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4.86 / 5
219 Ratings
155 Recommendations

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Dr. Melamed is a excellent spinal surgeon. I am a surgical nurse for 35 years and I knew when I needed a disc replacement in my neck who I was going to have do it. He took time and studied my CT's, MRI, and x-ray. He assured me he could do it opiod free. ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is a excellent spinal surgeon. I am a surgical nurse for 35 years and I knew when I needed a disc replacement in my neck who I was going to have do it. He took time and studied my CT's, MRI, and x-ray. He assured me he could do it opiod free. I was a little nervous about that statement knowing what I had seen in the operating and recovery room. I had the surgery on Oct. 31, 2018 and when I came out of surgery I had very little pain. My pain was controlled with tylenol, lyrica, and muscle relaxers. I did not even feel as if I had had disc replacement. I felt like I had stitches in my neck. I have not had to take any opiod medications and I am 6 weeks post-op. I take nothing now and I am back to work being a nurse. I am very impressed at the gentle hands Dr. Melamed has. If you need any spinal surgery this is the doctor to trust. He truly is one of the best surgeons I have ever seen. Thank you Dr. Melamed for letting me continue to enjoy my life pain free. Show Less
Jeanette S. (December 27, 2017)
5 star rating
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I had back pain for a year and 8 months. I was feeling miserable, physical therapy made me better but my back pain came back again and again and apparently I had gotten worse. I couldn’t even sleep during night. I tried chiropractors, physical ... Show More
I had back pain for a year and 8 months. I was feeling miserable, physical therapy made me better but my back pain came back again and again and apparently I had gotten worse. I couldn’t even sleep during night. I tried chiropractors, physical therapy and even spinal decompression. I was in tremendous amounts of pain, could barely walk and was waking up every few hours throughout the night, not knowing what to do. After meeting with Dr. Melamed, he took his time to go over my x-rays and explained everything in great detail and patiently to me and my family. I decided to do surgery, even though I was scared from horror stories I had been told. I cannot express how happy I am with my result from my surgery. My back pain is nearly gone. I am about to begin my physical therapy to help me in my final step of recovery. I cannot thank him and his staff enough for everything. Dr. Melamed is the angle who saved my life. I just wish I had met him sooner. I cannot believe he even took time to personally check up on me multiple times though out my recovery. Thank you for giving me my life back after everything that I have been through! Show Less
Mona Y. (December 22, 2017)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed is the BEST of the Best doctor/Surgeon ever! I highly recommend anyone with scoliosis or back problems to go directly to see Dr. Melamed. He is our granddaughter's hero! His staff and the whole crew at the hospital are fantastic! ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is the BEST of the Best doctor/Surgeon ever! I highly recommend anyone with scoliosis or back problems to go directly to see Dr. Melamed. He is our granddaughter's hero! His staff and the whole crew at the hospital are fantastic! My granddaughter's T-spine a year ago was at 92 degree curve. Dr. Melamed & his team - did 11 hour surgery on her and she now has a totally brand new back. No more pain, no shortness of breath, no twisted body, no fatigue, she feels great and is enjoying her life as a young teen. Dr. Melamed told her to go and enjoy her life now and she is - thanks to Dr. Melamed!! Show Less
Lauri S. (December 21, 2017)
5 star rating
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I can't thank Dr. Melamed enough. There was a moment about two months ago from now where I was told I was 2mm away from severing my spinal chord. Dr. Melamed took me right in and we did the surgery pretty soon after we met and he looked at my MRI. Needless ... Show More
I can't thank Dr. Melamed enough. There was a moment about two months ago from now where I was told I was 2mm away from severing my spinal chord. Dr. Melamed took me right in and we did the surgery pretty soon after we met and he looked at my MRI. Needless to say the surgery went awesome. I have recovered very quickly following his instructions. I am so grateful for what he's done. He's a true artist, professional and he fucking nailed it. I am pain-free and on the road to recovery. I would refer anyone to him when it comes to the Spine. Show Less
John K. (November 30, 2017)
5 star rating
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Great asset to our family. His advise to manage our parent'a c-spine issue conservatively ended up being invaluable .
Great asset to our family. His advise to manage our parent'a c-spine issue conservatively ended up being invaluable . Show Less
Ben S. (November 5, 2017)
5 star rating
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So after my initial review I was contacted by Dr. Melamed's office & I got a chance to speak with Dr Melamed in great length over the phone and was invited back to the office for further discussion. My impression of him did in fact change; we tend ... Show More
So after my initial review I was contacted by Dr. Melamed's office & I got a chance to speak with Dr Melamed in great length over the phone and was invited back to the office for further discussion. My impression of him did in fact change; we tend to forget surgeons/Dr's are humans too and can make mistakes. His approach was more well rounded this time and we in fact do see eye to eye; any approach requires a whole body approach and does not simply effect or pertain to the one part of the body the surgeon is working on. The aspect of the body that NEEDS surgery has to be reinforced by the rest of your body, hence, the nursary song we all learned about a person's anatomy of what bone is connected to what bone; but the skeletal structure is but a mere piece of this puzzle as was disussed. Dr. Melamed referred me to a couple of Dr's that can potentially help me get my Other issues under control, which can potentially help control my pains, alleviating the need for further surgeries (which I am trying to avoid all together anyway). He has also promised to follow up w/my progress along the way which I am extremely grateful for!

To date, thanks to seeing how he views the whole body and takes the intriquate functions into consideration, I have actually referred a few friends his way that are in need of his specialized services that I wouldn't see my friends getting the same help elsewhere. Show Less
Mar M. (October 17, 2017)
4 star rating
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After experiencing back pain and sciatica issues for over 7 years, I finally found Dr. Melamed to be the right physician for me. I had been to 7 specialists prior to visiting Dr. Melamed. During my first office visit he spent plenty of time evaluating ... Show More
After experiencing back pain and sciatica issues for over 7 years, I finally found Dr. Melamed to be the right physician for me. I had been to 7 specialists prior to visiting Dr. Melamed. During my first office visit he spent plenty of time evaluating my spinal issues and how he would approach the multiple levels to get me back to my active life style. Both Dr. Melamed and his Physician’s Assistant Holley, were always available for any questions and concerns I had prior to and post surgery. They made me feel as I was a “ VIP “ and had my best interest. Thank you Dr. Melamed for accepting me as your patient and for your outstanding skills and compassion as a Surgeon. Show Less
Laurie G. (October 14, 2017)
5 star rating
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I have struggled with my lumbar spine for the last 18 months. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Melamed at MDRH. I he took a look at me and his office scheduled surgery. I'm recuperating now and my back already feels better than before. He is so gracious ... Show More
I have struggled with my lumbar spine for the last 18 months. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Melamed at MDRH. I he took a look at me and his office scheduled surgery. I'm recuperating now and my back already feels better than before. He is so gracious and humble. He is to the point and made me feel like I was his only patient. He even called me at home when I was experiencing some temperature. I also recommend the Surgery center. All nurses were great. Show Less
Danielle R. (October 3, 2017)
5 star rating
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To say that Dr. Hooman Melamed is the most compassionate, caring and talented surgeon in the United States would be an understatement. Through my many years of suffering, excruciating pain, and surgeries, I can assure you, I've met many doctors, ... Show More
To say that Dr. Hooman Melamed is the most compassionate, caring and talented surgeon in the United States would be an understatement. Through my many years of suffering, excruciating pain, and surgeries, I can assure you, I've met many doctors, but none quite like Dr. M. He was put on this Earth for a specific reason, and that is to help people like me achieve a life of quality. He is truly gifted. He took on my case when other doctors were too intimidated by the challenge, and turned me away. I am forever grateful to this man, and today, I am living a life of absolutely
NO PAIN. Show Less
Collin L. (September 16, 2017)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed and his staff have been professional and courteous each time I have been in his office. I had seen several other doctors regarding my back with no solution to my problem. I have improved dramatically under Dr. Melamed's care.
Dr. Melamed and his staff have been professional and courteous each time I have been in his office. I had seen several other doctors regarding my back with no solution to my problem. I have improved dramatically under Dr. Melamed's care. Show Less
John C. (August 28, 2017)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed and his staff are the best! The surgery he performed on my back has literally changed my life. For years, I had to look for and plan places to find a seat to rest my back and relieve my leg pain. Since the surgery, walking and standing are ... Show More
Dr. Melamed and his staff are the best! The surgery he performed on my back has literally changed my life. For years, I had to look for and plan places to find a seat to rest my back and relieve my leg pain. Since the surgery, walking and standing are my new " best friends"! In my opinion, His staff and the surgery staff are the best in the country. I would highly recommend anyone seeking his evaluation if suffering as I was Show Less
Martin T. (August 24, 2017)
5 star rating
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I feel compelled to write this review about Dr. Hooman Melamed, an amazing and caring surgeon, who performed one of his most complicated and risky surgeries on me. I was wounded in Viet Nam when a grenade exploded and thrust me backward to the ... Show More
I feel compelled to write this review about Dr. Hooman Melamed, an amazing and caring surgeon, who performed one of his most complicated and risky surgeries on me.
I was wounded in Viet Nam when a grenade exploded and thrust me backward to the ground on my upper back and neck. When I met Dr. Melamed I had been through several vertebral fusions in my neck to help relieve excruciating pain from ruptured discs. Unfortunately, the doctors prior to Dr. Melamed fused my neck in a bent position allowing me to only look down, which caused not only neck pain but pain in my shoulders as well.
Dr. Melamed assessed the situation with x-rays and scans and told me that he thought he could help me by breaking the previous fusions and stabilizing my neck in the correct positions. This was a risky surgery, but I trusted Dr. Melamed literally with my life!
The surgery took 13 ½ hours! When Dr. Melamed went to the waiting room to share what he felt was a successful surgery, he let my family know that even though he felt that it was a success, the reality was that there would likely be paralysis somewhere. His caring was evident when he hung around the hospital for quite some time to assess me for any paralysis after the surgery. He couldn’t believe that I came through such a risky surgery with no paralysis! I am lucky I found Dr. Melamed! His skill and attention to detail have allowed me to stand up straight ever since.
I would highly recommend Dr. Melamed to anyone requiring neck surgery. You will find, as I did, he is the BEST! Show Less
Marty G. (August 12, 2017)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed is blessed to be a fantastic surgeon with great surgical and people skills. I had Dr. Melamed treat me twice for my degenerative disc disease and stenosis - 1st time was a gradual onset of pain & symptoms and planned surgery, 2nd time ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is blessed to be a fantastic surgeon with great surgical and people skills. I had Dr. Melamed treat me twice for my degenerative disc disease and stenosis - 1st time was a gradual onset of pain & symptoms and planned surgery, 2nd time was an Emergency Room admission with sudden onset of a herniated disc and subsequent emergency surgery.
For both experiences, Dr. Melamed explained all options prior to surgery, conducted a very successful surgery and was highly responsive and caring every step of the way post surgery. Prior to first surgery, I had excruciating neck pain C5-C7, and left arm atrophy. Dr. Melamed conducted non-fusion, minimally invasive surgery - minimal pain after surgery (some 1-2 days after, then none), more importantly, recovered fully and recovered from atrophy completely - now frequent gym goer - stronger than pre surgery. Dr. Melamed is great surgeon and sincerely cares about his patients. He only does surgery as last resort and his staff is incredible. Appointments run on time and DISC surgery center is fantastic outpatient center with treatment done in sterile infection free facility. Show Less
Jim S. (July 16, 2017)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed is an amazing very through detailed oriented and compassionate spine surgeon. He's extremely meticulous and take every surgery very seriously. He has very pleasant and kind bedside manner. He has done many complex spine surgeries ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is an amazing very through detailed oriented and compassionate spine surgeon. He's extremely meticulous and take every surgery very seriously. He has very pleasant and kind bedside manner. He has done many complex spine surgeries including kyphosis, scoliosis and revision botched surgeries. He has operated on few people including couple of my family members and we are all beyond impressed with him. If you need spine surgery look no where other than Dr. Melamed. Please make sure you get an opinion from him before doing any surgery. Show Less
Deanna W. (June 24, 2017)
5 star rating
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Dr Melamed and his Physician Assistant, Holley were beyond outstanding in their concern, expertise and care for me. My visits and surgery went incredibly smooth and I was very pleased with the follow up aftercare. I felt like I mattered as a ... Show More
Dr Melamed and his Physician Assistant, Holley were beyond outstanding in their concern, expertise and care for me. My visits and surgery went incredibly smooth and I was very pleased with the follow up aftercare. I felt like I mattered as a person and not just a medical record number. Thank you all so much. Show Less
Kelly O. (June 7, 2017)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed is an amazing spine surgeon. I had back issues for many years and could never get them resolved until a friend of mine introduced me to him and his practice. He performed surgery on my lower back about two years ago and I've never had ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is an amazing spine surgeon. I had back issues for many years and could never get them resolved until a friend of mine introduced me to him and his practice. He performed surgery on my lower back about two years ago and I've never had an issue since. He's just an extraordinary doctor and I truly felt like he cared about my health and well being. His bedside manner as a doctor is also very nice. I hope to never have any more back issues but if I do there is no doubt I'll be going to Dr Melamed again. Show Less
Kevin G. (June 4, 2017)
5 star rating
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Dr. Melamed is an amazing spine surgeon. I had back issues for many years and could never get them resolved until a friend of mine introduced me to him and his practice. He performed surgery on my lower back about two years ago and I've never had ... Show More
Dr. Melamed is an amazing spine surgeon. I had back issues for many years and could never get them resolved until a friend of mine introduced me to him and his practice. He performed surgery on my lower back about two years ago and I've never had an issue since. He's just an extraordinary doctor and I truly felt like he cared about my health and well being. His bedside manner as a doctor is also very nice. I hope to never have any more back issues but if I do there is no doubt I'll be going to Dr Melamed again. Show Less
Kevin P. (June 4, 2017)
5 star rating
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I originally sought out dr. Melamed for a second opinion after viewing 3 of his scoliosis surgery stories on The Doctors TV program. During the course of that appointment,and hearing his prognosis & subsequent surgical plan, my husband turned ... Show More
I originally sought out dr. Melamed for a second opinion after viewing 3 of his scoliosis surgery stories on The Doctors TV program. During the course of that appointment,and hearing his prognosis & subsequent surgical plan, my husband turned to me,&said..."This is the man for the job!" And we have never doubted that decision...,we now have all the praise, respect, & admiration for this incredible surgeon & even more for the remarkable man that he is!! My surgery has been very successful on many levels. The surgery freed me to stand up straight for the first time in about 10 years & alleviated most of my pain. The small amount, which is just that is manageable with medication of which is steadily decreasing as well, with the ultimate goal being only to have to use any medication on an "as needed" basis. And, with that we are very optimistic that gut Heath will return, too. Kind of a miraculous new active lifestyle I am now enjoying thanks! be to this man & my belief that God is working thru him by gifting him with this incredible medical talent ! I am loving this new life of activity ....hiking now very much a passion!!, I am so very grateful to be able to move like this & look forward to continuing to progress with consistent activity !! Our faith in Dr. Melamed & his abilities , we feel Christ has led us to now put my husband in his hands as well & we look forward to that successful outcome by the end of this year... Following the doctor's orders!! Show Less
Joseph K. (May 10, 2017)
5 star rating
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I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Melamed through my job as I rep for a communication software for doctors. I see doctors on a daily basis and Dr Melamed is by far The most gracious doctor I have so far met …… a class act! My husband is a dentist, ... Show More
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Melamed through my job as I rep for a communication software for doctors. I see doctors on a daily basis and Dr Melamed is by far The most gracious doctor I have so far met …… a class act!

My husband is a dentist, and dentists tend to experience back, neck and shoulder issues due to the nature of their jobs. So I brought up my husband’s back issues to Dr. Melamed’s attention and asked him if there would be a possibility for him to review my husband’s MRI for a second opinion and without any hesitation he agreed. As the matter of fact his schedule was super busy two weeks out but he was kind enough to meet with me during his lunch hour to review the MRI. NOT many doctors will do this for you ….which made me realize that he is absolutely passionate about his job and genuinely cares for his patients. He reviewed the MRI with me and explained in detail my husband’s issues and the reason for his symptoms. He also mentioned that my husband’s back issues could be resolved if proper care was implemented in his current lifestyle and that surgery would not be an option at this time. Clearly Dr. Melamed is conservative in diagnosing and not about the money …. Which is extremely heartwarming as many providers don’t share the same philosophy. Now I know why he is called The “Spinepro” … and been on tv and different publications. As the matter of fact I learned that he has done over 4500 surgeries. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Melamed to anyone with back/spine issues as I believe they would be in competent but yet humble hands. He is THE Spinepro!!!! Show Less
Parisa R. (May 8, 2017)
5 star rating
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Being a registered nurse I made sure to find the best surgeon to perform my emergent cervical spinal posterior discectomy and foraminotomy. I was injured September 8, 2007 lifting a patient and herniated discs C4-C7. I kept away from surgery ... Show More
Being a registered nurse I made sure to find the best surgeon to perform my emergent cervical spinal posterior discectomy and foraminotomy.
I was injured September 8, 2007 lifting a patient and herniated discs C4-C7. I kept away from surgery because I was afraid. I made it exactly 9½ years and 2 days without surgery. Eventually, my C7 disc ruptured from overuse (lifting and turning patients)...I woke up on a Saturday to left trapezius and shoulder pain that progressed to numbness and tingling down my left arm to fingers and weakness by the following Thursday. I went to my primary doctor Monday 2 days after symptoms and he ordered a MRI. I had the MRI the following Tuesday and contacted Dr. Melamed. I saw him that afternoon with a CD of my MRI results.
My first consult was with Dr. Melamed; he explained the procedure in detail along with expected recovery time. I appreciated his kind approach, and he treated me with the utmost respect. Dr. Melamed explained both the anterior and posterior approaches. From my MRI results Dr. Melamed explained that I was a candidate for the posterior approach, which fit my expectations of quicker recovery, and no range of motion loss. Being young, active, and a registered nurse this was a major factor in my decision to choose the posterior approach.
My second opinion was with a neurosurgeon at UCLA who stated I needed to have the ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy and fusion). I inquired on the posterior approach and was told that this is a newer procedure without enough evidence to prove it works. I kept pushing the posterior approach and was told it was not an option. I then stated that I had already had an opinion and the surgeon in fact said I qualified for the posterior approach. This surgeon was at a loss for words.
My third opinion was via email with my husband’s colleague from medical school who is out of state. I sent photos from my MRI and inquired on what procedure I would need. His response was that I did in fact qualify for the posterior approach and both surgeries have good outcomes. It all depended on what results I was looking for as the range of motion could be lessened with the ACDF approach. He stated the posterior was an excellent option.
I went back to Dr. Melamed to discuss the surgery in detail with my husband who is a physician. We all agreed the posterior approach was the best for me. I cannot explain to you how patient and detailed Dr. Melamed is. To make time to discuss the surgery with my husband meant the world to me. I scheduled surgery for that Friday.
My surgery was performed at DISC in Marina Del Rey. The surgery went perfectly and the staff was amazing. My 1-week follow-up visit with Dr. Melamed’s physician assistant Holley was great. My wound was healing without any issues. It was a rough recovery. By week 5 I felt amazingly better and could lift up to 10#. The pain was completely gone by week 6 when I saw Dr. Melamed for follow-up. I had regained 90% of my strength and was cleared to start physical therapy (PT) and lift up to 15#. I started PT and was cleared to start lifting 25#.
To sum up my review don’t trust your spine to anyone. Trust Dr. Hooman Melamed with your spine. If you can trust anyone’s review it should be mine. I am a seasoned registered nurse that has worked with many, many physicians and I know an amazing physician when I meet them. You will get the best care from Dr. Melamed and his PA Holley. They answer voicemails, text messages and emails promptly. I never had to sit and wait for a response. If you want to have this surgery by Dr. Melamed and would like to speak with me please let him know and he will set us up to speak. I want everyone to have all of the information they need and I believe that having a patient’s perspective that went through the procedure is important in knowing what to expect and answering any questions from a patient standpoint.
Thank you Dr. Melamed and Holley for everything. Show Less
Julia V. (May 1, 2017)
5 star rating
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