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  • We have had two experiences. I had shoulder surgery and my daughter had knee surgery. Both surgeries went well. Dr. H. told my daughter there would only be a 50/50 chance of improvement and he was right about that. Once in the exam room things are fine. Dr. Hollstein is a very kind caring physician. Again, I cannot overstate how bad the office staff is except for Dottie--if she is still there.
    - Karen M.
  • I really did not like the experience of waiting.  It was more like a clinic.  I was really unhappy with that.  He is supposed to be excellent.  I waited 1.5 hours.  I am sure he is excellent because he came recommended by another great doctor, but I was not happy waiting so long.  I would not go back because it is just not personal enough for me.  I did not find the office staff friendly or accommodating. 
    - Joyce V.
  • Initially I was very pleased in spite of Bradley's curt manner and back-to-the-patient interview and appointment technique... A few months after my first surgery, I had an incident of acute intense pain in my affected leg that ended me up in emergency. Although nothing was found, I continued to have recurring, stabbing, shearing pain upon specific movements over the following years and which got worse over time. Finally, I insisted on delving into this, with Bradley's reluctance. he ordered physical therapy (which he later refused to fully cover with prescriptions so insurance wouldn't cover it) and then told me it was soft tissue undefined something and I would have to live it. Outraged, I insisted on some sort of investigation - Ultrasound revealed massive inflammation and even nodules of muscle turned into bone! After some trial PRP treatments, symptoms became worse and Bradley said there was nothing else to be done. At this point, I went to see another orthopedist who ordered a bone scan and an MRI. The MRI revealed that a major tendon had been sawing across the hip prosthesis over the years and was now "stripped" - it looked like a bundle of spaghetti! to my great surprise, all of this has a name, "Ileopsoas Syndrome". Even more of a surprise is that this is noted on some medical sites to account for between 2% and 5% of complications in hip replacements so i am baffled as to why such a great surgeon like Dr. Bradley would not have considered this as a possibility... After seeking several more opinions, I had the tendon "released" (cut off from the bone") so it no longer rubbed over the edge of my artificial hip. After 2 months of therapy and healing, I am FINALLY pain free and not afraid of the sudden piercing pain that used to catch me unaware whenever I used the muscles that attached to that tendon. It will take months, if ever before i will regain the muscle strength I lost in my legs while I avoided exercise for fear of a pain that only those who have experienced it can appreciate. Now, I get in and out of the car, climb stairs, and begin to build up my leg strength and cardiovascular stamina to what it was only a couple of years ago. I have since heard that it is possible other patients of Bradley's are experiencing this problem. He uses and anterior approach and I am small hipped. One of his PA's is very unsympathetic.
    - Leona Anne P.
  • He did a good job of fixing my knee and used a more sophisticated surgery than normal. The only thing I was a little disappointed with was that I had to see a PA instead. They were not very qualified and made mistakes, but whenever I saw him I was happy.
    - Johann T.
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    - Homer S.
  • Dr. Ryu, is an excellent doctor, and I will continue to go to him in the future.  He is very forthright and to the point. 
    - Robert A.
  • He's an excellent doctor and I would recommend him to others and will use him in the future. 
    - Robert A.
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