist in PA to have Schwank's work corrected. The 3rd surgery by Schwank that I'm aware of is a lady who goes to church with my mother. He operated on her back, and she is suffering chronic pain similar to what my mother endured after Schwank. PLEASE reconsider seeing William Schwank if you require surgery!
Dr. William A. Schwank's Credentials
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- Univ De San Carlos, Fac De Cien Med, Guatemala (Grad. 1972)
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