Choosing A New Doctor

One sure-fire way to get the ‘real’ scoop on a surgeon is to talk to some homecare clinicians. Just ask a few homecare nurses — who change messy surgical dressings, negotiate wound-vacs and drains, treat surgical infections — which surgeons do a good job and which ones leave an ungodly mess behind, and believe me, […]

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Private Parts: Breast Recon Without Surgery

Well, I must say it’s been nice. By the time I submit my beleaguered breasts for inspection in a few weeks, it will have been six months since I’ve had to expose any private parts to physicians. I had a sinus infection recently that required my primary care doc to look down my throat and […]

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“This Might Hurt A Little” — Procedural Pain

First, do no harm? This is not what I wanted to write about today. But yesterday, I woke up during an outpatient diagnostic procedure, began to feel stabbing abdominal pain, made the surgeon and clinical staff aware of this, and nothing was done about it. I was in a haze induced by the conscious-sedation cocktail […]

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DCIS: What’s in a name?

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ This subject deserves much more time than I can give it today. But a New York Times article, published today, prompted me to post at least some brief commentary. You may need to sign in to the NYT site in order to read it in full, but that requires only your […]

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