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675 N. St.
Chicago, IL 60611
I wanted to go on the record with you, and with the hospital that you serve, to provide an accounting of my experience with you during the nearly two years I was a patient of yours. In November of 2010 I went into the last of three surgeries under your care. It was not a success. The goal was to inject some fat into a pocket above my left breast to try and restore a more natural look. The previous latissimus flap surgery performed by you had still left me with a large ‘
Not willing to return to you as a patient, I sought out other plastic surgeons. During the very first office visit with my new doctor, she spent more time consulting with me and my husband than you had collectively over some 18 months of office visits. Showing us actual implants, taking multiple measurements, providing special support bras, and talking at length about how the different profiles, shapes, and sizes of implants might appear on my body were all aspects of the pre-surgical consultation that I hadn’t even realized I had been missing during the time I had spent under your care.
One of the most disconcerting aspects of being your patient was my experience just prior to the last two surgeries. While in pre-op, on both of those occasions, you entered the room, greeted my husband and I, and said, “Okay, now what are we doing today?” This lack of clarity on one occasion, you may recall, resulted in the cancellation of the surgery I was only minutes from undergoing. After having taken time off of work, making the trek to your office multiple times (sometimes having to wait as long as 90 minutes past my scheduled appointment time) to consult with you about the surgical plan, it is disconcerting to have your surgeon enter the pre-op room still unclear of the days plan after the i.v. has been inserted in your arm. This was supposed to be a planned and well thought out surgery, but it left me feeling like an emergency room patient.
In retrospect, my feelings weren’t far off the
You may be interested to know that my last surgery to replace the left implant and repair the synmastia went relatively well. It was my surgeons post-op opinion that the valve on the left implant had been opened, ostensibly to drain some of the saline, and not properly closed during the liposuction procedure. Why tinkering with the valve had even become part of the agenda for that procedure I can only speculate. All I know is that you never mentioned this as part of the plan prior to, or after the surgery, according to the best recollections of either my husband or myself. On several occasions my current surgeon also voiced frustration in the shape of the flap that you had created, which, in her opinion, would require a much more extensive surgery to repair - an endeavor that I am not currently willing to undertake.
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