Well, I’ve made my decision and will be having my surgery at Mayo Clinic this Friday. I came up here for a third opinion, and they did more initial diagnostic testing than either of the other hospitals I consulted. The hemangioma has almost completely taken over the entire right side of my abdomen, but apparently, my liver is a rockstar and the left lobe has actually grown to compensate for the problems with the right lobe! Now that’s what I call a magical organ! 🙂 Anyhow, Mayo has provided seemingly endless patient resources, and my surgeon will be a world renowned liver resection specialist, so I am confident that I am in very good hands.
Until today, I was still considering the second hospital I consulted (also a very reputable hospital in Chicago). Last week, I had an initial appointment with a liver specialist from this hospital, and was extremely impressed with him, the rest of the staff, and the overall patient experience. I have been at Mayo since Monday, so I spoke to the liver surgeon from this hospital over the phone today.
I explained to this surgeon that I had come to Mayo for another opinion, and he immediately started bashing Mayo. I told him that I really wanted to have my surgery done at his hospital by him because I had heard he was a great surgeon…but I could not make that decision without talking with him first- and Mayo wanted to operate this Friday. Therefore, I needed to make this decision quickly. He was incredibly rude and insulting, and without letting me get a word in edgewise, continued to belittle me (as well as Mayo) and my choice to explore other options.
I thought it would be a tough choice between Chicago and Mayo, and I really, really wanted to have this surgery done in my home city, but after talking to this condescending and arrogant jerk (which seems like a fairly common personality trait among medical specialists), it wasn’t even a question. Anyhow, I’m thrilled I found out what kind of a doctor/person he is before I was on his operating table.