I do most of my research online as far as specialties go, degrees, colleges
, then narrow the field through family and friends. I have also asked friends who work in other
doctor's offices about
a doctor. Once I make an appointment, though, I watch the office staff, how courteous they are to other patients,
how long they wait, if they roll their eyes or hide behind a plastic barrier, if they smile and laugh....
Then I see the doctor, I wait to see if they shake hands, make eye contact, hide behind the file/folder pretending to read.....
if they ask questions about
the yes' or no's they see in the paperwork.....how interested or not they appear to be....
if they ask about
previous tests and results, or if they cut me off during my answers or tend to rush me through them...
There is alot that you can tell once you get into the office, no two ways about
it and sometimes I think it is far more telling about
the doctor and the office
than any research you can do on line.....
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.