Last night a good friend of mine (who is a surgeon) but not an orthopedic surgeon called to see how the appointment went. So I told him about what happened and asked what gives with the one's like the one I went to. He said well first of all your right they think they are so important, and the ones that act like he did by not even looking at the MRA films think they can say whatever they want and that the patients will believe them just because they think they are so important, and because I questioned the fact that he didn't even look at the MRA films or examine my hip that problably insulted his higher then thou ego, but he said if he was a good surgeon and someone that truly cared about his patients he would have respected any patient speaking up for themselves and questioning why he didn't even look at the films.
When I had to have all the surgeries on my shoulder I went to a world renowned surgeon out of state, and I remember when he walked into the examining room wearing a gold colored Italian silk suit, with an entourage behind him and a few Docs that were doing their fellowship under him thinking "oh lord what have I done coming to someone like him". He had me lay down on the examing table and took at least 45 mintues examing my shoulder, working with my shoulder this way and that way, then had hung every single MRI film up on this huge xray lamp, and he went through every single one of them with such thought to every single detail on them. He would ask one of the fellow Doc's what they thought or saw, and of course they wouldn't give him the right answer, and I was thinking man I feel sorry for those fellow docs with his stern and firm voice just snapping at them (like they were kids that did somthing horribly wrong) then he looked at me and said what the hell did they do to your arm down there where you live. I started to get a tear in my eye and said I don't know that's why I'm here thinking ok now he is going to talk to me the way he just did his fellowship Docs that were afraid to say a word to him. But he looked at me and winked and asked me if I was ready for surgery the next morning... and explained in detail all that was wrong with my shoulder, what he was going to do and how he was going to being doing it. He said I promise you, your shoulder can be saved, and that I will see. This was after three failed attempts by two Doctors where I live that had performed unsucessful surgeries. He had to do two surgeries because that's how bad the damage was to my shoulder, so he planned the surgeries in a way that would allow him to be sucessful at repairing it. Although he came off as being one of those Doctors that thought they were higher then thou, he truly wasn't at all. He would fly down to where I live occationally and do the post operative examines and whenever I did have to go back to see him for the post op care he would make sure that he had someone at the airport waiting to pick me up to bring me to the hotel, and back and forth to his office. So the point is that those that are really wonderful surgeon's with a lot of experience and knowlege treat their patients kindly, and respectfully which is partly what makes them the world renowned surgeon's they have become so reconized as... I called him yesterday and told him what's been going on with my hip and about the surgeon I went to yesterday, he was PO'ed, and he highly recommended two orthopedic surgeon's that speacialize in hips, of course they are not in the area I live in. So I will see what the orthopedic says tomorrow, and I will probably end up sending my reports and films to the two that he suggested, one is in Tx and the other is in Vail Co. I'm truly hoping that the one that ordered the MRA and had explained to me that I have hip dysplasia will be able to explain the MRA films and give me some good news as far as it being able to be repaired or at least how I can get some releif, so will see what happens tomorrow.
I'm sure with you in the USAF you saw those that thought they were all the higher then thou as well. But even if they know what others don't know or understand with their specialized training and experience that doesn't make them an extrodinary person the way I see it. To me a person's experience doesn't reflect whom they are as a person, I feel that an extrodinary person doesn't have to act the way some do, because their experience shows who they are not their higher then thou attitude, that just shows who they aren't as a person. I truly believe that a person whether a Doctor, professional athelete, high ranking USAF, or everyday average person doesn't have to tell others what or how experienced they are at something because we can all see it, in the way they act, and how they are towards others. Your right we as patients pay them, they are in essence working for us, and I wouldn't have a paid employee working for me with the attitude that the orthopedic surgeon I saw yesterday work for my business, so i certainly wouldn't pay him any longer with the care of my own body. I can't help but to wonder how many patients would return to the type I went to yesterday. They can't compare to any that do have a wonderful reputation, that's for sure. I could never compare this one that I went to yesterday to the one that did the surgeries on my shoulder... and there is a huge differance in their experience, one no one would know at all if you mentioned the one I went to yesterday who he is or where, and the other one everyone has heard of all over the world, but the one that everyone knows would never come off as a jerk to anyone at all (other then the Doc's doing their fellowships) under him...ha ha ha but they surely make sure everyone knows they did their fellowship under him, and you can clearly see the respect they have towards him, and honor they have for his experience.