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Unread 09-20-2011, 09:54 AM
How can you be sure your dr is good?

I'm considering getting a hysterectomy for fibroids. My doctor said she uses the Da Vinci. I tried looking up up her name on the link for gynecologist that use Da Vinci in my area, but didn't see her name. She did a hysterectomy on my mom about 7 years ago for a falling uterus, she took out her uterus and one ovary, but couldn't find the other ovary, so she left it in. Is that normal and ok? I just worry that to have something like this done, I want somebody that is awesome and really knows their stuff.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 10:37 AM
Re: How can you be sure your dr is good?

Is there any way you can talk to some of her previous patients? I know that'd be a huge HIPAA violation, but I don't know what else to suggest right now. I was given my GYN's name by a couple of co-workers who had seen him, and asking around was also able to talk to a couple of other people who had seen him for the same procedure I had. Maybe you could ask another doctor who works with her, or ask the doctor herself if she has any kind of documentation about her 'track record' so to speak?

Best wishes!
Unread 09-20-2011, 01:20 PM
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I understand your concerns. I didn't feel completely comfortable with the gyn who diagnosed my fibroid, so I started asking friends and co-workers for referrals to other droctors. I interviewed three before I chose my surgeon, based on "rave reviews" from several people I knew and also the fact that he made me feel comfortable and inspired confidence when I met with him.

There are a number of physicial review websites out there. Maybe look on a few of those to see if anyone has reviewed your doctor and also to see what other gynecologic surgeons in your area are getting good reviews.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 04:47 PM
Re: How can you be sure your dr is good?

If you know someone who works in the medical field, you can ask them who they would recommend if they had to have a hysterectomy. My daughter who is a nurse asked around and the same name kept popping up. It was my doctor's name. So even though we didn't see eye to eye on a few things (he wanted to rip out my ovaries), he did a fantastic job and I had an excellent recovery.

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