not impressed with new ortho doc

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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/29/2011 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Holidays Everyone
I went to the ortho office like a compliant patient to meet the ortho doc that my prev. ortho doc referred me to within the practice.
 
They took 1 xray of left leg and then I waited to be called.  Eventually I was brought to a small cubicle and then I waited again.  20 minutes later the ortho doc made his apperance in my cubicle.  He shook my hand and talked to the folder in his hands or to the xray view box.  Not alot of eye contact with me.  That doesnt sit well with me.  He handled my affected leg but never asked me to walk or mention to me about straightening my tibia to the right.  I asked about the implant being nickel free ,he replied than a titanium with no nickel would be the way to go.  I am no hurry to get it done with him.  Im looking at September to have it done after racing season would be done.
 
I asked everyone if the doc would take a medicare rate for my surgery and no one knew.  So I left a msg for his nurse to call me and tell me.  Also there is an outstanding balance with them of over $2000 and W/C should have paid that so I called my lawyer and left a msg with the paralegal to get it paid by W/C and not out of my medicare acct.  i wont stand for that!!
 
I need to ask his nurse about the air compression leg form that squezes the fluid out of your leg to be ordered for me since I have damaged lymph nodes and I have lymph edema in my leg.
 
If I could drink a glass of wine I would partake and invite my family along to do it with me.  Just pull up a chair and I will pour you a glass.  Sit and talk and have a complaint session. 
 
Sorry it was so long but I needed to vent.
 
Thanks for listening
Betsey

cogito
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   Posted 12/29/2011 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
It is frustrating when you turn to someone you are expected to trust but their behavior gives you pause. He might have had a bad day, or maybe is socially awkward. But if you continue seeing him, you should check up on patient reviews using ratemds.com, angieslist.com, etc..

There are lots of bad doctors out there and it is hard to find a really good one --- especially in some parts of the country!
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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 12/29/2011 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Betsey,
It is always difficult with a new doctor. Did you simply get a feeling of unease when with him, or a feeling of dislike? There is always a period of adjustment for me with new doctors, and I find many times that the unease lightens and goes away the second or third time I visit. If there was something about the doctor that really gave you pause, or he or she was doing something that is a big no no for you, do something about it. It always bugs me when doctors have staff that work for them who are either too lazy to get an answer or just don't care enough to try. In my opinion and after working in a doctor's practice as both front office and medical support staff, there is always an answer to a question and that is what they are paid to do, provide good care to patients. Get your answers before having the surgery!
As for the workers comp not paying, that would drive me batty too. It's not right what workers comp and insurances put us through, all for a few bad apples.

Hope you are having a good evening. Vent all you want!
Mindy
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spinal soldier
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   Posted 12/29/2011 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
i have met a couple ortho surgeons who where very arrogant and it made me feel good a bit and some seemed to have no confidence in themselves. maybe your first instinct is the right one. anyway, if you need a major surgery try to get a second ortho's opinion, i know that is not easy with some insurance providers like W/C
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CRPSpatient
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   Posted 12/29/2011 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsey,

I'm sorry that your appointment with your new ortho wasn't everything it should have been. Doctors who won't make eye contact make me uncomfortable too. I would sort of echo Mindy's questions - were there just things that irritated you - things that might improve as you develop a relationship, or were there definite 'wrongs' that you picked up on? If it's just the unease of a new doctor I'd give it time, but if something doesn't smell right you need to do something about it.

Wishing you all the best.

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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/29/2011 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
To Everyone

A hughmungous Thank You for all your helpful suggestions. FridayI should know if he will accept the medicare rate since I will be paying him out of my open medicare account. Also,He needs to straighten my tibia and I will ask his nurse about that to on Friday.

I will post after I hear from his nurse.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

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   Posted 12/29/2011 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Betsey maybe another trip to see this dr will make you feel better, alot of times it goes better on the 2nd visit. As far as the dr charging what Medicare accepts, why is Medicare involved with it being a WC? I was under the impression WC was paying your medical expenses all along.

According to Medicare if a dr accepts Medicare patients and bills Medicare then he can only charge the patient the difference owed not covered by Medicare which is 20%, since Medicare only pays 80% of the amount allowed. Also, Medicare will subrogate against the WC insurance company to get paid back any medical expenses they have paid off the top of any settlement.

Take care.
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rjbeck
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   Posted 12/30/2011 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsy,
Go with your gut feeling, obviously this doctor doesn't see you as a person but as a procedure waiting to be done..I've had this experience and dropped my Ortho for a new one, And It turned out to be a great decision on my part..My hip replacement went great with my new doc..Take care Randy

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/30/2011 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I called the ortho practice and scheduled an appt with my neighbiors doc within that practice for next friday 7:45 am. I left a msg on the nurse's phone to the doc I saw yesterday and told her that the appt didnt go well and I didnt like the support staff either because she didnt know much about knee implants.

So, The open medicare acct will be setup after 1/10/2012 as part of my w/c settlement and I need a dr, anesthetologists and rehab that will accept the medicare rate. Time will tell.

I went with my gut feeling with that ortho doc I saw yesterday. i dont want to go to him.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

tmjpain
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   Posted 12/30/2011 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh Betsey, I am so sorry you are having such a tough time getting this all sorted out. I hope in the long run that you will find a doctor that you are comfortable with to do your surgery. Even if it takes 2, 3, or 4 opinions, it will be worth it.
How has your pain been? and what meds are you on now?
Hope you are still enjoying your beading and getting some crocheting in as well.

Take care
Suzane

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 1/2/2012 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Suzane.....My pain has been an 8 upon awakeing and then I take a 10 mg oxycontin. I am allowed just one other oxycontin in a 24 hour period.

Beading was stopped, not relaxing enough. Switched to crocheting. That is better for me

I am looking forward to meeting the 3rd ortho doc on Friday. I have questions written down so I wont forget anything.

I now want to get my knee done no later than May....I hurt to much.

A big Thanks goes out to my entire online family for all the support you have shown me for the entire 2011 year.

Soft Hugs

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

flower123
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   Posted 1/2/2012 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsey. I'm sorry you're dealing with so much.
I'm glad you decided not to go with that doctor, because I think it's always better to follow our instincts with things like this. I hope that you find a great one in your search.

It's so much better to have surgery with a surgeon that you really like with and that you trust. I had difficulty talking to one of mine, and it made recovery more trying than it should have been because I didn't feel comfortable asking questions.
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