Will it be a problem for me to seek second and third opinions from surgeons in the same medical group?
With me, it wasn’t a problem going from one urologist to another in the same group. (I live in southern Appalachia). If your group operates like mine did, it was just a matter of calling the group’s receptionists/schedulers and telling them who I wanted to see. They accommodated that. As of now, you are probably “the patient of Dr. So ‘n So. They will “take you away” from being “his” patient and you will become “the patient of the other doctor”. So, there is some paper work involved for them
I too, do not like coming across a a pain in the rear. But, the way I saw it was, “You all are going home at 5 pm to continue on with your normal lives. *I’m* the one with cancer.”
You may end up (I did) seeing the other surgeon as more competent and letting him operate on you. During the follow up care is where my surgeon and I began to have relationship problems. So, it was then that I requested to go back to the original Uroto whom I was first assigned. They did accommodate that as well. But, I will tell you, doctors, as a rule, would rather not have to fix other another doctor’s mess ups. Their attitude can be (in rural areas anyway), “Heck, HE screwed things up, let HIM fix his own problems.”
So much of this can be driven by personalities in Small Town, America. These are issues that you more than likely will not encounter. But, here...it can be fairly common.
The bottom line is to go with who you are most comfortable with to administer your treatment. The rest is just living life.
Which, I may add...you’ve got plenty of left to live.
PSA 2010 thru 2014...4.0 +/- .7
Dx 12/14 @ 56 yo...2 cores G6 <5%, 1 core G6 20%, 1 core HGPIN.
RALP 11/25/15...3+4. 3 mm G6 surgical margin, 15% involvement
(5% G4) pT2+ Decipher: non-aggressive