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By: Kathryn M.
I was referred to Dr. Anthony Capocelli, a neurosurgeon at OrthoArkansas, by one of his colleagues, Dr. William Blankenship. Dr. Capocelli has performed both of my surgeries: the 1st being a discectomy and the 2nd being a spinal fusion. He is the best physician ever! He specializes in a condition called "Chiari malformation," where part of the brain pushes back into the spinal cavity. Patients come from all over the country to see him. He's got a very conservative approach and doesn't perform surgery unless he absolutely has to. He performs every test possible before looking at surgery. He's incredibly friendly, I feel like he's part of my family now. He's been there for me every step of the way. I would recommend him to ANYONE who is looking for a neurologist for possible spinal surgery or for Chiari malformation. I absolutely love him!
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By: Tony B.
Hi my name is Tony, about a year and a half ago my PC referred me to a place called Ortho Ar. I have really bad back pain and have lots of reasons wrong with it. I've been jerked around from e.r. to e.r. since 2001, felt all alone and lost hope in ever living a good pain free life. Anyway, I meet Dr. Buck, WOW he's the ONLY Dr. That cares and is doing everything as fast as can be to help me feel normal again. He's the BEST and if you get the chance go see him first! 5 stars all the way, and the front staff are the nicest I have seen ever, yea it gets busy at times and gets stressed out for them but really who dosent. Wonderful part of my family now, thanks everyone at Ortho AR.!!!
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By: Sheryl blocker M.
Had surgery there; staff was very friendly. Surgery did NOT work! No progress, no improvement. After care sucks. I called to cancel our next appointment & informed Jessica the reason why (dissatisfaction) & she was about as empathetic as the phone on which she was talking. Had no care in the world that we'd just paid all that money & went thru all the post-op pain & care for a useless surgery. Thanks for your concern!
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By: Becky W.
Everyone there has treated me with me nothing but kindness, compassion and respect. No not every procedure worked, but if someone thinks that there is a guarantee on everything in life, they need to get a life and quit acting a diva. I love how I'm treated from the drs and on down. Thank you OrthoAR!
By: ishahoe
Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics
Had a bumpy start, but most of my questions were answered and my issues resolved.
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