Aug 20, 2012 - 7:40 pm
I'll try to make this short. My regular ENT found my tongue tumor and referred me to the best H&N surgeon in the city. He is the only one to use the TORS too so this was a no brainer. Here is the problem with him treating me.
As far as a surgeon, he saved my life. Very skilled and takes his time. He did the partial tongue removal and radical neck dissection two months later. On both operations I never received decent pain relief. The suffering I went through with my tongue was the worst 10 pain I've ever had. Trying to get some stronger medication wall impossible. He came right out and said "I don't want to talk about it". My wife would love to strangle him BTW. Even in the hospital the nurses were very frustrated because they saw how much pain I was in and had no power to change his mind. Oh well, that's over and done and it turned out okay.
The second thing is whenever I saw him he of course scoped me. He would bill my insurance for surgery and I had to pay $150 co-pay for every visit so far. That sure added up when added to the rad bill.
Thing is I don't want to continue the follow ups with him anymore. I am supposed to see him and my rad Oncologist every two months since treatment ended. What I want to do is go back to my ENT and let her check me and coordinate with my Oncologist. What do you all think? It's not that I can't afford the extra bill, but I am still very mad about the pain relief. Is this a stupid move? My Onc doesn't want me to change but I just can't get over this.
BTW, my first PET since treatment ended (April 3) is tomorrow. I have full confidence that it'll be negative.
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.