James A. Recabaren, MD

★★★★☆

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The star rating is meaningless. The guy may be a highly skilled surgeon, certainly has a lot of experience with certain kinds of tumors. I liked him before my surgery. I could be wrong, and I want to be fair; no doubt some people were happy with their surgeries and recommend him highly, but based on my experience, I can't and don't recommend him.

This guy is a general surgeon specializing in tumors, mainly melanomas and thyroid. I went to him because he was highly recommended by my dermatologist, but otherwise I'd have gone to a plastic surgeon at UCLA, or UCI, USC, maybe Cedars, and I wish I had done that. I'm very unhappy with the cosmetic outcome, much worse than anything I was led to expect, and with his followup. I recommend seeing a plastic surgeon for a melanoma, an ENT head and neck surgeon for thyroid; that should get you the best cosmetic outcome, and I also recommend, if you had cancer, for gods' sake see a surgical oncologist for followup. There are continuing risks that need to be managed. Dr. Recabaren did not recommend an oncologist for me, told me the wound was not infected when I'm pretty sure it was, did not give me antibiotics (second opinion guy gave me the antibiotics and sent me to oncology).

Basically he showed no interest in my concerns or well-being after the surgery was over, just told me to wear long sleeves! In Southern California. And I work in the OR; can't wear long sleeves in there. So I went to a plastic surgeon for a second opinion, and got much better followup care, and a referral to oncology. I think he made some mistakes, and struggled in my surgery. He couldn't do what he planned; it's my fault because my skin wouldn't stretch-- but I TOLD him I'd been taking prednisone for two years! So he did some crazy rotational flap thing resulting in a giant V-shaped scar which I was in no way prepared for. Maybe I should have had a skin graft. Maybe not, but my wishes weren't consulted, I wasn't fully informed before the procedure, and I'm sure I'm not being told the whole truth afterward.

I'm not vain about my appearance: I'm an old guy, not a bodybuilder, actor or beauty queen; but it's been three weeks, the wound is 80-90% healed so I might not need a dressing, really, but I can't go out in public without either a dressing, or long sleeves, if I don't want to scare the kids. Maybe in a month or two it will just be a big nasty scar. I tell you, when I first saw it, it looked like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or like I was bitten by a shark. I expected a big ugly scar, but I wasn't prepared for this. I don't know if it could have been avoided or not, but I certainly wasn't warned it could be this bad, and I really don't have the impression that he cares how bad it turned out, or how I feel about it. So, if I'm you, I go to somebody else, maybe plastic surgery at UCLA.

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★★☆☆☆

The star rating is meaningless. The guy may be a highly skilled surgeon, certainly has a lot of experience with certain kinds of tumors. I liked him before my surgery. I could be wrong, and I want to be fair; no doubt some people were happy with their surgeries and recommend him highly, but based on my experience, I can't and don't recommend him.

This guy is a general surgeon specializing in tumors, mainly melanomas and thyroid. I went to him because he was highly recommended by my dermatologist, but otherwise I'd have gone to a plastic surgeon at UCLA, or UCI, USC, maybe Cedars, and I wish I had done that. I'm very unhappy with the cosmetic outcome, much worse than anything I was led to expect, and with his followup. I recommend seeing a plastic surgeon for a melanoma, an ENT head and neck surgeon for thyroid; that should get you the best cosmetic outcome, and I also recommend, if you had cancer, for gods' sake see a surgical oncologist for followup. There are continuing risks that need to be managed. Dr. Recabaren did not recommend an oncologist for me, told me the wound was not infected when I'm pretty sure it was, did not give me antibiotics (second opinion guy gave me the antibiotics and sent me to oncology).

Basically he showed no interest in my concerns or well-being after the surgery was over, just told me to wear long sleeves! In Southern California. And I work in the OR; can't wear long sleeves in there. So I went to a plastic surgeon for a second opinion, and got much better followup care, and a referral to oncology. I think he made some mistakes, and struggled in my surgery. He couldn't do what he planned; it's my fault because my skin wouldn't stretch-- but I TOLD him I'd been taking prednisone for two years! So he did some crazy rotational flap thing resulting in a giant V-shaped scar which I was in no way prepared for. Maybe I should have had a skin graft. Maybe not, but my wishes weren't consulted, I wasn't fully informed before the procedure, and I'm sure I'm not being told the whole truth afterward.

I'm not vain about my appearance: I'm an old guy, not a bodybuilder, actor or beauty queen; but it's been three weeks, the wound is 80-90% healed so I might not need a dressing, really, but I can't go out in public without either a dressing, or long sleeves, if I don't want to scare the kids. Maybe in a month or two it will just be a big nasty scar. I tell you, when I first saw it, it looked like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or like I was bitten by a shark. I expected a big ugly scar, but I wasn't prepared for this. I don't know if it could have been avoided or not, but I certainly wasn't warned it could be this bad, and I really don't have the impression that he cares how bad it turned out, or how I feel about it. So, if I'm you, I go to somebody else, maybe plastic surgery at UCLA.

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Dr. Recabaren did an amazing job! While he may not have had the most spectacular bed side manner, he removed a <4 inch breast tumor and somehow a month later I have no scar. I am so happy I went to him!

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Dr. Recabaren did an amazing job! While he may not have had the most spectacular bed side manner, he removed a <4 inch breast tumor and somehow a month later I have no scar. I am so happy I went to him!

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Dr. R is a fantastic doctor. I agree that I was lucky to have him as my surgeon. His office staff however is not so great. They are very slow to return calls, and share test results. Scheduling appointments and the surgery was a bit difficult also, and took much longer than expected.

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Dr. R is a fantastic doctor. I agree that I was lucky to have him as my surgeon. His office staff however is not so great. They are very slow to return calls, and share test results. Scheduling appointments and the surgery was a bit difficult also, and took much longer than expected.

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I can't believe that I lucked out in getting Dr. R. as my surgeon. I have an HMO, but luckily I have a wonderful, talented Primary Care Physician who works hard to get his patients the best care. I had a growth cut off my thyroid a couple of years ago. I was totally impressed with Dr. R and all of his staff--what PROS these guys are. And Huntington Hospital ROCKS--I didn't want to leave!!!!!

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I can't believe that I lucked out in getting Dr. R. as my surgeon. I have an HMO, but luckily I have a wonderful, talented Primary Care Physician who works hard to get his patients the best care. I had a growth cut off my thyroid a couple of years ago. I was totally impressed with Dr. R and all of his staff--what PROS these guys are. And Huntington Hospital ROCKS--I didn't want to leave!!!!!

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He basically saved my life. I had all clear tests; PET, MRI, BIOPSY, etc, then surgery found it 5 years ago. Very aggressive and great help from USC Norris too. I had follow ups for 3 years and the good doctor was always helpful, matter-of fact and caring. I would highly recommend this doctor to anyone that might need a head/neck referral from their doctor.

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He basically saved my life. I had all clear tests; PET, MRI, BIOPSY, etc, then surgery found it 5 years ago. Very aggressive and great help from USC Norris too. I had follow ups for 3 years and the good doctor was always helpful, matter-of fact and caring. I would highly recommend this doctor to anyone that might need a head/neck referral from their doctor.

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James A. Recabaren, MD Office Locations:

323-442-5727

1510 San Pablo Street

Los Angeles, CA, CA 90033

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50 Bellefontaine Street

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