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   Posted 4/13/2010 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm hoping that some of you have had experience with Cedar Sinai so that it will either put my mind at ease or so that I start looking for other options.  Last Friday the gastroenterologist said he was referring me there for further testing and possible surgery.  I assumed that his office would call to let me know when the appointment would be because when my husband was referred to Loma Linda, the local doctor made arrangements for us.  So I called today and was told that it takes from two weeks to a month for Cedar Sinai to review a patient's case then call to make the appointment.   Does this sound right to you?
1999 Fibromyalgia and all the fun stuff that goes with it came to live with me.

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   Posted 4/13/2010 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I found that to be true with Cedar Sinai.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 4/13/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Val,
I had my surgery at cedars in Beverly HIlls and had a fantastic experience.  My surgeon's name is Dr. Eiman Firoozmand and he was amazing.  The hospital is great.  The nurses and wonderful and the doctors and amazing.   I would be patient.  They definately are worth it.  I hope it's a good experience for you too.
Crohn's Free Since April '06
Total colectomy/ileostomy April '06
Reversal July '06
Bowl resection/ileostomy July '07
Bowl resection/Stoma repair June '08
6ft. intestine left
Currently trying to learn about the "new me"

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   Posted 4/16/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery at Cedars Sinai in October 2008, and my referral process went much faster. I had already consulted with Dr. Targan at their Irritable Bowel Disease Center, and I think that helped, but I was the one who called the surgeon directly, and I had an appointment within a week, and all the required testing was done in the next couple of weeks, with my surgery taking place within two weeks of my initial visit. Granted, I was an emergency case.

My colorectal surgeon was Dr. Phillip Fleshner, his contact info is available from the Cedars website. You can call his office directly and make an appointment for a surgical consultation. From there his office can help you set up all the required testing if indicated. Dr. Fleshner has an excellent reputation, and I was very pleased with my care.
Dx Mild Proctitis 7/06 at age 33, Dx Severe Pan Colitis 5/07, Dx Crohn's Colitis 10/07
Failed Asacol, Lialda, 6-MP, Canasa, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Entocort, Remicade, Humira
10/10/08 colon removed, temporary ileostomy
11/10/08 FINALLY off prednisone after 18 months
2nd of 3 surgeries planned for '09 to form j-pouch

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   Posted 4/17/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Val,  yes that is true and it would be great if you can wait because they are a good hospital.  So just keep hanging in there.
I have had a few problems with gas this week...It gets stuck and untill the gass passes I cant poop....my bowel movements are like 2-3 a day now...anint it great?
But of course I ate 2 pieces of pizza and forgot to take my lactose pill so its giving me heck...so wont do that again...  Its a learning process of trial and error of what to eat...still salad is a rough one so have backed off of that.  I ate a slice of orange yesterday and that might have added to my problem too.
But not complaining, cuz other than that, and a constant sinus headache I am great...so best wishes for all to have a good day of health..
Leslie King
  1984 Tubligation  1992 Diagnosed with Thyroid tumor    
1993 Gallbladder Removed  1997 Hysterectomy  1998 Carpol Tunnel 
 1999 Spinal Cord Surgery for a Anacroid Syst
2001 Lower Lumbar Fusion L4-5  
2003 Sigmoid Colon Resection
 2006 Right Knee Replacement 2005 Breast Reduction
 2008 RE-did the Lower Lumbar Fusion/ lamanoctomy
2010 DX: colonic Inertia/ Pelvic Floor Disorder
2010 Total Colectomy ABD W/O proctectomy; w/Ileosto

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   Posted 4/18/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your replies and encouragement.  Friday I was contacted and my consultation has been set for May 20th.  The doctor I will see is the head of the motility department - Dr. Edy Soffer. 
1999 Fibromyalgia and all the fun stuff that goes with it came to live with me.

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