Have diabetes, osteoarthritis in both knees, inconstant pain, have tried lots of diets, gained back more than I lost. Feel this is my last option. Was hoping to have knee replacement surgery but surgeon will not operate on me because of weight. He feels if my weight was under control the knee pain would diminish.
Had surgery Feb. 3rd at Brigham & Women's in Boston - Dr. Malcolm Robinson. Doing FABULOUS !!! Had staples removed Feb. 14th - no problem. Am eating well - no nausea, some diarrhea, not bad - have felt uncomfortable but not in pain. Have gone shopping, to the movies and I get up in the morning and don't nap or lay down all day. I'm enjoying my time off from work. Been lazing around reading and talking to friends. Back to work soon.
Life is good !!
My first impression was of a very professional and nice man. I had done research on him at the hospital web site so I knew what he looked like and his background.
I came armed with lots of research from the net and some questions. He respected the fact that I had already made up my mind and was just coming in to see if he would do it. He had an educated patient on his hands so he did not have to "sell" me on anything. Not that I think he would.
It was my first experience with a big city hospital and I was amazed at how efficient and organized everything was. Everywhere I went the people and staff were so very nice and so professional.
I did ot give him much of an opportunity to really sit down and discuss lots of ins and outs. I was so sure that I wanted this that I just said WHEN?? He rushed me through since I had a time issue at work. I saw him on Ded. 28th and I had my surgery on Feb 3rd. Bamm boom - all set! I ahd no problem with insurance - they took care of everything.
His wonderful assistant worked extra hard to get all the pre-op tests done in time. I had a sleep study done, the "shrink" appointment, gave my blood twice, did the whole pre-op testing - all within 3 weeks.
He was very clear about the risks. Brigham and Women's is a Harvard teaching hospital so there was always a student around which I liked. I feel you are getting great care when they are teaching another person. (Shades of "ER").
I feel he knew I was a kind of no-nonsense gal and just forged ahead without a lot of excess worry.
I have another appointment with him on Feb. 28th where I will probably talk to him more than I have as yet.
I ahve had many many surgeries and seen many many doctors and he fit my style just fine !!
Blue Cross, Blue Choice