Ricardo Arlene Md

★★★★★
  • 7789 Southwest Fwy Ste 400

    Houston, TX 77074

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Dr. Ricardo is a godsend and I can't recommend her more highly. She saw me 2 years ago when a suspicious spot appeared on a mammogram. She removed that spot during excisional biopsy, and much to my relief it came back as a radial scar, but nothing more suspicious. I was taken with her openness and willingness to explain exactly what was going on.

2 years later another area of the same breast began feeling lumpy and thickened. My obgyn sent me for a mammogram and sonogram followup and a suspicious mass was found. The Breast Center radiologists did a biopsy of the spot the same day (no waiting!) and 5 days later the results came back as breast cancer. When my obgyn told me this I knew that Dr. Ricardo was the person I'd go to for the surgery.

When my husband and I showed up at her office she spent over an hour going over the biopsy results with us and laying out all the options. Because my mother died of breast cancer due to getting a lumpectomy when a mastectomy might have given her a better chance, I told Dr. Ricardo that I had decided a long time ago that should I ever be sitting in an office like hers I would opt for mastectomy. She was totally supportive of whatever decision I made.

The mastectomy was performed a week ago. Pain was absolutely minimal, and I seem to be recovering quite nicely. I didn't know about post-mastectomy camisoles, and when I expressed nervousness about going out and about with only one breast, she told me about them, and picked up on for me to wear on the day I was discharged from the hospital. I was absolutely floored and moved to tears.

I recommend Dr. Ricardo with no hesitation. You couldn't find a more professional, knowledgable and compassionate doctor.

5
★★★★★

Dr. Ricardo is a godsend and I can't recommend her more highly. She saw me 2 years ago when a suspicious spot appeared on a mammogram. She removed that spot during excisional biopsy, and much to my relief it came back as a radial scar, but nothing more suspicious. I was taken with her openness and willingness to explain exactly what was going on.

2 years later another area of the same breast began feeling lumpy and thickened. My obgyn sent me for a mammogram and sonogram followup and a suspicious mass was found. The Breast Center radiologists did a biopsy of the spot the same day (no waiting!) and 5 days later the results came back as breast cancer. When my obgyn told me this I knew that Dr. Ricardo was the person I'd go to for the surgery.

When my husband and I showed up at her office she spent over an hour going over the biopsy results with us and laying out all the options. Because my mother died of breast cancer due to getting a lumpectomy when a mastectomy might have given her a better chance, I told Dr. Ricardo that I had decided a long time ago that should I ever be sitting in an office like hers I would opt for mastectomy. She was totally supportive of whatever decision I made.

The mastectomy was performed a week ago. Pain was absolutely minimal, and I seem to be recovering quite nicely. I didn't know about post-mastectomy camisoles, and when I expressed nervousness about going out and about with only one breast, she told me about them, and picked up on for me to wear on the day I was discharged from the hospital. I was absolutely floored and moved to tears.

I recommend Dr. Ricardo with no hesitation. You couldn't find a more professional, knowledgable and compassionate doctor.

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I am 67 years old and I have been a patient of Dr. Arlene Ricardo for six years. I am writing this story to rectify a common misperception about breast cancer.

When I was 17 years old my older sister (age 27) developed breast cancer during the pregnancy of her fourth child. She had a radical mastectomy and her right breast was removed early in this pregnancy. I can remember her crying pitifully after receiving the diagnosis. Indirectly, that telephone call was to shape my awareness of breast cancer for the next 50 years.

I married at age 21 and had my first mammogram around the age of 25. Because of my sister, I was automatically considered a HIGH RISK for breast cancer as well....80%. At this time a first cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer and both her breasts were removed. Now, doctors began telling me that I was a VERY HIGH RISK for breast cancer. When I turned 35, my maternal grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 93 and had one breast removed. Any time I filled out informational charts in a doctor's office thereafter, I was told that I was an EXTREMELY HIGH RISK, (80%-90%). My office folder was now neon yellow to color code my status. For the next thirty years this became the norm for me and it was a probability I learned to live with. I can clearly remember one doctor going so far as to predict that by the time I reached the age of 50 or so, I would probably have breast cancer.

In 2005 I had my annual mammogram at my local breast diagnostic clinic and was told I had an "area of interest" in my right breast. In a couple of days, I returned to the clinic for a needle biopsy and after a somewhat amateurish office procedure I hemorrhaged at the office and later at home. A friend recommended Dr. Arlene Ricardo who is a surgeon specializing in diseases of the breast. I needed and wanted the best doctor I could find.

During my first appointment with Dr. Arlene Ricardo, she immediately dispelled the notion of my being an EXTREMELY HIGH RISK for breast cancer. Using a GAIL Model Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool (a small instrument that looks very much like a common hand-held calculator) she entered the appropriate information. I was informed that only my mother, sister or daughter (first degree relatives ONLY) had direct correlation with my personal risk of breast cancer and not extended family members such as cousin or grandmother. It is difficult to describe the relief I felt when my breast cancer risk was actually only 20%.

At this appointment Dr. Ricardo also confirmed there was an "area if interest" in my right breast and I was faced with a choice: have the mass removed or live with the chance of the mass becoming malignant. After meeting with Dr. Ricardo, I began to have more confidence. It was her competence and genuine interest in me that was so refreshing. On December 10, 2005 the mass of abnormal cells was removed by Dr. Ricardo and subsequent mammograms have been clear. Because of this abnormal mass, my breast cancer risk is now calculated at 24%.

I will continue to have annual appointments with Dr. Ricardo. The normal annual breast exam involves two appointments...one for a mammogram and then another for the breast exam with a doctor who also interprets the patient's mammogram and, normally, these appointments are made separately, at different places. Dr. Ricardo offers a unique process for her patients. Annual appointments begin with a mammogram at the Breast Center and it is immediately sent to Dr. Ricardo so that she can discuss it with her patient during the same day appointment in her office located in an adjacent building.

Dr. Ricardo is the most professionally grounded, yet, the least pretentious doctor I have ever met. She seems to recognize the humanity of her patients as being equal to her own and this attitude lends itself to an unusually strong doctor-patient relationship. Her patients can be absolutely confident that she will be honest and forthright concerning their medical condition.

I welcome your responses. Networking together is a "win-win" for everyone.

Darla Andrus
darlaandrus@consolidated.net

5
★★★★★

I am 67 years old and I have been a patient of Dr. Arlene Ricardo for six years. I am writing this story to rectify a common misperception about breast cancer.

When I was 17 years old my older sister (age 27) developed breast cancer during the pregnancy of her fourth child. She had a radical mastectomy and her right breast was removed early in this pregnancy. I can remember her crying pitifully after receiving the diagnosis. Indirectly, that telephone call was to shape my awareness of breast cancer for the next 50 years.

I married at age 21 and had my first mammogram around the age of 25. Because of my sister, I was automatically considered a HIGH RISK for breast cancer as well....80%. At this time a first cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer and both her breasts were removed. Now, doctors began telling me that I was a VERY HIGH RISK for breast cancer. When I turned 35, my maternal grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 93 and had one breast removed. Any time I filled out informational charts in a doctor's office thereafter, I was told that I was an EXTREMELY HIGH RISK, (80%-90%). My office folder was now neon yellow to color code my status. For the next thirty years this became the norm for me and it was a probability I learned to live with. I can clearly remember one doctor going so far as to predict that by the time I reached the age of 50 or so, I would probably have breast cancer.

In 2005 I had my annual mammogram at my local breast diagnostic clinic and was told I had an "area of interest" in my right breast. In a couple of days, I returned to the clinic for a needle biopsy and after a somewhat amateurish office procedure I hemorrhaged at the office and later at home. A friend recommended Dr. Arlene Ricardo who is a surgeon specializing in diseases of the breast. I needed and wanted the best doctor I could find.

During my first appointment with Dr. Arlene Ricardo, she immediately dispelled the notion of my being an EXTREMELY HIGH RISK for breast cancer. Using a GAIL Model Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool (a small instrument that looks very much like a common hand-held calculator) she entered the appropriate information. I was informed that only my mother, sister or daughter (first degree relatives ONLY) had direct correlation with my personal risk of breast cancer and not extended family members such as cousin or grandmother. It is difficult to describe the relief I felt when my breast cancer risk was actually only 20%.

At this appointment Dr. Ricardo also confirmed there was an "area if interest" in my right breast and I was faced with a choice: have the mass removed or live with the chance of the mass becoming malignant. After meeting with Dr. Ricardo, I began to have more confidence. It was her competence and genuine interest in me that was so refreshing. On December 10, 2005 the mass of abnormal cells was removed by Dr. Ricardo and subsequent mammograms have been clear. Because of this abnormal mass, my breast cancer risk is now calculated at 24%.

I will continue to have annual appointments with Dr. Ricardo. The normal annual breast exam involves two appointments...one for a mammogram and then another for the breast exam with a doctor who also interprets the patient's mammogram and, normally, these appointments are made separately, at different places. Dr. Ricardo offers a unique process for her patients. Annual appointments begin with a mammogram at the Breast Center and it is immediately sent to Dr. Ricardo so that she can discuss it with her patient during the same day appointment in her office located in an adjacent building.

Dr. Ricardo is the most professionally grounded, yet, the least pretentious doctor I have ever met. She seems to recognize the humanity of her patients as being equal to her own and this attitude lends itself to an unusually strong doctor-patient relationship. Her patients can be absolutely confident that she will be honest and forthright concerning their medical condition.

I welcome your responses. Networking together is a "win-win" for everyone.

Darla Andrus
darlaandrus@consolidated.net

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I recommend Dr. Ricardo without reservation. She has the best bedside manner of any doctor I've ever seen, and given the fact that she's a surgeon, I find this truly miraculous.

I saw her the first time after being literally chased out of a mammography center by a radiologist who wanted me seen by a specialist "immediately" for a "suspiciously large anomaly" in my breast. I was terrified.

I went to see Dr. Ricardo after being referred by a family member. She came into the exam room after looking at my films. She calmly told me that was fine, gave me a very thorough exam, told me that my "suspicious" area didn't concern her at all, and proceeded to tell me in detail why she wouldn't remove this area -- even after (in the midst of my total freak-out) I told her I thought it would be better for her just to "cut it out of me." She was very clear and very easy to understand. She was amazingly comforting and talked to me like I was a friend rather than a patient. I have been seeing her ever since.

I go get my mammogram, walk over to her office, and she gives me the radiology report right then and there. No waiting. No anxiety. If you have ever received a bad mammogram report, you know what a comfort it is to end that waiting period for the results.

Dr. Ricardo is warm, compassionate, personable, and has a great sense of humor. Seeing her after my mammogram makes a very stressful test much easier to bear. If I ever did get bad news, I would want her to be the one to give it to me, and I would absolutely want her operating on me. Go see her. You'll see what I mean.

5
★★★★★

I recommend Dr. Ricardo without reservation. She has the best bedside manner of any doctor I've ever seen, and given the fact that she's a surgeon, I find this truly miraculous.

I saw her the first time after being literally chased out of a mammography center by a radiologist who wanted me seen by a specialist "immediately" for a "suspiciously large anomaly" in my breast. I was terrified.

I went to see Dr. Ricardo after being referred by a family member. She came into the exam room after looking at my films. She calmly told me that was fine, gave me a very thorough exam, told me that my "suspicious" area didn't concern her at all, and proceeded to tell me in detail why she wouldn't remove this area -- even after (in the midst of my total freak-out) I told her I thought it would be better for her just to "cut it out of me." She was very clear and very easy to understand. She was amazingly comforting and talked to me like I was a friend rather than a patient. I have been seeing her ever since.

I go get my mammogram, walk over to her office, and she gives me the radiology report right then and there. No waiting. No anxiety. If you have ever received a bad mammogram report, you know what a comfort it is to end that waiting period for the results.

Dr. Ricardo is warm, compassionate, personable, and has a great sense of humor. Seeing her after my mammogram makes a very stressful test much easier to bear. If I ever did get bad news, I would want her to be the one to give it to me, and I would absolutely want her operating on me. Go see her. You'll see what I mean.

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After a routine mammogram came up suspicious, my sister had a needle biopsy performed. Several days later, her ob/gyn called and bluntly told her that she probably had cancer and needed to follow up with a specialist. Dr. Ricardo was recommended but, since my sister lives in Katy, she made an appointment with another breast specialist closer to home. On a Monday, I accompanied her to her appointment. While that specialist was nice and encouraging, she basically said, "This is what you've got and here's what we're going to do about it." She scheduled my sister for surgery that Friday and said they would do a "lumpectomy" and remove 1-3 sentinel lymph nodes to determine the extent and type of cancer and additional treatment. We left feeling hopeful but my sister started wondering if she shouldn't get a second opinion.

She went home and called Dr. Ricardo's office and was able to get in that Thursday. Miraculous! The best way to describe her: a firecracker! She burst into the room, warm and friendly and exclaimed, "What am I going to do with you? I can't say that you have cancer!" My sister and I were shocked. Long story short... Dr. Ricardo took the time to show us my sister's films and, sure enough, on one film there was the tiniest of dots. On the film after my sister had received a needle aspiration for biopsy, the dot was gone. Dr. R suggest doing another biopsy without removing any nodes ("You may really need them one day; no need to remove them prematurely.") My sister went through the biopsy procedure again (with Dr. R saying, "We will take no prisoners!") and the results came out clean. For further assurance, Dr. R. had her schedule semi-annual mammograms for 2 years and my sister has had nothing but clear reports. She's now on an annual schedule.

Dr. Ricardo was nothing less than thorough. She spent time with my sister, giving detailed but understandable explanations. She pointed out on my sister's initial pathology report where it said, "... the presence of cancer is not conclusive..." The previous doctor did not share this with us. Dr. Ricardo was surprised to learn that my sister had never been shown her pathology report or any of her films.

I know this is long and there is so much more that I could write to attest to the wonderful skills and manners of Dr. Ricardo, but please, if you have the need and opportunity, consult with her. I know that not everyone will be as fortunate as my sister, but there's no one better to have on your side in the event of an "actual emergency." She was truly an answer to prayer.

5
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After a routine mammogram came up suspicious, my sister had a needle biopsy performed. Several days later, her ob/gyn called and bluntly told her that she probably had cancer and needed to follow up with a specialist. Dr. Ricardo was recommended but, since my sister lives in Katy, she made an appointment with another breast specialist closer to home. On a Monday, I accompanied her to her appointment. While that specialist was nice and encouraging, she basically said, "This is what you've got and here's what we're going to do about it." She scheduled my sister for surgery that Friday and said they would do a "lumpectomy" and remove 1-3 sentinel lymph nodes to determine the extent and type of cancer and additional treatment. We left feeling hopeful but my sister started wondering if she shouldn't get a second opinion.

She went home and called Dr. Ricardo's office and was able to get in that Thursday. Miraculous! The best way to describe her: a firecracker! She burst into the room, warm and friendly and exclaimed, "What am I going to do with you? I can't say that you have cancer!" My sister and I were shocked. Long story short... Dr. Ricardo took the time to show us my sister's films and, sure enough, on one film there was the tiniest of dots. On the film after my sister had received a needle aspiration for biopsy, the dot was gone. Dr. R suggest doing another biopsy without removing any nodes ("You may really need them one day; no need to remove them prematurely.") My sister went through the biopsy procedure again (with Dr. R saying, "We will take no prisoners!") and the results came out clean. For further assurance, Dr. R. had her schedule semi-annual mammograms for 2 years and my sister has had nothing but clear reports. She's now on an annual schedule.

Dr. Ricardo was nothing less than thorough. She spent time with my sister, giving detailed but understandable explanations. She pointed out on my sister's initial pathology report where it said, "... the presence of cancer is not conclusive..." The previous doctor did not share this with us. Dr. Ricardo was surprised to learn that my sister had never been shown her pathology report or any of her films.

I know this is long and there is so much more that I could write to attest to the wonderful skills and manners of Dr. Ricardo, but please, if you have the need and opportunity, consult with her. I know that not everyone will be as fortunate as my sister, but there's no one better to have on your side in the event of an "actual emergency." She was truly an answer to prayer.

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My experience with Dr. Arlene Ricardo was nothing short of fantastic. Not only is she a brilliant, gifted surgeon, she is the most caring and compassionate doctor I have ever met. I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in December,2007, at the age of 63. Before learning of Dr. Ricardo, I saw a general surgeon who also did breast surgery and was really not very encouraged. After spending one and a half hours on our first visit with Dr. Ricardo, my husband and I left her office with hope in our hearts. She gave us a mini course on breast cancer complete with hand-written notes (written as she was speaking with us) and a complete plan of treatment for each scenario that might befall me. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Ricardo. She was a gift from God to my husband and I at one of the worst times of our lives. She is the most loving Dr. I have ever known and you feel like you really matter to her. My surgery was very successful and my surgery site is as beautifully smooth as can be. Please don't shortchange yourself by going to someone else. Trust me, you will never regret going to see Dr. Ricardo and she just might save your life. She did mine and I will never forget the love and compassion she showed to me (and my husband). When I was having my Brachytherapy treatments, the Radiologists also praised her and her surgical skills. People come from all over the States to see her (even Hawaii). Luckily, I live in the Houston area, but knowiing what I know about her now I would travel to see her anywhere in the States. She is absolutely the BEST!
Paulette Field

5
★★★★★

My experience with Dr. Arlene Ricardo was nothing short of fantastic. Not only is she a brilliant, gifted surgeon, she is the most caring and compassionate doctor I have ever met. I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in December,2007, at the age of 63. Before learning of Dr. Ricardo, I saw a general surgeon who also did breast surgery and was really not very encouraged. After spending one and a half hours on our first visit with Dr. Ricardo, my husband and I left her office with hope in our hearts. She gave us a mini course on breast cancer complete with hand-written notes (written as she was speaking with us) and a complete plan of treatment for each scenario that might befall me. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Ricardo. She was a gift from God to my husband and I at one of the worst times of our lives. She is the most loving Dr. I have ever known and you feel like you really matter to her. My surgery was very successful and my surgery site is as beautifully smooth as can be. Please don't shortchange yourself by going to someone else. Trust me, you will never regret going to see Dr. Ricardo and she just might save your life. She did mine and I will never forget the love and compassion she showed to me (and my husband). When I was having my Brachytherapy treatments, the Radiologists also praised her and her surgical skills. People come from all over the States to see her (even Hawaii). Luckily, I live in the Houston area, but knowiing what I know about her now I would travel to see her anywhere in the States. She is absolutely the BEST!
Paulette Field

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If you have had a mamogram that requires furthur study, dont waste valuable time meandering through the maze of inexperienced opinions, go straight to one of Houston's top breast disease surgeons-Dr. Arlene Ricardo. She not only is gifted in bedside manner and surgical precision, she provides a wealth of innovative procedures to treat and heal your body which you may have not been aware of. When she says there will be NO pain, yes, that's what she told me, she was RIGHT! I cant promise that for each patient but she tells it just exaxtly like it is. She can help you and put your fears to rest, trust her-I'm glad I did. Emily Castleman

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If you have had a mamogram that requires furthur study, dont waste valuable time meandering through the maze of inexperienced opinions, go straight to one of Houston's top breast disease surgeons-Dr. Arlene Ricardo. She not only is gifted in bedside manner and surgical precision, she provides a wealth of innovative procedures to treat and heal your body which you may have not been aware of. When she says there will be NO pain, yes, that's what she told me, she was RIGHT! I cant promise that for each patient but she tells it just exaxtly like it is. She can help you and put your fears to rest, trust her-I'm glad I did. Emily Castleman

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