Ratings for Dr. Eric Carkner
In 2010 I had a 2 level spinal fusion (L4-L5, L5-S1) & was nervous it. However after years of Laminectomy’s & Lumbar Discectomy’s, still being in pain, and thorough pro’s & con’s analysis of all options by Dr Carkner I took the leap. One of the best decisions I have ever made. Full recovery & even played several yrs of Semi-pro football after with no issues (aside from minimal loss of range in bending at waist) He Is the BEST! ...very knowledgeable, comforting, detailed, & great bedside manner.
Preformed 3 back surgeries in 8 weeks. He tore my dura and for 7 weeks I ran fevers of 101 to 103.9 with throbbing headaches. We called his office x 7 weeks reporting symptoms....no help. I developed a huge grapefruit size pouch of leaking spinal fluid on my back. My husband demanded that I be seen and then it was an emergency which landed me in the hospital for another surgery. This doctor has ruined my life, has caused me horrible pain and suffering.. I have no life at all now.
My wife suffered for almost 10 years before seeing Dr. Carkner. She tried oral medications, spinal injections, physical therapy, etc., with no success. After surgery by Dr. Carkner, she feels absolutely fantastic and walks 5 miles per day, 7 days per week, with no pain whatsoever. Dr. Carkner is knowledgeable, caring, efficient, and has a great bedside manner-one of the friendliest physicians you will ever meet.
I only wish I had not waited so long to see Dr. Carkner and have the operation to treat my L4/L5 herniated disk (18 months after being injured). PT, chiropracty and steroid shots all offered some relief, albeit temporary. I had consulted two doctors here in Rhode Island and was tentative about having them operate on me, but after a doctor here recommended Dr. Carkner and I met with him, I was ready to go. Unlike another commenter, I did not have to wait very long for surgery once I'd made the decision to proceed. He is amazing - kind, smart, responsive and informative. In addition to his superb medical training, he first studied mechanical engineering and worked as a mechanical engineer! Although everyone must make their own decision about surgery or no surgery, for those who decide to proceed with surgery - I recommend without reservation Dr. Carkner and New England Baptist. They make an amazing team!
This guy rocks. Needed surgery for a herniated disk, and he fixed me up...I know that another doctor working in his practice needed back surgery, and Dr. Carkner performed it. Only downside...it takes a long time to get scheduled, both to be seen and to be operated on...but worth the wait!
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- Tufts University School Of Medicine (Grad. 2000)
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