Last Friday I went to an orthosurgeon for a consult. This guy is head of orthosurgery at one of the top hospitals in NYC. The experience was very different from my other doctors who are all considered top doctors on Long Island (suburb of NYC). First I waited almost 2 hours to be called in. Then I waited in a room for a half hour. Then the surgeons chief resident came in. Nice guy who took my history and did a very complete exam. He ordered an xray and then came back. Then he took my films and cd of MRI and CT and said he would review them with the doc. They came back 15 mins later(alittle quick for 2 MRI, 2 CT and xrays) and the doctor pronounced he didn't see anything that was causing my pain. Good Bye
For the past two days I've been thinking about this experience. It's making me question whether going for the "big name doctor" is really the best thing. In my world going to NYC is the ultimate in treatment. But we have an excellent hospital network in my area.
My surgeon is head of neurosurgery at this hospital. His office is very efficiently run. I never wait more than 15 minutes in the waiting room and then again never that long in the exam room. I talk to him not an assistant. And he goes over the reports and films or cd right there with me.
So my question for everyone is "what do you think? Big name doc or well-respected local?"