After much discussion we have decided to seek a second opinion for our handicapped son's surgery. He is scheduled to have the remainder of his colon (suppose to be a small amount), his rectum and anus removed on 3/3/11. It is scheduled to be done at Children's hospital in Columbus. However, I just have a feeling in my gut that we should go talk to a colorectal surgeon. The surgeon that is doing it is the main surgeon for IBD, but I wonder (and am going to call Monday and ask) how many of this type of surgeries he has done. Being a pediatric surgeon, would he have done as many as an adult surgeon? We are so comfortable at Children's since he has had all of his 12+ surgeries (including heart surgery as well as his total colectomy) over the years done there that going somewhere else is scary. However, I keep reading that everyone says only go to a colorectal surgeon.
So my questions is for all of you Ohio folks...who would you recommend? Someone in Columbus or Cleveland? We live in central Ohio.
Guess I should add. J is 22, only weighs 85 pounds and mentally is about like a 2 yr old. So he could either be considered a child or an adult. He is our life and putting him through yet another surgery is very difficult. But, we need to do this, he still has some bleeding and we know the risk for cancer is high.
Thanks for your help.
Post Edited (J's Mom) : 2/12/2011 9:23:02 PM (GMT-7)