Patient Experiences, Reviews and Feedback
We could write volumes about our work, but it would pale in comparison to the few kind words that our patients say about us. Click any of the links below to read patient comments regarding their experiences.
Abdominal & Groin Pain
July 24, 2010
Dear Doctor Maloney,
Joe and I can't fine enough superlative to express our gratitude for giving me a new life.
As you remember I had a abdominalplaste four years ago. A couple of weeks after the surgery I began to complain about abdominal contractions. This went on for quite some time until the doctor decided that he should operate again. He did. The same contractions began again shortly after the second surgery… he said that there was nothing more he could do.
I have been to six doctors since that time…
The first Plastic Surgeon told me to see a physical therapist. That turned out to be a huge mistake. (No need to dwell on that) The second Plastic surgeon told us that he had never heard of such a thing, and that I should see a Pain Specialist. After two visits to the pain doctor we were told that I would just have to live with the pain.
Some time later I went to see the third Plastic Surgeon. He told us that there was a doctor at the Mayo Clinic that he thought could help me. We went to the Mayo clinic where the third surgery took place. In all fairness the doctor did a fine job of cleaning up the mess that was there from the two previous surgeries. (Many infected sutures) Again, a short time later the contractions began. This doctor didn't seem interested in following this up.
What were these contractions like?? When a woman is in the final stages of her pregnancy she will have these extremely painful contractions. That was what I was having.
I had given up all hope. Then we went to see a noted surgeon. After really listening to what I was saying, he told us to see Dr. Maloney.
Dr. Maloney knew immediately what was wrong. It's called nerve entrapment. I went in for my fourth surgery. Dr. Maloney severed the nerves that were causing all of my pain. (He also did some repair work.)
I couldn't believe it! The day after surgery I had no contractions. It's been three weeks now, and I'm pain free. Joe and I can start living again.
I guess the most often used, and most effective words are, THANK YOU, Doctor Maloney for doing what FIVE other doctors couldn't…
Our most Sincere Regards,
Joe and Louise McGuckin
Groin Pain/Ilioinguinal Neuroma
August 14, 2009
I have heard it stated that medicine is as much an art as it is a science. Some injuries seem to fall "outside of the box" of any particular medical specialty. I know...I injured my groin terribly swimming what I call the "reverse butterfly stroke" (similar to the backstroke but using the arms and frog-kick as used in the forward directed normal butterfly stroke). It creates a lot of torque (especially the kick) and I am 61...not 21.
I went to my doctor who referred me to a general surgeon because she thought I had some type of hernia. Within one minute he determined that I did not have a hernia. He felt that I should see a urologist for the extreme pain and retracting left testicle which were my main symptoms. And so my seemingly never-ending odyssey began. Everyone along my path was "well-meaning"...the urologist who was able to provide short-term (a few hours) of relief with a cocktail of lidocaine, marcaine, and kenalog injections to the spermatachord area...physical therapy to strengthen my "pelvic floor"...pain management pills...and finally my referral to Dr. Christopher Maloney.
I have to admit that I was initially skeptical of Dr. Maloney because he is a Plastic Surgeon and I was not in need of anything vain or something to lift my self-esteem. But when I went to his website, I must admit that I received quite an education into what this man does and is capable of doing. I learned that he deals with almost all of the peripheral nerves ...the conductors of feeling and pain throughout our body. His website helped me to figure out that the main culprits in my particular problem were the nerves that innervate the cremaster muscle...the genital branch of the genitofemoral nerve...the ilioinguinal nerve...and the iliohypoglastic nerve.
Using microsurgery he made 2 incisions to target these 3 nerves...severed them and redirected them away from their normal end sites. This is what I had needed all along...yet no other doctor or specialist during my odyssey of 8 ½ months ever mentioned such a procedure. Dr. Maloney is a fine doctor...well credentialed (Harvard University and Columbia University)...and recognized by his peers as one of the best physicians in the US for a number of years now. He is empathetic, caring, extremely competent...and very approachable.
I am writing this so that others may think a bit "outside of the box" and realize the great role that nerves play in many conditions in the body. Peripheral nerve damage and conditions are especially prevalent with the back, legs, and even those rarer conditions like mine...the groin.
May 9, 2004
September 4, 2002 I went into the hospital for a partial hysterectomy and left the hospital with a numb left hand. Every doctor then told me it would eventually go away. Well low and behold, I found myself at the Pain Management Clinic three months later who could do nothing for me but give me painkillers. He recommended I go to the Peripheral Nerve Institute in Tucson. There I have found the greatest doctors who were able to help with my diagnosis. I have never met more compassionate and understanding doctors...
... I am so grateful to have found this clinic as my pain has been relieved after two years.
December 14, 2002
Dear Dr. Maloney,
This is a simple "Thank You" for being available with the skills and personal touch to correct the situation which had developed for me with the "nocardia" infection. I am pleased to get back a fully functional hand. Additionally, a timely excision of the nodule which then later developed on the same forearm greatly helped my mental health.
August 25, 2010
In May 2005 my wife, Theresa Hardey, had her left knee replaced. Since that date, she has been in constant pain resulting from the surgery. We were initially referred to a "Pain Clinic". She was given shots in her back with a very long needle while the doctor was guided by x-rays. She had been told "the nerves were confused" and the shots would help.
The shots did not help. She was then told she needed to have a device implanted in her back to alleviate the pain. We passed on that suggestion.
We then, at various times during the ensuing 5 1/2 years, visited four different orthopedists for consultation. Each stated that her knee was mechanically OK. We were told again by the most recently visited surgeon that she should have a device implanted in her back and referred to another "pain clinic".
The MD at the pain clinic stated she did not need the implant. He gave her an injection in her thigh about three inches above the left knee. She was immediately pain free for two days. She was then referred to you.
You reviewed the results of the injection and concluded that my wife could benefit by resection of the left saphenous nerve and anterior femoral nerve. Each would be implanted in the muscle tissue adjacent to the nerves. This procedure was performed August 25, 2010. Although the incision pain over shadowed the original knee pain for one day, I am extremely happy to state that her knee pain that she has endured for 5 1/2 years is now gone.
If you ever want a testimonial, please refer them to us. We couldn't be happier. Feel free to use this statement in any way you choose.
Theresa Hardey, wife
Foot Pain/Lower Extremities
March 10, 2004
Well over 3 years ago, both my left and right feet began going asleep, accompanied by severe pain and swelling. Following nearly a year of extensive testing by several specialists on the west coast, they determined that I had Neuropathy in both feet...
Through word of mouth... I learned that Dr. Dellon had developed a procedure to relieve this problem...
...thank you for having the courage to introduce something very new for a serious problem.
April 8, 2003
Dear Dr. Maloney,
It is hard to put into words how to thank you for the successful operation you performed on my foot last fall. Thank you is hardly enough for giving me my life back. I am grateful and I always will be.
September 10, 2004
... I became increasingly despondent and was ready to give up. Luckily I learned about you and your innovative surgical procedure for dealing with Neuropathy. The surgery literally gave me back my life. For this and your continuing care and concern you have my heartelt thanks.
June 9, 2008
This, THANK YOU, is a long time coming. I want to let you know how much I appreciate your taking care of me, and basically saving my life in labor. I am not sure that I could have gotten this far without you.
August 25, 2003
Dr. Maloney has been a true lifesaver, and has done such great work...
August 14, 2003
There aren't enough words to tell you how thankful I am for helping me the way you did. Thank you for all your hard work before, during and after the surgery. I truly appreciate it.
August 10, 2003
Thank you again for your help and care. I have finally healed completely It did not take a lot longer than I expected. You'll be glad to know, I am much better and very please. What you and your colleagues are doing there are wonderful things...
November 8, 2002
The world's a whole lot better place because of people like you who give real joy and pleasure by the nice things that they do. And with your recent thoughtfulness still very much in mind, this is meant to bring a "Thank You" of the very warmest kind!
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