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   Posted 11/21/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My friend's sister is having part of her colon removed (Chrons) and is having it done at a surgery center, one that actually represents itself as a spinal surgery center. I work in healthcare and know that some of these physician-owned mini-hospitals do not have 24 hour coverage, and if something goes wrong they actually call 911 and have an ambulance take you to a real hospital! (There were Congressional hearings about it). So I was appalled that she would go this route -- but some people don't know you can choose where your doctor does surgery, and you don't have to go to the place the doc owns (that's called self-referral).  These are nicer places usually than the big community hospitals, but I think risky.
Any thoughts or experience?  I've shared my concerns, but she doesn't even know me...
I know some of you seek out the best places for surgery in the whole country, I think that's what I would do!!

49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.

Post Edited (Peety) : 11/22/2008 11:19:15 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/21/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
My boyfriend just had shoulder surgery today at a surgery center....but it was outpatient. Most people were having that minor type of surgery here...not that any surgery is minor but it's not a total life threatening surgery. I'm not so sure I'd have colon surgey at a surgery center for the same reasons you stated.

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   Posted 11/22/2008 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had shoulder surgery at my Ortho's surgery center, but it was arthroscopic. When they needed to go back and do open surgery, it was done in the hospital. For minor outpatient procedures, I think they're okay, but if someone is opening up my abdomen, I'm going to be in a fully accredited hospital, preferably a teaching hospital where there is medical staff on site at all times.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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Mark & Megan
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   Posted 11/24/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Every year in the magazine US News and World Report, they do a medical edition, and they cover 50 best hospitals for Digestive disorders - that was how I picked my hospital was based from that list (well, part of how I narrowed in on the right place).

Watch for that edition this year.
Mark & Megan
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   Posted 11/24/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I went once to Jacksonville, Mayo Clinic I was referred there by mi GI's because I had history of hirschsprung's disease and had a colostomy when newborn. It's said that Mayo Clinic is one of the best for IBD.
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