View Full Version : anyone know Dr. Shelokov in Dallas?

05-18-2006, 02:21 PM
I'm new here and glad I found this site! I was treated as a teen for my scoliosis and now find that my curve is getting worse. Sorry I don't know my curve degrees but it's the lower curve that is the problem and it's a little more than 60 degrees curvature. Anyway, I'm 50 now and have seen Dr. Alexis Shelokov in Dallas. It seems that mine is not a question of "if" I should have surgery, but "when" I should have surgery.

If anyone knows or has heard of Dr. Shelokov, please let know how your experience went. Did you seek a second opinion? Anything.

I really liked him, but think it's prudent to get as much info as I can.

Thanks tons!


05-18-2006, 03:46 PM
Hi Snowdal...

You may want to do a search (see Search link above).


05-18-2006, 04:34 PM
Thanks! I'm just learning how to work this site. I found a thread with info about Dr. Shelokov.


05-19-2006, 12:20 AM
Dr. Shelokov did my revision surgery last September. I can only say good things about him. He is a wonderful surgeon and I am very pleased with my results. He also understands the great mental toll extensive surgery takes on a person (as well as the physical) and gave me excellent support postop. He will keep you well-informed of everything from pre to postop. He knows what he is doing. I am an RN and feel he is the best I know of. My surgery was quite extensive but I always felt confident in Dr. Shelokov. His staff is excellent as well, and if you recover at Baylor Plano you will be very pleased with this first-rate facility. Good luck and feel free to private message me anytime.

05-19-2006, 12:23 AM
By the way, I am 50. Also, I have gotten the impression all along that Linda Racine doesn't care for Dr. Shelokov for some reason, but if you will check this site under search and his name you will find many who have been his patients and are very pleased.

08-09-2006, 03:09 PM
My daughter had 2 surgeries done by Dr. Shelokov. Two too many, it was a very bad experience. He wanted to do a 3rd surgery, I took her to Scottish Rite in Dallas, and was told that the 1st surgery should have never been done. They were able to correct the problems, they also were amazed by what they found in her back, the heads on the screws were very large, they said no one would use screws like that, the screws were loose and moved around thus causing pain, a cathater was left in her and we were not told. This should have never happened. My advice is be very careful about who you chose as a surgeon.

08-09-2006, 09:24 PM
I had my surgery at Scottish Rite and have had no problems. All the doctors I have seen since have commented on what a great job they did there. I suggest, if you are young enough and might qualify, you definitely check them out.

09-15-2006, 05:13 PM
Did your daughter have an unusual type of scoliosis? I am very surprised concerning her outcome with Dr. Shelokov. I was also wondering how old she is. I don't know much about his pediatric surgeries.

09-17-2006, 11:04 AM
I am an RN also, and have been to Dr. Shelekov. I had my original surgery in 1993, and am fused from T9-S1. I now have flatback syndrome, and am looking at a revision. I have been very impressed with his office staff and the information that I have gotten. They also treat me as a fellow professional while realizing this surgery makes me a patient. This can sometimes be a fine line to walk. Haven't decided when the revision will occur yet, but will keep everyone "posted"! :D

11-28-2006, 08:37 AM
What is flat back syndrome?

My surgery is scheduled for next week and I feel very confident in Dr. Shelokov, but, as always, more information can't hurt anything.

My husband wants me to look into chiropractic treatments and we are going for a consultation tomorrow. I think my curve is too severe to be helped by anything other than surgery. I still don't know my curvature in degrees, but it's in my lower back, it's greater than 60 degrees, and my spine has some rotation too.

12-02-2006, 01:46 AM
I am shocked to hear of anyone who didn't have a good response w/ Dr. Shelokov. I'm sure things go wrong sometimes with anyone - also, if you are an ADULT w/ scoliosis or in my case, kyphosis (even harder to find a surgeon), he is THE MAN. Children have many more options but even great surgeons won't touch adults - especially those w/ previous surgeries or kyphosis.
I have seen dozens of ortho and neuro doctors. He is the best hands down.

07-30-2007, 04:53 PM
bumping this ol thread - thinking of calling up to make an appt with Dr. Shelokov due to severe shermans {?} kyphosis.

Any idea of what he charges? I have no insurance thanks to my back and not being able to work.

07-31-2007, 05:44 PM
well my best friend died during surgery w/ dr shelokov...He certainly isnt flawless.I suggest that you not choose a dr because he is heavily commercialized.Just research ALOT and dont fall into "he is so well known" This person you are trusting with your life..


[QUOTE=dianebetts]I am shocked to hear of anyone who didn't have a good response w/ Dr. Shelokov

12-11-2007, 01:46 AM
If you need a second opinion, I highly recommend Barton Sachs in Plano. He's phenomenal. Seriously, words cannot say it. He was my 10th or so opinion, and I recommend not letting anyone touch your back unless you feel absolutely sure about it. It's a major, life-changing decision.

12-17-2007, 06:33 PM
Dr S was great to me for past 4 years or so and surgery was scheduled this year for revision from 1990. Then my insurance changed and suddenly all the pain was in my head and they cancelled the surgery. I am very disappointed and disillusioned with his practice right now. They are very nice as long as you have the right insurance and the money. If not.... I used to be a staunch advocate of him, now not so sure. I am a health care professional and to have this occur after sucha long term relationship is horrible. Even if my ins does go back to one he accepts I will never step foot in that office again.

12-22-2007, 03:45 PM
I had my surgery in 2005 and had United Healthcare. His office stopped taking that. So, I switched to my husband's insurance, and they stopped taking that. I was due to go back this month for a recheck but can't afford the visit and Xrays out of pocket, so I don't know what to do. I am not having any problems right not so I just cancelled the appointment.

Diane BCSW
01-10-2008, 12:46 PM
Actually, I didn't mean to come here this morning; I was showing someone Dr. Robert Viere's photo on the internet (his practice is North Texas Spine Care) and on Google, there was a reference back to this particular thread. But now that I'm here, I want to add my 2 cents worth. Since Dr. Shelokov operated on me three times and Dr. Viere is about to operate on me the second time (that's five), I feel pretty damn qualified to talk about both of them. When I first met Dr. S in early summer of 2003, he figuratively charmed the pants off of me. I'd gone from doctor to doctor for two years trying to find someone to tell me what was wrong with me, all the time becoming more deformed and living with pain like I never knew existed; the "rib hump" was the worse! It was the rheumatologist who told me to go home, put ice on it, and in a couple of days, it would go away. I'd been to at least 3 orthopedic doctors, a chiropractor (who is the one who told me I had scoliosis), a rheumatologist, a rolfer, a pain specialist, internal med. It was one of the ortho docs, Dr. Kevin Gill, who referred me to Dr. S. I had idiopathic adult scoliosis, along with a good dose of kyphosis thrown in. Cutting the story a little short, I was scheduled for the original surgery on my birthday of August 4th in 2003. There is nothing in this world that can prepare anyone for that first surgery and the first week or two afterwards. It's a cross between going to hell and being a jew in Nazi Germany. I just thought I knew what pain was like. But like it always does, the pain does pass and things do get better. I was fitted for a brace, at home I had a hospital bed brought in, and I was driven all the way from my home in Irving to Plano twice a week to work with Dr. S's favored P.T., Shelley (who is great). I followed every rule and precaution to the upmost degree, but in Sept and Oct, I kept telling Corbin (Dr. S's PA) that I couldn't walk but just a short way. He more or less indicated it was in my head, that quote "we didn't operate on your legs" unquote. So at the 3-month followup with Dr. S in November, I waited to see the man in the exam room. Dr. S has this way of be-booping here, there, never staying in one place very long. He entered the room and said, something to the effect of "your Xrays look great - I see all kinds of shadows/halos (whatever)". I responded, if that is true, then why can't I walk? It caught his attention (and that's hard to do). He questioned me some, then arranged for me to go over to the hospital for some of the fancy tests (cat-scan, possibly a MRI, or mylogram). One of the screws had worked itself loose from my left hip, which is coincidentally the hip where the bone harvesting was done. At one time, Dr. S said the screw didn't hold due to the thinness in that harvest site. The first revision surgery was scheduled in early December 2003. To "be on the safe side and to cover all bases" he cut me all the way open, from the top of the T's to the bottom of the L's., he replaced not only the loose screw in the left side but also in the right side, using bolts instead of screws. After a couple of days in the hospital, he sent me direct to a NURSING HOME (oh yeah, it's called skilled nursing, but don't be fooled .... call it what it is - crappy food and all). It was across the street from Plano Medical Center. There for 7 weeks, including through the Christmas holidays, I was not allowed to raise up in the bed any more than 30 degrees, meaning ... well, I think anyone can figure out what that meant. I was finally able to get back to work the first of March 2004. So I had another year of relative freedom, until the end of 2004, when more problems starting creeping up. Xrays indicated I had failed to fuse in almost all of the thoracic. So on January 10, 2005, I went into the new Baylor Plano hospital for the 3rd surgery. Dr. S cut from the top of the T's (T12 I suppose) down to T1, but skipped about an inch throughout that area. Repacked everything and I went on about my merry way, getting back to work again in March. Recuperation and wear and tear on my body was getting easier and easier.

Then, as other people in our Forum have noted, Dr. S *fired* all of us who had United Healthcare, saying in the letter that he was having a dispute with UHC concerning one patient, but because of the legalities involved and the possiblity it would go to litigation, he couldn't submit any claims to UHC for anyone else, blah blah. I knew right away that I had to find another doctor. Once you have this, you don't EVER want to be without a doctor who knows you and knows your background, your history, everything about you, and I don't remember how - probably through the internet - I found Dr. Viere (Dr. V). I made an appointment just to meet him, to get Xrays, and to get my records transferred over from Dr. S. I have a girlfriend who was being treated by Dr. S, who turned 65 and only if she would pay him in cash (at a "reduced rate" that he would give her) could he continue treating her; that he did not take Medicare. She had to go to another doctor who was willing to work with Medicare. Dr. S had operated on her only the one original time.

I myself turned 65 this last August, and at our appointment in late July, following some new symptoms, when Dr. V told me that my Rods had broken, I asked him about Medicare, and he said they don't take Medicare but since I was already an established patient, I could continue on with him. I asked him why do they not take Medicare and he said because Medicare discounts their services so terribly low, that they are practically working for free and Medicare places its own fee schedule on the surgeon's work (in other words, lumping them in the same class as a podiatrist cutting on a toe) [my words, not his]. As it's turned out, since I'm still working and still have UHC, I turned down Part B, but accepted Part A with Medicare which covers Hospital only {I don't think you have a choice on Part A}, and UHC has to pay all the rest of it.

So, in September 2007, Dr. V performed his first surgery on me, to repair the broken rods in the lumbar area (these are the original rods put in by Dr. S that are 1/4 inch stainless steel). Surgery went amazingly well. He's more conservative and had me stay off work for 3 months, instead of 2 like Dr. S did. He released me to go back to work at our appt on 11/30/07, and two weeks later, we found out my rods had broken again!! This time, they are broke in the thoracic area. Everyone is totally shocked about this. I'm scheduled for surgery #5 on January 28, 2008. Whoopee! Happy New Year.

I continue to have the upmost confidence and faith in Dr. V. He is not sure if he would have originally put in stainless steel or titanium, but reading between the lines, I'd bet he would have gone with titanium. He already has a game plan for this surgery; he'll take out the work he did in September and will jointly work with both areas for the repair (thoracic & lumbar). I've talked to him whether this could have been faulty hardware, and he doesn't think so. The rods break because the area around the rods DOES NOT FUSE.

For a newbie, this is a short video on the internet that shows some of the aspects of setting up a fusion (you'll probably have to copy & paste). At the same area, you'll find another pertinent video on bone harvesting.

So if you put Dr. Shelokov and Dr. Viere together side by side, I'll take Dr. Viere every time. Not once, not even once, has Dr. S made any attempt to see how I'm doing, even though I let his office know I was having the revision surgery.

I hope this helps someone.


01-10-2008, 12:55 PM

My heart goes out to you, dear.

Good luck!!!!!

01-10-2008, 01:35 PM
Diane--Like Singer, my heart goes out to you too. You have certainly been through a pretty nightmarish time... I'll be praying for you on the 28th. It's my b'day, so I'll remember...

01-10-2008, 03:13 PM
Hi Diane,

I remember you from an earlier post. I had asked if you had to do it all over again, would you, and you responded yes, yes and yes. May I ask if you are a smoker and/or if you have osteoporosis? Both can contribute to failed fusions. I believe most surgeons will not even operate on a smoker who is not at least six months nicotine free. Regarding the dispute with UHC concerning one patient, Iím wondering if that might be the young lady who was a forum member up until almost a year ago. She had surgery by Dr. Shelekov last February and we never heard from her again. She lost her life under tragic circumstances. Quite frankly, Iím not sure any orthopedic specialists performing adult scoliosis surgeries accept Medicare. Thatís another factor in my decision-making. I have good insurance now being employed full-time, but once Iím retired, itís gone.

Iím truly sorry to hear yet about another person having multiple surgeries. Given the degenerative changes in our spines as we age, this problem appears to manifest itself more often in us older folks.

I sincerely wish you the best and hope for a pain-free future.