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Dr Gatto at first, seemed caring and concerned. He told me if I did not have C Spine surgery , I would become paralyzed. I had 2 levels done. I had terrible complications post operatively. Spasms, falls, dropping things. Before surgery all I had was neck pain and hand numbness. It's been over 2 years. I have not recovered from these complications. I have seen neurologist and a Neuro surgeon to find out what is going on. You see, Dr Gatto will not get on the phone to talk to his patients, before or after surgery. He also did not come see me after my surgery in Morristown Memorial. So I sought out doctors on my own who both agreed that my complications were due to a bad surgery. I have not been able to go back to work. And almost lost my home. The neurologists and neurosurgeon both told me I did not even need the surgery. I had 2 levels done. My life is ruined. Stay away please.
Dr. Gatto and PA Sarah Gibson are the BEST! They listen and are thorough in their diagnosis and treatment. I have and an anterior discectomy and fusion, as well as a lumbar disk removal. I also have had two total hip replacements by Dr. Colizza and his PA Richard Wong. The last one was six months prior to my deployment to Afghanistan. Thanks to Tri-County, I have been able to resume a normal active life! THEY ARE THE BEST!!!
Went to him for second opinion. he told me I need a big revision. He tried very hard to tell me it had to be done or I could loose ability to walk. What nonsense. Went to another doctor who told me leave it alone unless it was very painful. Guess what, I left it alone.
Only went to him because of a workers comp injury, I guess if your a private patient you might get better service. Had cervical spinal fusion surgery then a week later formed a blood clot, called the office on a Wednesday complaining of pain in my right leg, so bad that I couldn't walk.I was told oh take the pain medication and muscle relaxers and just come to your appointment on Friday, two days later. I just thank God that the clot didn't travel to my lungs and kill me. Of course he told me "Oh this never happens , you weren't under that long, there must be something wrong with you, We'll guess what Pal all my blood test came back negative so far.So now I'm on blood thinners, with an IVC filter in my abdomen. He sent me to some physical therapy, my therapist said she faxed him over a couple of reports , which he never responded to. Nice
I have been under the care of Dr. Gatto for 3 months following a work injury to my lower back. He has not addressed my pain and refuses to do any studies or prescribe any medications because I am pregnant, even after receiving a letter from my OB stating exactly what interventions carried no risk. I fear I have been misdiagnosed and will be requesting a second opinion from my workers comp insurance as he has essentially refused to treat me. Today after noting that my symptoms were worse, he released me back to work. I cannot even go grocery shopping by myself I will be returning to work full time.
In a nutshell:
He will not listen to you, or even talk to you. If you want to know what is up with your case pay close attention to what he says in his dictaphone.
Clear your schedule: be prepared to wait 2 hours for a 5 minute visit.
The office staff, while polite has failed to put my appointments on the schedule 3 times resulting in the need to reschedule appointments or wait even longer to be seen.
If at all possible see a different doctor. I have had enough excellent care to know seeing this guy is a waste of time. I am about to return to work worse than I was 3 months ago due to his inattentiveness and lack of care. I intend to follow this experience with complaints to the medical review board and a consult with a lawyer as I feel my pain has certainly been prolonged due to lack of treatment while under his "care."
Actually saw him through my workers comp insurance. I was scheduled for surgery by another doctor. He told me that I didn't need surgery and told me to get a shot. A month later after going to him for two shots he then told me I needed surgery and he wanted to do it. I felt like he was full of it. He was just trying to con me into switching to him for the surgery. What a quack.
Run away. Please. I was never one to care about bedside manner. As long as a doctor was highly skilled, personality was not too important. But, Dr. Gatto not only is rude and never even came to my bedside after delicate 2 level c spine surgery, but he has ruined my body. I can no longer work, I can no longer enjoy life. It's been almost 2 years. I went to a neurosurgeon and he said Dr. Gatto really messed me up. This neurosurgeon was visibly upset when he looked at my pre and post operative MRIs. Unfortunately, he told me the damage has been done and there is no more surgery that could repair what he has done. This is your life. Do your research. Don't allow workers compensation to force a hack orthopedist to do your surgery. Fight tooth and nail and go to a Good neurosurgeon.
After having bad back pain on and off for 25+ years, Dr. Gatto and his team did a great job.
I knew after surgery, that i was better. After 8 weeks I was snowboarding again. Thank You DR. Gatto and your team!!
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