Melvin M. Wahl, M.D. Kadlec Employed Provider

Spine Surgeon
Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Wahl completed his medical school training at the University of Washington in Seattle. Shortly thereafter, he began orthopedic surgeon residency at Harborview Medical Center in University Hospital, Seattle, WA. He came to the Tri-Cities in 1996, having undergone dual fellowship in spinal injection and spinal surgery therapy. His specific interests include artificial disc replacement as well as minimally invasive spine surgery.
Education
Institution
Type
University Of Washington School Of Medicine
Medical School
University Of Washington
Residency
San Francisco Spine Institute
Fellowship
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
PATIENT RATINGS AND COMMENTS

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.5 out of 5 (128 Ratings, 33 Comments)


100

07/30/2019
The Dr. took the time to explain my condition and we set a plan for care. He was personable and had a great bed side manner. I have a chronic illness so I am in and out of many Dr. offices and he is one of the best. I had confidence coming out of the appointment I normally don't have. He made me feel like a person, which is rare.
100

07/24/2019
I was pleased with the visit
50

07/23/2019
I smoke and was informed no surgery until I quit. Thor are emotional issues when trying to quit along with the pain I have. I Frye's all the way home because I felt like a 2nd class low life person because I smoke. now no option for surgery unless I find a way to quit and have to find a way to manage my pain. it is just not that easy to cold turkey or even with self help programs, which non was offered with concern for my overall health. now I just have more emotional crap to deal with concerning my overall health with no surgery for a long time . I think more concern to help find a way and emotional help would have been a better experience than you have to quit smoking then we will do surgery for your pain.meanwhile take narcotics and see ya when you become more like regular person who doesn't smoke.
100

07/17/2019
Everything was excellent.
100

07/04/2019
I really felt that the doctor and his assistant were wonderful. They explained everything in a way that I understood the surgery I am going to have. I felt that they genuinely cared about me, and what I am going through. I felt confident in the doctor and can't wait to be out of this pain!
100

06/30/2019
I felt Dr. Wahl was up front & honest with me.
90

06/20/2019
Very informative, was seen by NP first who explained and went over everything. Then Dr Wahl came in and went over a lot more and asked for any questions I had or anything I didn't understand.
100

06/04/2019
This was a referral by my Dr. as to the condition of my back and possible alternatives. I am coming back in 6 months for a follow up on his recommendations.
80

05/29/2019
The doctor was very knowledgeable and explained everything real well when I left I wish I had a spoken up and told the doctor What my opinion was overall [...]
100

05/28/2019
Dr Wahl was awesome, but he is not on top of referrals or relaying information to other providers or agencies.
80

05/19/2019
was informative and was clear on explanations related to issues.
100

05/14/2019
This was my first appointment with Dr Wahl ... a referral from Dr [...]. I appreciate both doctors and the way they relate with patients.
100

05/12/2019
very good care
90

05/03/2019
Dr. Wahl ordered X rays which I got the same day. Over a week ago and still waiting on the results and waiting on what they are going to do for me. I am in a lot of pain and can hardly walk. He is a good doctor and easy to understand and answered all our questions.
100

04/28/2019
very very good
100

04/21/2019
My appointment was with [...], Dr. Wahl's PA, but Dr. Wahl popped in to say hello and confirm what [...] had discussed with me. Dr. W didn't have to do that, but I sincerely appreciate that he did.
100

04/08/2019
From the moment I walk through the door the atmosphere was relaxing; the front desk was very pleasant and welcoming; the doctors were prepared and answered all questions and concerns. Thank you
100

04/07/2019
Good experience - very easy to talk to and providing explanation of my condition.
100

04/02/2019
Dr. Wahl is a highly regarded surgeon, I was referred to Him by DO. He was exactly on spot as personable caring honest and no put on or stuffy attitude. I was very satisfied with my visit with him. [...]
90

03/27/2019
Dr Wahl and his assistant [...] provided excellent services. Unfortunately there was a breakdown on communication regarding get a pre authorization for my surgery. If I hadn't called (2 times) to see what the status was ... I would probably be still waiting.
100

03/13/2019
The paperwork needed to send to my insurance provider - takes weeks! Especially the paperwork needed for me to be paid my short-term disability.
80

03/05/2019
the doctor and his staff was very professional
90

02/26/2019
he was cool and informative the only negative was the wait time.
100

02/24/2019
Dr. Wahl is a great doctor/surgeon. Just waiting on his recommendation on 1 of 3 surgery options for C3-C4. Been 2 weeks since I seen him last.
90

02/22/2019
I appreciated learning the options I have for treatment.
100

02/22/2019
it was over all a good experience
100

02/22/2019
Dr. Wahl is sincere and has a great bed-side manor. I feel confident in his care.
100

02/19/2019
Always very satisfied with Dr.Whale opinion!!
80

12/18/2018
Only issue was some comments in visit notes didn't seem to match discussion. Example: Notes said we had a discussion concerning images, comparing before and after. Only "discussion " was on my way out I asked MA about imaging, she checked with Dr and returned to say they were fine.
100

11/27/2018
Good.
30

10/22/2018
His treatment of care required surgery & didn't offer explanation of risks. I got a 2nd opinion that provider recommended AGAINST surgery due to complications.
100

10/10/2018
you could not find a better doctor
100

09/21/2018
Both Dr. Wahl and [...] were great!
 
1100 Goethals Drive
Suite B

Richland, WA 99352
(509) 942-3085
Affiliated Facilities
Kadlec Regional Medical Center