I was recommended after my MRI to go to pain management. My husband had a previous operation with Dr. Maxwell to correct his back with excellent success. So i took all my information to him to see what he could do. He and Lucy not only worked with my insurance company, which was out of network, but Dr. Maxwell successfully corrected my spine and I have had no pain since the operation. He didn’t pver [rescrobe [aom ,edocatopm amd was thorough with the medications he did prescribe. We are well pleased with Dr. Maxwell and his entire team of professionals. I would recommend him to anybody.
Would rate them 10 stars! Their mission is to get you fixed and healed up the first time!
I had quite the unsettling experience with another orthopedic outfit here in town & thought there has to be a better way of going about this. I did NOT want to go through 2 or 3 sugeries (each time with 3 to 10 days in tbe hospital) & be laid up for a year or more. Also, despite having really great insurance, I would have to come up with $7,500 – $15k “deposit”.
Dr. Maxwell looked at my medical records, images, examined me & we had a comprehensive chat of what was going on. He actually LISTENS to you & asked me a few questions I hadn’t even thought of. (His staff dealt with the insurance & financial side of things & all has worked out well.)
He ordered what I call a diagnostic steroid shot to make sure where the problem was really was only there (one side could have been so bad, I wouldn’t have realized I was having issues with the other side). After that (& 4 1/2 days of blessed relief), we scheduled my back surgery for just one small part, not 3 like the previous place.(There is always the possibility of more surgery, but at this point, that is pretty slim.) Comprehensive pain management plan put in place about one week before your surgery, as well as an antibiotic to zap any potential bug that might have been brewing.
Yesterday I had my surgery & although I feel a bit rough around the edges so to speak, the difference is amazing. The staff is incredibly attentive & caring. I got to go home yesterday, get some real rest & checked in today. Unless something drastic occurs, I come back in 2 weeks for the suture removal. Only about a 3 inch incision, which requires a daily change of the dressing for 7 days. You can shower by about day 3, using a special medical patch to keep tbe water out. Looking forward to that!
I’ll update this later on. Wanted to post this now, as someone may be wondering if minimally invasive surgery really is the way to go. It doesn’t hurt to ask! Don’t be bullied into not seeking alternative treatment. The other place flat out told me not to even consider this type of surgery, which I found a bit unsettling, but I could get a 2nd opinion at their newest joint ventured office
I went to Arctic Spine with a neck issue as well as a lower back issue i must tell you I’ve been to many doctors in my crazy Life and hands down Dr Maxwell and his staff by far are The Best Crew. The doc and his staff are caring, thorough, professional and they made you feel like family I would like to give cudos out too The doc and Lucy,Jessica, and Doc T they are special and talented people I’m still recovering from the neck surgery feeling great still got to do lower to back and i must say i can’t wait thanks Doc
ns in Alaska. Dr. Maxwell has performed two back surgeries on me in less than a year, and the pain in both legs is gone and the chronic ache in my lower back is significantly reduced. I’m back to doing the things outdoors that I like to do! If you are a long-term sufferer of back pain like I was and are looking for a permanent solution in Alaska then look no further than Dr. Marius Maxwell. He should be considered a treasured resource in this state as we are very fortunate that he decided to move his practice to Alaska. For years I suffered from lower back pain and a potentially dangerous narrowing of my spinal column in the thoracic zone. I was very lucky to discover Dr. Maxwell while researching neurosurgeo
Dr. Maxwell is a sincere, caring doctor with a lifetime of valuable experience that you rarely encounter. You can just tell by being around him that he is dedicated to his work and his patient’s well-being. The same applies to his dedicated staff Lucy, Bao and Leila.
This letter is to express my profound gratitude and respect for your humble, honest professionalism that I experienced when I had the good fortune to become your patient on Jan 14 of this year. I had been diagnosed with an incredibly complex grade 3 lumbar spondylolisthesis that was an exceptionally difficult case to treat. I spoke with a local orthopedic surgeon here in Anchorage who agreed to perform the procedure. Before having the procedure performed, I sought out a second opinion from you. From you, I learned that the procedure I needed was exceedingly complex and that no one in Alaska had the training necessary to perform the procedure at a high enough level in order to have a reasonably good chance of a favorable outcome. You recommended that I have the procedure performed at the world renowned Barrow Neurological Institute. I followed your advice and travelled to Phoenix to have the surgery performed by experts in the area. In Phoenix, I confirmed with my Barrow surgeon that my procedure was indeed quite complex and that he was the one of the most highly trained specialists in the country and that my case was only his 9th procedure. I am almost two months out from surgery and the results are great so far. I have no doubt that my life would have been permanently adversely affected if I had not gotten a second opinion from you. I respect you and your honesty and I will always be grateful for the fact that you chose to put me first over any other competing concerns that you may have. You are a fine doctor.
With Kind Regards,
I hold Dr. Maxwell in the highest regard. I am a 39 year old male and I had a Grade 3 spondylolisthesis of my L5 vertebrae. The surgical repair necessary was highly technical and only a few doctors in the United States have the necessary training to consistently provide good outcomes with the sort of invasive procedure my condition required. Dr. Maxwell was immediately open and honest with me. He let me know that he did not have the requisite skills to give me the best chance for a good outcome. He recommended that I go to specialists in Phoenix Arizona which I did. I’m now just over 5 weeks out from surgery and recovering nicely. I will forever be thankful for the care I received from Dr. Maxwell. He is my post op neurosurgeon and he will follow me through my recovery. We would all be much better off if we could be so fortunate as to have caring compassionate doctors like Dr. Maxwell.
My name is Sean from Anchorage Alaska. I ended up in a car wreck that lead me to DR. Maxwell, at the end. DR. Maxwell staff helped show me all the steps that I needed to do to get my operation under way. When I talk to DR. Maxwell, he was straight forward with me. He has a no nonsense straight forward attitude and that’s what I want for a doctor. He showed me my MRI and what my problem were. He gave the best option to fix it. With under a 1 day stay at the hospital, I was walking with my Cane. I still am getting accustomed with the idea on the fusion on my back and it does not scare me like it did at first, but now, on day 2 &3, I spent time learning how to log roll in and out of bed. Within the first 3 days of the operation, I was up and walking. It is a big part of a good recovery that you need to get up and walk the first day, no matter how much it hurts. It’s been a week now, and I can walk close to a mile now with not much pain. In the end I know that I made the best decision by going to Dr. Maxwell. My feelings are that he is the best spine doctor in Alaska.
I was having problems getting out of bed as well as sleeping at night. These symptoms came on rather quickly. In the mornings I would get out of bed and could not stand up straight. I would put my hands on my legs and walk them up towards my hips in order to straighten up. It was painful. My first couple of steps were unreliable. I was never sure if I would stumble or walk.
I could only walk short distances before my lower back started to hurt. This was a new symptom also.
I went to Dr. Maxwell for an evaluation. It had been my hope that I could get a shot for my back and carry on with life. My back was much worse than I ever imagined. I was currently waiting for surgery to replace my knee as I was also having a lot of knee issues.
Dr. Maxwell looked at the MRI of my back and started telling me the symptoms I was experiencing. I did not have to tell him what all was wrong. He showed me on the MRI where most of my problems were with my back and what to expect in the future. He explained what surgery was needed and what he would do to tighten things up. I also needed a disc replaced.
He explained how he was going to remove the damaged one, crush it up and add some material to it, and replace it back in my spine. Absolutely amazing. It was basically have the surgery now or wait until some future point when I could not deal with the pain any longer. It did not take a genius to figure that one out.
Lucy helped make the plans for the operation the next week. She made all the arrangements at the surgery center and they in turn made the reservations at a hotel for after the surgery for my observation period as I live outside of Anchorage. I spent the first night in the surgery center where I walked from the recovery room to my ward room. I could tell instantly that my back was better. Part of the problems I had attributed to the knee had been my back, and they were gone.
I was moved to the hotel where a nursing service had personnel with me all night. I was released the next day to go home with a follow up appointment in two weeks.
The staff at the surgery center were great. All were friendly and helpful. They were reassuring at a time when I wasn’t sure about surgery. The nursing staff at the hotel was great also.
Overall, I would say that this experience was as good as it could be. I have no problem recommending Dr. Maxwell and his staff. Dr. Maxwell knows what he is doing and that was very reassuring.
DR. MARIUS MAXWELL – He’s AWESOME!!
From the initial appointment through post-op care, Dr. Maxwell exceeded my expectations! The care received was a rare exception these days! When I asked him questions, he really listened. I appreciated his direct answers. AT NO TIME did I feel my questions were stupid or insignificant. And my husbands’ questions and concerns were not ignored as the had been in other clinics.
For my first post-operative and three month appointment, Dr. Maxwell followed-up with my care personally. Wow! Continuity of care – what a concept these days! And the wait time for the appointments were less than 30 minutes.
Dr. Maxwell also asked about the hotel accommodations and said he would address the issues we encountered to improve the quality of stay for future patients. What doctor has ever cared enough to show concern about an issue unrelated to surgery?
For the supporting staff: From administration, front office, to the nurses at the Surgery Center, home health staff, and physical therapy – the care was unsurpassed!
My two personal Angels! Lucy worked diligently to overcome the Aetna obstacles. Dr. Maxwell worked wonders on my back, which desperately needed a fusion at L4-L5. I never fully believed the excruciating pain I endured in my legs and back – for more than eight years – would subside.
My Sincerest Thank You!
Chris F., BSN, RN
Great surgical experience! Neck fusion 2 weeks ago and almost pain free already. Wonderful surgical expertise and followup care!
I had neck surgery on 9/2/15 by Dr. Marius Maxwell, Arctic Spine, Anchorage, Alaska and want to say what a wonderful experience it was. From the first visit to right after surgery, Dr. Maxwell was there for me, no physician’s assistant just the Doctor. Being neck surgery (fusion of C4-C7); I was apprehensive, but his detailed explanation and assurances made me feel at ease in his care. My surgery date was set on the first visit, his office handled the insurance approval and they set up the surgery at the Alaska Surgery Center, not a hospital! This was another relief, as I had no worry that I might contract something else from a hospital environment. The day of the surgery was great. The center staff were very attentive in making me feel comfortable, Dr. Maxwell came in to check on me, I walked to the surgery room and woke up in recovery with Dr. Maxwell there when I woke up. Talk about individual care, wow! Nurse Tammy cared for me throughout the night and it was wonderful. Six a.m. the next morning, I was released and on my way home. I didn’t require a neck brace after surgery nor physical therapy; just rest. What a wonderful experience this has been. I am so happy that I found Dr. Maxwell on the internet. After much research, I felt he had the greatest reviews and I am now a living testament to what professional care he provides. He is an amazing surgeon and he is there for you.
After seeing you today I felt much better! Funny how that works.I really wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you (Dr. Maxwell). I think my husband is one of the most compassionate people I know and I rarely meet anyone like him. You are so compassionate; I can see it in your eyes. You have such a kind soul. It is such a rare quality. Thank you again, so much!.. Alaska is very fortunate to have you guys
I had a non functioning right arm and was in extreme pain when I met Dr. Maxwell. I had tried some other treatments but my arm kept getting worse. Dr. Maxwell saw right away that I needed surgery, and when I woke up from surgery, I felt like I had my old arm back – I went from zero usage to 100% when he was finished with me! At Arctic Spine, you don’t get tossed from one doctor to another, Maxwell does it all and he is the one that handles your case from start to finish. I must also add that his office mgr. Lucy is one of a kind as she went over all the financial stuff and explained everything to me very clearly so that I could understand. From start to finish I have had only the best of care. In fact, I would say that they gave me the best care I have ever received from any health care provider in my life. They exceeded all expectations and I do HIGHLY recommend Arctic Spine!
Dr. Maxwell was the only person I dealt with start to finish! He was thorough, answered any post op calls I had immediately and is extremely good at what he does. I was having extreme pain, numbness and weakness in both arms, headaches and could not think clearly due to all of these factors. I had a double level fusion 10 years ago and he removed all old hardware and fused the level above. Immediately following surgery I have been pain free and functioning at a level I have not been able to function at for months. He did my procedure at a surgery center and I was in and out in one day with excellent 2 nurses to just myself care through the night! I ordered what I wanted for dinner and felt like the whole experience was like being at a high end surgical boutique. I highly recommend Dr. Maxwell for his excellent, expert care. Being in the medical field myself, I am very critical and my expectations are high. Dr. Maxwell and his staff exceeded my expectations on every level.
A few months ago I started having painful spasms in my upper back, in addition to my thumb twitching whenever I would sneeze, cough, or laugh. I was scared to go through with surgery and elected to have an injection in what was found to be a herniated disk in my neck. The twitches went away, but the pain got worse. When I went for my follow up I told the doctor how bad I was hurting. My elbow was on fire, it hurt to turn my body, and the spasms didn’t go away. The doctor told me it was in my head. That I really wasn’t experiencing any pain, it was the nerves tricking me and telling my body there was pain. He spent a total of 5 minutes with me, and told me I would be fine, to give it time.
After months of pain I was referred to Arctic Spine. I was expecting to be rushed, telling my story to a physician’s assistant and then spending less than 10 minutes with the doctor. My experience was beyond what I was imagining. I met with Dr. Maxwell, not a physician’s assistant, to tell my story. He asked me how I was instead of just jumping into the MRI and all the medical stuff. This made me feel that he cared about me as a person. Together Dr. Maxwell and I looked at my MRI, he took the time to explain why I was feeling all this pain, and no it wasn’t in my head. He recommended surgery, and using a model of the spine, showed me what he would do. I was not left in the dark about anything that would happen to my body.
I was so scared for surgery, especially the day of. My experience at the Alaska Surgery Center was equally as amazing, from the nurses to the anesthesiologist. Everyone who cared for me before and after helped me to feel at ease, and feel comfortable. I am so thankful I elected to have the ACDF procedure done. I am pain free! I am so thankful to Dr. Maxwell for his kindness and talent for healing, and I am thankful for the care I was given at Alaska Surgery Center. Although it felt like it took forever to have someone listen to me, I feel that I was put on the path to be cared for by the best doctor.
I just want to take a moment to thank Dr. Maxwell. He has truly given me a second chance. I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis last fall at a local orthopedic clinic. The pain I was already experiencing was tremendous. And, because of the location of the injury, their prognosis for my future was dismal. I was told there was nothing to be done and that I would loose the use of my leg in the near future. As the mother of a six-year-old and an active person, I was absolutely devastated. I decided to see Dr. Maxwell and see what he had to say. He explained that this is a condition easily corrected by surgery. He was so caring, qualified and confident, I chose surgery. He was right. My pain is gone. I am on the road to a complete recovery, and I think I’m a little taller. I absolutely recommend Dr. Maxwell for anyone experiencing spinal issues. I am forever grateful.
I had a three level anterior cervical fusion with hardware eight weeks ago. Dr. Maxwell quickly gained my confidence by explaining in detail the MRI images, the diagnosis, and recommended surgery to relieve me of debilitating left arm nerve pain. What impressed me is that he answered every one of my many questions fully, but more than that, he was forthright in explaining everything in a manner that I fully understood. When planning the surgery, Lucy kindly answered all of my questions regarding insurance, scheduling and preparing for the surgery. What’s more, my insurance claim was flawlessly submitted and processed thanks to her expertise in such matters.
As for the surgery, I spent many hours on YouTube watching and listening to everyone who had uploaded a video about their cervical fusion surgery. I was prepared for the worst, though Dr. Maxwell assured me I would come out of surgery with the left arm pain relieved and at most, I MIGHT have problems swallowing. Well, let me tell you, my experience wasn’t like any of the videos I watched. I awoke with the nerve pain gone, could swallow without pain, ate dinner after surgery at the surgery center and had the best care in post op and overnight imaginable. Seven days post surgery, I was taking Tylenol extra strength for any discomfort- off narcotics. Two weeks after surgery, Dr. Maxwell gave me the green light to drive and go to the gym. Four weeks later, I was disappointed that I had arranged to be off work for six weeks since I felt I was more than to return to work. Now, eight weeks post op, I truly feel like my old self. I have no pain, the range of motion of my neck does not seem diminished, and I’m back to all activities I enjoyed before the onset of nerve pain and surgery. I feel great and I have Dr. Maxwell to thank. I am extremely grateful I found him to perform my surgery.
Dr. Maxwell is a very fine surgeon. I would recommend him highly. When I first met Dr. Maxwell my left arm would go numb spontaneously and I had significant pain in my upper back. I could not lift a pail of water and once lost the clutch of my motorcycle at an intersection. I was 49 years old and in otherwise reasonable health. This was not how I wanted to live.
I had seen a family doctor, a neurologist and physical therapists and even tried steroid injections but found no relief. I live in Fairbanks Alaska. and finding quality medical care here can sometimes be a challenge so my search was nation-wide. Dr. Maxwell surfaced at the top of that search and gosh darn if he was not in Anchorage! We met and immediately I felt comfortable with his approach. When you see Dr. Maxwell that is who you see – not a PA or a nurse (nothing against either BTW but this is not the flu or a simple broken bone… I wanted the best, with world-class training and a history of success.)
Dr. Maxwell described the problem in understandable terms, described the procedure similarly, and explained his methods and my options clearly. I choose the procedure to fuse 3 vertebra. The procedure lasts one hour and ten minutes (ten minutes over his estimate… the only thing he has been wrong about with me) and two hours later a nurse asks how I am doing and I ask her to dance. No sh#t! I never felt anything but better (and she could dance!).
My situation may be unique and I assume some surgeries require more recovery, but all I can say is I have been pain-free ever since. THANK YOU Dr. Maxwell. I rode my motorcycle with confidence today.
If you have concerns about billing or really any question, ask for Lucy. Not only is she pleasant to deal with but she will also help you navigate the entire system. She is a dream! (Thank you Lucy!!)
This may sound like a paid ad but it is not. My name is John Quebbemann and I am a satisfied patient of Dr. Maxwell. I would whole heartedly recommend him to family and friends. I recommend him to you. He worked for me and I feel better – that is what we all want.
I was scheduled to have FULL fusion with an orthopedic surgeon when I sought a second opinion from Dr. Marius Maxwell. After a full consultation and MRI analysis with Dr. Maxwell, he convinced me that I did not need such a radical procedure for my condition. In December of 2015 Dr. Maxwell performed a Foraminotomy and Partial Fusion of L5/S1. The procedure was done at the surgery center instead of the regional hospital. What a GREAT experience!! Dr. Maxwell and his team have been AWESOME and 4 months later I am almost pain free, when previously I could hardly stand upright due to the pain. Dr. Maxwell gets my full recommendation !
I was referred to Dr. Maxwell after a bulging disk diagnosis. As it turns out my bulging disk was just the tip of the ice berg . I had spinal stenosis which affected all five of my lumbar disks. After talking with Dr. Maxwell, I felt confident that he could help me. Surgery is scary. I’ m seven weeks out of surgery. I received excellent care during the whole process. I saw Dr. Maxwell every week until my incision healed. Each time I felt fully encouraged and even though it took awhile to heal I was so glad I had found such a caring, skillful and kind person who has changed my quality of life for the better. I recommend him to anyone that needs surgery especially those who are reluctant.
I saw Dr. Maxwell first and wanted to proceed right away. I was told I should get a second opinion and after being sent on a WILD goose chase of appointments by another local office, I was back to Dr. Maxwell. He’s good and he does what he says he will do. His office is organized and everyone is on the same page. I am recovering from a single level fusion and feeling great. He was around before and after surgery. I saw him 3 times while in the surgery center, which is unheard of. It made me feel at ease. Go ahead and try other offices like I did, then go back to Dr. Maxwell who will get it right the first time.
I switched doctors and I’m so glad I found Dr. Maxwell after I heard about him from friends and family who called him a ‘miracle worker’. I was ready to have surgery and was booked for my fusion and everything was handled so well. Yes he has many letters after his name and the qualifications don’t lie. His office staff were there for me throughout the whole process and helped me through all the hurdles. An excellent surgeon and a great experience.
I was impressed every step of the way. The cervical surgery was a huge success and recovery was nearly without pain at all. I highly recommend Dr. Maxwell.
I found out about Dr Maxwell after a BBQ where my chiropractor mentioned that he is the best in town. I am from Kenai with 3 failed back surgeries and Harrington rods in my back I was a complete wreck. I was planning to go overseas to get surgery for my synovial cyst until I heard about Dr Maxwell. I chose Dr Maxwell because he is an Aussie and is a really sincere, nice and unpretentious person who I felt I could trust. I got my synovial cyst in my back removed and words cannot express how happy I am. I was miserable for the past 10 years and this surgery was the only thing that truly changed my life. I am a new person now. Everywhere I go, I tell people about how grateful I am to have met him. I really don’t know what I can do to thank you enough Dr Maxwell!!!
I write to thank you for your expertise in performing three neck surgeries on me several months ago. You told me that you did an Anterior Cervical Fusion, followed by a Cervical Laminectomy, followed by an operation in which you freed up the scar and sewed in a patch graft. The scar was from my neck surgery performed by another neurosurgeon 20 years ago. Since that surgery I had 20 years ago, I had been experiencing great difficulty walking and my arms and legs were very weak. I am now several weeks out from your three surgeries and I am really happy to tell you that my walking is better and my hands are much stronger. Thank you so much for the care that you have given me. I am now able to play with my grandkids.
I am a life long Alaskan. I had an injury close to thirty years ago which began a long and painful journey. I work as a project manager for vertical and horizontal construction. My work takes me all over our great state. Because my work is physically demanding I used pain medication to perform my duties. After years of epidural injections every three months , coupled with all forms of therapy I saw no hope for the future. The pain in my legs and feet continued to get worse. Up and down every night , sitting, laying or walking ,I could find no relief. My pain specialist counseled me to try one more surgery. This would be the ninth major operation on my back. I was left with Harrington Rods and a half dozen Pedicle Screws to support my spine. Surgery had not helped .
When I met with Dr. Maxwell I was impressed. He is a kind , compassionate, caring person. He took time not only to explain my condition in great detail , but to outline the surgery and hopeful outcome. I was excited ! His staff was so supportive. The handled all of my insurance issues and assured me that if for some reason I were to have problems with my coverage that they would be happy to set up a payment plan. Within three days of our initial meeting ,I was rolled into the operating room.
The surgery was a success ! I left the hospital after three days of recovery and was back to work two days after that.
Its been four months and I am so blessed to report that I do not have pain in my legs or feet ! Its a new lease on life. Thank you Dr. Maxwell and staff. My family and I are forever grateful.
Dr. Maxwell helped me through two spinal fusions. As far as I am concerned, he saved me from being in a wheelchair and cured my paralyzed left arm. I would not hesitate to send my loved one to him. Thank you, dr. Maxwell!
I lived in pain for 20 years and had 4 back surgeries. Dr Maxwell fixed my back. I have no pain. Five doctors told me there was nothing more they could do. Dr Maxwell is fantastic. He is always punctual, has great bedside manner, and spents lots of time explaining the surgery. I cannot say enough about this world class surgeon. Thanks doc!
Absolutely brilliant doctor. Helped me walk for the first time in years. Would recommend him to anyone.
Dr. Maxwell operated on my back because I was having pain from a car accident many years ago. I suffered for years with pain. I wish I had seen Dr. Maxwell sooner. I felt better immediately. He was very kind and really knows his stuff. He was excellent. I highly recommend Dr. Maxwell.