Paul J MacKoul, MD

I had extreme bleeding for several months that had become a daily adventure, as I bled every day for over a month. I had opinions from from 2 OB/Gyns, and multiple trips to ER and Urgent care to deal with constant pain and nausea from the cramps. I saw Dr. Mackoul and scheduled surgery for the next week. He spent a great deal of time with me, explaining what it was that he thought it was, and how OB/GYNs often ignore those symptoms. First surgery, loved the staff, everything sermed very thorough and I felt like everything was great. I was in less pain following the Laproscopic Vaginal Hysterectomy then I thought I would be.

Almost 2 weeks later, I started having an extreme pain in my left pelvic area and drainage. Dr. Mackoul sent me to the ER. I had a complex cyst on my left ovary, and an infection. After 16 hours in the ER and a follow up call, which was answered by Dr. Mackoul’s partner, she stated for them to release me as it was not a big deal and she would follow up with me the next day. Next day saw her, same answer, here take some antibiotics, I am sure it is a functional cyst, and she did not review the Radiologists Report. A couple of days later, I was taken to ER via ambulance with a fever of 104.5. Again, complex cyst and unexplained fever. This time Dr. Mackoul set a second surgery.

This time front desk staff was nice and everyone else was very cold. During the procedure Dr. Mackoul removed the complex cyst which was around my twisted left ovary, he tacked down both of the ovaries (or an oophoropexy) and stated that I had appendicitis and removed my appendix. ( I have never received or read the pathology report, so I cannot confirm that I ever had appendicitis). When I woke up three times, my leg was on fire and I could not move it. They sedated me twice. I had my surgery at 10 a.m. and did not actually fully wake up until 4pm.

The nurse told me if I didnt stop screaming and crying she would not get my husband. They had me in a procedure room. We waited 30 minutes to see Dr. Mackoul, when we did we asked why the extreme pain and he answered “I have done everything I could gynecologically, it is no longer anything I can address.” Within 15 minutes I was shipped out, without me standing up, still crying and on our way. We went straight to the Emergency Room, as I could not stand. I spent 11 days in the hospital 8 of those with a paralyzed left leg.

I had another surgery while hospitalized to remove the suture on the left ovary. It stopped the burning, but I was left with severe anterior femoral nerve damage. I walk with a walker and a cane because Dr. Mackoul tacked too deep into the psoas muscle. I require another surgery to remove the non-dissolvable stitches and removal of the right ovary stitch due to similar nerve issues, but just pain not paralysis, that was found when starting home physical therapy.

So..while a great first hysterectomy, the complications from a reckless second surgery, has lead me (a long distance runner and athlete) to learning to walk again, and potentially never regaining feeling in the front of my leg, including the quad, knee, shin, parts if my calf and foot.

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