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  • He is an EXCELLENT physician.  He does a great job.  He is a good listener and cares deeply for his patients.  He does basic bloodwork on a regular basis to make sure that everything is coming along great. 
    - Teresa H.
  • After having a few attacks, I realized that they might be caused by my gallbladder.  After visiting my GP and getting an ultrasound and a CT scan with Iodine contrast with no abnormal results, I tried to get in to see a gastro doctor....the first open appt wasn't for 8 weeks!  I then had to go back to my GP, ask them to try to get me in sooner...it was still 4 weeks and it was with Dr. Makkar.  He was very personable.  He then had me get blood work, do a Hydrogen breath test (for SIBO).  The hydrogen breath test showed that I tested positive for SIBO, so I took an antibiotic that cost me $680 (after a ~$700 "coupon" from the drug supplier and insurance)...but  I continued to have attacks. I then received an email form his staff saying that the bloodwork was "normal", but no details...I had to go to the hospital myself to get the results and 2 of the results were abnormal. Fine. With continued attacks, and having lost 15 lbs. and counting (from not being able to eat fat...and loss of appetite from the attacks and continued right upper quadrant pain, I then had a HIDA scan. I received an email from his staff stating that the results were "not overtly abnormal"??  Again, I went back down to the hospital to get the real results, to find that I had an overactive gallbladder - 98% ejection fraction...and by the way, reproduction of attack symptoms during the scan.  My next appt was 6 week later, so I did some digging on the internet and found several studies that stated that 98% of patients with symptoms like mine had complete resolution of symptoms with gallbladder removal.  So I went to the appt with the results and studies in hand, only to be told that he thought that the studies were nonsense ("you can't believe studies"), and that since I had no abnormal results in his opinion, he had to Provider name locked. out "everything else"...so then I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy.  With the next appt another 6 weeks away, and no hope in sight, I asked him what the next step was going to be if this all turned out to be negative (if they found nothing) before he even did the scopes.  He said that we would "talk"...I asked him about what?  He said IBS...seriously??  I asked him if ANY of my symptoms/attacks could be explained by IBS, and he said no.  So I asked him why we would even talk about that...no response.  So I pushed for a surg. consult, because I knew that it was my gallbladder.  He begrudgingly agreed to it.  The tests showed nothing, everything was normal, so he referred me to a surgeon...and I couldn't get in for another 6 weeks.  I felt that I could not get a second opinion anywhere in town, because every gastro in town is with this practice (and no one is going to contradict another diagnosis within a practice), and I wasn't sure the surgeon would give an unbiased opinion about my situation, given that the gastro Dr. who referred me didn't think I needed surgery.  I was ready to try to find someone at Cleveland Clinic...or become a Canadian citizen so I could get quicker health care (just joking). It just so happens that I work out at the gym with a surgeon (different specialty)...who offered to refer me to a surgeon for a second opinion in case I wanted it.  They got me in the next day and within 5 min. he said that he recommended taking out the gallbladder...I scheduled surgery with him and was able to get it scheduled quicker than I could get the consult with the other surgeon.  Well guess what? I am a month out after having that gallbladder removed and have no symptoms, no attacks and no more weight loss - I can eat fat again without fear of an attack!  No thanks to Dr. Makkar...  It was 5 and a half months of pure torture and frustration - having a doctor that wouldn't listen to you and wouldn't even consider studies or even think about surgery...emails with false/misleading information regarding test results...more than a month between every test/visit...and so expensive - I was past my deductible before all of the crazy diagnostics he ordered were completed...I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone.  I guess the only good thing that came out of my experience with Provider name locked. Gastro is that I got my colonoscopy out of the way 2 years early and now I'm good to go for 10 yrs. (or least I think so - their email said it was all normal - I wonder if that was correct?)  P.S. - my surgeon told me that the gallbladder was completely lined with microcrystalline cholesterol...it definitely needed to come out. Oh, just a word about billing - there's no option to pay online...really? In this day and age?  I had to buy stamps because the only way you can pay is by check or credit card and mail in the stub...wow.
    - james H.
  • He is absolutely awesome. He is incredibly thorough. He listens. He's prompt. He's very accommodating. He communicates extremely well via e-mail.
    - Brad G.
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