I understand he is going into private practice with a college friend in New Jersey. I am so upset as well. I just had my 8.5 year follow up with him, as I missed my summer appt. I'm glad I went. I'm hoping he will be at March's support group and we have an opportunity to wish him well.
I will be seeing Dr Bell this Friday, March 15th. I have not received a call that he will not be present. I will ask him about the support group and if he will attend, then post a message. I was unaware he was leaving. Thank you for this information. There is another surgeon in his office. Has anyone had an experience with him and would share? Duffy perhaps? I had surgery on January 23rd, 2013. I just found this site and hope to make contacts and be a good listener when the time arises. Best..... IM
I too got a phone call and letter.... I too heard that he is opening his own practice in PA ... I will certainly miss him as I am 4 years post-op and worry about who I will see after he is gone. He is "top notch" in my book ... hard shoes to fill! I do wish him all the best in his move. Fortunately, I was able to get in to see him before he leaves.
Haha.... I told my husband we are moving to Jersey. At first he **** himself and then was like "it can't be worse than Connecticut"!
I rescheduled today so now i will actually see him next week. I am up in weight this year (I had tendonitis surgery and blew my rotator cuff I think so my activity has been zero) but I'm hoping he won't be giving me a hard time since I will be friggin crying !
He'll NEVER give you a hard time; that's not him at all. He'll be his encouraging self, something no other doctor has the ability to do. He truly is one of a kind! I'm hoping to make it to support group to say good bye and wish him the best in March. I hope he'll go to that one. He's usually at all of them.
Good luck at your appt. You'll get back in the swing of it once you are on the mend. Just always remember, he gave us a "gift" - he calls it a tool; I call it a gift!