Dr. Robert J. Obermeyer
I don’t even know where to begin when saying how amazing Dr. Obermeyer is. Both my brother and I were born with a severe case of pectus carinatum. We both noticed it around the time we were in middle school and it just seemed to get worse as we grew older. This caused my brother and I to be very self-conscious all through high school and me into college. I am 22 years old (female) and my brother is 17. We were both interested in getting some information on having the surgery to get it fixed, so we made an appointment with Dr. Obermeyer to drive 5 hours from Maryland to Norfolk, VA. The nurses took pictures from all angles of the protrusion and also measurements. As a female, not once did I ever feel uncomfortable in Dr. Obermeyers presence or any of his nurses. He described to us in detail exactly how he would correct the protrusion, how long we would be in the hospital, how long the recovery time would be, etc. I was happy to hear that I didn’t need any bars or hardware put in. After talking it over with our family we decided to go through with it. Both of our surgeries were scheduled for Dec. 5, 2017 and they had us come in on the 4th to get some final tests done and so Dr. Obermeyer could draw out where he would make the incision so we had a visual. I think my brother went back for surgery around 7:00AM and then I went back around 12:00PM that same day. I don’t know many doctors who would be willing to do two of these surgeries back-to-back when it is so hard on your hands. Dr. Obermeyer made sure they updated our family about every hour so they knew what was going on. After the surgery was complete Dr. Obermeyer checked on us every day to make sure we weren’t having any issues. The nurses and staff at the hospital were INCREDIBLE. It seemed like there was always somebody in our room checking our vitals, making sure we had something to eat or drink, making sure my family was comfortable, etc. When we were released to go home on the 3rd day Dr. Obermeyer made sure we had a way to contact him in case we ran into any problems at home. I struggled with nausea and loss of appetite for a while after I got home and when I reached out to him for suggestions he responded immediately. I couldn’t have been blessed with a better doctor than Dr. Obermeyer. My brother and I appreciate everything he has done for us and already have so much more confidence and it’s only been a little over a month. He told us not to expect a perfectly flat result, but I can honestly say that he made it look PERFECT! Thank you so much Dr. Obermeyer!!
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Oh my gosh! Where do I even begin. We noticed the summer of 2014 when our son was 12 that his chest started to look different (caving in). I immediately started doing research and learned he had pectus excavatum. I started going to doctors for options. I was not happy with what I was hearing about the procedures that they would do for this condition, plus many didn't do the surgery as often as I would like (unexperienced). My son's pediatrician put me in contact with a family in my area thats son was seeing a doctor in Virginia (we are in Charlotte NC) for the same problem. After talking with her, I made an appointment to go see Dr. Obermeyer up in Norfolk at CHKD.. It was one of the best decisions of my life. We started seeing him in October 2014 and took my daughter as well as she complained that her chest bone stuck out. Sure enough she had the opposite condition called pectus carinatum. She would not need surgery but would need a brace to wear for a certain amount of time per day (at night). With our son, we decided first to try the "vacuum bell". We knew up front that we would probably not get the best results with this but wanted to try it (I was still nervous about surgery and how it would affect my son's life). We did get some improvement but very little. My son did get discouraged and stopped wearing it and with doing that, his chest went back to what it was if not worse (as he was to get older, he would probably continue to get worse). So at this point, we decided to do the surgery. Dr. Obermeyer explained everything to us so well that we were at ease. My son was starting to get very self-conscious about his chest, even with his shirt on. When I told my friends/family he was having the surgery, the asked why have the surgery so far away. I said that I was going to go where the best surgeon was, no matter how far away. Everything with the surgery went awesome and I give Dr. Obermeyer all the credit. He had our son doing exercises and breathing exercises to do prior to the surgery that really helped with his recovery. Typically kids stay 5 days in the hospital after surgery. We went home on the 3rd day post-op. Our son even stopped having to take pain medicine a few days after getting home--again I credit Dr. Obermeyer with his fast recovery. Our son's results are outstanding and I can see the confidence in my son even at 3 months post-op. We can't wait to see the final results!! Dr. Obermeyer's knowledge and skill needs to be praised, as he is helping so many kids.
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As I sit down to write this review about Dr Obermeyer, I do not know where to start. He is the best doctor and surgeon. After years of anguish and deliberation we finally decided to proceed with surgery. We met Dr Obermeyer and were immediately at ease because of his knowledge, expertise, kindness, honesty and genuine concern. He spent as much time as needed with us on several occasions and after the surgery, answering all of our questions. During the hospital stay he came by at least once a day, even on his day off. My son's results are outstanding, and he is on the road to recovery, I believe due to Dr Obermeyer. I am forever grateful :)
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Dr Obermeyer is one of the best doctors we have ever met and the finest surgeon. It took us a while to finally decide to go thru with this procedure. He immediately put us at ease with his knowledge of the Nuss procedure and attention to detail. We felt confident entrusting our son in his care. We are now 3 months post-op with 2 bars in and our son is doing very well. I highly recommend both Dr Obermeyer and CHKD. The only reason I did not rate the cosmetic outcome a 10 is because our son is assymetrical and his outcome is not perfect. He looks much better than he did and breathing has increased for sure. Dr O warned us not to expect perfect results, he said to expect good. He was right. We are very happy with the amount of correction he was able to achieve.
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From the moment I met Dr. Obermeyer on my son's first visit with him, I felt at ease with him. While my son on the other hand was just a wee bit queasy to the stomach and sweat dripping from his forward at the thought of having any type of surgery. Quickly, Dr. Obermeyer responded by offering him a drink and something to drink to comfort him, yet such a small kind gesture to display at the first office visit has remained consistent throughout the every visit before my son's surgery, his stay in the hospital, and to his aftercare. Dr, Obermeyer not only spoke to me, he spoke more to my son in the explanation of what was happening, what to expect, and what needed to be done. By doing this, he was able to ease my son's fear with his kindness, genuineness, and compassion over time with each visit. As a mother I couldn't be more grateful and amazed to watch my son's growth this past year. The day of my son's surgery, I watched doctor's come out and speak to parents in the waiting room with everyone else around and when Dr. Oberymeyer came out and took me aside in a separate room I have to admit I was a little scared, but what soon learned is that I had nothing to be scared of, Dr. Obermeyer who showed his professionalism and attention to me in regards to my son and I quietly in my head thanking him for that. What surprised me next was Dr. Obermeyer had told us that it would take some time before we would seen any results, but not only was I truly amazed at how my son's chest looked so was my son. My son told him 'thank you' that day. Words truly cannot describe the amazing care, genuine personality, awesome bedside manner, professionalism, expertise, and unexpected belief that a doctor can leave you with the feeling there really are some good ones in this world today. Like the previous post, I also agree that his degree in mechanical engineering does give him the perfect combination for being the perfect surgeon for this procedure. Because it wasn't about just putting the bars in, it was about what is right and what will work best not just for today but for tomorrow too. Don't get me wrong, my son also has to continue his part with his exercises after the procedure to really make it work and he knows that not by me just telling him but that he was made part of it by Dr. Obermeyer. I would like to conclude, for me as a mother, Dr. Obermeyer was a heaven sent guardian angel to watch over and protect my son throughout his procedure. I would highly recommend Dr. Obermeyer to any parent whose child needs this procedure. Thank you.