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Dr. Goodyear at North Penn Hernia Institute - Good? Bad?

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Does anybody have any input on this doctor? Good? Bad? Other?

I've visited his website and forums, which he moderates, but he doesn't consistently respond to people's posts, even though he states that he does respond. It seems like he is very picky on who he chooses to answer.

I asked a few questions over the past months but got no response from him. Are there any patients out there that went to him for an examination, evaluation or surgery? I'd like to know how he is as a doctor and surgeon before I potentially schedule an appointment to see him - which is a VERY LONG drive for me.

From what I've read, he seems to only use that double mesh system, even though his website states he uses other meshes too. It seems that he is the type of surgeon that you either do things his way or there is the door. Is that the case?

Input from anybody who has interacted with him or had surgery with him would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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replied February 11th, 2012
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Okay, it's been a while since I checked this to see if anyone has answered. I'm going to take it as a 'not so positive' sign that this doctor doesn't rate well as no one has weighed in on him.

Yeah, he has his own forums, but I can't help but to wonder if the posters there are biased toward him, because they went to him for their surgery, or if he is deleting less-than-glowing posts from other posters that may have went to him but were not impressed.

Oh well, the search continues.

Anyone know of any dedicated hernia specialists I should be looking at? (please, no general surgeon recommendations)
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replied April 2nd, 2012
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Okay, I read on another forum that this doctor is EXORBITANTLY HIGH PRICED!

He charges $600/hour for examination appointments. $150 for an office consultation and the appointment lasts only 15 minutes. Wow, talk about getting rich fast!

He has very restrictive hours to see patients and if you are are not a local patient, he will only see you on Wednesdays from 2- 4 PM, regardless of what travel difficulties you may have in trying to get there only on that day.
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replied April 8th, 2012
It's about $5000, he has a good reputation, just doesn't have time to answer posts (he does a lot of surgery). I would consider him, but live in fl now so looking at the hernia institute of fl.
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