Is Dr. Graber a good ortho surgeon?

Is Dr. Graber a good ortho surgeon?

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Scared

Poplar Bluff, MO

#1 May 14, 2011
Been refered to him for knee replacement. Have been told that even even though PBRMC has bad reputation this doctor is good. Dr. Mauterer, a general surgeon at Bluff, took my galbladder out and he was the best Dr I have ever been to. Hoping for the same experience with Dr. Graber. Anyo0ne know?
guest

Weston, TX

#2 May 14, 2011
I need to have surgery on my knee also, so if anyone have any good info. that would be great.
Next

United States

#3 May 14, 2011
Same here my shoulder next month so far so good I guess. Plus he's got tons of clients and all seem to be ok with him while we were waiting. If that helps I'll update afterwards.
Alice DeGoon

Bellevue, WA

#4 May 14, 2011
He did my TKR, and I have had excellent painfree results this past year.
No complaints, will recommend Dr. Graber and go back if ever I needed to.
Wonderful staff, fyi. He is great with ortho surgery, no complaints in his waiting room, just how busy he is!
no worry

Plymouth, MN

#5 May 14, 2011
Two of the best docs at pbmc.
Not So Scared Anymore

Poplar Bluff, MO

#6 May 15, 2011
Looks like I got lucky on surgeons so far! Rare to find so much positive feedback on Topix, LOL. Glad to see this site is more than a gossip rag. Really appreciate the info, Thanks!
Not So Scared Anymore

Poplar Bluff, MO

#7 May 15, 2011
Dr. Mauterer even called my Wife on a Saturday to see how I was doing after surgery on Friday, a simple galbladder surgery. How many Drs. even return phone calls anymore let alone, call on the weekend just to see how you are doing???? If only all docs cared about more than getting their fee paid!
no worry

Plymouth, MN

#8 May 15, 2011
Mauterer is a class act, in addition to being a good surgeon. If only we could clone him... lol
Satisfied patient

Vilonia, AR

#9 May 15, 2011
Dr. Graber done carpel tunnel surgery on my left had in Feb., to this day you can hardly see the scar at all. I will go back to him when I need the right hand done. They even called me a few days after my hand surgery to see if I was doing alright and if I had any questions. Great Doc and great staff that work with him. A+ from me.
Nineteen BoomShell

United States

#10 May 15, 2011
Great makes me feel better.
NONONO

United States

#11 May 17, 2011
I went to Dr Graber for treatment. While I was waiting in the patients' room I see Dr Graber standing outside looking at some paper work and mumbling "Hmmm, this patient has blue shield, maybe Ill get paid for once." Then all of his interns forced laughter. I did not have any insurance and one could argue my treatment was based on not having any insurance, rather than what was actually required of my injury. Dr Graber was an asshole when he came in the room, answering any questions I had with brisk, smart elic responses. However good or 'qualified' he may be, I question his ethics and moral standards as a practitioner of medicine.
So Happy

Poplar Bluff, MO

#12 May 18, 2011
I started this thread and for the record...I saw Dr. Graber yesterday and I can walk today without pain, some stiffness but no pain!! Not permanent but did not involve pain pills or anything, just a shot. He discussed a permanent fix, one never mentioned at wonderfull Cape Girardeau, and definately state of the art. Best thing is he doesn't have to cut both my legs in half to perform the procedure. "NONONO" may be telling a true story but from what I saw Dr Graber was much to busy, and his staff was also, to stand around disccussing who had insurance. Also, from the appearances in the waiting room, most of his patients probably did not have insurance. Unlike a hospital, he is not required by law to treat the uninsured therefore even if he did have a moment of weakness and make an offending remark, he doesn't have to treat you if he doesn't WANT to!!! Would you work for free? Thank God we have such a fine Dr. in Poplar Bluff and please don't make statements that may run him off. There are many other Drs. out there and if you don't like him feel free to find one that you do. Good Luck finding a better one! He could easily do better for himself in St. Louis or Indy or a number of other cities but he chose to come here. Please don't cause hom to change his mind!! Thank-You!
guest

United States

#13 May 18, 2011
Please appreciate this man while he is here. It is almost impossible for an ortho. surgeon to establish himself in this area. Our history of malpractice in this area scares most people away. Dr. Houseworth could not make it here, and he was an excellent doctor. Graber may not have the best bedside manner, but he did an excellent job on my carpal tunnel surgery.
mommy

Springfield, MO

#14 May 18, 2011
I'd trade a good bedside manner for quality clinical skills any day! An example is Dr. Potter. He's rough around the edges but did a fantastic job on my daughter's surgery.

I don't blame them for grumbling about not getting paid, this area unfortunately is not known for people have fortunes to spend on medical care. It's sad but it's the truth.

There are very few people who would put their careers and finances on the line EVERYTIME they do a job for someone and then not expect to get paid for it. The docs have to pay their exorbitant malpractice premiums, REGARDLESS of whether on not they get the patient that pays. Yet they still go out day after day, helping people and saving lives.

I agree with the post above, we've had several surgeons who people think are great. Let's encourage them to stay rather than running them off so we can continue to moan about the lowlife hospital. The hospital must be doing some good recruiting and getting some good docs in.

Give them a break folks.
So Happy

Poplar Bluff, MO

#15 May 18, 2011
14 posts, 1 person was negative. That's pretty darn good for this website! Thumbs up to Dr. Graber and PBRMC!!
bad knee

United States

#16 May 19, 2011
I have been to him several times now...I am very pleased with the outcome of my injections I had another Dr. doing them with out the same results, I dont know what he does different but I am in alot less pain than a year ago, he hits the right spot everytime! My other Dr. Keeps urging me to let her do the injecctions, but why fix it if its not broke!? Im sticking with Dr. Graber! He doesn't chit-chat alot but thats fine with me!
Yeah right

Saint Louis, MO

#17 May 20, 2011
What a liar you are. First of all, Dr. Graber
Doesn't have any interns so that's a lie. Secondly, I know for a fact that he is a hospital employee and gets paid BY THE HOSPITAL, so what insurance you may have is not his concern. He treats the patient not the insurance. And I also know he sees over 80% Medicaid, so you really don't know what you are talking about. Idiot
NONONO wrote:
I went to Dr Graber for treatment. While I was waiting in the patients' room I see Dr Graber standing outside looking at some paper work and mumbling "Hmmm, this patient has blue shield, maybe Ill get paid for once." Then all of his interns forced laughter. I did not have any insurance and one could argue my treatment was based on not having any insurance, rather than what was actually required of my injury. Dr Graber was an asshole when he came in the room, answering any questions I had with brisk, smart elic responses. However good or 'qualified' he may be, I question his ethics and moral standards as a practitioner of medicine.
So Happy

Poplar Bluff, MO

#18 May 20, 2011
It does seem that those first in line for free medical treatment are also first in line at the lawyers office if the scar isn't quite what they expected....then we all pay, at least those of us that do pay!
Guest

Sheridan, AR

#19 May 20, 2011
My daughter was in the Er from an accident, had to wait an hr. for him to walk in the room look and say ship her and walk out. Never acted like we were even there.They called air evac(which we agreed to) and started her paper work. I asked when Dr Graber was going to have the wound cleaned and splinted and was told that he left. Spoke to Er dr and he came and cleaned the wound and splinted her.It was a Sat. morning so he wasn't in clinic so he could have at least spent 5 min. to let us know what was going on. And yes, I do have ins. in fact two- thru her dad and myself. I did tell the ER nurse that they had better not bill my ins. for that walk in and out because he did not do a darn thing or I would contact the ins.co. She stated she understood and I shouldn't get billed and I didn't.He left my daughter with an open fracture,uncleaned,unsplinted and in pain, because they didn't want to give her anything until he saw her.I'll never wait on him again, if he can't spend 5 min. to answer questions I sure wouldn't want him to do surgery and except him to answer questions then. And they are right ,he is a hosp. employee, he's paid a salary so he has to see everyone that is referred to him.That's why he is so busy,doesn't mean he is so good.
Your kidding me

Poplar Bluff, MO

#20 May 22, 2011
Guest wrote:
My daughter was in the Er from an accident, had to wait an hr. for him to walk in the room look and say ship her and walk out. Never acted like we were even there.They called air evac(which we agreed to) and started her paper work. I asked when Dr Graber was going to have the wound cleaned and splinted and was told that he left. Spoke to Er dr and he came and cleaned the wound and splinted her.It was a Sat. morning so he wasn't in clinic so he could have at least spent 5 min. to let us know what was going on. And yes, I do have ins. in fact two- thru her dad and myself. I did tell the ER nurse that they had better not bill my ins. for that walk in and out because he did not do a darn thing or I would contact the ins.co. She stated she understood and I shouldn't get billed and I didn't.He left my daughter with an open fracture,uncleaned,unsplinted and in pain, because they didn't want to give her anything until he saw her.I'll never wait on him again, if he can't spend 5 min. to answer questions I sure wouldn't want him to do surgery and except him to answer questions then. And they are right ,he is a hosp. employee, he's paid a salary so he has to see everyone that is referred to him.That's why he is so busy,doesn't mean he is so good.
As far as the question about whether or not he is a good doctor goes, he is excellent and I believe that from personal experience and what I have read. As far as who he works for, someone is a liar and I don't think it is you, but who knows? "NONONO" stated that Dr. Graber was in the hallway complaining about getting paid. You say he is a salary Dr getting paid no matter what. At this point, my knee quit hurting 24/7 and I need him to do 2 partial knee replacements, so PLEASE LIARS, don't run him off with your stupid DRAMA before I get this wonderful, gifted, surgeoun to fix my damn knees! Thank-You!

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