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  • I got in before my appt time and took less than 30 minutes total in the office. Dr. Grosslight is a great Dr, he is very patient and doesn't beat around the bush, does what he says he will do. He will not sugar coat, which sometimes people take that wrong, but I would prefer my Dr to be upfront and honest. He was super nice and so was his nurse and staff.
    I had to ask a lot of questions, but if you want to know something, you gotta ask. He explained most things, but I am a more and quot;indebtand quot; person.
    - NEVA D.
  • Dr. Boyd was very thorough and explained the radiological findings in depth. He was very direct and not at all condescending or patronizing (something I have experienced with other physicians). He offered me a surgical solution that was much less invasive than the one originally recommended to me.
    Surgery went well, and I am mostly recovered and back at work without significant difficulty. All in all, I am very glad that I took the recommendation of my rheumatologist and contacted Dr. Boyd for his opinion and care.

    - Cheryl S.
  • My post-op period difficult because of pain not relieved by medications and I was only comfortable laying in a s***** position. On the Monday after my surgery (4 days post-op) I received a phone call from a gentleman that said he worked with Dr. Gunter and wanted to see how I was doing. He told me he was with a company that provides bone stimulators to Dr. Gunter's patients and that he was nearby and wanted instructions to get to our house so he could get me set up with one. I told him that Dr. Gunter specifically said I was not a candidate and that I did not need it. He seemed confused and said it was standard procdure for Dr. Gunter's patients to get them. He siad he would call Dr. Gunter's office and clarify the situation. A few minutes later the MA from the Dr's office called and explained that it was standard procedure for his patients to get the device, but she would tell the device rep that I did not need it. I was confused because of possible HIPAA violations. Here was a person who worked for an outside company with all of my information without my consent. I spoke with his MA and told her of my pain and asked to speak with Dr. Gunter. She said he would call me at some point in the day. He called at 9:00pm that night and said that my pain was to be expcted and basically keep doing what I was doing.I also told him about my concern of HIPAA violation and he said it was a standing order for his patients and there was just a communication confusion with his staff. He said he nor his staff were in any way compensated for the use of bone stimulators and there was no inducement from the device company.

    I went back for my 2 wk postop visit and still complained of pain and arm numbness and heavy feeling (exactly what I had the surgery for). He seemed put out by my lack of symptom relief after his procedure and said to be patient and that not all people respond as quickly after surgery. At around the 2 month post op time I called his office on a Monday am to tell them of my continued discomfort; his medical assistant told me he would call some time that day. NO CALL. The next day I called back and said I had not heard back from him and his MA said he would call when he got into the office that day. NO CALL. I called back on Wed. am and left a message for his MA that Iwas upset because I still had not heard from him. NO CALL from either his MA or him. Thursday am my husband called because by this time I was getting distraught from discomfort and lack of knowing if this was normal post op expectations. He called within a few minutes and wanted to know what was going on. I explained my pain and discomfort and he said he would order an MRI that day and see me later in the day. I asked him why he had not called before today and he said it was because I had been a difficult patient and he was going to call me on his terms, not mine!!! I was so upset I could not stay on the phone so my husband spoke with him and asked why I so upset. He was told that I was to get the MRI and see him in the office that afternoon. When we saw him that afternoon it was a very chilly reception in the office! He came in the room, took me to see the MRI and basically said The MRI was fine, he had done the surgery correctly, and that my continued problems were not being caused by anything he did during the procedure. This was 2 months post-op and I said that I was actually worse than before surgery and that there was no way I could return to work. He said there was no medical reason for him to justify me not working. I was visibly upset and crying, so my husband and quot;took overand quot; for me. Dr.Gunter stated again that I was a difficult patient and that his staff did not want to keep me as a patient. He also told me that he had something special scheduled for that afternoon that he really wanted to do, and he cancelled it in order to see me because I demanded to be seen!! The visit ended with him giving me a work excuse for 4 more weeks.

    I saw him for the last time at the 3 month post op visit. I saw the same nurse as the first time and he spent about 30 min with me doing history and exam. He said he thought I needed a nerve conduction study since I was still symtomatic. Dr. Gunter came about 30 min later and said he agreed with the nurse and ordered the next test. The whole time he was in the room he looked and talked to my husband and would not look at me. I was furious when we left! He gave me a return to work clearance since it had been 3 months since surgery. I had the nerve conduction test and I had to call his office 3 times to get the results. Finally his MA called and told me it was abnormal and the next step was a myelogram. We have played and quot;phone tagand quot; for 1 month trying to get the myelogram setup.

    I have now gone to another practice, where the clincician listened to me and was compassionate. I had the myelogram done yesterday and should here something in the nexr few days about the results and the next step for me. I have returned to work, but unfortunately my symptoms are worse than ever and I am contemplating taking medical leave again. I am blessed to work for an amazing company and have a wonderful manager who is understanding. I had heard that Dr. Gunter was a fantastic surgeon - well he may be good technically, but he and his office staff lack empathy and compassion.
    - APRIL D.
  • I like his ability to take the time to explain based of the MRI's what my problem is and what we can do to approach it. He was very patient abou it and explained everything to the fullest. He just has a really great demeanor.
    - Barron H.
  • Herniated disk at l5 S1. After approximately 6 months of physical therapy I was referred to him for possible back surgery. When I arrived at his office, I waited 3 1/2 hours for my appointment, talk about classic signs of a bad exsperience. But at that point I was desperate for some relief. He recommended 6 weeks of Pt and steroid injections. Half way through my treatment I continued to tell him that my pain was getting worse. After several phones calls and my pt reporting back to him, he finally decided to do surgery. To make a long story short several surgeries later, I am in more pain then I ever was before any surgery was performed. After numerous calls and testing to see what the issue is, his response "There is nothing wrong, I have no idea where your pain is coming from. Keep in mind, my pain management was handled by a different doctor throughout my whole entire treatment. His final answer was see a psych doctor as if I was fabricating my pain. Finally realizing that he was not going to acknowledge any problems, as if his surgery was done to perfection, after the last surgery he stated that the intial surgeries should have never been performed, that based on my symptoms he should have fused my back in the beginning of my treatment. Talk about after the fact. So we did multiple surgeries for no reason. Never the less, I sought a second opinion. Immediately at my first appointment the new surgeon immediately noticed that the hardware that was installed was braising up against my nerve and that eventually it was very possible that the screw would grow into my bone. This new surgeon looked at the same reports Dr Gunter did. That just goes to show you that he would not stand by his patient till the bitter end. It was just to easy to pass me off to another doctor. The whole exsperience consisted of many phone calls not returned by him and his staff. Sometimes I would have to call 2 and 3 times to get a returned call. He never talks to you, be speaks away from you. I really felt as if he treated me and my problems as if they were compared to as the common cold. He is very Arrogant His staff is very incompetent and has no compassion for our problems. Their excuses was they was understaffed. How about if they dont like their job, find another one. Otherwise return patients calls. I am now seeing another surgeon who says I may have to have the entire surgery redone. Its not what you say, but how you say it. Not the total outcome but its how the problems are handled. I understand that with any treatment there is no guarantee, but when things get tough. Listen to your patients, we know our bodies. WE ARE NOT ALL OUT TO GET OUR NEXT PAIN SCRIPT. I am so glad I have found a surgeon that will listen and take the time to review my results, but unfortunately its a little to late. I wish I had did my research, I may not be in the shape I am in now. Thank god he didn't. Seriously mess me up, but then again, that is still to be determined.
    - Candace G.
  • I have a lot of numbness in my feet and hands becuase I waited too long to see him, but I am still able to move. I am now able to go to the gym and walk two miles at a time. He did a great job. I only took one pain pill in the process of his services and it was only because it was required. He did not cause any pain. The only pain I had was potassium because it was a little low and they gave me a couple bags of potassium. I could not have asked for a better Dr.
    - Ruthie R.
  • I started seeing him more than a year ago. He thought I was a surgical candidate seven months ago and got me in for surgery. He was the first doctor I have ever been to, who was younger than I was. It was horrifying at first. However, he was fantastic. He was in his early 30?s and he did great in his school. He was one of the sweetest guys I have ever met. He was very helpful and very supportive. He answered all my questions. I think he was very skilled. I will use his services in the future if required.
    - carrie h.
  • My husband is a fellow physician and we were treated like crap. Basically we had to fight to be seen. We had to get other doctors involved to get this practice to step up to the plate. They accused him of drug seeking and told him to go to drug rehab. We were powerless and hopeless. Columbia, SC is so small, they were really our only choice. So we continued to fight. My husband was in bed with excruciating pain for days during the course of treatment. My children were distressed, I was distressed and I was trying to take care of this open wound. We are financially ruined right now, although, when my husband begins work we will be OK. He is on a impaired physicians list eventhough he is feeling relatively good and is off all medication. He cannot practice until his health is investigated by a team of health professionals. All of this from an out- patient procedure and failure to treat and re-assess. I would not refer my worst enemy to this doctor or his practice. There are so many other details. I could write for days about their negligence.
    - Heidi R.
  • back surgery/quick recovery
    - Kim G.
  • He is overall competent. He assured my wife about a surgery, so she was extremely pleased with him. However, it took several months to get an appointment with him.
    - mary anne p.
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