5 Stars Are Not Enough to Describe Dr. James Ridgeway - Seattle, WA

After my nose met a freezer door, I had my first...

After my nose met a freezer door, I had my first septorhinoplasty, March 2012. About 6 months later I noticed my nose was crooked, I couldn't breathe out of one nostril, had terrible pain on the right side that I couldn't wear my glasses or sunglasses for more than 5 minutes without pain, couldn't bend over without becoming congested and couldn't sleep without being elevated. Too many could nots for a healthy 37 year old active woman. I saw 1 neurologist and 4 plastic surgeons for second opinions all, who dismissed my pain, told me to take narcotics, told me to go to a pain clinic, migraine clinic, and even an allergist. Against medical advice, I didn't do anything they recommended, because I knew that wasn't the problem. I didn't have any issues prior to the accident. Not one doctor, EXCEPT for Dr. James Ridgeway listened to me. Through all the physical pain and emotional stress, I'm elated the four plastic surgeons dismissed me because, I could breathe immediately following my surgery on Jan. 21st, have zero pain, and can bend over without becoming congested thanks to Dr.Ridgeway. Even though my procedure the second time was more complex than the first, it wasn't horrible pain. More uncomfortable than anything for the first two days. I definitely used my prescription regularly for the first two and decreased by day four, I felt more burning than pain. It's been three weeks and I am so happy!
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon

Five stars are not enough to describe Dr. James Ridgeway, he is brilliant. Due to the anxiety, misery and pain I had after my first septorhinoplasty I hope you find this review helpful, because it truly comes from the bottom of my heart. I have never met a more caring, compassionate, attentive, courteous, explanatory, unpretentious, sincere and professional doctor in my life and I'm a registered nurse. (I was even able to reach him on his cell phone on Super Bowl Sunday with a question.) Dr. James Ridgeway, has returned my life to the way it once was, pain free, the ability to breathe, but with a prettier nose. He has also restored my sanity for several reasons, not only because of the physical pain after a year and a half, but the emotional stress I felt from the many doctors dismissing my pain. This may sound weak, but after I left those doctors I got into my car and cried, I feared that if I slept wrong, it was three days of my life with ice packs piled on my face, if I tied my shoes it was congestion that lead to what I once referred to as face pain, which lead to ice packs for three or more days. I am very grateful that I met Dr. Ridgeway a few months ago, I know that my septorhinoplasty revision is done the proper way. Whether elective or not, do yourself a favor and trust what I am telling you, it's my opinion this is one doctor who deserves the 5 stars on a review. My after surgery pictures have not been taken yet, I am willing to share if I can at a later date. I felt the need to share my experience because without me advocating for myself and finding Dr. Ridgeway, I wouldn't 't be the happiest women in the world right now. I am forever grateful because he too, believed that breathing isn't overrated and pain isn't imaginary.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience on RealSelf. I'm truly glad you're able to breathe and find relief from your symptoms after your rhinoplasty. A run-in with the freezer door sounds painful!
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