Re: List of Dr.'s by state?

From: Christine M. Smith (
Fri Oct 15 16:35:58 1999

At Fri, 15 Oct 1999, Gina wrote: >
>Hi Christine,
>My surgeon was Dr. Wiper. He is new to the practice, but
>is said to be one of the best in his field. His surgical technique
>seems good since my incisions healed well and I
>didn't develop a single infection from either surgery. His bedside
>manner leaves much to be desired. He also does not believe in pain
>management through pills--he believes we should just suffer. He is very
>uncomfortable discussing how these surgeries might affect a person's sex
>life, etc.
>He, like your docs, does not believe in barriers or any type of adhesion
>prevention devices. He has admitted that I do in fact have adhesions
>now, and his opinion is that I will just have to accept and live with
>the pain and discomfort.
>What I want to know is why this wasn't listed as a risk before the
>surgery is performed? I had no idea my quality of life would be so
>adversely affected--and apparently neither did he. He had told me I'd
>be back to normal within 2-4 weeks. He also said in his experience no
>one has had as many problems as I have/did.
>At Thu, 14 Oct 1999, Christine M. Smith wrote:
>>Hi Gina:
>>I also live in Portland, Maine and I'm very curious to know who your
>>surgeon was. You can e-mail me privately if you want to. I would like
>>to know. I had a lap in 3/98 by my gyn and a second one in 9/98 by a
>>local general surgeon who is supposed to be good with advanced
>>laparoscopic techniques (long story about why I had two 6 months apart).
>>Neither docs used barriers, the general surgeon said none of them work
>>well enough. I liked the general surgeon (the gyn too but i knew him a
>>long time).
>>Chris S.

Hi Gina: I don't recognize that name. I don't even recall his name being on the OR schedule at work (I work at MMC) He must be very new. My surgeon is part of the Maine Surgical Group (or whatever they're called) down on John Roberts Rd. He was about as personable as I would expect any surgeon to be. I would not look to a surgeon for pain control though. I have noticed that adhesions are not listed on the informed consent that patients have to sign before every surgical procedure. I have seen every other risk IS listed (at least it seems that way) INCLUDING DEATH but not adhesions! Unbelievable! My surgeon had no problems admitting they exist. I never felt that he doubted they were causing me pain (even though now it looks like they might not have) and he gave me no guarantees. So even though adhesions weren't listed on the consent he made it very clear to me that I could be the same or worse after the surgery. The GI doc I saw never mentioned adhesions either. When I brought uup the possibility he said if you have had surgery, then you have adhesions. Who is your gyn?

Chris S.

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