Sorry to just get back with you from the other post. This will be long.
Yes, Dr. Koruda did my surgery and I was not impressed with him. I have very mixed emotions about my experience at UNC. I saw Dr. Sartor (who has CD himself) he was wonderful, but he is not a surgeon so then I saw Dr. K.
I had a fistula draining from my intestines to the outer wall of my abedomen. I had drainage from my intestines and infection coming out a hole in my side so I had to keep it covered at all times.
Day of the surgery I was waiting in the lobby with about 75 other people scheuled for surgery. They called everyone at once and we had to walk up two flights of stairs down a long hallway (a lot like a cattle line). I had never seen Dr. K at this point. Then we were taken into a huge room with cubicles and each given a "room". I waited there for a couple of hours and was then taken to surgery. After surgery I was in the recovery room for over 6 hours while they waited for an empty hospital room to put me in. The next day Dr. Koruda came and literally stood at the door and talked to me - he did not even come in the room. He said he could only find a tiny hole to sew up and I should be fine with no more drainage. For the next 5 days I only saw the med students each morning before dawn. They came in and literally had class standing over me and did not even acknowledge me as a person or patient. I felt like a frog in biology class. When I asked a question they would give me a short answer or say they would pass it on to Dr. K.
The day I got home the drainage started again out the hole in my side. I called UNC and was given the person on call. They told me it was impossible for it to be draining. Excuse me, I had that hole in my side for two years, I knew when it was draining!
They did a test (forgot the name) to look. I had this test done at home before I went to UNC so I knew what to look for. They x-rayed while putting dye into the hole in my side. The dye went straight into my intestines, just like it had done before surgery. I started asking questions so the tech called Dr. K. He couldn't tell them anything and would not talk to me. I asked if I had been cut open and stapled shut for no reason and the tech just shook his head.
So, return visit to have the staples removed. Dr. K took them out and I asked why it was draining and what he had done while I was in surgery. He said he had never seen anything like it before and I was released. Then he walked out. Literally almost in mid sentence walked out and that was it. I went home. I even walked around in the halls looking for him and couldn't find him.
After that I started going to Baptist and started taking 6MP which closed the hole.
Again, mixed feelings - I feel like it was a good place to be at the time, but I seriously question Dr. K and what he did. Dr. Sartor was wonderful. He took all the time I needed to answer any questions I had and explain things.
Since then I have been to CD support groups where I have heard bad and good things about Dr. K. The bad were similar stories to mine of him not being able to answer questions or just not answering them and then having to have another surgeon still fix the problem.
All that I guess to say make sure you know what is being done before it is done and make sure it gets done. My experience with the nurses once I was in the hospital was fine - they were all nice and sympathic to the person who was the biology frog. They told me sometimes the bad thing about a teaching hospital is they forget you are a person too. That is so true.
Hope you and your friend are doing well. Feel free to e-mail me if you ahve other questions.
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