Discover what our patients have to say regarding their office visit, surgical experience or recovery process. We also encourage our existing patients to share their own experience!
Magdalen "Maggie" Fitch
- Grade 5 Aneurysm rupture
September 15, 2020
THANK YOU, DR. LEVY and TEAM.
On August 18, 2019, Maggie awakened with a headache, She was prone to migraines and took her migraine medicine. But after a few hours it was not getting better. She was supposed to meet her mother and sisters at noon for lunch. But her husband called 911 when she was not able to focus on their conversation.
Maggie arrived at Hamot Medical Center around 3p within minutes of arriving she was diagnosed with a Grade 5 aneurysm bleed. By the time her family arrived she was intubated and sedated. Dr Levy and team were paged. The prognosis was not good, a grade 5 bleed is as bad as it gets. He spoke with my husband and family, I was going to surgery and he couldn't guarantee she would make it. Her husband and family spent the next 6 hrs waiting. Dr. Levy found and fixed the bleed and then did a craniotomy to relieve the pressure and removed the blood from around her brain.
Maggie spent 10 days in ICU fighting back. She developed complications that set her back. After her hospital stay she was sent to inpatient rehab and was there for 2 weeks and developed UTI's twice. They discharged her to home. She was home for 3 weeks and was not thriving. After much conversation her husband decided to try rehab again only not inpatient. Maggie then spent the next 3 months in a skilled nursing rehab center.
She was then discharged to home with home care and home therapy.
We have told her the story many times but still cannot appreciate the severity of her condition.
Before Dr Levy left Hamot Medical center for home he asked us to give her a chance, at least 2 years with continued progress
That was 13 months ago.
Maggie can walk, talk, bathe, dress, and feed myself. I can have a phone conversation with some directions. I can do light housekeeping: load and unload the dishwasher and sweep the floors.
She has been discharged from physical and occupational therapy. But continues with speech therapy. She is challenged with conversation at times the words just won't come out right. She can hold a phone conversation but can't make a phone call yet.
Maggie is still a work in progress.
Her husband and family believe that if Dr Levy had not been on call that weekend Maggie's outcome could have been very different.
- total disc replacement c-5-6 c-6-7
“I came to Dr. Levy with severe neck pain down my arm and into my index and fore fingers.I was referred to him by Dr. Stynowick.A pain management doctor. He went over the MRI with me and explained his proposal of total disc replacement verses fusion.He was very thorough.He told me of the risk of stressing the other discs in my neck but explained the benefit of more range of motion.Now I am going to tell you that I have been very hard on my 59 year old body.I was a mover for 30 years of my life and I have been a tractor trailer driver since 1980.I have also ridden motor cycles around our nation for over 40 years.I decided to get a second opinion because this is some pretty scary stuff to a guy like me.The other surgeon said I was to old for disc replacement and would have to fuse my neck.I went back and consulted with Dr. levy again.He explained that fusion can be done if disc replacement somehow doesn't work but not the other way around.He did the surgery successfully and gave me the time I needed to heal.”
- C 5/6 and 6/7 Disc Replacement
“Dr. Levy performed surgery on me in April of 2019. Needless to say that I was very nervous and trepidatious to doing any kind of surgery, much less on my neck. I originally injured my neck lifting weights. The injury led to an impinged nerve which caused numbness in my right arm from the forearm to the tip of my thumb. My tricep was not firing at all and my bicep function was comprised as well. I am a competitive powerlifter and I am 50 years old, so I am more prone to injuries and slower to recover. Also, having critical body parts not working is very detrimental to my success in the sport. I really wanted to get this fixed properly and "give it a run" while I still could.
Dr. Levy made me feel very confident and put my mind at ease from the very day I first met him. He seemed not only interested in helping me heal, but almost seemed excited about the opportunity to perform this surgery. I loved that attitude about him!
I am currently 8 months post surgery and my nerve is regenerating. It is not 100%, but it should not be at this time as the nerve regenerates only 1 inch monthly. However, my lifts have never been better! I have squatted over 800 lbs for reps for the first time in my life and my bench press, which has ALWAYS been my nemesis, is in the mid 400's now. I never dreamed that it would be that good and I can only imagine what to expect once I become fully healthy! I give Dr. Levy all the credit! He is an amazing surgeon that I trust completely!”
- S1-L5 discectomy and cyst removal
“OUTSTANDING staff and Doctor! I was appointed right away! Dr. Levy went over the MRI thoroughly and explained it clearly. Surgery happened very soon after that! Staff answered emails almost immediately! Dr . Levy is very kind and professional and an excellent surgeon! After surgery I never even needed a Tylenol! I am 7 days post op now. His surgery center is clean and spotless and his surgical staff is knowledgeable and caring! When I told them I was claustrophobic and didn't want to panic, well they listened bc I didn't even know what hit me! LOL I went out under the anesthesia! Yay! I know that I was in excellent hands and I couldn't have been in a better place! I am very happy! Do not delay in choosing Dr. Armand Levy to be your neurosurgeon!! D”
- C4-5 & 5-6 disc replacement
“Before seeing Dr. Levy I had been to 2 different ortho-spine doctors for severe lower back pain. One doc told me there was nothing he could do and the other one gave me a 50% chance of being able to relieve my pain. I was receiving epidural shots every 3-4 months. When I called Dr. Levy's office, I was in the middle of the worst flare up I have ever had. I had already been off work for 2 weeks. Jill told me that the doctor would want to see a more recent MRI so I went to my PCP and requested a full spinal MRI because I was also having some numbness and tingling in my fingers. I received a call from their office as soon as they got my MRI results to get me into the office as soon as they could. It turned out I had such severe stenosis in my cervical spine that Dr. Levy was concerned about my being paralyzed if something was not done rather quickly. I was a little freaked out by that because I had no pain and minor symptoms but Dr. Levy did a great job. He was very thorough in explaining everything to us prior to and after the surgery. I am very happy with the results and the fact that I am walking and not paralyzed. We are still planning on revisiting my lower back problem a little later. It scares me to think what may have happened if I had not gone to see him. ”
- Meyelogram, Cat Scan, Pain Center
“A spinal tumor, S-1, and the MRI & Pain Center sent me to Dr. Levy. Scared to death. I read all his patients' reviews but still feared a surgery that I couldn't bounce back from at age 71, knowing what my other 20plus ortho surgeries had been like since 1951 I had polio at age 18 mos.
Pleasant surprise - he wasn't knife happy (to make a buck) & he ordered 2 more rough tests.
There's no urgency to remove the cyst, except for the hard pain I've had for a year. (Fell & broke my pelvis Jan 2018)
We're trying some pain control options, & I'm so mentally relieved. I've been at the end of my rope so long now, & will use the next several months trying to get stronger. But if the time comes, no one else willl operate on me except Dr. Levy. He's right on top of the game. I had excellent doctors in Chicago, and now have one in St. Louis that I will trust.
I hope he becomes exceedingly rich & famous for his skills. Believe the reviews. Believe in him too.”
John E. Lanterman
- Spine Surgery
“I Love this Dr. Because of Dr. Levy I have a Heathy Pain Free life again. This after 7 years of terrible discomfort, and shots and pain. I tell everyone who may need his help to go see him. He also did miracles for my wife. If I needed any help in the future , I would run to him.”
- Relieve Pinched Nerves
“I recently was treated by Dr. Levy to relieve horrible pains in my lower back, left hip, leg, ankle, foot and big toe. After reviewing my MRI, he determined that I was suffering from constricted nerves at the nerve openings at L4 and L5, ( this was not the diagnosis of prior MRI reviews by my GP and the Chiropractor/ Pain Management Physician that had determined the pain was coming from bone spurs further up my spine ).
I decided after reviewing Dr. Levy's qualifications that if I were going to follow anyone's opinion, it was be his.
That was a very, very good decision because not only did he fix the problem with a minimally invasive surgery, I was up walking the next morning with ZERO PAIN and never once did I need so much as an aspirin for any type of relief, and coming from someone that thinks a sedative might be needed before a haircut, that was AMAZING !
I spent close to a day prior to deciding to visit Dr. Levy reading the reviews of not only the referrals I had been given by my GP and Physical Therapist, but other Neurosurgeons I found online. That was mind numbing as the reviews were written based on seemingly stupid things, like how long the wait time was to see the doctor, bedside manners and what someone thought about the way the Receptionist greeted them. When I came to Dr. Levy's reviews ( 4.8 / 5 and 108 reviews out of 122 were flawless ) I decided that he would be the one for me. He is very talented and an expert at his craft and I strongly would ( and have already ) recommend him and will continue to do so.
And for the record, ( if you truly think these are deciding factors to determine someone's talent ) his bedside manner was fine for me, his office was squeaky clean, his office staff was super friendly and professional and the wait time to see the doctor was minimal.....”
- Neck Surgery
“I thank God for Dr. Levy. First let me tell you how this man was introduced to me. I had a posterior lamenectomy on October16, 2017...by a spine and neck doctor. Before going to this doctor I had been complaining about pain in my shoulders especially on the right side. My pcp sent me for different test and even to an orthopedic, sent me to therapy first. After seeing that the therapy had not help this ortho said we can do surgery. My question was...how can you do surgery when you don't even know what is wrong. So, I refused to go back to him. Went back to my pcp and told her we have been focusing on shoulder let's look at the neck (same pain I had in lower back)...after doing so she could see something wrong in neck, she then sent me to the neck and spine doctor. He sent me for a series of test found the problem and gave me my options. As I said in the beginning I had the surgery and the pain I had been experiencing was worse than before surgery. So, I told my PCP she then referred me to Dr.Levy in January..in the beginning they did not want to see me since I had just had the surgery. Anyhow I went to see Dr. Levy in his office...I was the last patient for the day and he sat and took his time and explained everything to me after asking was I hurting bad enough to have another surgery. We decided on the date for the surgery, which was February 23. When I woke from surgery I had to look to see if my arm was still attached since I felt no pain, y'all I have been in constant pain for almost 2 years. There was NO pain still today March 6 NO pain. My 1st post-op visit was yesterday Dr. Levy sat and talked to me with no pressure, this man talked and made sure that I was ok with no rushing. I am so blessed that I was introduced to this man. Dr. Levy is the doctor to go to for any head or neck injuries...who will actually Listen and Talk to you. God bless you and your staff Dr. Levy!!!”
- Right cubital tunnel release & removed c5/6plate c6/7 acdf with anterior plate over c 4 5 6 7....it was painful but got awhole better....then if I would have listened to him I probably wouldn't have needed another surgery...but.it was in my best interest
“It was painful but got a whole lot better.then if i would have listened to him i probley wouldn't have needed another surgery..but it was to my best interest to have titanium rods placed on the back of my spine..from c4 5 6 7 an t1 & t2.
He's probley the best surgeon i have ever had,and ive had 30 different ones. He has the best bedside manner you will ever find. He worries more about his patients then i think he worries about his self. He's a rare one of a kind person.”
- Neck Surgery
“Dr. Armond Levy does a wonderful job. He is kind and patient. Very caring with his patients.
He explains things so that you can understand what is going on and what he intends to do.
I would recommend him to anyone who needs neurosurgery.
I had severe neck pain and headaches. Pain down my arm and couldn't hold anything in my hand.
After surgery it was all gone. With the help of physical therapy after surgery I had 55 Lbs of pressure in my hand.
Thank you Dr. Levy.”
- Cervical Surgery
“Words cannot describe how Dr. Levy's care and bedside manner...
He's the man with the velvet hands... Seriously...
I had put him through the challenge and a lot of caffeine.. Lol.. I was a Hot Mess!!.. He looked at my x-rays and started shaking his head not knowing where to start... He sat me down explained the procedure to me, and we scheduled the surgery to have the hardware removed and replaced it with new hardware to strengthen my neck in two spots...
Dr. Armond Levy was the third Dr. I called that day and Jill got me in to see him right away to discuss my options..
Still have one more surgery to go... Through the back of the cervical spine... A nice Zipper as he put it...
Thank you Dr. Levy and your staff for what you have done for me..
- Surgery for a Cerebral Aneursym
“Dr Levy performed surgery for a ruptured Cerebral Aneursym in September 2008. I had about 15 minutes to make a decision on surgery because he had to call his team to schedule surgery for the next day. In the few minutes Dr. Levy spoke to my family and I he gave us confidence the surgery would be successful. Two of my daughters are healthcare professionals . It has been almost 10 years after the surgery and I am doing well. Thank you Dr. Levy I would make the same decision again.”
Patricia L. Goldkuhl
- Brain surgery
“Dr Levy is the best , Even though this was terminal he was only given 3-6 months to live . Dr. Levy we got 14 months . Dr Levy gave my husband the best care and was great to the rest of our family .He never was in a rush , always answered all our questions. When I didn't understand what he was explaining, he would always explain it to where i could understand everything he was doing. Its been 9 years and all the patients he sees and I just sent him a message and ask if he remember me and My Al . He said of course I remember you and Al. Dr. Levy takes the time to get to know you , and he truly cares for not just the patient but for my needs too . If you need to call him The staff was always very helpful and was so nice. I thank God for Dr. Levy for the time he gave me . I will always be grateful for all he did to keep my Al out of Pain and gave him the best care I could ask for. Thank You again Dr. Levy for all you did. Your The Best !!!!”
- neck surgery
“I had a botched neck surgery in 2008, my quality of life was poor, I was unable to play with my children, work in my garden, at work I would hold my head in my hands because it felt so heavy, I was unable to do anything without excruciating pain. Was referred to Dr. Levy, who after seeing my x-rays stated my neck was collapsed. He had to take out all the old hardware in my neck and re-do the first surgery. Dr. Levy has been a blessing in my life, no other surgeon would attempt to fix my neck, not even the head neurosurgeon at Big Johns (Mercy) in Saint Louis. I am now more active in life, able to work every day, and feel my quality of life has improved immensely. I trust Dr. Levy, and I also highly recommend him to anyone having neck issues. ”