Posted 9/30/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)
So after suffering with UC for the past 4 years+ (and I mean ACTIVE suffering, etc..) and trying everything from Salofalk to Prednisone to Remicade to alternate medicines to Humira just two months ago (so-so results so far), I decided to start the process toward getting "the surgery" and met up with a local Montreal surgeon for that very reason.
The man was BEYOND old school and seemed ready to CUT ME UP as soon as I walked into his office. They had told me to take some ENEMAS before going over, but I had made it clear to both his secretary and my GI, that I only wanted a CONSULTATION and some questions for this meeting (also, I already have about 6-12 BMs a day, so why would I need an enema??). So after asking 2-3 questions, he said "Let me examine you in the next room", and before I knew it, the man was elbow-deep into my anus with God knows what (needless to say, it was EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE). The whole thing lasted about a minute, after which I went back into his office.
The man said NOTHING about what he just did in his examining room, NOR why he did what he did. Needless to say, I wasn't very happy about the situation, but got right to my questions, which were about 6 in total.
He answered most of them with SHORT RESPONSES and YES/NO type answers. When I was almost done, he said "Is that about it?", and started speaking into his small RECORDER about the session as I was walking away.
I STILL don't know exactly what the surgery would be like EXACTLY (he never elaborated), and needless to say, I'm not gonna be choosing this doofus, but is this what most colon-rectal surgeons are like???
PS: Right before I left his office, I turned to him and said "By the way, did you find anything in the examining room?" (since he never addressed it, one way or the other), and he replied, "No, your anus was a little inflamed, but that's normal." Considering that I wasn't even CLOSE to doing the surgery just yet, I wonder why he did that examination. Does anyone know?