Ratings for Dr. P. Govender
I saw Dr.Govender as an emergency patient. I required immediate surgery after a serious fall. My pain was extreme. I instantly felt I was in caring hands. His calm friendly bedside manner set me at ease. Each morning I continued to feel he was top notch and there was absolutely no communication issues. Follow up by his staff occurred exactly as I told it would. Before being put under for my surgery he blocked any anxiety by assuring me verbally and by his verbal confidence and body language.. his direct eye contact was assuring. So far I have had no issues. I feel I was in excellent hands with this Dr. While in the hospital I was told I would be released but when I explained my hesitancy there was no problem: instead great understanding and I stayed two extra days. The incisions are straight and clean . 34 stapleswhich were no problem at all
Dr. Govender told me there was nothing wrong with my back, after a complete hardware failure. The fusion was damaged beyond repair and the hardware had to be replaced at the Vancouver General Spine Clinic. He said he reviewed my CT scan, but never saw this?? How could you miss it!
Dr. Govender has performed two surgeries on me.....one to remove a tumour on my spinal cord and one to perform a lamenectomy on L3, L4,L5 and also spinal fusion on L4 and L5. To say Dr. Govender is wonderful would be an understatement. Professionalism, knowledgeable, thoughtful, caring and patient are words that come to mind when describing this man......I would trust him with my life (well, actually I did!)..... I would highly Dr. Govender to anyone. It has been 11 months since my tumour surgery and recovery has been just as described with every month getting a little better. My recent surgery took place 3 weeks ago and while recovery is slow I can see light at the end of the tunnel and the chronic pain I have experienced for many years drastically diminished. Thank you Dr. Govender!! Tom D. Keitel
Relative in pain for days with a promise of back surgery to alleviate the pain and possibly restore function in one leg. Relative left waiting for 2 consecutive days in the hospital with nothing to eat or drink until after midnight and until 7 pm each day except for sips of water with meds. They lowered this relatives INR to 1.0 to prevent bleeding during a surgery that never happened. Now this person is at risk for a stroke, dehydration, and malnutrition and still in severe pain while we wait for another surgical date? Receptionist was rude and abrupt and not helpful when I called. Never met the man, nor had opportunity to speak with him. Wonder how he would feel if this was his relative?
Dr Govender did my back surgery in December. It was a 5 level surgery. I am amazed at the skill of this man. I gardened today! He was so informative. He made me feel so confident from beginning to the end. I cannot say enough about the skill he has. My back is great. Too many people said they wouldn't have their back operated on. My back is stronger than ever. The pain was exactly as he told me and very quickly I had none.
I waited a long time for an apppointment with Dr. Govender. I had to travel quite a distance to see him. His receptionist was very accomodating trying to coordinate travel plans. I am in a lot of pain and was told I dont need surgery. This was very upsetting as I had traveled so far and waited to see him. I dont agree with his decision and will get a second opinion.
EXCELLENT DIAGNOSIS-VERY GOOD DOCTOR-FOUND HIM VERY FRIENDLY AND HIS DISCLOSURE OF PROCEDURE EXCELLENT-CAME TO SEE MENEXT MORNING AND WAS VERY GOOD AT EXPLAINING WHAT WAS DONE, HIS WORDS WERE I AM GLAD WE DID IT AS IT WAS SO TIGHT IN THERE(STENOSIS) WOULD GO HIM IN HEART BEST. BACK HAS NOT FELT BETTER IN YEARS-BACK TO FULL PAINLESS FUNCTION. THANK YOU DOC.
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.
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