Does the type of doctor matter?

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   Posted 2/20/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just released from the hospital today after a small bowell obstruction. I had always had trouble with my previous surgeon which was a colorectal surgeon. He was good with my surgeries but since he doesnt seem to know what to do with me. Well, in the hospital I had a consult with a gastrointestinal-general surgeon who sat and talked to me about what my ct scan showed and what I was looking at in the future. I like how he talked to me. I also asked around the unit a bit when I ran into patients and nurses and things of what they thought of this doctor. I also want to look him up if I can. So my question is, I was always told to see colorectal surgeons for they are the best. This doctor told me that there is some really hard stool in there and that he thought part of my colon wasnt working, he said if it was up to him, he would do a sitz marker test again, and see what part isnt working then go in remove that part which will remove the hernia as well. Is it ok to go to a general surgeon or better to stay with a colorectal surgeon?

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   Posted 2/21/2010 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure where you are located and if you have an option for a second C/R Surgeon, if this 'gastrointestinal general surgeon' is willing to look a little farther by running tests to figure out what is going doesn't sound like it would hurt. He's not just going straight to surgery but looking for the cause of your problems.

You can always decide to go with a new C/R Surgeon once you get answers! Good Luck:)

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   Posted 2/21/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
my my surgeons were general surgeons.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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   Posted 2/22/2010 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI sent me to a general surgeon when I had my right hemicolectomy done but said I had to go to a colorectal surgeon when I had my ileostomy and proctocolectomy done. If I were you I would get a second opinion for another colorectal surgeon and as OHIO said it wouldn't hurt to at least have the sitz marker test done. Keep us posted and take care
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