Ali, Dr. Thacker trained at Mayo clinic in MN. That was the main reason I chose her. You may have to wait for awhile to see her in the waiting room because she seems to take all the time she needs with each patient. Good if you are the patient, bad if you are waiting to see her! I hate being rushed in an appointment so I appreciate that about her. She seems upbeat and I feel like she actually listens to me. She could tell right away I had done my research on the j pouch and from that agreed to do my surgery without any additional testing (she did have my medical records) (I was soooooo done with testing) She also let me skip the colon prep and I got to drink a gatorade the morning of surgery vs. my friend at UNC had to do a colonoscopy the day before, with a prep, so basically had to go 2 plus days without food. I believe Dr. Thacker is progressive and knowledgeable, but cautious. She also let me drink right away and eat the next day because she thinks making you wait just helps the bowels fall asleep. She said she's gotten a j pouch / colon surgery out in 2.5 days! I was in 6 days but I think that had more to do with trying to get on oral meds that worked. The first night I stayed in the area where I went in for surgery... a divided space that a curtain covers... loud and no fun! Oh, and the food sucked lol. Whoever her trainee was threatened me when I tried to refuse a shot in my stomach right after surgery but I don't blame Dr. Thacker for that. The lapro surgery gave me severe shoulder pains right after I woke up but I hear that's common and they gave me good meds to help with that.
DX 2/10 UP. DX 07/10 UC. Pancolitis. tried: Canasa, Asacol, Bentyl, Imodium, Imuran, Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Remicade, Codeine, Tramadol, Xanax, Morphine, Vicodin, Prozac, ~ nothing worked. 1st surgery 6/8/11! 2 more to go!