Ratings for Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson
Dr. Carlson is a disgusting excuse for a "doctor" I saw him for excruciating back pain at age 32. He gave me a discectomy for 2 herniated discs and a bone spur. 2 months later, I couldn't walk. I went back to him and he said I must have my spine fused, I had no other choice. Thank God I went for a second opinion!!!! The next doctor said there was no reason to have my spine fused, all he had to do was clean up the mess that Dr Carlson left in my back: bone and disc fragments. I had my second surgery, and although I am not 100% almost 4 years later, at least I don't have a fused spine!!!!! Also, the procedure for Carlson was about $27,000. This second doctor was $11,000. With my insurance, I had to pay 20%. Please please, don't see him. And if you do, get a second opinion before you let him touch you. Also, I highly recommend medical massage and a chiropractor before you see any kind of orthopedic surgeon. I've spoken to several other medical professionals that said I should have sued him. I wish I had.
Had back surgery 4 yrs ago for foot drop n back pain ..he MRI found the cause fixed it. 2 DAY Stay in hospital n he discussed 6 -12 physical therapy, I followed his regimen,pushed through the pain with therapy like he said and was back to work in 3 1/2 months ..no restrictions ...Havent had a problem since...Followed his instructions to the letter and received great results..
If you are looking to get relief from your pain and improve, go somewhere else. If you enjoy being not listened to, taken seriously, and never want to be able to walk normally or have any quality of life, allow Dr. Carlson to operate on you. So saddened by the treatment I received, the pain I live in constantly and that I ever allowed Dr. Carlson to ever touch me. I have no life anymore and he could care less.
Stay away from this guy!!!!!I was referred to him by another orthopedist for treatment of foot drop. He recommended back surgery to treat spinal stenosis in my lumbar spine . I should have gotten a second opinion!! I was sent to Physical Therapy following my surgical procedure and for a while was doing well. I gradually deteriorated to the point where I am no longer able to walk or stand as I have no sense of balance since my surgery. Carlson is a poor listener. He kept asking me about my back pain even though I told him from the beginning that I did not have any pain and never did. My cousin, who is a surgical nurse, told me to stay away from orthopedists and she is right. I am now scheduled for surgery by a neurosurgeon to remove all of the metal installed by Carlson and attempt to get me back to being mobile.
Run from Carlson. He said the pain would go away once the nerve got comfy in it's new home when I awoke from the surgery screaming from pain shooting down my left leg which I had no problem with before. After consulting a Neurosurgeon who told me that Carlson screwed me up and said you should never wake up from surgery with pain where you did not hurt before and that the nerve getting comfy thing was a lie, as it is damaged permanently and can't be repaired. I am disabled for life now. It was also the his opinion that Orthopedic Dr.'s should not touch the spine or neck. Those surgeries should only be done by Neurosurgeons. I was a fairly healthy bread winner and an amazing cook prior to Carlson butchering me and I can't work or even tie my shoes now or stand long enough to make a package of Ramen Noodles. I have one thing to say to anyone thinking of getting their neck or back surgery done by Carlson or any Orthopedic Surgeon. GET A SECOND OPINION FROM A NEUROSURGEON!
Whatever you do...do not go to Dr.Carlson. He's been screwing me over for the past 10 years now. I first got my surgery with him when I was 15 because of a slipped disc, and it turns out he didnt get it all and had to have another surgery a few months later! After all those years went by with me complaining he didnt once try to figure out what the root of the problem was, so after being in incredible pain and asking him to bump my MRI he ignored me until I was brought into Norfolk General Hospital for emergency surgery. Needless to say I was pissed! Finally when they called me back after my 3rd surgery, they didnt even apologize once. Also, they refused to tell me that I had stenosis for all those years even though I had multiple MRI's. I felt like Dr.Carlson never cared about his patients and he's not sympathetic to anyone with pain. I know your thinking this is just one bad review and everyone is different, but seriously stay away.
DR. Carlson, is the very best orthopaedic surgeon on the East Coast.I am a nurse, so I know something about surgeons and his is the very best that you can find. He performed a 7 level spinal fusion, two years ago and I am back playing golf 5 times a week, and I recommned his to all of my family and friends. All of them think that he is also an "outstanding" surgeon and person. The most important thing that any patient can do is to follow the doctors orders, unfortunately to many patients do NOT follow their doctors orders/instructions, and then blame the doctor is sometihg goes wrong.
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- George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037 (Grad. 1993)
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