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4.86 / 5
219 Ratings
155 Recommendations

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Dr. Melamed and his team took great care of me. He saw me on short notice, gave me an accurate and in-depth diagnosis, and then his staff rushed to take care of insurance approvals so that I could have the needed surgery right away. Surgery went ... Show More
Dr. Melamed and his team took great care of me. He saw me on short notice, gave me an accurate and in-depth diagnosis, and then his staff rushed to take care of insurance approvals so that I could have the needed surgery right away. Surgery went very well, and I'm now pain-free. Everyone on Dr. M's surgical team was professional, kind and caring. Thank you for getting my life back to normal! Show Less
Jason G. (February 10, 2019)
5 star rating
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The most caring professional physician I have ever seen. He was a second opinion regarding a spinal fusion. Ten minutes into my consultation I knew I wanted him to do my surgery. He explained the surgery in detail and had a understanding of my ... Show More
The most caring professional physician I have ever seen. He was a second opinion regarding a spinal fusion. Ten minutes into my consultation I knew I wanted him to do my surgery. He explained the surgery in detail and had a understanding of my balance and coordination issues along with numbness in my hands. He scheduled surgery in the next few weeks. The surgery was successful and I was amazed how well I felt after. Two years of pain wiped away!! He is very meticulous and he is constantly learning all the latest techniques. He continues to follow up with me on a regular basis. What other surgeon does that?? He will always be my go to surgeon for spine issues. Show Less
Debbie D. (February 8, 2019)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed expertise and bedside manner outstanding. 5 stars for his entire team !
Dr. Melamed expertise and bedside manner outstanding. 5 stars for his entire team ! Show Less
Nancy H. (February 8, 2019)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed is the best in the business! Very personable, professional, great bed side manner and is a phenomenal surgeon. Would recommend anyone to go see him for neck or back issues!!
Dr. Melamed is the best in the business! Very personable, professional, great bed side manner and is a phenomenal surgeon. Would recommend anyone to go see him for neck or back issues!! Show Less
Amanda R. (February 6, 2019)
5 star rating
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I think I selected the best surgeon in Los Angeles.The pain which put me in a wheel chair at times. I have no pain not one pain pill after the surgery. I am a surgeon and I am very impressed and grateful
I think I selected the best surgeon in Los Angeles.The pain which put me in a wheel chair at times. I have no pain not one pain pill after the surgery. I am a surgeon and I am very impressed and grateful Show Less
Richard E. (January 17, 2019)
5 star rating
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In 2014, Dr. Melamed and team performed a very successful back surgery on me. He was able to explain exactly what the problems were and knew how to fix them. I feel so fortunate to have Dr. Melamed for my surgeon. I had been living in pain for years ... Show More
In 2014, Dr. Melamed and team performed a very successful back surgery on me. He was able to explain exactly what the problems were and knew how to fix them. I feel so fortunate to have Dr. Melamed for my surgeon. I had been living in pain for years before the surgery. I was back at work in a few months and to this day I remain active and living pain free. I highly reccommend Dr.Melamed. He is a very skilled and confident surgeon. He has a very efficient and friendly staff. Show Less
Deborah B. (January 16, 2019)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed is the best back doctor I was lucky enough to find. My mom had debilitating back pain to the point she was stricken to bed for two months, we tried 3 back doctors in the South Bay all suggesting physical therapy, cortisone shots and pain ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is the best back doctor I was lucky enough to find. My mom had debilitating back pain to the point she was stricken to bed for two months, we tried 3 back doctors in the South Bay all suggesting physical therapy, cortisone shots and pain medications of which none of them showed the slightest hint of resolving her pain and getting her back on her feet again. Those doctors had no other solution for her, they were against surgery due to her age (70).

Dr. Melamed however wasted no time in diagnosing her situation and performing the necessary surgery to get her back to enjoying her life. That is what he does he gives you your life back because he cares. All during her recovery he made himself available whenever I had a question or concern he got back to me in a reasonable time(within an hour) unlike most experiences I have had with doctors that are no where to be found after a surgery is performed. I believe he genuinely cares about his patients because of the attention he gave us. And my mom is back walking again able to enjoy her life.

I also had a friend in his forties that was having trouble with his back causing leg numbing and difficulties walking , he also saw a few doctors in the south bay that were not able to offer him any relief and he was spiraling downward physically and psychologically. Again Dr. Melamed assessed the situation, came up with a plan and with surgery got him back to living his life again.

If you have a case that other doctors have said is hopeless, you owe to to yourself to let Dr Melamed have a look.

Sincerely, Vartan Balyan Show Less
Vartan P. B. (January 13, 2019)
5 star rating
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From start to finish Dr. Melamed and his staff treated me with honesty & respect. Dr. Melamed truly showed compassion and empathy for me. I had a major neck and spine surgery and was losing mobility on my right side of my body and was in jeopardy ... Show More
From start to finish Dr. Melamed and his staff treated me with honesty & respect. Dr. Melamed truly showed compassion and empathy for me. I had a major neck and spine surgery and was losing mobility on my right side of my body and was in jeopardy of being quadriplegic. He told me what I needed to hear not what I wanted to hear but he did it with caring compassion. My surgery was 6 weeks ago and I am doing better than I expected. Dr. Melamed's P. A. KIKI is wonderful and very attentive to questions and any help that is needed. His assistant Wendy who is in charge of finances for the office is caring and understanding of each person's struggles and will figure out a way to help you. I spoke to four Dr.s before picking Dr. Melamed and I can truly say he saved my life. I am forever grateful. Show Less
Brad R. G. (January 3, 2019)
5 star rating
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Due to an accident I had pain in my neck shoulder and arm all the time, I took epidurals and went to several doctors but did not help me. I was recommended to see Dr Melamed, when he reviewed my MRI and scans he clrealy explained and showed me what ... Show More
Due to an accident I had pain in my neck shoulder and arm all the time, I took epidurals and went to several doctors but did not help me.
I was recommended to see Dr Melamed, when he reviewed my MRI and scans he clrealy explained and showed me what my problems are, he told me with a surgery he can fix my problem.
I like his knowledge and energy and did my surgery on November 9th and now I feel great
I do not have neck or shoulder and hand problems, doing my PT 3 times a week and I feel better and better everyday.
Thanks to Dr. Melamed and his Excellent team Show Less
M. A. (December 21, 2018)
5 star rating
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He truly cares about his patients. He studies the CT's, MRI's and x-ray before my surgery with a whole plan of action. Then does the surgery with the most delicate hands. Dedicated doctor to make his patients receive the best.
He truly cares about his patients. He studies the CT's, MRI's and x-ray before my surgery with a whole plan of action. Then does the surgery with the most delicate hands. Dedicated doctor to make his patients receive the best. Show Less
Sammy S. (December 15, 2018)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed was an excellent doctor for me. He worked with me to plan treatment using least invasive options first. He answered questions quickly and spent time with me to understand my concerns and make sure I understood what we were doing at ... Show More
Dr. Melamed was an excellent doctor for me. He worked with me to plan treatment using least invasive options first. He answered questions quickly and spent time with me to understand my concerns and make sure I understood what we were doing at each step Show Less
Howard T. (December 14, 2018)
5 star rating
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A surgeon with skills and bedside manner is a winner!
A surgeon with skills and bedside manner is a winner! Show Less
Shimeaka G. (December 14, 2018)
5 star rating
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I came to Dr. Melamed after consulting with 4-5 different surgeons, all of whom told me that a fusion would be my only option. Dr. Melamed was able to successfully decompress the nerves in my spine without having to fuse despite having a spondylolisthesis. ... Show More
I came to Dr. Melamed after consulting with 4-5 different surgeons, all of whom told me that a fusion would be my only option. Dr. Melamed was able to successfully decompress the nerves in my spine without having to fuse despite having a spondylolisthesis. I can not recommend his practice enough. All of the staff are extremely friendly and are very timely in making sure you are taken care of. Show Less
Gary F. (December 12, 2018)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed thoroughly discussed the results of my examination and the procedure that he recommended for me. He recommended a minimally invasive procedure that several other doctors that I had previously seen never suggested. The staff ... Show More
Dr. Melamed thoroughly discussed the results of my examination and the procedure that he recommended for me. He recommended a minimally invasive procedure that several other doctors that I had previously seen never suggested. The staff are very friendly, caring, and professional. I was contacted several times after my surgery to see how I was doing. This thoughtful follow up meant a lot! I am currently 6 weeks out from my surgery and I am pain free! Show Less
Ken W. (December 12, 2018)
5 star rating
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Dr. Mellamed and his staff are great. He is an excellent doctor who genuinely cares about his patients and their success.
Dr. Mellamed and his staff are great. He is an excellent doctor who genuinely cares about his patients and their success. Show Less
Penny C. (December 11, 2018)
5 star rating
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I had a very good experience with Dr.Melamed and his team. They were very professional and polite. I felt I had all the information I needed to make a decision that I was very worried about. After weighing up the info I had a disc replacement done ... Show More
I had a very good experience with Dr.Melamed and his team. They were very professional and polite. I felt I had all the information I needed to make a decision that I was very worried about. After weighing up the info I had a disc replacement done and it went very well. They took great care of me during and after the surgery.
I would highly recommend Dr. Melamed. I am back to all the biking, hiking and swimming I was doing before the accident. Great outcome all round. Show Less
Ray C. (December 6, 2018)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed and his staff are a Godsend. Amazing experience. It was my first surgery in my life and i couldn't have imagined it to go any smoother.
Dr. Melamed and his staff are a Godsend. Amazing experience. It was my first surgery in my life and i couldn't have imagined it to go any smoother. Show Less
Dragos S. (November 28, 2018)
5 star rating
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Dr. Hooman Melamed is more than an top tier surgeon, he is a super hero of a doctor. I have nothing but positive things to say about my entire experience under his care. If your looking for elite level treatment and someone to trust, you have found ... Show More
Dr. Hooman Melamed is more than an top tier surgeon, he is a super hero of a doctor. I have nothing but positive things to say about my entire experience under his care. If your looking for elite level treatment and someone to trust, you have found the right guy.

My short review is that Dr. Melamed is one of the best (if not the best) out there at what he does, and surrounds himself with faculty at facilities that are great at what they do. I am 29 years old, now 10+ weeks post op, recovering from my lumbar microdiscectomy surgery with stem cell; 4 weeks into my physical therapy. So grateful I had him as my surgeon.

My Long Story.

I was diagnosed with a large L5-S1 disc herniation back in March 2016. I was an athletic 27 year old plagued with constant discomfort and pain. I couldn't do the things I loved without pain, or at all. Hesitant to jump into surgery and went down the path of rest with physical therapy. Monitoring my progress and learning as much as I could.

I became a new patient of Dr. Melamed Feb. 2017, showing him my progress from where I was a year ago. At this point my herniation was significantly smaller and my symptoms continued decreasing; but were still constant. Dr. Melamed thought it best to ramp up my physical therapy, better my lifestyle to promote more healing, and to monitoring progress with periodic check ins since I was improving.

I did months of more rigorous PT under specialized care. Improvement was slow but steady.

August 2017, everything changed. I felt like I had re-herniated because I was feeling similar extreme pain again like I had initially felt in March 2016. My symptoms were those described as detrimental that could require emergency surgery. So I called his emergency line on a Friday night, he answered and told me to check into the hospital to investigate further and that he would be ready to do emergency surgery if need be.

The hospital tests done that night couldn't diagnose the problem. Dr. Melamed came to my hospital room early the following morning, he didn't want to perform surgery without further tests. Instead of assuming my back and jumping me into surgery, he ordered another test, specifically a CAT scan of my lumbar region and lower abdominal. He may have saved my life. Turns out it wasn't my back at all, it was something else completely unrelated. I had a severe Proctology issue, a nasty one, one which required me to get emergency surgery with a Proctologist. Two surgeries actually.

I was nearly immobile for 6 months because of my proctology problem, and all of the physical therapy I had done for my back had regressed, and was once again facing more constant discomfort and pain. Once able, I did 3 more months of PT, but again, felt like I had digressed quite far from where I was before the proctology event, constantly fighting for comfort and to alleviate pain was not working anymore. I felt like had plateaued. That and thought about what would happen if another freak emergency happened.

So I went back to Dr. Melamed, and he agreed that I was now a surgery candidate for good reason. My successful operation was in July 2018, I was able to walk and sit within an hour or 2 after surgery. I noticed less sciatic symptoms immediately.

After 6 weeks of hard recovery (mostly bed rest), I had my follow up appointment with him, and he prescribed PT once again. This time I asked to for his direction in PT, because the times before I chose my facility based on location. I wanted to find a group that would transition me from therapy to supervised performance training. Dr. Melamed referred a place that has been perfect for me.

I am now filled with more hope and confidence than ever that I will get back to completely unrestricted activity and be symptom free . I still have a long way to go, but I am feeling less and less symptomatic everyday.

Expect an update from me here again in 6 to 12 months time. Show Less
Olas I. (September 10, 2018)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed is the best doctor I have ever been to. I've had back issues since I was 19 years old (I'm 29 now) and have spent thousands of hours going to over 30 doctors and even did a lumbar surgery that was ineffective. Dr. Melamed correctly diagnosed ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is the best doctor I have ever been to. I've had back issues since I was 19 years old (I'm 29 now) and have spent thousands of hours going to over 30 doctors and even did a lumbar surgery that was ineffective. Dr. Melamed correctly diagnosed me and did an AMAZING job during the surgery. He has given me a better life and for that I am forever grateful. Please go see him, you will not be disappointed. Show Less
Patrick S. (August 20, 2018)
5 star rating
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The following review is about my positive experience with Dr. Melamed. I will detail what it was like to interact with him and his staff pre and post surgery. --Background I was presenting glowing left shoulder pain that would radiate to ... Show More
The following review is about my positive experience with Dr. Melamed. I will detail what it was like to interact with him and his staff pre and post surgery.

--Background
I was presenting glowing left shoulder pain that would radiate to my elbow and then fingers. After pain subsided, I noticed substantial left tricep weakness and atrophy, along with parathesia and index/middle finger numbness. I noticed the weakness when I had to lean to my right side to complete a push-up.

Prior to visiting Dr. Melamed, I sought conservative treatment primarily with physical therapy and physiatry. While my interactions with each of these disciplines was professional, it was not working to improve the tricep weakness. The straw that broke the camel's back was when the physiatrist said he could not help me, and that my case warrants serious consideration for surgery.

Off I went to search for an orthopedic surgeon...


--Why Dr. Melamed
My top 2 search criteria in finding a surgeon were: (1) bedside manners -- one who doesn't treat a patient like an inanimate part in a manufacturing assembly line; (2) one whose approach to surgery is not aggressive -- "To a hammer, everything is a nail."

While I scoured YouTube to learn more about my condition, I stumbled onto Dr. Melamed's segments on the Doctor's show. I quickly got a sense of what his personality was like. I also read his Yelp reviews, and the warmth and satisfaction that flooded them made me comfortable. All-in-all, I was convinced this was the right surgeon to visit -- and I can attest his bedside manners were great, and he doesn't approach surgery simply to chalk one up.

--Pre Surgery
Dr. Melamed's staff was awesome with letting me know ahead of time that X-rays and CT scans would be necessary for my initial visit. Scheduling was on-time, and the intake process was very thorough. It seemed like Dr. Melamed reviewed my information and history prior to walking into the room. So, upon meeting him, he was ready to assess and educate.

With the hands-on assessments, he confirmed and matched my symptoms to the MRIs -- a C6-7 disc herniation was pinching the nerve, which was the source causing all the funky issues down my left arm.

He recommended C6-7 posterior microdiscectomy, and I was relieved that fusion was not the recommendation. He took the time to explain the process; in fact, it was the same procedure that he performed for Dr. Travis on the Doctors show so you can watch it there.

Due to the significant tricep weakness, surgery was urgently recommended, which matched what my physiatrist suggested. Because I was so prepared for the visit -- having researched the condition and his practice -- I felt very comfortable to go ahead and schedule the surgery during my visit. His staff was excellent in getting me prepared for surgery 3 business days later.

--Surgery
This was my first surgery ever, and the entire staff made the day go smooth and uneventful. Dr. Melamed said hello before the procedure, and checked on me afterward. The nurses were really attentive and were generously helpful as the anesthesia wore off. I'm not sure what else I can recommend to make that experience any better!

--Post Surgery
Dr. Melamed called in a few times after I went home post-surgery. One call was routine, but a couple were to return calls when we had questions about medication and recovery. I've never had surgery before, but I found it outstanding that a surgeon personally called to check-in.

While I'm now 6 weeks post surgery, all the funky issues down the arm are gone. Week 5 was about the turning point for me, where finger numbness disappeared and my arm/tricep started to feel more "connected." I still have weeks of physical therapy ahead, and only time will tell if strength can return fully. I'm excited about the prospect of strength recovery due to the decompression surgery.

--I Wholeheartedly Recommend Dr. Melamed
For the reasons outlined above and with this being my first surgery ever, I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Melamed. Never once did I second guess whether I should have surgery. His demeanor, staff, and record gave me all the peace-of-mind necessary for a successful surgery. Without hesitation, I would recommend him to all my family and friends. Show Less
Dale K. (August 2, 2018)
5 star rating
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