- Sep 15, 2022
- United Kingdom
I’m in the U.K., so a different system to you, @Layla, but I was absolutely staggered at how little contact I had with my surgeon, and how little the people who were looking after me in the hospital were able to tell me. Every question was met with ‘you’ll have to ask the surgeon’…. who I never saw. I’d paid to go privately, rather than wait with the NHS, so had imagined it would be very different, but it was just as you describe - one consultation, a quick pre-op chat, then a final check up at 6 weeks (less than a fortnight now!).This is sad, but so often true! I met with my surgeon once, scheduled surgery for two months later, saw him for a couple minutes in pre-op for the second time, then not again until I was three months post op! I guess I've come to view it as he did his job as a surgeon in the OR and beyond that let his care team handle the rest. It is not what we want, nor necessarily expect, but definitely very common. I guess this isn't Marcus Welby MD No house calls, exceptional bedside manner, or sense of urgency for followup visits with your patients. Thankfully we have each other here on BS to laugh, support, comfort, advise, encourage and commiserate with.The one with the highest pay grade isn't afforded time for silliness like talking to the patient, that is for underlings with less knowledge and less pay.
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