Rating Feedback for Dr. Lederhaus (1063883)
'Dr. Lederhaus didn't answer any questions. He asked I wait until after he had assessed me. Once that was completed, he referred me to a "website" that would answer 99% of my questions. What was the purpose of my vist if I was going to be referred to a website to answer my questions. He was cold and disinterested in anything I had to say. There were long pauses of silence after I told him I opted for the SURGERY and couldn't deal with the pain. He didn't care. He is a horrible quack that appears he doesn't care about anything or anyone besides himself. I left his office feeling very confused about the next step. I thought I was seeing him to review my options. He could have cared less about how I felt or how we what the next step would be. I was told he would discuss my options by my doctor. We discussed options but after telling him how I wanted to proceed to end this pain and after the long pauses, he sent me on my way without any firm plans on how we would proceed.'
I set aside one hour for a new consultation. Prior to that consultation, I personally review all the radiologic studies and patient's information packages to prepare an initial letter to the referring doctor. When a patient comes in I will then sit down with my laptop and take down the rest of any history and type down the physical examination. I then review all the radiologic studies with each patient personally. I do not have any physicians assistants or nurse practitioners; all the work I personally perform. At then end of my discussion, I may have a patient view a video on a particular procedure for more in-depth reviews of certain conditions. I meet with the patient after the video for further discussion and answer any other questions. If someone is a surgical candidate I will tell them, if not I will also tell them that. Thus, I know that I spend more time with patients then anyone I know. I'm conservative in my approach, but not to the point of not performing surgery that I feel could help a patient. Not everyone with pain is a surgical candidate and that's where I feel that patients become confused and irrational as far as what can or cannot be done. Many times doing nothing is far better than an extensive operation that may ultimately worsen a condition.