Dr. Donna Saatman, MD

Neurosurgery •  Female • Age 50
  
Dr. Saatman
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Florida Surgery Consultants

3760 Nw 83rd St Ste 3 Gainesville, FL 32606

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Dr. Donna Saatman, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Gainesville, FL. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Saatman to book an appointment.


Dr. Saatman's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Saatman

4.0

Based on 93 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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1 Star
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  • Office environment (74)
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  • Appointment was rushed (20)
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Fantastic experience seeing her in the Gainesville, Florida office. Easy to talk to. My wife and I trust her expertise!
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May 05, 2020
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What a wonderful doctor to be around and also get treatment from!
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Jennifer – Mar 23, 2020
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Dr. Saatman is a caring and compassionate doctor. When I needed help with my back pain she was there and answered all my questions that I had. She was very nice and treated me very well. Although I did not end up getting surgery I ended up getting injections to treat my back pain.
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Harley – Mar 18, 2020
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This doctor doesn't care about anything that the spouse has to say. her beside manner is absolutely terrible and treats you like a complete liar about all of your problems. I don't know how this woman performs surgery when she doesn't look at imaging or read reports. She needs to learn how to speak to people and not think that her skills are that to make people feel like they aren't worth it to her. My wife went to her for help and refused to speak or acknowledge that I was even in the room and when I asked if I could join the conversation she refused to continue helping my wife. I wouldn't suggest this woman to perform any surgery on even my dog with her terrible attitude.
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Mar 05, 2020
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Dr. Saatman was the one Neurosurgeon I found fit in order to do my procedure. It seemed like she really cared about not rushing into surgery. She did not seem like she wanted to go to surgery right away like another spine surgeon I saw in Gainesville. Dr. Saatman has a wonderful personality and glad I went to go see her as a second opinion!
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Claudia – Feb 06, 2020
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The worst experience I've EVER had with surgery. This "Doctor" wasn't what I thought. Left me as a patient at my 8 week ck up!! Said she was returing... she should since she isn't worth the money she charged my insurance company!!!! I'd I could give her a Negative rating it would be -10!
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Jan 08, 2020
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Operated on my back for spinal stenosis. Like a miracle. No more recurrent sciatica. Tiny holes. Fast recovery.
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Oct 30, 2019
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I have been to many surgeons due to having several herniated discs over the years. Dr. Saatman was the best one I have been to. From a personality standpoint to patient care, there is like no other.
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Ashley A – Oct 07, 2019
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Spent almost an hour with me in explaining my medical imaging and I truly valued her time. I am in back pain and all the other conservative methods that I tried failed. Thank goodness I found Dr. Donna Saatman. She listens, she cares, and she is wonderful!
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Aug 14, 2019
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I went to three other neurosurgeons before I found Dr. Saatman. She is the reason I am walking today. She is the ONLY neurosurgeon that I trust to operate on my spine! Thank you, Dr. Saatman , for giving me my life back!
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Lynn Fletcher – Aug 02, 2019
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During the summer of 2018, I fell in another city and received a compression fracture of my spine, L 2. I saw a doctor in NYC, who misdiagnosed my problem, and gave a cortisone injection. Still in tremendous pain in my spine and down my left leg, I returned home and went to the ER at Brandon Hospital and was treated and diagnosed. There, the ER physician got in touch with Dr. Saatman at my request since my primary Dr was out of town on vacation. Dr. Saatman's office kindly got me in for an MRI in a timely fashion and saw me within the week even though she did not yet know me. Dr. Saatman was on time in my appointment and very efficient and straight forward with my diagnosis She gave me the choices for my treatment and allowed me to make decisions yet was honest in her assessment. I scheduled a Kyphloplasty for the following week and was immediately so happy with my decision. I have suffered no more pain since my surgery period.
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jul 29, 2019
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Dr Saatman is absolutely the best surgeon for the spine. She did a spinal surgery in 2008 and again in 2019. I was in extreme pain she went in and cleaned up scar tissue as well as degenerative disease and put me back together & now I have little to no pain. If I ever needed surgery again I would pray that she was back doing surgery. I Praise God for the skill He gave her. Thank you Dr Saatman, I am forever grateful. Diane Patterson
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Jul 15, 2019
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Thank you for the 5 star review Diane!
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Great Neurosurgeon
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jul 13, 2019
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i would strongly recommend Dr. Saatman , I believed in here from the start had surgery in march lower back L5 S1 bone spurs and I feel 100%.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Aaron in Sebring, FL – Jun 21, 2019
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Dr. Saatman and her team revisited my previous surgery. She revised my surgery by removing an anterior loose screw and added a posterior rods and screws along with a fusion. It is 4 weeks out and I feel amazing with NO pain. The surgery sites from the front and back and the incisions look great. I very much appreciate her and her team for the help that she has given me. If you seek a professional team with compassion, I recommend her and her team.
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Steve Pugh in Pinellas Park, FL – Mar 25, 2019
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I found the doctor standoffish and her staff very rude. After surgery, I had recurring pain after surgery. When I went back to let her know, she did not bother investigating why my pain seemed not to have gotten better. She refused to see me and I was dismissed by the staff who stated that the surgery was done without a hitch and there was nothing farther the doctor could do. I don't know why doctors get into medicine with no ounce of compassion.
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Brandon, FL – Mar 20, 2019
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After waiting 45 minutes to see Dr. Saatman my time with the doctor was brief lasting only 5 minutes. After following all of her suggestions, I was eager to see what the next step would be. She seemed aggravated with my questions. She has awful beside manner and coveys a lack of interest in your symptoms. I left the office in tears (not the first time) as I felt she had no time or concern with my symptoms and pain.
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  • 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
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PatientA in Brandon, FL – Aug 03, 2018
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Dr. Saatman performed a micro discectomy for my herniated disc at L5 S1. She was very informative, but no nonsense. She is to the point and certainly has your best interests in mind. I did not spend a lot of time speaking with her but she was not there to be my friend, she is there to be my doctor and give advice. Her PA Michael Ferentino met with me most of the time and is very knowledgeable, and personable.
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Adam in Zephyrhills, FL – Jul 18, 2018
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I was recommended by a family member to see Dr. Saatman for back pain after a fall at work. She took her time to explain my diagnosis and to delineate a treatment plan that would work with my schedule. There is a wait to see her however I am very pleased with the results.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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John Roman in Tampa, FL – Jul 13, 2018
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Dr. Saatman was very informative and professional. She was straight forward and spent 45 mins with me on my first visit. I had a c6-7 herniated disc that didnt respond to shots or therapy. I ultimately had a Mobi C disc replacement. I had instant relief. Best choice I have ever made. The staff were awesome amd helpful. I would highly recommend Dr. Saatman and m. Ferentino.
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M. Strickland – Jan 10, 2018
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Donna Saatman, MD is a uniquely trained and highly skilled neurosurgeon who is dedicated to improving the quality of her patient s lives. Dr. Saatman s practice model is to listen to the patient s complaints and complete a thorough physical exam. She...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

Moffitt Cancer Center
Residency Hospital
University Of Florida
Residency Hospital
University Of South Florida
Internship Hospital
1992
University of Massachusetts
Undergraduate School

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Dr. Saatman accepts the following insurance:

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National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
Blue Care HMO
Blue Select
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Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
Wellpath Preferred PPO
Coventry Health Care of Florida
Employer Group Open Access HMO
Coventry Health Care of Florida, Inc.
Employer Group PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Select HMO
Tampa Bay CoreNet
Tampa Bay HUMx HMOx
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
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Navigate HMO
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Options PPO
United Healthcare

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Dr. Saatman's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Saatman treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 96% of her peers

Dr. Saatman treats this condition more than 96% of her peers

Spondylolisthesis
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Saatman treats Spondylolisthesis more than 87% of her peers

Dr. Saatman treats this condition more than 87% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Spinal Stenosis
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Saatman treats Spinal Stenosis more than 83% of her peers

Dr. Saatman treats this condition more than 83% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Dr. Saatman's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Confusion
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Retina Diseases
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Syncope
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Vertigo

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Florida Surgery Consultants - Gainesville3760 Nw 83rd St Ste 3 Gainesville, FL 32606
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Florida Surgery Consultants - Ocala1500 Se Magnolia Ext Ste 103 Ocala, FL 34471
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Florida Surgery Consultants - Lady Lake301 Skyline Dr Ste 3 Lady Lake, FL 32159
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