Jul 18, 2012 - 12:40 pm
Hi, I'm new to the network. I had an open partial nephrectomy on my left kidney 4 weeks ago, and am in need of some help that I hope fellow survivors can offer.
My surgery went well, but I need to find someone in the North Atlanta area for follow up.
My doctor neglected to tell me of a study he is conducting on pain medication following surgery. This study was not mentioned in my office consultation or the pre-op visits with him or the hospital. I did not find out until after the surgery, in the recovery room, that my surgeon does not believe in pain medication following surgery and believes that patients heal faster and leave the hospital sooner if they are not given pain medication. (The case manager and nurses on the floor confirmed that this is something he does on a regular basis.)
I was finally able to get pain medication through the case manager in the patient advocacy department, but it has been a nightmare. Since our disagreement on such a fundamental portion of after care, he is not helping with simple things like what to expect during the healing process and what to do or not do to speed recovery and avoid creating post-op complications.
I know I have to follow up in 3 months, but I am hoping to find another doctor that will care for my healing and recovery, follow up, and any further treatment that might be necessary.
I have seen a few posts from folks in this area, would anyone recommend a doctor?