I'm new to the site.
I would like some advice if at all possible.
I have had this lump under my armpit for many years and finally went to a breast surgeon for a consultation. She checked it out and told me I had nothing to worry about. It can be taken out through surgery because it's just extra breast tissue. It was categorized as a Lump or Mass under the armpit.
I just had my procedure done. The day after my surgery, I went in for my post-op appointment. As she was taking off the bandages and dressing, she started to tell me that she didn't want to take too much [of the lump] out. I was in complete shock because she told me she was going to take out the entire lump. She said she wanted to wait for the pathology report before deciding on next steps. I told her that I was confused, because she clearly said she was going to take out the entire lump. Then I asked her "oh so what you did was a biopsy?" she claimed it was billed as a biopsy and always was a biopsy. However, not once did she mention the word biopsy to me up until I brought it up!!! She said it turns out it was not extra breast tissue so she decided to take only part of it out. She said this is what medicine is all about, making a judgment call on the spot. From the way it looks, I don't think she took out very much at all!! Even if it was truly supposed to be a biopsy, then two things come to mind (1) why wouldn't she use a needle that way I wouldn't be left with this long scar across my armpit and (2) why wouldn't she take out the entire lump since it's not supposed to be there in the first place?...From the beginning, I told her it is from an infection from shaving.
I have a feeling that she is trying to make as much money as possible off of me...Everytime I see her, I pay the co-pay, wait 45 minutes, then see her for about 8 minutes -- and let's not forget she gets money from the insurance. When I had my surgery, I had to dish out a whole lot of money for the hospital co-pay, and you better believe that she will receive lots of money from the insurance. Now, multiply that by twice as many office visits and 2 procedures!
I asked her "so I have to go through this again!"
She said you can decide if you want surgery to take out the lump after the pathology report.
I'm extremely disappointed and I feel cheated. I asked her why did she wait until my follow-up to tell me that she didn't do what was planned. She said legally, she couldn't, because she had to wait for the anesthesia to wear off. I could see her point, but why couldn't she then call my emergency contact to inform them that she didn't perform the procedure that was planned. The other thing is, based on her answer, she just basicaly admitted that she did in fact initially plan on taking out the entire lump.
I will be asking for copies of my paperpwork when I see her this week as that is when the pathology report will be available. I am fearful that she will insert the word 'biopsy' in the paperwork (since she claims it's mentioned in all the paperwork -- yet oddly enough, it's not mentioned in any of the paperwork I was given!). I'm an educated person and so, I know what she said and what she didn't say she was going to do. Like I said, not once did she mention biopsy.
Hypothetically, let's say she mentioned 'biopsy', then I would have asked a whole bunch of follow-up questions pertaining to that specific procedure.
Has anything like this every happened to anyone? Please advise.
Thank you :(
PS - I should mention that she definitely overbooks people because there isn't even a place to sit while waiting for your appointment! all seats are taken! There's no real privacy either, her receptionist and assistant both discuss sensitive matters with patients right there in the waiting area :(