Mc Carthy, Richard E, Md - Arkansas Spine Ctr Pa

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  • 500 S University Ave # 815

    Little Rock, AR 72205

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  • 501-663-8900

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I saw Dr. Richard McCarthy in January of 2012 to discuss back problems and a possible course of treatment which might include surgery. Dr. McCarthy advised me to remove the Harrington Rod that I had in my back since I was a teenager (38 years) and then wait a period of time and do major reconstructive surgery with titanium hardware, screws, and put a wedge in my back made of donor bone to help straighten my back out. I had the rod removed in May as planned and then in October of 2012 I had major reconstructive surgery. Things went well following this surgery for about a year and then some of the screws and other hardware broke and one or more of the screws impinged a nerve root at L5. So I went back to see him for another consultation in November of 2014. He advised me that a simple procedure to remove some of the broken hardware and free up an impinged nerve root at L5 would be pretty straight forward and get me back to where I was before the broken hardware occured.

This is the point where my life took a drastic change from bad to worse. You might say I went from the "frying pan" straight into the "fire" and Dr. McCarthy took me there.

To get on with what happened and to make a nightmare that I live with everyday something simple to read and to simply review this doctor is impossible, but I will try. I went in on February 4th, 2015, to have what I thought was a pretty simple procedure. Dr. McCarthy told me right before I was put under that I need you to "rock and roll" and get out of here as soon as possible. I smiled and laughed with him and said something to the affect "You got it." When I went home the following day, my whole life changed. It took a full three months for me to learn to walk again because my balance was so off I could not actually stay up for more than two or three minutes at a time. I developed complications from the anesthesia and had some mild pneumonia symptoms, developed a fever of 101 for 3 months, had postop seromas, a fast heart rate of 120 to 130 beats per minute day in and day out with weakness and an episode of syncope. I could not drive or do anything without full assistance from my son or husband. It caused extreme emotional pain as well as depression resulting from this and horrible back pain and balance. Now two years postop, I have learned to rewalk again and I have to live on hydrocodone and other pain killers daily just to survive. I cannot walk very much, but I keep trying. Sometimes the pain is so bad I am completely immobilized. It is a struggle just to live and write this. I am not sure I would have had any surgery by this doctor if I knew what my life would be and how much things have changed for me and my family.

Also I might add there is a 3 inch screw tip stuck in my left ileum and I'm not sure how much that has to do with my pain, but Dr. McCarthy said he could not remove that. The question is why did this hardware break and why wasn't I told that I would be bedridden and need full support for months? I was told to just go home, eat healthy, and do a lot of walking. When I came back to see Dr. McCarthy two weeks post off and then again at 6 weeks I was not given any sympathy. Other than some ducolax for constipation, but Dr. McCarthy just looked at me and said "horizontal again." I was crying in pain and after my Percocet ran out after 30 days he would not give me anything else for pain. He said try some Toradol, which I took and did absolutely nothing. I was told by his assistant, Dr. Morrell that Dr. McCarthy doesn't believe in hydrocodone and so we cannot give you anything. In other words, to me it felt like a death sentence. Thank God I found a caring pain management doctor and have a caring and loving husband because I am sure I would not be here now if I did not.

If you are a child or a teenager, Dr. McCarthy might be able to help you. It seems he has done a lot to help children and teens and perhaps some adults. I was one of the unlucky ones. I do know I am not the only one who had Dr. McCarthy perform surgeries on them (adults) and not fare so well. So, please get a second or third opinion before you consent to any surgery from Dr. McCarthy if you are over the age of 30 and already have hardware in your back or have never had back surgery before. We only get one chance to live life. Some mistakes cannot be fixed.

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I saw Dr. Richard McCarthy in January of 2012 to discuss back problems and a possible course of treatment which might include surgery. Dr. McCarthy advised me to remove the Harrington Rod that I had in my back since I was a teenager (38 years) and then wait a period of time and do major reconstructive surgery with titanium hardware, screws, and put a wedge in my back made of donor bone to help straighten my back out. I had the rod removed in May as planned and then in October of 2012 I had major reconstructive surgery. Things went well following this surgery for about a year and then some of the screws and other hardware broke and one or more of the screws impinged a nerve root at L5. So I went back to see him for another consultation in November of 2014. He advised me that a simple procedure to remove some of the broken hardware and free up an impinged nerve root at L5 would be pretty straight forward and get me back to where I was before the broken hardware occured.

This is the point where my life took a drastic change from bad to worse. You might say I went from the "frying pan" straight into the "fire" and Dr. McCarthy took me there.

To get on with what happened and to make a nightmare that I live with everyday something simple to read and to simply review this doctor is impossible, but I will try. I went in on February 4th, 2015, to have what I thought was a pretty simple procedure. Dr. McCarthy told me right before I was put under that I need you to "rock and roll" and get out of here as soon as possible. I smiled and laughed with him and said something to the affect "You got it." When I went home the following day, my whole life changed. It took a full three months for me to learn to walk again because my balance was so off I could not actually stay up for more than two or three minutes at a time. I developed complications from the anesthesia and had some mild pneumonia symptoms, developed a fever of 101 for 3 months, had postop seromas, a fast heart rate of 120 to 130 beats per minute day in and day out with weakness and an episode of syncope. I could not drive or do anything without full assistance from my son or husband. It caused extreme emotional pain as well as depression resulting from this and horrible back pain and balance. Now two years postop, I have learned to rewalk again and I have to live on hydrocodone and other pain killers daily just to survive. I cannot walk very much, but I keep trying. Sometimes the pain is so bad I am completely immobilized. It is a struggle just to live and write this. I am not sure I would have had any surgery by this doctor if I knew what my life would be and how much things have changed for me and my family.

Also I might add there is a 3 inch screw tip stuck in my left ileum and I'm not sure how much that has to do with my pain, but Dr. McCarthy said he could not remove that. The question is why did this hardware break and why wasn't I told that I would be bedridden and need full support for months? I was told to just go home, eat healthy, and do a lot of walking. When I came back to see Dr. McCarthy two weeks post off and then again at 6 weeks I was not given any sympathy. Other than some ducolax for constipation, but Dr. McCarthy just looked at me and said "horizontal again." I was crying in pain and after my Percocet ran out after 30 days he would not give me anything else for pain. He said try some Toradol, which I took and did absolutely nothing. I was told by his assistant, Dr. Morrell that Dr. McCarthy doesn't believe in hydrocodone and so we cannot give you anything. In other words, to me it felt like a death sentence. Thank God I found a caring pain management doctor and have a caring and loving husband because I am sure I would not be here now if I did not.

If you are a child or a teenager, Dr. McCarthy might be able to help you. It seems he has done a lot to help children and teens and perhaps some adults. I was one of the unlucky ones. I do know I am not the only one who had Dr. McCarthy perform surgeries on them (adults) and not fare so well. So, please get a second or third opinion before you consent to any surgery from Dr. McCarthy if you are over the age of 30 and already have hardware in your back or have never had back surgery before. We only get one chance to live life. Some mistakes cannot be fixed.

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