Paul E. Macik, MD
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Dr. Macik is an excellent surgeon who cares about his patients and their wellbeing.
5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy
Dr. Macik is the best surgeon. He doesn't say a lot but he is the best surgeon. He took great care of me, and I found out during Pre-Op registration at the hospital that he is the top surgeon that so many people come from all around just to have him perform their surgery. Dr. Macik took the time to listen to me and made sure I was ready to go home and my follow up care has been excellent.
5 out of 5 stars Weight Loss
4 out of 5 stars Gastric Bypass
TL;DR version: High marks because Dr Macik's work is beyond reproach but he just happens to be a real jerk. I want to stay as anonymous as possible for this review, please pardon the lack of dates and other possibly-identifying details. Before the Great Recession, I was morbidly obese; overweight all my life, I finally talked myself into a gastric bypass after trying so, so, so many other things. Best decision of my life. The surgeon I chose to perform the procedure was Dr Paul Macik. He was highly recommended online as well as by an acquaintance who told me he had performed her Roux N Y. I booked an appointment and traveled to Atlanta to consult with Dr Macik. At that first meeting, Dr Macik was distant, but not cold. However, he made some rather ignorant remarks about "no more stuffing your face with cookies and candy" (because, you know, that's the only reason people are fat) and then imperiously decided what my goal weight should be - without asking me my personal preferences, experiences, or anything, really. Neither of these traits really endeared him to me, but I could ignore them both. I was hiring him for his skill, not his potential as a date. Second meeting he begins with the "you must lose X pounds or I won't do the surgery!" (and he said it with an exclamation mark, too). "This will prove to me you're serious." Really. So I lose the weight (I think it was 10 or 15 pounds, I don't remember at this point) and go back to see him. "You can't gain an OUNCE or I won't do the surgery!" I agree, say I understand, and look at him in a little bit of alarm. He seemed genuinely... not angry, but... agitated. I was put on a "zero carb" diet because "If you have any excess fat around your liver, I won't do the surgery!" That was the longest three weeks of my life! EVERYTHING has carbs in it except water, heck water may be sneaking a few in there just to be mean. But I WANTED THIS SURGERY, so I did what I had to do. That included losing weight, going zero carb, and dealing with a surgeon who seemed like he hated me, or hated women, or hated fat, or hated me as a fat woman, or SOMEthing. He was just very negative and belittling; the comments mentioned here are just a representative example. At any rate, the surgery went splendidly. I was up and walking around within a few hours; the nursing staff called me "Speedy" because I was going to be THE MOST COMPLIANT PATIENT EVER, just to show Dr Macik. =) After the operation, however, I began to really not care with Dr Macik thought of me. He gave some REALLY strong hints before he discharged me that I was not treating him in the manner he deserved. I had thanked him for the good job, said I was feeling good, and ready to go home. He kept hanging around, asking sort of open-ended questions about how good I was feeling, how did I think it went, etc. All things I had gone over at the very start. It finally dawned on me that I was simply not being GRATEFUL enough. Well, no. I said thank you, I expressed he did a good job, and I don't think drooling and fawning was really necessary between adults. It took him almost an hour to sign me out, and he left... again, I'll just use the word 'agitated'. I won't bother to go into the ridiculous after-care advice I was given by his staff ("don't eat spaghetti 'cause it will wind around the scar!") or the hassles with the paperwork and so on. It just took Dr Macik to say one simple thing. I bounced into his office, having gone from a size 34 (yes, THIRTY four) to a size 26 and I was feeling grand! In comes Dr Macik and I was going to again thank him for a job well done, but before I had the chance, he flips through my paperwork and says - after I had lost twenty pounds MORE by that date than he had projected - that he was disappointed in my progress. Then he looks at me with a frown. That's when I thought you know what, I don't need this, and I don't need you. I can go elsewhere for after-care. And so I did. Great surgeon! Not so hot as a human being. People who are seeking WLS often have been tormented by others all their lives, they don't need more guff about their weight. But to tell you the truth, I think that Dr Macik just wanted to rain on my parade that day. Which he did. And that's why I altered the parade route to a different doctor. Your mileage may vary! Maybe he's the nicest thing since winning the lottery to some people. However, I'm not the only one with this sort of complaint about Dr Macik. If you look on weight loss forums, when his name is mentioned, bad attitude is mentioned by more than one person. Now I'm getting ready to finish the work I started with the bypass and have various surgeries to remove skin, excess tissue, and so on. My weight has been stable for 3 years. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol ALL GONE, I take NO medications at all anymore, except vitamins, and the laproscopic procedure just left me with little "bee stings", as my husband calls them. It was soooo worth it! It would have been even better with a doctor that had a decent bedside manner (or a bedside manner at all).