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Finding the Right Doctor for Breast Reduction
NYGurumom's Review of: Dr. Alan Engler, MD

Rating: 9.79 (out of 10)
Review Date:
January 26, 2014, 8:44 am


DOCTOR INFORMATION
Doctor Name:   Dr. Alan Engler, MD (My Profile)
City:
New York
State:   New York (NY)
Country:   United States
PATIENT INFORMATION
Reviewer:   NYGurumom (Contact Me)
View My Before/After Photo Album(s):   None available
Did you get any procedure(s) done by this doctor?   Yes
Date of your procedure(s):   October 2, 2013
Procedure(s) I had done:   None
MY PERSONAL REVIEW
 

 

I used to have very heavy, large, pendulous breasts. I figured that reducing them would not be a problem for any well-known plastic surgeon that routinely did breast reductions (after all, who gets reductions done but the big-breasted?).

I went to my large group practice’s plastic surgeon because he was local, had easy access to my medical history, and he was listed in “Best Doctors” articles. I saw him twice, got insurance approval, set a date for surgery, and did all my pre-op exams. Six days before surgery, he called me to say he didn’t think he could do it; it was beyond his experience. I was angry and devastated, but glad he didn’t attempt the surgery.

I searched for a new doctor. This was difficult because every plastic surgeon said they did breast reductions, but offered no information on how often. I looked for photographic proof that each doctor had worked on someone with a similar body to mine. I was astounded that so many physicians used the same photos of surgeries that other people had done!

Then, I came upon Dr. Alan Engler’s information. It was impressive that he had done some before-and-after breast transformations on TV shows I knew, and he had written a book. But mostly, I was ecstatic to see that the photos in his books and on his website were of real patients whom he had personally operated on. And there were more than a few whose bodies looked like mine.

Dr. Engler was professional and friendly, as was his staff. He took many more measurements than my original doctor had, and explained everything to me. This time I felt confident. I saw him a few times before surgery. He personally handled my insurance issues and hospital scheduling. He returned any call I made to him within fifteen minutes (It was like having a concierge doctor!).

He did a beautiful job and I am very happy with the results. I did have lots of post-op concerns, and the first week Dr. Engler called me almost every day to see how I was doing. He also let me come in for several post-op check-ups to reassure me that I was healing properly. I would recommend him to anyone considering this surgery.
 
MY RATINGS IN DETAIL

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My Results:
How happy are you with your results?
Did your results meet or exceed your expectations?
  (9)
Medical Skills, Techniques & Knowledge:
Does your doctor have strong and up-to-date medical skills?
Does your doctor have good knowledge of techniques?
Were you well informed by the doctor?
  (10)
Accessibility:
Was doctor accessible and helpful during pre-op and post-op?
Is there good after business hours support?
Can doctor be reached by telephone?
Can doctor be reached by email?
  (10)
Personality:
Did the doctor make you feel comfortable?
Did the doctor take time to listen to your needs?
Did you feel rushed when trying to talk?
Was the doctor friendly and approachable?
Did the doctor show care and concern for you?
Does the doctor love being a doctor?
  (10)
Office & Support Staff, Nurses:
Was the office staff professional and well-mannered?
Was staff accessible and helpful during pre-op and post-op?
Was the office staff sensitive to your condition and needs?
Were your telephone/email messages given to the doctor?
  (10)
Appointments, Waiting Time:
Was it easy to book an appointment?
Was doctor reasonably punctual with appointments?
How was the office waiting time?
  (10)
Price:
Do you feel the price of your procedure(s) was reasonable?
Does the doctor give financing options?
  Not Rated (0)
Office & Surgical Facility:
Are the office and/or surgical facilities professional, clean, and well maintained?
Is the medical equipment up-to-date?
Is the office comfortable and the dcor aesthetically pleasing?
Were you offered anything to drink?
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Recommending This Doctor:
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  (10)

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