Dillon's surgeon was Helen MacRae at Mount Sinai.
I have to say that when we had our first consult with her we left after about 30 minutes quite upset and Dillon GREATLY disliked her. Dillon and I went out for lunch and I can remember him sitting there very quietly and then he looked at me and said "that lady is not coming at me with a knife" and that no way was he having surgery.
The problem was that we were shooting the messenger. She is very straight forward, calls a spade a spade, and will tell you all the possible complications....nothing is flower coated. She came across to us, at the beginning, as cold and detached.
After speaking with our family doc, Dillon's GI (who knows the surgeons very well) and others we were brought to the conclusion that we wanted a surgeon who was the very best at what they do and that their bed side manner was not the most important aspect. From everything we heard she truly was the best....so we went ahead. Other docs also convinced us that the cold, detached personality is part of the make-up that makes for a great surgeon.
Skipping forward three surgeries and many months we came to love this woman with every fiber of our bodies. After the decision was made to go ahead with surgery she was absolutely amazing. Dillon was unlucky and had numerous complications (beyond her control) but all were dealt with with competence and compassion. She was always accessible and never rushed when we had concerns....she and her students were absolutely wonderful. She gave such a sense of authority to Dillon that somehow you always knew that everything would, in the end, turn out okay....and of course it did.
I really think that Dillon and I went into that first consult hoping we would hear that this surgery was the magic, easy answer to ridding our lives of UC....when the answer that we got was not quite so simple, we took it out on her.
Try to remember during your consult that she HAS to tell you all the possible problems. This is major surgery and should not be taken lightly. In retrospect I am so happy that we went into it fully educated and really knowing what to expect.
Something you should know is that she at the top of her field in laproscopic surgery. If your situation allows and your surgery can be done that way, healing is much easier. She is also head of the Surgical Skills Center at Mount Sinai and thus is greatly revered by her colleagues.
All in all, I cannot speak highly enough about her but don't be surprised if it takes a while to warm up to her.
I wish you as much success as Dillon has had and I fully believe that you cannot be any better hands.
Please, when you see her, give her our best. She remembers Dillon very well. He is actually seeing her in a couple of weeks.
Wishing you all the best,
Cathy and Dillon Collins
Mom to Dillon (age 20) who had three major UC flares over two years....Very sick. Colectomy Sept/09, J pouch built Jan/10 and take down Feb/10. Now out living life at University and doing great. NO MEDS