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Thread: Has any one had surgery at UCSF with Dr. Hu?

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    Has any one had surgery at UCSF with Dr. Hu?

    I am planning surgery in March with Dr. Hu apt UCSF. It will be a big 2 day fusion (see below). I do not live in California and have only met Dr.Hu once. I had immediate confidence in her, but......I have only talked to her once.

    So, how was your experience with Dr. Hu and hospitalization at UCSF? I really want a private room and unfortunately they appear to be first come first served. I am really bummed as when I do not feel well, I am high maintenance.

    Thanks. Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

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    This is the yelp listing for the spinal center at UCSF; some of the review are on her, some are about other doc's at the spine center.

    Good luck with everything,


    http://www.yelp.com/biz/ucsf-spine-c...%20serena%20hu

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    Hi Susan,

    Please do yourself a favor and don't clink on the link above to yelp reviews. I am sure the poster was trying to be helpful with the link, but the reviews are mostly from disgruntled patients who had to wait a long time, and very few are of Dr Hu (she herself got positive comments).

    If you are unsure, go back and see her again. I think it is really natural to be very scared at this point, but you must decide if you trust her or not.

    You mentioned a few weeks ago you were going to therapy to help you through this difficult period, curious if that is proving to be helpful?

    Take care, and remember, the pool is your friend!
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Quote Originally Posted by leahdragonfly View Post
    Hi Susan,

    Please do yourself a favor and don't clink on the link above to yelp reviews. I am sure the poster was trying to be helpful with the link, but the reviews are mostly from disgruntled patients who had to wait a long time, and very few are of Dr Hu (she herself got positive comments).

    If you are unsure, go back and see her again. I think it is really natural to be very scared at this point, but you must decide if you trust her or not.

    You mentioned a few weeks ago you were going to therapy to help you through this difficult period, curious if that is proving to be helpful?

    Take care, and remember, the pool is your friend!
    Ditto to everything Gayle said. I've read these yelp reviews long time ago and I disagree with negative yelpers becasue my experience was very positive. Everybody was responsive and I got answers to all my questions. Yes, some things did take a while, but I've got what I wanted in the end.

    I also talked with five patients of Dr. Hu (not counting Linda Racine). Three were referred by Dr. Hu and the other two I found myself (and I am sure that these two are not biased). Everybody had only good things to say about Dr. Hu and nursing staff. Did you get a chace to get a patient referral?
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
    A/P surgery on March 5/7, 2013 - UCSF

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    I actually suggested that yelp link because it looked like Dr. Hu actually got good reviews, and I myself have met patients of hers who have been quite happy with her. I also think it's really unusual and interesting that there is a female spinal surgeon!

    I personally like to check doctors out on yelp because I am interested in hearing the good and the bad. If I heard only the good, or only the bad, I wouldn't get an honest picture. Also, although I don't enjoy reading about the adverse experiences of people, it does help me, because I know what to look out for and can learn from others' experiences. For instance, if I read that an office is over booked, I know to allow extra time for my appointment. Or if I read about some fiasco with follow-up, I'll know to be especially careful with that.
    Thanks and best wishes with your appointment!
    Last edited by Cornerthree; 02-12-2013 at 11:20 PM.

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    Note that the vast majority of negative reviews come from people who did not have surgery. I think the wait times are relatively acceptable if you get some resolution to pain, but if you're sent away because surgery can't help, the wait times are probably pretty tough to take.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornerthree View Post
    I actually suggested that yelp link because it looked like Dr. Hu actually got good reviews, and I myself have met patients of hers who have been quite happy with her. I also think it's really unusual and interesting that there is a female spinal surgeon!

    I personally like to check doctors out on yelp because I am interested in hearing the good and the bad. If I heard only the good, or only the bad, I wouldn't get an honest picture. Also, although I don't enjoy reading about the adverse experiences of people, it does help me, because I know what to look out for and can learn from others' experiences. For instance, if I read that an office is over booked, I know to allow extra time for my appointment. Or if I read about some fiasco with follow-up, I'll know to be especially careful with that.
    Thanks and best wishes with your appointment!
    I actually read the Yelp site and others before I saw Dr. Hu. Most of the people on that site seemed angry, but I did find the site, parts of it, helpful. I wonder if that site attracts angry people. Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    Note that the vast majority of negative reviews come from people who did not have surgery. I think the wait times are relatively acceptable if you get some resolution to pain, but if you're sent away because surgery can't help, the wait times are probably pretty tough to take.
    My biggest fear was that Dr. Hu would not agree to do surgery. That was very scary. My pain has actually increased since I saw her as the warranty on the denervations and corticosteroid injs that I had done before I went to Fiji has worn off. Can't be good when I find myself holding my breath to try to stop the pain. Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

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