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166 Recommendations

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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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I was seen by who was considered the best orthopedic and neurosurgeons in the greater Los Angeles area from UCLA, Cedar Sinai, USC, UC Irvine, etc. I have suffered for decades with painful spinal issues both lumbar and cervical, being told ... Show More
I was seen by who was considered the best orthopedic and
neurosurgeons in the greater Los Angeles area from UCLA, Cedar Sinai, USC, UC Irvine, etc. I have suffered for decades with painful spinal issues both lumbar and cervical, being told numerous times that I required surgery. Until, I met Dr. Melamed and his excellent support team did I have the confidence to proceed with surgery. My instincts were correct. On April 4th 2018 Dr. Melamed did surgery on my lumbar spine. From my initial appointment with Dr. Melamed to my surgical experience, pain control methods employed, post surgical care, and follow-up, all were nothing less than excellent. I will be scheduling the surgery for my cervical spine issues with Dr Melamed in 2019. I would not trust any other surgeon than Dr. Melamed! Show Less
Rochelle F. (July 31, 2018)
5 star rating
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In a time where I was scared Dr. Hooman Melamed and his team guided me into my choice with a professional and empathetic touch. They worked quickly to set up my preop appointment and scheduled surgery with ease. Dr. Melamed even gave me information ... Show More
In a time where I was scared Dr. Hooman Melamed and his team guided me into my choice with a professional and empathetic touch. They worked quickly to set up my preop appointment and scheduled surgery with ease. Dr. Melamed even gave me information on my healthy eating plan for after surgery. It is a anti-Inflammatory diet created by a doctor by the name of Dr. Gundry. It was actually something I had researched prior to knowing that I had a herniated disc. Dr. Gundry’s diet is the “Plant Paradox”. I love that Dr. Melamed uses both western and eastern medicine in his practice. Even when it came to my surgery day I was met with the upmost care by all of his team. They had me giggling into surgery, which was so unlikely because I was full of fear. However, his team made me feel so comfortable and ready to tackle the surgery. Postop my relief is insurmountable. I’m so glad to be able to move almost as I was prior to surgery and this is only one and a half months out. Dr. Melamed doesn’t believe in using opiates so all of the pharmaceutical drugs that I was put on I am now clean of. It was really easy for me to stop using them because of what I was prescribed and the style of Dr.Melamed procedures. I feel like a new person of thanks to Dr. Melamed and his staff. Needless to say I highly recommend him. Show Less
Laura L. (July 16, 2018)
5 star rating
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He is a doctor there's not too easy to find he's a wonderful human being a very good doctor God bless your.Hooman.
He is a doctor there's not too easy to find he's a wonderful human being a very good doctor God bless your.Hooman. Show Less
Alexandra R. (June 1, 2018)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed operated on my husband who had been in excruciating pain for years after a prior failed back surgery. He is now pain free. We had a rough start with the office staff but he remedied all issues. We highly recommended Dr. Melamed to everyone. ... Show More
Dr. Melamed operated on my husband who had been in excruciating pain for years after a prior failed back surgery. He is now pain free. We had a rough start with the office staff but he remedied all issues. We highly recommended Dr. Melamed to everyone. Show Less
R. K. (May 26, 2018)
5 star rating
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I went through some serious pain for 4 months until I saw Dr Melamed. He instantly knew what was wrong after seeing my mri scan and one visit. He told me what needed to be done. I was scared when he said surgery but he reassured me it would be a small ... Show More
I went through some serious pain for 4 months until I saw Dr Melamed. He instantly knew what was wrong after seeing my mri scan and one visit. He told me what needed to be done. I was scared when he said surgery but he reassured me it would be a small one and I wont even be on any serious pain killers afterwards. It has been one month today since my surgery and it is the best thing I did. The recovery was one week before I was walking normally with no pain at all. I had a disc fragment removed after it was putting pressure on my nerve. The recovery was also painless and the stitches are neat and just 1 inch! Thank you Dr. Melamed for helping me. I didn't think I'd be pain free after 4 months of pain! Show Less
Fatma A. (May 8, 2018)
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Dr. Melamed is amazing. I had dealt with severe sciatica in my left leg for 10 years. When I first met him, he suggested we get me in physical therapy and some epidural steroid injections to ease the pain. I was very happy me he wasn't going directly ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is amazing. I had dealt with severe sciatica in my left leg for 10 years. When I first met him, he suggested we get me in physical therapy and some epidural steroid injections to ease the pain. I was very happy me he wasn't going directly to surgery as the fix. I wanted to avoid surgery at all cost. It wasn't until I was rear ended a couple months into treatment, the MRI showed my disc protruding further out leaving only one option. Surgery was inevitable, if I ever wanted to live a pain free life. He educated me on what a Microdiscectomy was and offer me a non narcotic pain treatment for after which I was very happy about. I have to admit I was very nervous but willing. It has only been one month since my surgery and I feel amazing. I'm excited to get back into being physically active and enjoying life with my family. Thank you Dr. Melamed. Show Less
Arturo L. (May 8, 2018)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed gave me back the chance to live a pain-free life. what more can I say? 🙂 I was actually really reluctant to see a surgeon because you always hear horror stories about surgeries gone wrong, or some weird complication like being allergic ... Show More
Dr. Melamed gave me back the chance to live a pain-free life. what more can I say? 🙂

I was actually really reluctant to see a surgeon because you always hear horror stories about surgeries gone wrong, or some weird complication like being allergic to anesthesia...etc. But once I spoke with Dr. Melamed a few times, and did some thinking, it became pretty clear that going to him was the best thing i've done for my spine.

The thing that makes Dr. Melamed really wonderful is that he takes more innovative approaches (but not in a risky way either, everything is well thought out). I had spoken with other surgeons and I always got this impression that all the other surgeons were very "textbook surgeons"... like see problem A, use solution A, see problem B, use solution B. While there's nothing wrong with using traditional textbook approaches, medical knowledge in the textbook can be a bit lagging sometimes (and also is not optimized to consider the patient's specific scenarios). When you consider something like the spine, you really have to piece together a lot more than just "use solution A". there's a whole lot more to consider, and it felt that Dr. Melamed was the only surgeon that had placed a lot more long-term thought into his approach.

So needless to say, I'm extremely satisfied with how things turned out after I saw Dr. Melamed.

If you had some back issues, I would HIGHLY recommend seeing him for a visit! Show Less
David T. (April 30, 2018)
5 star rating
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If you're reading this because you're considering surgery with Dr. Melamed (or just need to see if you don't need surgery), i hope my post can clarify some ease for you. Dr. Melamed is seriously an AMAZING surgeon. I have to admit, i was pretty ... Show More
If you're reading this because you're considering surgery with Dr. Melamed (or just need to see if you don't need surgery), i hope my post can clarify some ease for you.

Dr. Melamed is seriously an AMAZING surgeon. I have to admit, i was pretty scared up until my surgery. Just to clarify - I'm actually quite the pessimist, so even reading all these great reviews didn't help put me at ease.

I'll start with a little back story (no pun intended) - I was a pretty healthy person up until a worsening spine condition made my life bad enough to the point where it was starting to interfere with daily life/social activities. In the worst moments, i couldn't sleep at night from nerve pains/sensations. After a few months of traditional Physical Therapy treatment, while it certainly helped, it still wasn't fully working out (again, no pun intended) to getting me back to the previous life i had. At this point I was scared shitless, so I figured i'd at least speak with some surgeons.

From having spoken with multiple surgeons, I can tell you that LA tends to have pretty solid surgeons. Even amongst some of the best surgeons here (some even treat pro athletes and other celebs), I found Dr. Melamed to be just flat out better in his approaches.

At the first few encounters, I found Dr. Melamed to be a little more intense than some of the other surgeons. But then i realized - actually... that's EXACTLY what I want in my spine surgeon (and what you should look for too). He's incredibly knowledgeable, and also has the patience to explain everything in great detail. Now thinking back on it, and having watched a video recording of the operation, I realize that it's much better that you pick a surgeon who is extremely patient and meticulous (and Dr. Melamed was the best at both, of all the surgeons whom i spoke with). The reason why you shouldn't pick any other surgeon is because you would probably get an inferior surgery/recovery experience. With even some of the other great surgeons in LA, I never got the vibe that they'd be as meticulous during the surgery. I'd imagine that missing even a single small fragment in the spine may have complications after surgery. After spoking with Dr. Melamed, I felt I could trust him to not miss a single important detail. I'm not so sure i could place the same level of trust with other spine surgeons.

Needless to say, the surgery was a success and it already feels like i'm well on my way to getting back my previous life style. That said, this whole experience has been life changing, so my other advice to you reading this post is that ... DON'T OVER DO IT. It's not worth it suddenly running a marathon at the expense of your spine.

In case you're still worried about seeing Dr. Melamed, did I mention he's been on TV? I believe he also has done spine surgery for other spine surgeons, which is always a great indicator. Also, his statistics are pretty good - the vast majority of his patients do overwhelmingly well. You'll also notice that for his age, Dr. Melamed is the best. This was an important factor for me - while I could spend a lot more time searching for an older surgeon that has done 40 years of spine surgery, they might not be practicing if I need help with my spine later in life!!! Plus, he keeps up with newer and better techniques in the industry, which gives superior results to the surgery/recovery. This really sets him apart from the other older textbook surgeons (nothing wrong with textbook cases, just that they sometimes don't translate 100% in practice).

One other note - I was seeing Dr. Melamed at the DISC spine center. The entire center is really great for my spinal recovery. He works with a whole team of chiropractor and physical therapist, so they will get to know you personally (which is great, because they will know how best to treat you as a team, as opposed to random conflicting opinions from individual providers).

All in all, I'm extremely thankful for Dr. Melamed - I'm no longer in pain, and very much look forwards to getting stronger and stronger every week. Show Less
David T. (April 30, 2018)
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Dr. Melamed is an amazing surgeon and I’m so grateful for how he took care of my mom. The surgery he performed was perfect and now she can live her life without that excruciating pain she had before Dr. Melamed operated on her. He is so compassionate ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is an amazing surgeon and I’m so grateful for how he took care of my mom. The surgery he performed was perfect and now she can live her life without that excruciating pain she had before Dr. Melamed operated on her. He is so compassionate and really listens to his patients. Lastly, his staff has been so kind and helpful. Thank you! Show Less
Julie D. (April 25, 2018)
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Dr. Hooman Melamed is the finest Doctor I've ever met. He truly listens to you. Went through disc replacement without opiate drugs. Three weeks out of surgery and feeling great!!!
Dr. Hooman Melamed is the finest Doctor I've ever met. He truly listens to you. Went through disc replacement without opiate drugs. Three weeks out of surgery and feeling great!!! Show Less
Tina E. (April 11, 2018)
5 star rating
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