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)