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"If you need a breast don't go to him, he is an excellent surgeon but he doesn't know breasts. He is a wonderful doctor to talk to and go over everything but when it came to the actual work it was not good. He would tell me one thing and then do another. I had a total of five surgeries with him because I kept going back and he didn't get it right."
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Northwestern Memorial Hospital
675 N. St.
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Chicago, IL 60611

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I wanted to go on the record with you, and with the hospital that you serve, to provide an accounting of my experience with you during the nearly two years I was a patient of yours. In November of 2010 I went into the last of three surgeries under your care. It was not a success. The goal was to inject some fat into a pocket above my left breast to try and restore a more natural look. The previous latissimus flap surgery performed by you had still left me with a large ‘
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’ of sorts, a result of a mastectomy performed in the previous year by Dr. (name removed). Not only did the liposuction procedure have no aesthetic effect, but over the next few days it seemed as if the left implant was somehow getting smaller. I vocalized my suspicions to you during my follow up visit that same week and you simply told me that if it was leaking we would know in about a week and to schedule a follow up surgery. As the days past my suspicions turned to certainty, and after about two weeks the implant was nearly flat.

Not willing to return to you as a patient, I sought out other plastic surgeons. During the very first office visit with my new doctor, she spent more time consulting with me and my husband than you had collectively over some 18 months of office visits. Showing us actual implants, taking multiple measurements, providing special support bras, and talking at length about how the different profiles, shapes, and sizes of implants might appear on my body were all aspects of the pre-surgical consultation that I hadn’t even realized I had been missing during the time I had spent under your care.

One of the most disconcerting aspects of being your patient was my experience just prior to the last two surgeries. While in pre-op, on both of those occasions, you entered the room, greeted my husband and I, and said, “Okay, now what are we doing today?” This lack of clarity on one occasion, you may recall, resulted in the cancellation of the surgery I was only minutes from undergoing. After having taken time off of work, making the trek to your office multiple times (sometimes having to wait as long as 90 minutes past my scheduled appointment time) to consult with you about the surgical plan, it is disconcerting to have your surgeon enter the pre-op room still unclear of the days plan after the i.v. has been inserted in your arm. This was supposed to be a planned and well thought out surgery, but it left me feeling like an emergency room patient.

In retrospect, my feelings weren’t far off the
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. In addition to the left implant which began leaking immediately following my last procedure with you, I was diagnosed with synmastia, a condition that was created after my second surgery with you (latissimus flap). So now, I had not only an undesirable cosmetic condition created by my 2nd surgery with you, but also found myself in need of a medically compulsory surgery to replace the deflated implant caused by my 3rd surgery with you.

You may be interested to know that my last surgery to replace the left implant and repair the synmastia went relatively well. It was my surgeons post-op opinion that the valve on the left implant had been opened, ostensibly to drain some of the saline, and not properly closed during the liposuction procedure. Why tinkering with the valve had even become part of the agenda for that procedure I can only speculate. All I know is that you never mentioned this as part of the plan prior to, or after the surgery, according to the best recollections of either my husband or myself. On several occasions my current surgeon also voiced frustration in the shape of the flap that you had created, which, in her opinion, would require a much more extensive surgery to repair - an endeavor that I am not currently willing to undertake.

Dr.
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, more than anything else I just want to be sure you are aware of the unnecessary inconvenience, pain, and expense, that I’ve had to endure as a result of my experience with you. Perhaps if my appointments hadn’t been so rushed and seemingly void of thorough planning then my surgeries would have been more successful. Undoubtedly, had my surgeries with you been more successful, I would not have needed a 4th surgery to repair the work from your hands. It is my sincerest hope that my letter to you will inspire some reflection and potentially improvement for the sake of your future patients as well as advancement of your own career.
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"Doctor is very through, he sent excellent pre-treatment material. He is also extremely punctual. After the procedure he gave us his home and cell phone number in case there were any problems, and call our home a few times to check up (including Sunday evening). The results of the procedure are just what I expected. I am very pleased with him."
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"Dr.
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is amazing! Before the procedure, he spent 30 minutes explaining the muscles in the face and how the work. He doesn?t try to up charge, and is very prompt for all appointments. The facility itself is beautiful. I think Dr.
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is very thoughtful in his approach, and I was absolutely delighted with his service."
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"First of all, before I continue with my poor review, let me say that Dr.
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is a very nice person. He spent an hour with me during the consultation. However, I don't think he really listened to me. I specifically indicated that I was expecting a dramatic change in my face - not just a subtle difference in my appearance. I was born with a birth defect to my face, so I really needed more than the average person who walks in. Now, post-surgery, after all the swelling has gone down, I am extremely dissapointed. NO ONE can even tell that I had anything done - not even my family! Dr.
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claims that he gave me the biggest cheek implants he could, and while I tend to believe him, I was expecting him to think outside of the box and really come up with a creative solution. Instead, he just gave me an ordinary cookie cutter set of cheek implants that did nothing to enhance my face. All that expense, pain, and time off of work for nothing. I spoke with Dr.
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afterwards and while he was quite pleased with the results...it's my face! I reminded him that I was expecting something dramatic and he said that he did the best he could. He's the director of plastic surgery at NorthWestern and mediocre run of the mill implants was the best he could do? He should have told me either that my expectations were unrealistic OR that he couldn't provide me the look I was seeking. I would NOT have gone through all this knowing the outcome - I really don't look any different. Finally, his nurse
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, has been over-trained as a gate keeper. It is IMPOSSIBLE to ask Dr.
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a question by telephone. I had some concerns pre-surgery, and
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, who is not a physicians assistant, acted as if she were the doctor and answered my questions regarding a conversation I had with Dr.
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when she wasn't even in the room. Post surgery I had stitches that fell out of my eye - and asked her about it, and without even asking me any follow-up questions, told me it was normal. I now have a slight shadow under one eye where the skin did not heal correctly after the stitches fell out. If you need just ordinary, out-of-the box, cookie cutter mold plastic surgery wihtout any creative solutions that is safe and a surgeon who is very kind and nice, Dr.
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is your man. Otherwise, if you have a situation that requires a unique solution - go elsewhere. One last thing,
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gave me a quote on the surgery, and I paid everything in advance. Post-surgery, I received a $675 fee for a pre-op screening that she failed to include in the price of the quote. No apologies. No nothing. She (Northwestern) did offer to pay half the fee....but still, I wanted a complete quote with no surprise billings afterwards. Finally, Dr.
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did try to rectify the situation by offering me injectable
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at cost ($2,000 anyone)....the reason I got implants was because I did not want
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which are only temporary. Again, I am so very angry about my experience .
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"Dr
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is fantastic. I really appreciated the way he validated my concerns about the way my first surgery had gone, but he didn't trash my previous surgeon. He requested more followup visits and encouraged me all along during my recovery. The only problems I had were when his assistant would call me very early in the morning to cancel my morning appointments. This happened more than once, but I believe that she no longer works there, so it shouldn't be any issue to anyone else. Bottom line, Dr
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is very caring, non-judgemental and I remain thrilled with my results!
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"My experience with him was very good. He is very skilled. He is very upfront about what he will and will not do. If he doesn't think it's in your best interest, he will not do it. He is a professor and chairman of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is very professional, nice, and caring. He has a nice way with people. He doesn't make you feel rushed. He is the kind of doctor you would want to go to."

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Barsky, Dr. Gary

122 Schiller St
Elmhurst, IL

Bittar, Dr. Sami M

5201 Willow Springs Rd
La Grange, IL

Bulger, Dr. John J

20 E Ogden Ave
Hinsdale, IL

Burt & Will–Plastic Surgery and Laser Center

24600 W 127th St
Plainfield, IL

Burt, Dr. Tripti

24600 W 127th St
Plainfield, IL

Bushnick, Dr. Philip

1786 Moon Lake Blvd
Hoffman Estates, IL

Carson, Dr. Maureen M

1875 Dempster St
Park Ridge, IL

Casas Aesthetics PLS & Med Spa

2050 Pfingsten Rd
Glenview, IL

Charles, Dr. Alix

908 North Elm St
Hinsdale, IL

Chen, Dr. Alan H

823 N 129th Infantry Dr
Joliet, IL

Cheryl Perlis MD

81 E Scranton Ave
Lake Bluff, IL

Chicago Express Doctors, Inc

520 N Kingsbury
Chicago, IL

Chicago Institute for Voice Care

60 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL

Chicago Lake Shore Medical Associates

676 N St Clair
Chicago, IL

ChicagoENT

3000 N. Halsted St
Chicago, IL

Chicagoland Aesthetics

501 W Golf Rd
Schaumburg, IL

Chicagoland Plastic Surgery

PO Box 558369
Chicago, IL

Childrens Surgical Foundation

2301 Enterprise Dr
Westchester, IL

Churchill, Dr. Gary S

515 W Old Northwest Hwy
Barrington, IL

Clear Skin Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

2560 Foxfield Rd
Saint Charles, IL