Thank you for asking what Dr. Sweeney has done about this, The problem has been with Dr. Sweeney. If you read below this posting where it begins with December 31, you can read what I posted on Facebook this past December out of desperation. It was on a Mazor Facebook page regarding robotics successes.
It goes into some of the details but what I have found out since is a whole new story of deceit. The bad and good news is that Mazor first than Medtronic read this posting and contacted me, but it appears it is Risk Management again, under the guise of Patient Safety, as my posting below explains what happened previously. I had reached out multiple times privately and they ignored me, so I tried FaceBook and now this website, which is fantastic for public safety.
I am going to speak with them later this month, but it feels like an effort to keep these errors under wraps. We were not even informed of the spinal canal screw encroachment and other misalignments by our surgeon but instead found out by an emergency room doctor. I was having trouble breathing, swallowing, terrible pain wrapping around my chest, etcetera just days after leaving the hospital. We found out Sweeney
was filing erroneous medical records that I hope to post here if things don’t work out with Medtronic’s patient safety folks. It is a continuing nightmare.
I have several second opinion Neurosurgeon reports regarding the multiple misplaced screws and the significant damage done to my spine that I want to post here as well. In my opinion it is 100% unethical was Dr. Sweeney has done to me and others. I also hope to post what he has done to others that are available in public records, but you need Lexis Nexis, which I don’t have, but was provided to me by a friend, that show his manipulation of patents and their health records within litigation.
Your interest gives me hope and helps while recovering from the three open spine surgeries in December that were caused by this negligence. The nerve pain from the screw misalignments cannot be resolved and it is simply maddening.
December 31, 2018
Mazor, Medtronic Medical Device & Management Alert
I was seriously injured by a surgeon at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Florida using the Mazor Renaissance Robotics System. This surgeon Dr. Thomas M. Sweeney, was instrumental in selling the Renaissance system to Doctors Hospital, is featured in a YouTube video promoting the accuracy of the robotics for Mazor and is on the main Mazor website promoting the accuracy. He was also featured In the Tampa Bay Medical newspaper in December 2013 regarding Doctors Hospital purchasing the system and consistency and accuracy of the system. This surgeon, Mazor and Medtronic management and others have a vested interest in not disclosing injuries to investors, hospitals, patients, while creating a false or fraudulent accuracy level which they tout at 98.3% plus, which they know is simply false and certainly misleading.
In my case, out of 18 screws placed in my thoracic through pelvis, two were within the spinal canal, one abutting my spinal cord and multiple others seriously misaligned. Because of issues related to my having difficulty with swallowing, catching a breath and pain reaching around my chest the surgeon prematurely removed all 18 screws and two 12” rods, instead of just the offending screws after only five months, leaving me in excruciating pain with no hardware, no fusion and a mutilated back, along with a false narrative by the surgeon. I found out after this injury, that this surgeon probably others are not reporting errors to hospitals, FDA, etcetera. It turns out this surgeon Dr. Thomas M. Sweeney who is a Mazor spokesman also has had four malpractice lawsuits filed against him, significantly higher than the national average. One of the malpractice lawsuits involved another device (Coflex in the lumbar not FDA approved) which the surgeon also promoted on YouTube, with similar misleading research and documented mischievous and manipulative medical notes and records.
I was subsequently told by multiple surgeons that Mazor Robotics has a "slippage" issue amongst other problems, causing serious accuracy issues when these injuries are not being reported. Mazor and Medtronic management is not interested in facts regarding accuracy, especially while in the midst of currently pulling the wool over investors eyes.
Importantly, I was contacted by a Mazor representative, Yoel Ben-Artzi, Mazor Senior Director Global Services who is also known as Joel aka Jorge Mario Inwentarz. Yoel or Joel or Jorge contacted me asking for contact and other information with promises of getting to the bottom of this injury. This is a story in itself that will come out but does speak to the integrity of Mazor and its Senior Global representatives. When I provided Jorge proof with pictures of the spinal cord encroachment and other information, and the name of the Mazor surgeon representative that promotes the system, he cut off all contact.
Medtronic and Mazor have since refused to review my injuries once they understood I was accurate after telling them the facts and the name of the important spokesman surgeon who operated on me.
You would hope they would be interested in reality when it involves patient safety.
Apparently, these Medtronic/Mazor representative are hoping my injuries and probably others will go away, based on the dishonesty they have shown in my case, especially during the $1.6 billion acquisition of Mazor scheduled to finalize in late January 2019.
Medtronic just bought an overpriced house of cards and they know it but will never let the truth come out regarding the misleading accuracy levels. This dishonesty has devastated my wife and me, when we relied on this Renaissance System information to be accurate. They will not allow investors to know the truth, hospitals would be reluctant to purchase these systems knowing that one untruth or misleading facts of accuracy and injury, especially when not reported can lead to others. I have attempted to reconnect with both companies and am ignored, but the disabling excruciating painful injuries to myself and the mental anguish of my wife having to go through this will not allow this to just go away. The deception by a Mazor representative is appalling, the dishonesty to my family, shows the true odd character and reality of these companies.
The true accuracy rate of the Renaissance System and possibly other systems is built on deception.
These are despicable companies that will attempt to roll over families like my own with no interest in the reality of accuracy involving these expensive systems. Patients are disposable when huge amounts of dollars rule the day for.
Importantly they flagrantly lied to my family about getting to the bottom of this at a time when we were both polite and helpful. They contacted me to lay the groundwork to deceive us, not find out about the injuries not being reported by surgeons with a vested interest in only positive reporting.
If they show this open dishonesty, what does that say about the true character and integrity of their systems when senior staff acts like this, God only knows the truth of these flawed systems?
I was also contacted by Mazor Clinical Sales representative Brandon Shimko who asked me how he could help, until he knew my story of injury from their system. So much for honesty in Clinical Sales at Mazor/Medtronic, which should worry all patients, hospitals, liability companies, investors etcetera.