I left a short review about a year ago. This review needs to be written now. Dr. McNulty performed an 11 hour long operation on me 2 years and nine months ago. He fused the L3-S1 vertebra which is FIVE vertebra. It looks like a ladder with screws coming in from each side. I was 62 years old at the time. I had already had three previous back operations. In 2003 I foolishly thought I could build a masonry wall. The bricks were 60 plus pounds each. I actually heard my spine collapse when I was lifting a block six feet in the air. Emergency surgery and was told to take it easy. Not me, went right back to the concrete wall. Blew the back out right away - second operation. Fast forward to 2015. Due to disk degenerative disease the vertebra above the previously fused ones collapsed. Surgery number three. Flash forward to Nov. 2017 was in a very serious auto accident which totaled my truck resulting in intense pain and legs giving out beneath me. It was at this point that I was seen by Dr. McNulty. He looked at my X-Ray and said "OH, I know just what I am going to do". No chit chat, just "I know just what I am going to do". Three months later after jumping through the insurance hoops he performed an eleven hour operation on me. I'll just give it to you, the reader, straight. I am now 65 years old. Since the surgery NO pain, NO meds. WHATSOEVER. I can bend over and touch my toes. I can and do ride my bike, swim and canoe every chance I get and for long distances. I can stand up from the floor with one leg at a time. I can walk the distance. I absolutely revel in life.
Dr. McNulty you don't know about my life. I have bipolar disorder which from a young age gave me incredible gifts and debilitating weaknesses. I showed incredible promise in my field of architecture but was denied success in it because I wasn't equipped with even the most basic skills to get by in this world. Thank God I met a woman when I was 40 who saw me for who I was and loved me and encouraged me and supported me. But life came to take that away from me as the bipolar had. You can't have happiness when your back is disintegrating. Simple as that. Even with the first three operations the success was limited and certainty wasn't going to be long-lived. I am now 65 and the way I am looking at it there is a good chance I might make it to 80, maybe 85. That's twenty more Christmases with my loved ones. Twenty more years to travel and camp and hike and fish. Twenty more years to finally become the artist I was born to be, and none of that would ever be possible without a decent back and a life without pain. I would love to meet you Samantha B. I think we would both cry together. Thank you Doctor Patrick McNulty.