Patient Reviews of University Foot and Ankle Institute

We survey all our patients to learn how we did and read every response. Usually complimentary, sometimes critical, it's our patients who help us learn what we are doing well and how we can improve.

 

We strive to be the best we can and are grateful for the opportunities we are given to help people heal and get back to doing the things that they love.

12,296 Total 1st Party Reviews
4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    I appreciate the honest feedback on what can be done to treat my condition. The exercise's that were recommended seem to help a bit. But I think I might need to address my condition with another surgery.
    Robin C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I'm very happy with the Doctor and all the stuff. Thanks for answered all my concerns :) the appointments are fast. I did not have to wait long to see the doctor :) keep the awesome job
    Milka A.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr Carter was great. He knew what the problem was and took care of it right away. The woman who made the casts for my orthotics was especially helpful and friendly. I'm sorry I don't remember her name. She made the whole experience very easy and explained everything thoroughly.
    James D.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    dr redcar is the best
    Elizabeth L.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    great staff-- great group of people! highly recommend-
    Giacomo R.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have been very satisfied with every visit, I especially like not having to wait for long periods to see the doctor. Best no wait time of any doctors I've been to. Keep up the good work. : )
    Gary S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    everything is fine
    Patrick O.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    More upfront knowledge on how to prevent reoccurrence.
    Richard S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great medical office. I appreciate the care and open dialogue about my situation.
    Patricia D.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very satisfied with the experience.
    Eric H.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Staff is courteous and very friendly. When they are in the room with you, you feel as if you are getting undivided attention.
    Marie S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Love dr Franson and staff
    Cynthia N.
  • Facebook
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    No doubt the best staff and doctors!
    Cesar N.
  • Facebook
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The professionalism from the moment you walk through the door is bar none! And unlike many medical mills, these docs actually want you to get well. Love this place!
    Ava D.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Very pleased with the professional service
    Cesar N.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    i love every one in your office ,,,, everyone is so gracious and Dr. Sircar is a fabulous physician! How lucky am I!
    Vivian S.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have horrible feet. Bad DNA. My aunt and my mother have both had multiple surgeries. I had hallux rigidis in both feet and neuromas in both feet. I met with surgeons at Cedars, Kerlan Jobe, UCLA, DISC, and other places. Then I asked my primary care physician (with St. John's which has Santa Monica Orthopedic Group / SMOG) who he would pick and he said his daughter is having bunion surgery and he is going to Dr. Baravarian. My brother in law and a high school friend who are both orthopedic surgeons most-agreed with Dr. Baravarian's diagnosis and treatment advice. It is a luxury in LA to have many good surgeons to choose from but I have now had three surgeries with Dr. Baravarian and am 100% happy I chose to go with University Foot and Ankle.Quick rundown: Playing sports means more to me than almost anything. I am in the gym playing basketball, out playing tennis, skiing, running with my dog, or at least lifting weights 6-7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. I'm 6'3" and 200lbs so I am tough on my feet. When I play basketball I play in a game with a number of people who used to play professionally in Europe and the NBA. It is a high level game and it was very important to me that after foot surgery I wasn't just going to be "walking pain free" again but playing at the highest level I could.Neuromas in both feet were handled wonderfully. I was suffering from a lot of irritation. The bottoms of my feet had pockets of fluid where my body was trying to protect myself from the rubbing on the nerve and anything athletic was painful. The feet were swollen slightly afterwards but I basically was walking right away. Over time the feet were a bit sore and it took a little while to heal but after a few months I could not tell the surgeries were ever done. Perfect. In my left foot I had a cheilectomy for the hallux rigidis. 6 years after the surgery it feels great. One day I may need to go to a full fusion here but not yet. The cheilectomy felt easy. It was a while ago but I think I was walking that day. It healed great. In my right foot I had a cheilectomy done knowing that eventually I might have to have a full fusion because that foot was in much worse shape than my left foot. 6 years later I had the fusion done (March of 2018). By the end of June I was playing tennis again, playing basketball, running and squatting in the gym. I can explode off my right foot (my plant foot) and get above the rim in basketball with ZERO felt difference between my toe pre and post-fusion. Actually post-fusion it only feels better because it is pain free (and range of motion is indistinguishable). If I had any regret at all it is that I didn't get both toes fused just because the fusion went SO WELL on the right foot that why not take the risk of ever having to get the left foot cheilectomy redone off the table for the rest of my life? So that is it - I have had numerous surgeries with Dr. Baravarian. He consistently recommended a thoughtful and conservative treatment approach, every single surgery has led to a great outcome I am very happy with, his office is always accommodating if I need to get in for something small like a new pair of orthotics or something more important like seeing Dr. Baravarian about new foot pain. As a surgeon, Dr. Baravarian listened to my athletic goals and customized the plate that fixed my fusion in place. Also Dr. Baravarian listened to my reasonable concerns about wanting to travel for work and not wanting to be in a cast for 3 straight months, switching me to a boot after a reasonable period of time. This let me start walking earlier, didn't atrophy my muscles as much, was able to stay more connected at work and was psychologically relieving. Other surgeons were more conservative about keeping you in a cast forever. I appreciate a surgeon who is willing to listen to the patient and be reasonable and thoughtful based on the individual. 10 stars.
    Andrei M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    The doctor was thorough and answered all my questions along with offering various options for dealing with my particular foot issues. I would definitely recommend him to friends & family.
    Patricia F.
  • Google
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian helped me with a path out of debilitating ankle pain to enjoy my activities again!
    Emmy M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian and his staff are the best around, in my opinion.
    Rocco L.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I just got back from playing tennis, my favorite activity and I have Dr. Baravarian to thank!

    I have a long back story. I fractured my left ankle in an accident when I was about 30 years old.  I had surgery with insert plates and screws inserted, and had them removed a couple years later.  I healed up fine from that injury, but then, seemingly out of the blue I developed osteoarthritis in my other ankle, my right ankle about 5 years later.   It had never even occurred to me that something like that was possible for a younger person to develop.  Needless to say I was devastated since I had led a very active life playing tennis and enjoying other activities.  

    My ankle went downhill fast which kept me off the tennis court and eventually, my previous doctor performed an osteotomy (a surgery to realign the ankle and leg by breaking the bones) because of the arthritic changes developed.  It took a long time to heal, many months on crutches and did help, but I never really did heal up to a place where I could be active again.  Any kind of exercise ended up hurting.  My best bet for exercise was using the arm bike at the Y or swimming without using my legs.    

    I was grateful that my previous doctor realigned the leg, but I felt that I was not given any options for managing my condition other than staying off it or fusing the joint.  I was taking pain meds regularly and my range of motion was very limited.  I felt like there was no real hope, but decided to look around and see what other options might be out there.  That is when I came across Dr. Baravarian at University Foot and Ankle Clinic from a google search.  

    Dr. Baravarian suggested performing an arthroscopy to increase range of motion and a bone marrow stem cell procedure to aid in healing the joint.  I was intrigued because I had never had those options suggested to me before.  I had some PRP injections previously that did help, but they became very expensive to keep up.  

    So Dr. Baravarian performed the arthroscopy, bone marrow stem cell procedure and removed the hardware from my previous surgery.  The surgery went well and I was able to walk again unassisted after a few weeks.  I had a good range of motion and reduced inflammation very soon after!  Dr. Baravarian also gave me a follow up PRP procedure a couple months later.  

    To give myself the best chances of improving my condition, I made a commitment to myself to lose as much excess weight as possible and make lifestyle changes.  I eliminated alcohol, sugar and wheat except for special occasions.  I looked into what exercise could be done with minimal impact on my joints.  I found Pilates and The Egoscue Method which have both been extremely extremely helpful.

    It has now been 2 years since I had my arthroscopy and bone marrow stem cell procedure from Dr. Baravarian.  Before I met Dr. Baravarian, I felt the chances of regaining my fitness were not very good, but with the surgery he preformed, along with my lifestyle changes, eventually I began to heal and have a life again.  I could actually walk for exercise again!  Then I could ride a bike again!  And just recently I have been able to pick up a tennis racquet again and do some hitting!  I can't thank Dr. Baravarian and UFAI enough for helping me get to a place that is manageable as a patient with osteoarthritis. Now, my range of motion is good.  I am off pain meds and I am able to enjoy moderate exercise.   I would say that my situation improved by at least 75% which is fantastic.  If I experience ankle pain now it is more of a minor annoyance instead of an uncontrollable, debilitating situation.

    If you have any foot or ankle issues I would definitely suggest a visit to University Foot and Ankle Institute to see what other options might be available to you.  Dr. Baravarian and his staff are also very caring and supportive.  I highly recommend UFAI!
    Em M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great service and I would recommend your facility.
    Jackie F.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    I have been treated by Dr. Baravarian and the UFAI team for about 6 years. He has used laser therapy to treat my toenail fungus, provided inserts to prevent bunion progression, and treated other foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis. I still go back there for any foot problems and trust his care.
    Margarida Q.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Best ever!
    Linda C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Thank you for seeing me on time. I get really angry when I'm told there was an emergency.It gets redundant after awhile.
    Rochelle R.
  • Yelp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have nothing but praise for this practice. I came for a second opinion after first visiting Kerlan Jobe, where I had a good first meeting but had difficulty following up afterwards, not having calls returned for over 48 hours. I decided to have my surgery with Dr. Baravarian who is not only an expert (I read many of his papers on-line) but has a really pleasant manner with patients and allows direct communication via e-mail.  So often you're in the office with a doctor and forget to ask a question, and then you get home and need to know something.  He responds very quickly. Right now I am 10 weeks out of ligament repair surgery and doing very well.  The entire experience has been seamless.  This medical practice cares about you.  I also had an appointment with Dr. Carter who was also a great communicator, and I loved the gentle techs who helped in the X-ray and cast rooms.  I want to give a particular shoutout to the rehab folks across the hall. Gray and Lydia have helped me recover quite fast.  I'm a bit of an A type and I've tried to do a little too much at times, so when they tell me to be patient, that recovery is gradual, I listen, and it's going really well.  I'll be hopping and jumping in a few more weeks.
    Victoria B.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I have being seeing Dr. Bob for many year on and off and he has always taken great care of my feet!!!
    Leandre M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Yes the billing department still owes me the money from when they took too much at the time of my visit. I would appreciate being paid the difference of what they should have taken and what the took.

    Thank-you. I can look up the amount later. They took my entire deductible when the insurance decides who gets the parts of the deductible. Anthem called your office and talked to the person in charge of the billing, they were going to send me a check but I never received it.
    Danna C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Thanks for your interest.
    Jonathan K.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    My feet are in good hands with Dr. B.
    Richard M.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Great visit. Still I feel all the staff should slow down a bit
    Jonathan W.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    I wish I was given Info Sheets of Stretches, which were discussed by MD, so I would have been best informed of them, and how to do them, in visit 2.5 wks ago, so as to possibly avoided the PT sessions that are now having to occur for the pain, seemingly worsened by the tightness.

    Possibly would have been more proactive, with a differing out come. As now there is required large investment of time for PT Appts and many at home exercises.
    Peter D.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Dr. Baravarian was very helpful.
    Nina H.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great staff!!
    Linda R.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I appreciate all the staff, and Dr. Baravarian is so kind and has helped me relax about my upcoming surgery
    Janet C.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Great experience
    Fred S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    Dr. Baravarian fixed my foot which greatly improved my life.
    Donna S.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    5.0
    I was very pleased with my last visit..

    The service that was provided was excellent!!!!
    Robert G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.5
    Everything was good.
    Stephen G.
  • GatherUp
    University Foot and Ankle Institute
    4.0
    Doctor visits too quick
    Not thorough enough
    Feel rushed
    Catherine G.
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