• Response to Surgeon is Questionable

    Asked by Blackmama on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Response to Surgeon is Questionable

    Thanks to all who have replied. Many of you are asking is there other factors that has made me question the surgeon. Yes there are some.
    1. He did the media stinoscopy on me and it is still sore. That was a week ago. Also, on my first visit, he told me what he wanted to do without first completely reviewing my PET which showed 1 lymph node close by that Might be cancerous. He then called me on the phone to tell me of this "additional" heartwrenching information.
    2. He has only been certified through ABTS since 2010. I called to verify. woman would not tell me if he had been certified prior to 2010.
    3. His credentials on the hospital site says he is certified American Board of Surgeons, but he is not.
    4. He graduated in 2000.
    5. The Healthgrades profile says he only has 9 years experience. Not sure about why.
    6. For him to do the surgery I will have it done at a hospital where he and about 40 other doctors are the owners of that hospital. I am not pleased with the hospital staff.

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I don't blame you for your doubts, this all sounds very fishy. Get a 2nd opinion ASAP from a doctor at an other cancer center.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Some of this does sound concerning. You need to be comfortable with this guy before going under his knife. There is no harm in seeking a second opinion.

      over 3 years ago
    • Blackmama's Avatar

      Thanks to all for responding to my "questionable surgeon". I have also just learned that he was in residency until 2008. So, he has been out in practice only 5 years. Perhaps I am just being paranoid. I am sure that I am. But, I guess I am scared. So, with this, I will go for a second opinion and then see what I need to do. I'll keep you all posted. Hugs to all, Blackmama in Oklahoma.
      PS, if any of you are familiar with OKC, let me know what you think of Integris Baptist in OKC.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Whatever the actual situation, you don't trust him. Find someone else. OKC should have several options not to mention other locations close by. Houston (MD Anderson) is only half a day away. Get a second opinion and find someone you trust.

      over 3 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      The most important thing is how you feel about it. If it doesn't feel like a good choice in your gut, then you're always going to question it. If I was in your position and I had all of those questions that I couldn't resolve or feel good about, I would just go ahead and look for someone with whom I felt more comfortable.

      over 3 years ago
    • Journey's Avatar

      Hi Blackmama,
      Yes, you need to feel completely comfortable with your doctor's expertise. It is good to get a 2nd opinion if it doesn't seem just right. I don't know what is available in Oklahoma, but others might be of some help. Best of luck to you!

      over 3 years ago
    • Unidexter's Avatar

      If you are not 100 Percent confident about a surgeon, perhaps you should get a second opinion.

      over 3 years ago

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