Ratings for Dr. P. Govender
Dr Govender performed lumbar surgery on me after a couple consults. I found to be very precise and the surgery was very effective. The most disappointing part of the experience is with his assistant/receptionist. I have had better customer service and respect at drive throughs around the city. She has an unbelievable arrogance about her and is very rude. She even once questioned if I should even be having surgery after asking a simple questions about my procedure.
After being in pain for over a year with sciatica and waiting for 6 months to get a consultation with Dr. Govender, the very same one in Kelowna B.C..... I was sadly disappointed. Diagnosed November 2015 with herniated disks in L5, S1 and bulging in L4 by CT scan. Doctor and Physiotherapist confirmed my symptoms matched the radiologist report. I have been suffering in extreme pain with little relief day and night, and unable to work since December 2015. Dr. Govender told me today that I was mis-diagnosed and most people at age 35 have bad disks that do not cause any pain. He told me how I should feel, and that it was impossible that I had numb feet, pain down my left leg and back pain. His examination consisted of him asking me to bend forward, and since I could do that, there's no way I could be suffering from herniated disks. I guess he doesn't know me or my pain tolerance. Egotistical, arrogant, very unprofessional, with a HUGE GOD COMPLEX. As I see he told someone else in another review, he said the exact thing to me about my doctor, radiologist, and physiotherapist "They don't know what they are doing, and they don't have the proper training, and they are not able to make proper diagnosis" It must be his catch all phrase when he himself doesn't know what's going on when patients don't fit into his small box of expertise. I'm glad his surgery patients had mostly good experiences, but the only good that came from my appointment today was a recommendation for an MRI. I will be asking my doctor to send me to a different surgeon in future.
Dr. Govender has a level of arrogance unprecedented. He was not only unprofessional, but cruel. I was referred to him after a cyst was discovered after head trauma. He told me that I had never suffered a brain injury and proceeded to disparage every doctor who told me otherwise, including three ER doctors, my family doctor and a neurologist. He suggested my symptoms were unrelated to each other despite them all occurring immediately after my head trauma and claimed they were stress related. I have been unable to walk for over a year (since my injury.) When I naturally protested he told me I clearly didn't want to be helped and was being argumentative. Dr. Govender has never examined me, nor was I there to discuss my brain injury, but whether the cyst was to be removed. Please go to anyone else.
I had back surgery on L 3, 4, 5 which included a bone graft in June. I have recovered well & have 1 more follow appt. at which time I expect to be sent off as 'good to go'. Dr. Govender explained everything carefully & answered all questions thoroughly prior to and after surgery. He was generous with his time and lovely to deal with. Thank you is not adequate to express the depth of my gratitude for his surgical skills!
Dr govender was rude arrogant and not helpful at all . I have been dealing with back pain for 8 months and was sent to him in hopes that he would have some insight on what was going on . He told me that the purision was not pinching my nerve ending , and that lots of different things could be causing my pain and symptoms and to quite smoking . When I tried to explain my symptoms he told me flat out he did not care , that it wasn't surgical and proceeded to lecture me about smoking. I was horrified with him manerisums and would not recommend this Dr to anyone.
Dr. Govender took extremely good care of me, he was knowledgeable, kind, patient, and extremely professional. His staff, both in his office and in the OR were fabulous, throughout the whole surgery experience I felt cared for and that I as a patient truly mattered. Dr. G and his OR staff even stayed extremely late (8:30 pm) to do my surgery which had been booked at 3:30, but emergencies happen, even though it is stressful to wait, I was treated very well. Thank You Dr Govender and staff TMC
I was referred to Dr Govender for symptoms including pain and numbness in my hands and arms. Dr Govender was very informative and thorough in his analysis of my situation . I found him to be kind and empathetic to my concerns and fears regarding spinal surgery Ultimately he operated and fused my 5/6 vertebrae. I have had 100% recovery and am back to a pain free active life. His evaluation and skill as a surgeon have changed my life. Everything was thoroughly explained and every detail was as expected. I could not recommend him as anything but excellent!
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