Don't you just hate it when the doctor blows you off? I think that connecting with a doctor is as key to a good recovery as the skill he/she has.
A surgeon takes our life into his hands when we hop on that operating table. I can't imagine the pressure he must be under knowing that if he/she makes a mistake, we pay the price. A good surgeon will realize this every time he operates.
Some of the things that I look for in a good doctor are:
2) Board certified
3) Does he have any malpractice suits on record
4) Word of mouth recommendatiosn
5) Does he take the time to listen, really listen
6) Do we connect or does he treat me as "beneath" him
8) Staff support
9) does he explain what he wants to do in terms I can understand
10) Is he okay with 2nd opinion
11) How long does he follow-through before passing me off to someone else
12) Does he treat me as if I am his #1 patient, or am I just a number
13) If having surgery, will he/she do the surgery or will he supervise a younger resident. If I find a highly experienced successful surgeon and choose him because of his success rate, I don't want to find out later that he wasn't the one who actually operated on me. Make sure you know who is in the operating room with you!
I have dealt with a lot of doctors through the years. Some good, some great, some should close their doors. A good doctor is easy to find, a great one is rare.
We should all make sure we are comfortable with the surgeon we choose, as well as the doctors who continue taking care of us, from our primary care physicians to pain medical specialists, to whomever we need next.
I am now working with a pain management doctor who takes the time to listen every time I see him. I am surprised at his level of compassion and how he comes in, sits down, makes eye contact while we are talking, and I am his number one focus while he is in the room.
For those of you who have crappy doctors, I am sorry. I know I am lucky. Just wish all docs had a magic wand and could make us well again!
Please share your recommendations for a good doc and what steps you take to make sure you get the best care possible.
Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!