I am going to share a few things about my surgeon I think are strange. It has been on my mind since my visit.
• I have seen him 6 times in less than a year and he had no idea who I was and didn’t bother to look at my chart before our 6-week checkup. When he reviewed my x-rays and saw that this was my second THR, he asked, “Oh, did we do that one?” If I was quick on my feet, I would have said, “Uh, yeah, you did it a few months ago.
• When I told him I had bad knee pain the first 10 days after surgery, he acted like that was super strange. “Oh, really? You’re okay now, though?” It’s like he only wants to hear, “I had the best recovery ever! You’re a total genius!” And btw I did tell him I had great and fairly easy recoveries.
• When I told him and one of his staff members I still have to ice 1-2x/day and take ibuprofen a couple times a day, they acted a little surprised and asked if I was okay otherwise. Again, this may be related to only wanting to hear what a fantastic recovery I had.
He is clearly a great surgeon and for a surgeon he has a pretty good bedside manner generally. But I was taken aback by the fact that he didn’t even seem to know who the heck I am and found normal aches and pains that are part of healing curious. My husband said I wouldn’t believe the number of people who were in and out of the surgery center in the few hours he sat there. And I know they are extremely busy. But geez, he’s not even old (late 40ish) and he can’t remember someone he’s operated on twice and consulted with numerous times?
Oh, well. I don’t know what I am fretting for. It’s done and I had good results. I don’t need to see him again for a year where it can be just like we’re meeting again for the first time.