Did anybody have trouble getting his local urologist to see him after traveling for treatment? I suppose many locals are prima donnas, who do not want to cleanup (even oversee catheter removal) a more famous surgeon's mess.
I'm sure for some it's the prima donna attitude but when you figure the potential liability of having to clean up another surgeon's work it's pretty common and IMO a good practice to be sure the patient is OK before resuming care. After all why should a local be expected to clean up another Dr's mess and
open themselves up to owning part of the responsibility?. For example I have a friend who went to Mayo in Phoenix, and had nothing but trouble with strictures, and finally ended up with a Dr 50 miles away and none of the locals will touch him due to liability worries.
My uro said she'd be more than happy to see me after a year if I went elsewhere and I can assure you she's not a prima donna. BTW I wrestled with the decision, did lots of internet searching on the 2 doctors (oddly enough neither had a site promoting them) and decided to have a local,
open surgery and am totally happy with it.
Dave in Durango CO
07-06 PSA 2.5
01-08 PSA 5.5 (Dr never told me)
09-09 PSA 6.5
12-09 Biopsy, initial Gleason 9 (4+5) later reduced to 8 with tertiary 5
03-01-10 Age 55 RRP in Durango CO by Dr Sejal Quale and Dr Shandra Wilson
03-16-10 Path' G-8 (4+4+5) Bilateral involving 21% of left lobe, 3% of right lobe, SVI, Focal positive margin, pT3b NO MX
All PSA as of 1-25-11 <0.04