Mitchel S. Carter, MD

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  • 261 James Street Suite 2G

    Morristown, NJ 07960

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  • 973-267-6400

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If you prefer to be an empowered patient and to be part of the process, you may want to find another surgeon (and hospital, if you are a cancer patient).

Dr. Carter was vague in his commitment to perform a skin sparing mastectomy so that I could have the type of reconstruction (implant versus TRAM Flap) that I wanted, which made the situation more stressful. He didn't honestly answer my questions regarding an agonizing pre-op radioactive injection & post-op drains; he told me what I wanted to hear.

Upon completion of the surgery, he did not inform my husband or me that cancer was found in my lymph nodes and that several had been removed. I didn't know why I couldn't raise my arm. Nor were we phoned with pathology results. All of the bad news was delivered more than two weeks later at the post-operative check-up.

I needed to have an IV port put in for chemo. I had asked around & had been told by other cancer patients that the entire mechanism is put into the chest area, is painless, & unnoticeable under clothing. In the OR, Dr. Carter informed me that he was going to shove the catheter up my neck. I told him not to do it. The surgery should have been canceled at that moment. I was anesthetized & it was done anyway. It was extremely painful 24/7 & was unsightly; it only added to my self-consciousness. When I transferred to a different cancer center (where patient comfort is a priority), the port was removed and a new, painless one was put into my chest.

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If you prefer to be an empowered patient and to be part of the process, you may want to find another surgeon (and hospital, if you are a cancer patient).

Dr. Carter was vague in his commitment to perform a skin sparing mastectomy so that I could have the type of reconstruction (implant versus TRAM Flap) that I wanted, which made the situation more stressful. He didn't honestly answer my questions regarding an agonizing pre-op radioactive injection & post-op drains; he told me what I wanted to hear.

Upon completion of the surgery, he did not inform my husband or me that cancer was found in my lymph nodes and that several had been removed. I didn't know why I couldn't raise my arm. Nor were we phoned with pathology results. All of the bad news was delivered more than two weeks later at the post-operative check-up.

I needed to have an IV port put in for chemo. I had asked around & had been told by other cancer patients that the entire mechanism is put into the chest area, is painless, & unnoticeable under clothing. In the OR, Dr. Carter informed me that he was going to shove the catheter up my neck. I told him not to do it. The surgery should have been canceled at that moment. I was anesthetized & it was done anyway. It was extremely painful 24/7 & was unsightly; it only added to my self-consciousness. When I transferred to a different cancer center (where patient comfort is a priority), the port was removed and a new, painless one was put into my chest.

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