Dr. Adrienne Forstner-Barthell, MD

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Colorectal Surgery

Dr. Adrienne Forstner-Barthell, MD is a Colorectal Surgery Specialist in Glendale, AZ and has over 22 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Mayo Medical School medical school in 2000. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Abrazo Arrowhead Campus and Banner Boswell Medical Center. Her office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Adrienne Forstner-Barthell, MD

Colon And Rectal Center Of Arizona

18275 N 59th Ave Ste 176 Glendale, AZ 85308 ()
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(602) 993-2622

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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  • Practices at Top Hospital
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Dr. Forstner-Barthell's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Hemorrhoids
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Forstner-Barthell treats Hemorrhoids more than 100% of her peers

Dr. Forstner-Barthell treats this condition more than 100% of her peers

Anoscopy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Forstner-Barthell performs Anoscopy more than 100% of her peers

Dr. Forstner-Barthell performs this procedure more than 100% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
Constipation
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Forstner-Barthell treats Constipation more than 100% of her peers

Dr. Forstner-Barthell treats this condition more than 100% of her peers

Dr. Forstner-Barthell's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abscess
  • Acute Diarrhea
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anal Warts
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Anorectal Myomectomy
  • Anoscopy
  • Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Appendicitis
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Disorders
  • Colon Mass
  • Colon Stricture
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colostomy
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Diverticulitis
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Fistula Repair
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection of the Rectum With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Anorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Excision or Destruction of Ovary With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Pelvic Floor Repair
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Pruritus Ani
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM) for Rectal Tumors
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis

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Dr. Forstner-Barthell accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Card PPO
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Cigna PPO
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First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Humana
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MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Forstner-Barthell's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Forstner-Barthell

3.9

Based on 35 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
22.857142857142858%
(8)
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Colonoscopy
Treatment was very good.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 29, 2022
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I was referred to Dr Barthell by a friend and unfortunately we had opposite experiences. I went to Dr Barthell due to a fissure. The appointment was very rushed. You literally have until the person in the next room is undressed to get all of your concerns out. The walls are very thin and you hear "get undressed I'll be right back". I opted for fissure surgery and on one of my follow up visits, I had re torn the fissure. The tone and way I was spoken to, I was made to feel as though I tore myself intentionally, as ridiculous as that sounds. "You went and tore yourself again, now we have to start over, since it is worse than before you first came in." When I was in the office, I didn't feel listened to. It felt more like the Dr couldn't wait for me to stop talking, so she could tell me what she was going to do.
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Frank – Jun 13, 2021
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Dr. Forstner-Barthell is an AMAZING doctor. There is no one else who I would trust for my care. We found a large mass on my ascending colon that could not be removed via colonoscopy so I had to have surgery. Dr. Forstner-Barthell was with me every step of the way. She took her time in listening to all of my questions and was available any time I needed her. Every facility and staff that I came into contact with had nothing but praise for Dr. Forstner-Barthell. We caught the mass early and no cancer. I will be a life long patient of Dr. Forstner-Barthell. She saved my life. I am grateful to and for her. Thank you Dr. Forstner-Barthell!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Shannon S. – Feb 19, 2021
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Office staff and technicians are always friendly and helpful. Dr Adrienne Forstner-Barthell, Gives you as much time as you need to discuss your problems.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Adele Ispass – Jul 30, 2020
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Love her!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Susan Sweeney in Surprise, AZ – Feb 13, 2019
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I have had three differnt surgeries with Dr. Forstner and trust her with my life if need another operation. You cannot get a better surgeion than she. I highly recommend her. If in doubt, ask hospital nurses and other doctors who is the best and she will be one of the first off their lips. She is a Christian lady, and it makes me feel the right doctor and in good hands.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Surprise – Jan 19, 2019
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Dr. Forstner-Barthell is a wonderful doctor. She explained my condition in a kind, compassionate way. She took the time to answer all my questions. I would never mind waiting or rescheduling an appointment because I know if the doctor is running late, she is giving her time to someone in crisis. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. F-B.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Linda in Peoria, AZ – Jun 13, 2018
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Leaving my appointment today, I am very upset with how Dr. Forstner handling herself in my visit. From the patient perspective, I have never had a physician speak to me with such a demeaning attitude. She was incredibly rude and insensitive. Needless to say, I felt disrespected, and would not recommend this physician to anyone.
7 people found this helpful
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Jun 01, 2018
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Being a rape victim I did not want anyone to touch me, Dr. Forstner helped me with my fears, in fact she was amazing. I can't thank her enough.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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SJM in Surprise, AZ – May 18, 2018
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I was so impressed with the staff and the doctor as well, they are not just friendly but they really do their best to get you as comfortable as possible. Dr. Forstner sat down and took the time to listen, and gave me the confidence I needed to talk about my health issues. It never felt like she was in a rush. She will be my doctor for life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Elizabeth in Glendale – May 17, 2018
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I waited an hr. in the pt room. Nurse didn't ask why I was there, but the reason was in my chart. Doctor entered and abruptly asked me why I was there. When she started explaining the situation I had, she held up her hand when I started to ask a question stating she wasn't done talking. She was extremelyy rude, impatient and uncaring. Her hair was tousled, as if never combed. She was wearing scrubs, though not performing surgery that day, and she looked half asleep.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
1 person found this helpful
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JUDY WADDELL in Peoria, AZ – Jul 29, 2017
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I had a procedure and now I'm finding sutures that didn't dissolve and instead of putting the patient first they are putting $$ first and telling me this is a billable procedure. I am a supervisor in a medical facility and that is not something we would ever do to a patient.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Ashley in Phoenix, AZ – May 13, 2017
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Found out that I had colon cancer on a routine colonoscopy, there is no other surgeon I would want to perform my surgery than Dr Forstner. She is straight forward & truly cared that I was well & had a great outcome to my surgery. I would highly recommend her!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Janice in Peoria, AZ – Sep 27, 2016
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I have been a patient of Dr. Forstner-Barthell for years. She is very nice, personable and makes me feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. She performs colonoscopies on me annually or bi-annually (depending on what is needed) and I have never had an issue. I would recommend her to anyone. She always spends enough time with me, answers my questions and does not make me feel rushed as I have with other doctors.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Rhonda in Phoenix, AZ – Jul 08, 2016
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The surgery was not a success, doctor was more concern regarding payment that the fact that I needed a repair surgery as her surgical performance was very poor.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
19 people found this helpful
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Glendale, AZ – Feb 07, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

To help people achieve health for life.

Specialties

  • Colorectal Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

Education

2005
Colon And Rectal Clinic Of Orlando
Fellowship Hospital
2005
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Residency Hospital
2000
Mayo Medical School
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Media & Publications

  • Near-Total Completion Gastrectomy for Severe Post-Vagotomy Gastric Stasis: Analysis of Early and Long Term Results in 62 Patients,

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What are Dr. Adrienne Forstner-Barthell, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Forstner-Barthell frequently treats Hemorrhoids, Anoscopy, and Constipation. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Forstner-Barthell treats.

Where is Dr. Adrienne Forstner-Barthell, MD's office located?

Dr. Forstner-Barthell's office is located at 18275 N 59th Ave Ste 176, Glendale, AZ 85308. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Colon And Rectal Center Of Arizona

Colon And Rectal Center Of Arizona18275 N 59th Ave Ste 176 Glendale, AZ 85308
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Forstner-Barthell is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Abrazo Arrowhead Campus

Glendale, AZ

68% Patients that would definitely recommend, 2% lower than the national average

6 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)

Banner Boswell Medical Center

Sun City, AZ

67% Patients that would definitely recommend, 3% lower than the national average

6 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

Glendale, AZ

69% Patients that would definitely recommend, 1% lower than the national average

14 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)

St. Joseph's Hospital And Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

76% Patients that would definitely recommend, 6% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)