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Unread 02-27-2004, 11:32 AM
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Okay, I've narrowed down my insurance options and now I'm faced with having to find a GYN who treats endo (and who is a relatively good surgeon, because I have a complicated history with the severe endo and adhesions).

How do I choose a doctor? In the past I've either been referredto hem through the ER and had no time to look for one, or the two that I did find on my own ended up being the wrong ones for me.

I'm mentally exhausted from having to deal with bad doctors, so any help finding a good one would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, I also looked into seeing a GYN oncologist (for the endo) but none of them exist within the HMO network, so the HMO won't approve it for endo in order to get the referral outside the network, so for now I'm stuck dealing with a GYN.

Thanks for the help ladies!

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Unread 02-27-2004, 11:41 AM
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{{{{Rita}}}}}} I would ask around where you work, friends, neighbors, etc. Also call the local hospitals especially if there is a teaching hospital in your area and ask there if they can refer you to a good GYN. Ask a nurse...........they are the best indicators of who is good and who is not. Sometimes they might not tell you WHO to chose but maybe who NOT to chose, if you get my drift. How about your GP or other doctor you trust? They may have some good referrals. Good luck, sweetie. I wish you the best!

Unread 02-27-2004, 11:58 AM
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The nurses at the hospital usually have a good idea of who the best Gyns are... especially if you call the labor and delivery floor. Make sure to ask about endometriosis. I lucked out with my doctor but I later found out that a big percentage of the nurses on the Labor and Delivery floor go to him as well.

You might also be able to call the offices and ask what the doctor specializes in or is interested in... (without leading the with the question about Endo).

Another place we have found good information is from a friend who is an anesthesiologist.

Do they have a list of doctors on the Endometriosis Association web page? I don't know but thought it might be a place to look.

I hope you find a good doctor.

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Unread 02-27-2004, 12:00 PM
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I forgot to mention.... If there is a Reproductive Endocrinologist on the plan, they often deal with endometriosis (that is the type of MD I saw the first time I went to Mayo)... Another idea would be to call that office and ask if they can recommend a Gyn who has skills required for endo surgery.

Unread 02-27-2004, 12:00 PM
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--Is there a chapter of the endometriosis association in your area?

--Asking a nurse in a hospital is also a good idea - they have a pretty good notion of who messes up. When I was looking for an OB, I called the post-partum floor a couple times

--Asking any trustworthy MD you know

--check the doctor referral service at your hospital; you might want to find a gyn who doesn't do OB - they tend to be more interested in surgery, especially if they are relatively younger

Unread 02-27-2004, 01:50 PM
Thank you ladies...

I printed off your replies so that I could make good use of the suggestions you gave to me.

Thank you for your help. You know how it is when you're in the middle of a mess and you can't see your way out of it? It helps when someone else comes along and can see things clearly and know what to do.

Thanks for all the help...I'm on my way to searching now.


Unread 02-27-2004, 02:11 PM
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Originally posted by fussybird
You know how it is when you're in the middle of a mess and you can't see your way out of it?
Oh Rita, I can totally relate to that statement! Hang in there, I know we want answers and relief quickly, but it can take some time and patience to wind our way thru the doctor maze. I think it is important to find the right doctor.

Never hesitate to the other way if you get a bad feeling about a doctor. I think it is very very important to have a good relationship with your doctor. If you are apprehensive, afraid of him/her or feel he/she isn't helping, than odds are the treatment options probably aren't going to help.

It has only been since I found some good docs that I got some semblance of a life back. It has been small steps, but each step has been an important one. When I say good, it's not that I am cured or that my problems are gone for good, but the docs are kind and caring and have given me options to pursue and have kept me comfortable while we look at the options. Sometimes there aren't any clear cut answers.

Unread 02-27-2004, 03:37 PM
Thank you Kim


Thank you, you make an excellent point, that I am sure I'll need to remind myself of throughout this process. I tend to see a doctor and feel like there's something wrong with me if I don't fit into their treatment plan, like with my GYN who constantly prescribes me BC pills even when I've told him I won't take them because of the side effects I've had. I even had to ask DH once if HE heard me say that...I was starting to doubt myself, lol.

My GI doctor gives me new hope about doctors. He's a great guy...and I'm hoping I'll find the same qualities in a GYN and a PM specialist.

Unread 02-27-2004, 06:32 PM
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Why don't you ask your GI guy for a gyn recomendation? Or run the list of gyns in your HMO by him and ask who he would have do endo surgery on HIS wife.

Unread 02-27-2004, 06:57 PM
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Hi ((Rita))

Dorrie has a great idea.... in fact that is how I found a really nice GP... My Gyn is great so I gave him the list of GPs in my insurance plan and he gave it back to me with circles around the names of the doctors he knew and thought would be good to me.

I think it is good to give them a list to work from.

Great idea ((Dorrie))


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