My ATR (Achilles Tendon Rupture) injury occurred on a Friday night. It’s probably the worst time to have this happen since it was impossible to get operated on right away. If I were lucky, the surgeon could squeeze me in on Monday. I wanted the surgery done as quickly as possible since it seemed like common sense that I would have the best chance of full recovery if the problem was fixed right away.
The Physician’s Assistant called me Sunday saying that they might be able to squeeze me in on Monday for the surgery.
The surgeon is a foot and ankle specialist so I am hoping that I am in good hands. No food/drink past midnight, and I’ll get a call early tomorrow morning.
I talked to a friend in the medical profession. He told me to make sure that the surgeon is board certified. I looked up the surgeon’s credentials through Google. Yep, looks like he is board certified, and he is a clinical assistant professor. However, does this mean that he’s going to use me as a teaching material for his surgical residents..? I should ask my friends about that at some point.
Reminder: Make sure that your surgeon is board certified.
It all seems like such a crap shoot. I wonder if there is a better way to select a surgeon. I am able to do more extensive research on buying a television set than selecting a surgeon who will operate on me. I’ve visited a few physician review sites, and either they are pay-sites or they are free sites with nothing more than the doctors’ office addresses. Here is a review of one of them that I’ve used. The link is here.
Short answer is that it was waste of my money and time.
Luckily there wasn’t much swelling or pain in my leg, and I elevated my leg as much as I could. Even though I knew that the chances of complications from the surgery is very, very small, I went to bed on Sunday night nervous, wishing that I had setup a will beforehand.
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