Attention! Anyone considering having Orthopedic Surgery in Daytona Beach by DR Mark Gillespy. Dr Gillespy performed a Total Hip Replacement on me in June of 2011. He broadcast the surgery live on the internet and fielded questions from viewers while performing the surgery. He used my surgery a way to sell his services and it was broadcast live and then placed on the Hospitals website 24/7 for a year for people who wanted to give him 50K to do a 45 surgery on them...
Here is the problem. DR MARK GILLESPY, the well known, often consulted, son of Thurman Gillespy and member of the prominent Gillespy Orthopedic Surgeon family in Daytona, is nothing more than a cash hound who did my surgery, got his money and vanished out of contact when MY LEG/HIP FELL OFF OF MY BODY while walking at home. I had complained to him after 8 months that I was having pain in my right thing, and he said " dont worry about it". By August this year, I began to have these episodes of random Hip Disclocation while just walking or caring for my children. If you have never had a hip dispaced, here is how it goes.
1- You feel a sudden shift in your hip, which immediatley places you in a paralytic state on the side that is dislocated.
2-You stop, drop, and stay on the ground, wherever you are, as you cannot move.
3-You experience excruciating pain in your hip and leg, that I can only say is almost surreal and feels as if your leg was yanked off of your body like a Turkey leg is from a turkey.
4-Call ambulance if near a phone, or ask for someone with you ( pray that someone is there) to call 911.
5-Wait for ambulance.
6-Ambulance staff lifts you carefully onto a stretcher, and roll you into the ambulance.
7- Arrive at hospital, wait your turn while still in unreal pain, with your hip hangin off, and be put inot a room to wait for doctor.
8- See doctor, explain what is happening, wait for them to sadate you, then have a few large people get on top of you and shove your leg back into the socket.
9-Get questioned by the doctor, as you awake as to why my doctor has not addressed this failed hip replacment to begin with. I respond " I dont know".
10-Sent home on crutches/ total process, about 5 hours.
Sound bad? Well fasten your seat belt. MY DOCTOR, DOCTOR MARK GILLESPY of Daytona Beach, not only knew about the 1st and 2nd dislocations, but as I continued to have 8 more, yes 8 more dislocations in the next 8 weeks, he actually told the ER doctors NOT to treat me! I requested to see him after the 1st dislocation and was told it would be 3 weeks. So, I just kept having dislocations after dislocations, going by ambulance to the ER, until about the 8th time, I realized that DR MARK GILLESPY had indeed screwed up my surgery somehow, as I was beginning to get hints from the ER docs that this was NOT normal, that HE should have fixed it after the 1st dislocation. I insisted on seeing DOCTOR MARK as he is known, and got in. As I walked in his office, he stated "'here is trouble" and turned his back on me, instructing the nurse to put me in a room. He came in later and asked what the problem was. As I mentioned my 8 hip dislocations since he did his debut internet surgery on me, he interrupted me with a stack of ER reports and said " I know, I have been following your ER trips"..?????????
So I asked why the hell he has not done anything about this, he said "there is nothing wrong". You just happened to be a " CHRONIC DISLOCATOR".... ( I guess that is like a chronic "cancer getter" - one who is not worthy of treatment......
When I asked if that was medical term, he changed the subject and said he had nothing more to offer me accept a 20 minute sedated manipulation of my hip, outpatient, so he could feel around the area. I politely suggested that my 8 dislocations may require more than a glorified massage, like umm, how about you get off your lazy a*s doctor and check me in the hospital and fix what you did wrong. He stated I did not need additional surgery, I discharged him as my doctor. I had 2 more dislocations in the week following my visit with him. After 20 calls, I found a competent Orlando Surgeon who reviewed my records and agreed to help me. I met with him recently, he took one X-RAY and within 30 minutes he had it up on a screen, totally and clearly showed me what was wrong. The cup placement/angle of the new hip installed by Dr Gillespy was facing the wrong way. The cup was facing down, allowing ball in the cup to dislocate with almost no pressure. He immediatley suggested revision surgery to replace the cup and place it at the appropriate angle. I am schedule this month. To my great surprise, he then pointed to my other hip, and asked me if DOCTOR GILLESPY had mentioned to me that my blood disease (avascular necrosis) had now spread to my other hip???? I said NO! I was taken aback as Dr Gillespy had followed ny ER trips, looked at the XRAYS as he told me at my last and final visit, yet did not even tell me my other hip was being attacked by this disease. Thats called not revealing a known diagnoses, and one which can result in a permenant disability. Then, the competent new surgeon informed me I need surgery on my left hip at the same time my right is revised, to try and salvage it!
Now thanks to DR MARK GILLESPY's incredible EGO, I will have been unable to work and provide for my family for 2 years. I have 3 children. Dr Gillespy knew what was wrong, refused to admit he screwed up, or tell me I had the disease in my other hip, and allowed me to go in pain and knowing my hip would continue to dislocate and my other hip would deteriorate and be destroyed if not treated, and he couldnt care less about it. I called the Hospital and told them I was the guy on Dr Gillespy's debut Hip Replacement internet Q & A session/surgery, and it totally failed. I requested that I be able to comment on the site about my results, or that they quit selling his services, and take the video off of their website. They took the video off within 1 week. Now, I have lost a couple years of work, suffered unreal pain in my 10 hospital trips and dislocations, and DR MARK GILLESPY continues to sell his 50k/ 1 hour Total Hip Replacements. He needs to lose his license and maybe go to jail. That is inhumane treatment and follow up, failure to tell me about a disease, telling ER docs to leave me crippled, etc..the list goes on. PLEASE DO NOT TRUST DR MARK GILLESPY. I have to try and recover my lost wages and all of what I lost simply because he would not admit he made a mistake. Sad.