Fudge! It it isn't one thing it is another!!! Went to the doctor for a flu shot, didn't get the flu shot, got shipped off to the imaging facility for a soft tissue CT scan of the neck and thyroid blood draw. *sigh*
Next thing I know I have an appointment 12 November w/a general surgeor for a fine needle aspiration biopsy. The very next day I received paperwork to fill out from the surgeon's office. Rather than misplace it between now and the 12th I filled it out and FAXed it to him. Low and behold the very next day, late Friday afternoon I get a call from the surgeon's office, they received my films on CD and dictated report and called to find a convenient date to schedule the FNAB. Then the clincher! They want to schedule the FNAB "before" my appointment on the 12th! That will be my consultation w/the results.
Whoa!!! Does he use guided ultrasound? Does he use local anestheic or topical anesthetic. I'm inclined to prefer the topical but want to hear his recommendation and why. Which local lab is best w/the best cytopathologist. Do we HAVE a GOOD cytopathologist at either of our hospitals. Does he have a cytopathologist on hand during the FNAB. How many of these procedures does he do each month. What is his "unsatisfactory" or "inconclusive" specimens rate. I have COPD and am worried about
what happens if I HAVE to cough and can't control it. How many times has he nicked a larynx muscle or nerve. How many of his patients have had voice problems after the FNAB. For how long. Or permanently. These are all questions I assumed I would ask during our initial office consultation NOT 5 minutes before the procedure!!!!
I was pretty cool about
all this - until this phone call to schedule the FNAB "before" the initial consultation. Who ever heard of a surgeon getting anyone in for a surgical procedure this fast. And WHY this fast.
I'm thinking of bolting for Mayo or at least for U of M! SOME place I KNOW they have a good cytopathologist on staff and availablel DURING the FNAB.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 10/18/2009 8:37:51 PM (GMT-6)