Ratings for Dr. Melissa Y. Macias
I had cervical spinal fusion surgery done by Dr. Macias in 2014. I was in so much pain after surgery and asked her the following morning, after a sleepless night, why the nerves in my right arm were still hurting, assuming she had fixed the problem of nerves being pinched by a herniated disk. I learned months later that she fused the C6 Vertebrae pointing downward (kyphosis) and when looking at the line of vertebrae, C6 is 4mm out of line between C5 and C7 (retrolisthesis) pinching nerves between C6 and C7. She wasn't angry with me each time I had a follow up visit, but as I continued to press her for an answer as to why my nerves still hurt, she was firm in her answers that the fusion was done correctly and that it would take time for the body to heal. It wasn't until my last visit with her in November of 2014 that she told me that I made up 3% of her practice, having issues after surgery. She informed me that she was moving out of state, to a new practice, wished me well and on the way out of the door, she stopped and said that she was sorry I was still in pain. It's been 3 years, I've seen 2 other neurosurgeons because of the pain and I have had to quit my job because of it. I've chosen not to have another surgery done to repair the issues because of the increased risks involved, including vocal and/or spinal paralysis.
Dr. Macias is under investigation by the medical licensing boards in both Wisconsin and Texas. She has 3 OWI convictions as well as pending investigation regarding a patient's death in January of 2016. Her bedside manner is absolutely awful. She is a very mean, angry, woman. Anyone looking to book with this surgeon- DON'T! YOU WILL REGRET IT! http://fox6now.com/2017/07/06/its-a-pattern-drunk-driving-neurosurgeon-still-practicing-despite-conviction-and-complaints-about-temper/
Everyone cconsidering this doctor should be aware of the fact that she is being actively investigated regarding the death of a patient in January of 2016, and also pled guilty to a third DUI charge. She is now attempting to leave the state and practice medicine elsewhere. She is licensed in Wisconsin, as well Texas and Illinois. Rest assured, "Doctor" Macias, your reputation precedes you and it's in your best interest to stop performing delicate operations on patients if you just can't kick your alcohol addiction.
This lady has a horrible bedside manner. She is rude and has no regard for her patients feelings. I witnessed her treat her staff like low class citizens and belittled them repeatedly. She has a God complex, and is in danger of losing her job due to repeated insubordination to her co-workers and patients. Do Not Use Her Services she is obnoxious.
My husband was operated on my Dr. Macias. He experienced complications. We were told that if he was experiencing numbness / tingling in his extremities following his back surgery, that she would order an MRI. He did develop these symptoms, we communicated this on several occasions. She then ordered him back to work without limitations, without seeing him again, and with no MRI. His condition has worsened since. She was short w/ us when we asked questions as to next steps, and essentially said she had done her job and there was nothing more she could do. We have since sought a second opinion, and we were told that this surgeon 'would have done the surgery differently .. and with stronger, more flexible hardware'. We have since learned that Dr. Macias is no longer w/ Swedish American Hospital. I will also never forget the pain my husband went through post surgery. Over 7 hours following his surgery, I as his wife was told I still could not see him, because his pain 'was not yet under control'. My husband is a larger man, 6'3, 250 lbs. In very good shape. I do not think he was given appropriate medications following surgery. It was hard to watch him go through that amount of pain for 2-3 days with little relief. After repeated 'asks' to the nursing staff there, and unanswered calls to Dr. Macias, I was finally told his pain medication dosage increase 'had been approved'. So that when I went to visit him over his 5 day stay at the hospital, it appeared he was able to get some rest and be without constant agonizing pain after the initial 3 days of insufficient pain medication. The response I was given was .. the patient needs to feel the pain so he / she does not overexert. Nurses also told me they were surprised the doctor had not allowed them to give more pain meds post-op, given a 4-vertebrae fusion surgery. I get the not wanting a patient to overexert oneself, because they could potentially do so if they don't feel pain. But I think they may have been thinking they were treating a 'normal' sized person, say a man at 165 lbs. Not a man 250 lbs. It was so terrible to see someone you love going through unnecessary pain, while all the nurses saying 'I'm sorry, the doctor said we can't give him anything else' .. and then I didn't hear back from her for days. I recall having tibial plateau surgery years ago, and I was given appropriate pain medication. I didn't have to beg for it. And my surgery went very well. I did not overexert myself as a result of not feeling the full extent of the post-op pain. That was a rough surgery, in my opinion. But I imagine it cannot compare at all to a spine surgery, 4 vertebrae fusion. My husband's surgery did not work out in the end. We are in the process of seeking out other future treatment at this point.
Upon arrival well in advance of my appt., staff had information regarding another medical condition entered into the computer. They had difficulty entering the correct information which delayed my appt. I was not informed of anything until I was getting ready to be seen by the d.r Dr. Melissa Macias then entered the exam room and said she didn't know she needed to see workman's comp. I told her I could find someone else to go to. She said I could do that. I would use the terms rude and disdain in describing her attitude and the way she looked at me when I was describing my physical limitations. At the end of the appt. she apologized for her earlier comment. Staff took my completed intake paperwork at the end of the appt. Shouldn't they have had it initially? I would like to have a 2nd opinion.
Dr Melissa Macias is my Angel sent from Heaven. I had 2 fusions she had performed on my back, as well as a broken piece of my vertebrae that was resting on my ciotic nerve that she removed.I had an accident at work that had caused SEVERE bulging in my L-4,L-5 lower back. So bad that I was contemplating suicide. I didn't feel like a man.I had NEVER felt so low in all my life.I couldn't provide for my family. My Dr referred me to Dr Macias in November 2011.I opened up to her telling her my story and she never interrupted me and felt my pain.She sent me for an MRI and X-ray's the next day.The results got back to her and she scheduled me for surgery within 3 weeks time. God heard my prayers and sent me an Angel.I hadn't been able to walk with my kids trick or treating in 6 years. I had my surgery January 9th 2014 and now I am walking with no pain in my back and the ciotic nerve pain has been eliminated.I Love you Dr Macias, you gave me my life back.God bless you Melissa xoxo.
After my issue was deemed workmans comp, seems Dr. Macias whole demeanor changed towards me. She just kind of pushed me onto someone else. Said she did what she could do, something else is going on. I had Carpal tunnel surgery in right hand/wrist and it never healed, I told her this, even physical therapist told her my numbers weren't getting better. It was very sore and she sent me back to work without restrictions. After one week both arms and hands swelled up and Dr. Asner that was covering for her put me on restrictions then that prompted my work to put me back on Short Term disability. She would sign the papers saying its not her problem anymore. Well Ive been seeing a Neurologist and he did a EMG and guess what I still have severe carpal tunnel in the right hand/wrist she did the surgery on. When she sent me back without even looking at my Job description they threw me right into work and it sent my body into a frenzy. I have been off since. I DO NOT RECOMMEND HER get 2nd opinion
Diagnosed with GBM-- a high grade brain tumor. Struggling with diagnosis, Dr. Macias was great. Compassionate, kind and very, very informative. Helped me and my family navigate through difficult time, now doing well. Oh, and surgery--almost the easiest part- feel great and no signs of tumor . Would recommend highly. Her staff is great too.
Dr. Melissa Y. Macias's Credentials
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- Medical College Of Wisconsin (Grad. 2002)
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