PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: FRANCESCA
Francesca was told by another surgeon that she would need to undergo a spinal fusion to treat her back pain and sciatic pain. She then sought the opinion of Dr. Virella who recommended a much more Minimally Invasive procedure. Francesca is now pain free and enjoying her life with her granddaughter!
PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: KERRY
Kerry, a mother of 3, first came to Dr. Anthony Virella after other consultations where the surgeons had recommended a more invasive full Spinal Fusion procedure to be performed. For Kerry, this was not an option. From her very first consultation with Dr. Virella, Kerry felt a sense of comfortability with his knowledge and confidence in performing a Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy on her spine. When Kerry awoke after the surgery, she was amazed to find that the pain that had been in legs was completely gone. Only 2 weeks following the surgery, Kerry was able to hop on a plane and go on the African Safari she had planned almost a year prior to the operation.
PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: LARRY
Larry underwent and innovative spinal procedure, known as ILIF, after hurting his back in an auto accident. He had gone through conservative therapy, which only provided temporary relief. He finally met Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, who recommended THE Minimally Invasive ILIF procedure.
PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: JOSH
Josh Wells was diagnosed with Arthritis of the Surgical Spine. After many Physical Therapy sessions and numerous epidural injections which only temporarily relieved his pain, Josh turned to Dr. Anthony Virella for further evaluation. Dr. Virella performed a fusion surgery on Josh's neck. Josh is back to working out at the gym and feeling better at 54 than he's ever felt before.
PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: SARAH
In this testimonial, we interview Sarah, an avid horseback rider suffered a serious accident that affected her spine while horseback riding. Only a few weeks after, Sarah was back enjoying her passion pain free!
PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: LAURA
Laura is a restaurant manager whose symptoms became so severe that she began to lose feeling in her face, hands, and legs. Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, was able to diagnose her with Cervical Myelopathy- a condition that causes pressure on the spinal cord. Using his revolutionary surgical approach, Dr. Virella was able to decompress Laura's spine before the damage became irreversible.
PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: RAY
Ray had been through chiropractic care, physical therapy, and pain medication but had not found relief for his unrelenting back pain. Finally, he met Neurosurgeon Dr. Anthony Virella in Agoura Hills, CA who was able to discover and treat the underlying cause of his pain.
PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: IRINA
Irina is an active and energetic person who loves to ski and is an avid yoga participant. After battling chronic back pain for 12 years, she finally found a doctor who understood her lifestyle as well as had the skills to treat her pain.
PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: ANTHONY
Anthony D, a young father and employee at U-Haul was experiencing severe back pain as the result of a lifting injury. The pain was bothering Anthony for several years. Recently, the pain became too much to deal with and began affecting his work and home life. At that point, Anthony decided to take action. After a faithful recommendation from one of Anthony's physicians, Anthony met Dr. Virella and immediately felt a comfortable connection. Anthony decided to move ahead with Dr. Virella's recommendation of surgery. The surgery was able to relieve Anthony's pain and restore full functionality in his spine, allowing him to continue living the life he wanted, both at work and with his family.
DR. VIRELLA IS A GREAT SPINE DOCTOR
This is the most amazing Doctor I've ever been to. He took his time and made me feel like his priority. He made me feel calm and at ease about my surgery. If you've been to a bunch of spine and back doctors that you don't feel comfortable with, please take my advice and go see Dr. Anthony Virella, the best spine surgeon around!
- Jeff R.
EASY DECISION - BEST BACK SURGEON DR. VIRELLA
Easiest decision I ever made was allowing Dr. Virella to do my spine surgery. Had consults with several top Los Angeles spine surgeons, and after a recommendation from a spine doctor in Encino, I went and saw Dr. Virella. If you've had back pain like I did for many years, time to go see Dr. V and have him fix you up. Don't wait, he's the best!
- Bradley L.
VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EFFICIENT SPINE SURGEON
Dr. Virella (or as I refer to him as "Sir Anthony") is very knowledgeable and efficient. His detailed explanation of the fusion procedure provided not just in one family meeting but twice, He even described possible problems. The day after the op I was out of the hospital bed and walking, even up & down a flight of stairs. Post-op, spent time explaining the x-rays. The terrible pain and my inability to walk that I experienced since 1996 remains only in my memory. I have recommended and will continue to recommend Dr. Virella to members of my family and friends.
- Joel S.
PAIN-FREE AFTER NECK SURGERY WITH DR. VIRELLA
Dr. Virella and his staff (Renee and Mina) took excellent care of me. I was reluctant because of Insurance concerns. Renee assured me that there would be no surprises and they have delivered. My surgery took place this March and I have been pain-free from the moment I recovered from neck surgery. I was referred by a local Encino back surgeon and will not hesitate to endorse Dr. Virella and his staff. Thank you for everything.
- Chris L.
COMPASSIONATE & EXPERT BACK SURGEON
Dr. Virella had seen me this past April for an ongoing back issue, related to a ruptured disc and severe pain radiating down my leg. The consultation was very informative and Dr. Virella was very honest in what he anticipated my outcome to be. I chose to have my procedure 2 weeks later. The results have been amazing! I can't say enough about this wonderful back surgeon. He is very honest, intelligent and forthright about his abilities and what he promises. He is not arrogant but very confident in what he can do for his patients. I tell everyone that asks what a wonderful surgeon Dr. Virella is. You will not find a better surgeon of his caliber with such a modest demeanor.He is a genuine person and most compassionate. Love this Dr.
- Sue W.
GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH BACK SURGEON DR. VIRELLA
I was referred by my family Dr to go see Dr. Virella after I was at my wits-end trying to understand why both my hands were going numb. After some x-rays and MRI, Dr. Virella diagnosed my problem which included having surgery on C3 and C4. I'm on my 7th-week post surgery and will start up with Physical Therapy in another 3 weeks or so. Dr. Virella knows his stuff even though I gave him a hard time about how young he was. My family Dr who I've been seeing for 24 years said he's dealt with a lot of Neurosurgeons in his time but Dr. Virella "shoots straight" and knows what he's doing?..I'm looking forward to my ongoing recovery process but today I feel so much better than I did when I originally went in for a diagnosis.
- Melissa S.
GREAT EXPERIENCE & SPINE DOCTOR
Dr. Virella took the time to listen to me, did a thorough examination of me and my films. Explained to me what my situation was and how we would address the problem. He also explained the procedure, where the procedure would be performed and why. I feel better now than I have in the last 6 years. Thank You, Dr. Virella, for fixing my back!
- Jason N.
DR. VIRELLA GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK!
I went to my family practitioner with severe back pain and numbing in my right leg, after an MRI he gave me a list of Doctors to see. But suggested that I See Dr. Virella, as he felt he was the best one on the list. The diagnosis from Dr. Virella wasn't good, he said I had a rupture the size of a golf ball in my L5 disc which was causing the problem in my leg and I also was suffering from a drop foot. He didn't mince words he said I needed to take immediate action to resolve the problem, which unfortunately was surgery. I was scared, but he explained the procedure in detail to my husband & myself. Also, he explained that because of the severity, there was some extensive nerve damage in my leg, so it would take time after the surgery to improve, but with therapy and patience, it should improve. I went to see him originally hesitant about having any type of surgery & I knew I was going to get a second opinion. But after speaking with him he put us at such ease, with his knowledge and demeanor, I scheduled the procedure for that following week! I've not looked back since. I am like a new person. A week after surgery the numbness in my leg was completely gone and I was walking with our dog on the block. Now eight weeks out I've just started riding a bike again, something I haven't done in probably 10 yrs. Thank you, Dr. Virella, for giving me my life back, it feels GREAT! You will always be apart of my extended family.
- Virginia V.
BEST SPINE SURGEON IN LOS ANGELES
My back was hurting for years. I live in Encino and had consultations with several top Encino Spine Surgeons and was told I'd have to live with the pain. It got to the point where I could hardly walk anymore, I had no choice. I heard from other top surgeons that Dr. Anthony Virella was the best, so had a consult with him. Dr. Virella did my surgery at TOSH. This is an amazing hospital, more like a hotel. Dr. Virella made me feel at ease about my surgery. It's been 2 months, and I feel like a new person. I can't say enough about him. He's the best anywhere. No competition!
- Thomas R.
DR. VIRELLA SAVED ME!
I went to see 2 other back doctors in the Encino area prior to seeing Dr. Virella. The other 2 wanted to do surgery immediately, but Dr. Virella wanted me to try pain management first. I avoided unnecessary surgery! He saved me! He was so kind and caring. He is a special person, the kind you want and expect your doctor to be. I highly recommend Dr. Virella to anyone that needs back surgery.
- Andrew Y.
TOP BACK SURGEON IN LA
Dr. Virella was the most caring and compassionate doctor I've ever seen! He took his time with me and explained things slowly so that I could understand. My surgery went great and now I don't have the pain I had for soooo long. There is absolutely no other Neurosurgeon that I would even consider going to. Dr. Virella's the doctor you've been looking for.
- Susan D.
COURTEOUS AND HELPFUL
The office staff is very courteous and helpful. Always available to answer questions and respond in excellent time. Dr. Virella has an excellent bedside manner, answers all questions. I'm still in recovery mode but feels like he has resolved my back issues. I would highly recommend him
- Allan J.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. VIRELLA FOR BACK SURGERY
I had 3 back surgeries done by Dr. Virella. If I need them in the future, he is the only doctor that will perform them. I trust this man fully. I highly recommend him. Just to mention I am an ER nurse and we are pretty hard to please :)
- Diane D.
DR. VIRELLA IS THE BEST BRAIN SURGEON
My husband is a former patient of Dr. Virella's, and I acted as his patient advocate (by his side overseeing and recording his care 24/7 during his hospitalization with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) - from ER to Surgical ICU and ongoing during his continuing recovery). My first-hand knowledge of the care he received from Dr. Virella enables me to say with complete certainty that he not only saved my husband's life but did so while demonstrating an immense level of compassion and professionalism. From all that I learn in my subsequent research into the nature of my husband's injury as well as the procedures that Dr. Virella performed on him, I become increasingly aware that a surgeon with less skill and insight would have achieved far less successful results. In my husband's case, this meant a difference between leading a full life post-trauma and facing severe life-long limitations. Dr. Virella saved my husband's life, and our family is truly grateful.
- Debbie L.
NO MORE BACK PAIN, THANKS TO DR. VIRELLA!
I was in pain for as long as I can remember. I tried everything to get rid of my back pain?chiropractor, therapy, epidural, name it I've done it. But when Dr. Virella told me that my best option would be surgery, I have to admit I was skeptical at first not because of his qualifications as a neurosurgeon but because of my age. I am 62 y/o and have other health issues besides my back problem. But he assured me that everything will be alright and he will do the best he can so I can live my life pain-free?and thank God he did. After 25 years I am free from pain. A few months ago I couldn't even walk and was struggling to get up the stairs. Now I walk for an hour at the mall as my daily exercise, walk up and down the stairs with ease and most importantly play with my grandkids whom I love so dearly. Thank you, Dr. Virella, for making it all possible.
- Marilyn B.
GREAT SPINE DOCTOR
I've had so much pain for so long. I've been to many doctors, and nothing seems to help. I was sitting at church one day and was introduced to Dr. Virella. I felt like it was meant to be! He has saved me! He's a member of my parish, so it was easy to trust him. I highly recommend Dr. Virella if you have back or neck pain that won't go away.
FEELING GREAT AFTER NECK SURGERY BY DR. ANTHONY VIRELLA
I was suffering from constant neck pain for over 8 months. I went to 3 different doctors and 1 pain management doctor for epidural shots. They didn't help at all. The pain management doctor referred me to Dr. Anthony Virella. I had a consultation with Dr. Virella. I told him what the problem was, and he sent me to get X-rays. After reviewing the X-rays, he told me what was wrong. I was given 3 options. I chose surgery because of how bad my neck was. Dr. Virella explained to me what he would do during surgery. After surgery, the pain was all gone. I like the way Dr. Virella handled my whole situation, before, during, and after surgery. He's a really nice guy. I would highly recommend Dr. Virella to everyone. My life is so much better now thanks to Dr. Virella.
- Daniel B.
LOS ANGELES SPINE SURGEON WHO'S UNDERSTANDING & SYMPATHETIC
Are you searching for a great spine surgeon that is not only an expert surgeon but is well-mannered, understanding, and sympathetic? Dr. Anthony Virella is the best spine surgeon in the Los Angeles area! I wouldn't even think of going anywhere else!
- Tracy R.
HIGHLY SKILLED BACK SURGEON - THANK YOU DR. VIRELLA!
Dr. Virella is an Excellent doctor and surgeon!! Highly skilled and caring for his patients. Highly recommended! He repaired my messed-up back and now I'm doing great. If you have a complex spine problem he is your man!
- Steve W.