Fired my Surgeon!

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LdyJane
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   Posted 7/12/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a very peculiar thing happen, I'm scheduled for a mastectomy on the 22nd of July and had some questions about the procedure; I spoke to the fill-in nurse (the regular one was on vacation) and when she couldn't answer the questions, I asked my surgeon to call me..she is about 2 1/2 hours away and has told me before that it's never a problem...I guess it wasn't a problem until the night she called me.

She called me and boy did she call me, she was rude, hostile, obviously irritated and by the end of the conversation I was very upset. I called my family Dr. and spoke with him and by the next morning I still felt the same way, so 2 weeks before surgery, I fired my surgeon.

So, now I'm in the process of finding someone new; we're meeting with one Dr. on Tuesday and another one on Thursday....we'll see how it goes!
Janice

barkyboys
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   Posted 7/13/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Better to find out now that you don't want that surgeon than later. I also think there is a reason surgeons do their work while the patient is under anesthesia. Many of them lack bedside manner! But that doesn't mean you can't find a good surgeon who is also good with people. Good luck in your search.

BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz


JUJU8872
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   Posted 7/13/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe I understand where you are coming from. I loved my surgeon and took her recommendation for rads oncologist. I REALLY did not like her at all, and I wanted out from the second visit, but felt obligated to stay. By the end of the treatments, I was miserable. I was so miserable about this dr's "attitude" that I talked to my med onc who defended her. I dumped both of them and never went back after I finished radiation.  Found a new med onc and I really love him.
 
 
Judy

LdyJane
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   Posted 7/17/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I lasted posted I was referred to a reconstruction surgeon with an excellent reputation; he was on vacation but met with his nurse. She is absolutely amazing; she provided my Husband and I with more information and confidence than you could imagine. We spoke of the surgeon situation and she referred me to a surgeon nearby and was able to get us in with her last Tuesday.

We spent an hour with the new surgeon and she too is very good; we came away feeling like we were in the best of hands. This new surgeon, the reconstruction specialist all work together with others as needed and are always communicating with each other and you; they've pulled my family Dr. into the mix (even though we live 1 1/2 hours away).

We both feel like we missed a bullet with my other surgeon, even though I had known her for so long. We feel, comfortable, confident and like we're in the best of hands.

Thank you again for your kind words and support, we have a good ending to this story!!!
Janice

barkyboys
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   Posted 7/17/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
It's always a good thing when your surgeon and plastic surgeon work together. The plastic surgeon is usually the one who determines the precise cuts for the surgeon to make in order to give you the best cosmetic result with your reconstruction...

Glad you found someone you can connect with.

BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz


postal2
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   Posted 7/27/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Great news Janice!! I am so happy you found doctors you like!

Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
Elisabeth Kubler Ross


LdyJane
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   Posted 7/27/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. I'm happy to say that we are very comfortable with my new surgeon and surgery is scheduled for Wednesday @ 1:00; I'm going with a phased reconstruction...for me that means a tissue expander until I retire in 1 1/2 years then we'll do whatever I decide to do then.....onward and upward!
Thanks again for standing by me http://www.healingwell.com/community/emoticons/smile.gif
Janice
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