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Thread: My SIL went to an Ortho!!! you won't believe this.........

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    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
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    My SIL has been having trouble with her hip. She went to an ortho....here's what she sent me tonight:

    " My GP sent me to an ortho specialist for the hip. The ortho guy was very flip and said I had arthritis and told me I could choose, surgery, meds, physical therapy or ignore the pain. I asked him if the hip could cause knee, ankle and foot problems as they were starting to bother me, too. He told me to make another appointment! I asked if he thought I should see a podiatrist, a knee specialist or could all of this be taken care of by one doctor and he told me he already answered my question and to make another appointment. I told him I was "fed up with his attitude" and he told me that he was "fed up with me" and walked out!"

    I'm AMAZED that a doctor would act that way! She's not a complainer, she's an educated woman....and I totally believe she was NOT a bad patient.

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    I am at a loss for words... it takes a lot to make me speechless too...this did it!

    Goes to show that all the diploma's and certificates on a wall, doesn't make someone a good person!

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    I believe it. The guy has a problem. Your SIL should complain to the doctor who referred her to this nincompoop and ask for another referral and get a second opinion.

    If this guy is part of a PPO or HMO network that her health insurance has, she should file a complaint with the PPO/HMO. They require their doctor to meet certain standards, and I'm sure refusing mistreating patients doesn't meet standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisanne
    I believe it. The guy has a problem. Your SIL should complain to the doctor who referred her to this nincompoop and ask for another referral and get a second opinion.

    If this guy is part of a PPO or HMO network that her health insurance has, she should file a complaint with the PPO/HMO. They require their doctor to meet certain standards, and I'm sure refusing mistreating patients doesn't meet standards.
    I second that,that was totall uncalled for,he should be reported

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    I think she should be glad she found him out now and could not have him for her dr.

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    Hi- your sil can contact her state medical board and file a complaint against the doctor. Also, if he is an EMPLOYEE of a medical clinic, the office manager or administration should be notified. Your sister-in-law hired this man to help her, not insult her. If the doctor has a private practice, his office manager should be notifed - and I'm sure her word of mouth criticism will cost him a few referrals.
    Pass this along to your sil- if she complains about this doc, she has saved a few patients the trauma and pain she received by seeing this man.

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    Unbelievable! Hard to believe this guy is still in practice!

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    Oh, and I'm pretty sure you're sister-in-law just went to this ortho doc because she had nothing else better to do and she was feeling wonderful/sarcasm/sarcasm/

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    It takes a lot to make me speechless....but this story sure did!!! I must have sat here for several minutes re-reading this story.... totally unbelievable!!! I hope that she persues this with the authorities!!! :evil: :evil: :evil:

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    I am speechless also ! Amazing how rude they can be and think they can get away with it :twisted: Arrogant SOB. Tell you SIL to report this to her Doctor and tell everyone who will listen, Chances are this is not the first time he has acted this way and will continue to do so unless stopped. Unfortunately maybe he doesn't realize how he comes across.
    My dad sees a cancer specialist and I went one time for the appt. My dad warned me ahead of time to be prepared, she would come in talk, ask if he had any questions and leave. Sure enough she did just that and When I tried to ask questions, she brushed me off, ok I'm not the patient but still. After we left I asked my dad , does she ever smile, have a personality ? The next visit my Dad told her what I said and you know after that her whole attitude changed towards my dad. now they laugh , joke and the appts are MUCH better. I can only imagine how hard it must be to be a cancer specialist, and I don't think the doctor realized how harsh she was coming off as.
    Sometimes Maybe reminding them how they come off to patients helps . tell your SIL Good Luck !

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    Thank you everyone. I posted this same thing on another forum and have been slammed and told my SIL is a liar and unreasonable!!!!!! :shock: I was shocked!!! I'm thankful you all feel the way I do! I've told SIL to report him.....I'll probably have to bug her to do it.

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    Sharon B --- my late DH had cancer and I agree.....must be a very HARD job!!! And the amount of information they have to know, I don't begrudge them ANY amount of money they earn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azdesertrat
    Quote Originally Posted by Lisanne
    I believe it. The guy has a problem. Your SIL should complain to the doctor who referred her to this nincompoop and ask for another referral and get a second opinion.

    If this guy is part of a PPO or HMO network that her health insurance has, she should file a complaint with the PPO/HMO. They require their doctor to meet certain standards, and I'm sure refusing mistreating patients doesn't meet standards.
    I second that,that was totall uncalled for,he should be reported
    I third that. What a jerk.

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    I'm a retired nurse. And yes I dislike most Doctors, I find then rude , and arogent, you pay them for what they know not by what they do Attude. You are paying them!! They WORK for you. SoComplain about the Arogent SOB.

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    I have dealt with a lot of doctors both with my son and myself. For the most part I have had excellent relationships with most of them. There were a few here and there that our personalities rubbed the wrong way, and it was mostly due to my wanting all the facts and not being willing to accept what they said just because they said so.

    Doctors work for the patient, it's no different than if you took your car to a mechanic. Some just need to be reminded that they put their pants on one leg at a time the same way we do! :)

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    I am also a retired RN. I believe your SIL. She should report this incident to her state med. board. She should also take herself to a chiropractor. Post accident, this professional was the only one who got me walking. I was afraid at first. But...the relief, kindness and understanding was amazing. My chiro. listens and I firmly believe this alternative medicine practice has its place. I use it in conjunction with my traditional fibromyalgia regime. The only thing I can say about pain is that it reminds me I am alive. But... so do my grandchildren.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mare
    I am also a retired RN. I believe your SIL. She should report this incident to her state med. board. She should also take herself to a chiropractor. Post accident, this professional was the only one who got me walking. I was afraid at first. But...the relief, kindness and understanding was amazing. My chiro. listens and I firmly believe this alternative medicine practice has its place. I use it in conjunction with my traditional fibromyalgia regime. The only thing I can say about pain is that it reminds me I am alive. But... so do my grandchildren.
    I agree with you on the chiro but she refuses! I had migraines after a car accident when I was 6.....finally went to a chiro when I was 37...NO MORE HEADACHES!!! Also -- for the fibro....check out www.truthinlabeling.com.....they have info on MSG and Aspertame. I was diagnosed with fibro almost 20 yrs ago...and discovered by eliminating them from my diet (totally - internal AND external), my fibro is under control!!!

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    I had a family member some years ago who was also called
    a liar for more or less the same thing. So this feeble old
    lady stuck her grandson's voice recorder in her pocket and
    SHOWED the unblievers that she was not just blowing
    hot air!!

    They agreed that she should change doctors right away,
    and when she played it to the receptionest, she had to fight
    to keep it!!!

    As a long time hospital volunteer (28+ years) we all called
    the new interns GITs. (Gods In Training), which was more or less accurate. An older doctor told us to give them 20 or 30 years, then they would realize they don't know everything and would become nice human beings.

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    I hope your SIL talks to her GP about this guy. I hope she gets a 2nd referral.

    We've been having to deal with an ortho surgeon since June. I am so appreciative that they are so nice and don't mind that I go in with DH to the xray room and I am in the exam room too. The dr speaks to both of us and allows us to ask all kinds of questions. He gives us a paper copy of 1 of the xrays every time. This dr can't yet be 40.

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    That is horrible. I'm surprised he has any patients.

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    My 86 y/o mother had a scheduled appt with her ortho for her chronic knee problem. Three days before the appt she injured her arm, was seen in the ER and told to follow up with her ortho. Common sense says "oh good-she already has an appt" right? Wrong!! When I called to tell them about the ER visit so they could get that report I was informed we would have to make a SEPARATE appt for the ER follow up!! Do you know how hard it is to get an 86y/o with a bad knee and shoulder into my SUV for one appt let alone 2 appts? Luckilly (SP?) the receptionist tells me they have a cancellation for the appt immediately following my mom's so she can be seen for both problems. In other words, they will bill her ins for 2 visits. Well, being the bitch I am, I went in the exam room with her and kept asking question after question until we used up 2 15minute appt slots. I work for a GP and we have pts who bring in lists of 10 problems a visit and we address them all!! Specialists are a breed unto themselves.

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    I sure hope this guy in not in the Boston area. The doctor may be the greatest in knowing medical stuff, but I would definitely not want to go to his practice. Time for you SIL to get his name out to others so they don't have to have the same experience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marybs
    I sure hope this guy in not in the Boston area. The doctor may be the greatest in knowing medical stuff, but I would definitely not want to go to his practice. Time for you SIL to get his name out to others so they don't have to have the same experience!
    He's in Bakersfield, California......and believe me, I'm sure she's told everyone she's come in contact with! :mrgreen:

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    Arrogant doctors need to be jolted into real life. In my breast cancer support groups, we talk about doctors a LOT, and we tell newbies that IT'S OKAY TO FIRE YOUR DOCTOR!!! We're paying them - they work for us - and if we don't like how they're talking (or NOT talking) to us, we can fire them. Fortunately, I have had caring, NOT arrogant surgeons and oncologists. I always have a list of questions - and my doctors WANT to answer all my questions.

    I used to take my Mom to her dr appointments, and I printed 2 copies of my questions - and handed 1 to her doctor. The first time, he told me,'I wish ALL my patients would do this.' THAT is what a REAL doctor who's truly interested in helping his patients should say and feel.

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    This has brought to mind an experience I've had in the past. I hurt my hand and after 2 weeks of not being able to use the 3 fingers on my left hand, I went to my doctor. He tried for 2 weeks (xrays, etc) and then sent me to a specialist. I went to that guy for 6 months! (GASP!) and finally I'd had my fill. The next to last appointment, he chewed out an assistant until she had tears in her eyes....right in front of me! So the next time, I'd seethed for 2 weeks, he said "well, we'll give it another month and see how it's doing"....well, it was WORSE than it had been 6 months before. So I responded....I said "that's not adequate". He was stunned and said "what?". He asked if I wanted to go to another doctor and I said yes, but that I would find the doctor and he would refer me. As a parting shot, I told him he was VERY unprofessional to chew his staff out in front of clients. WELL, I DID go to another doctor. He immediately took off the splint, said that was making it worse, and put me in physical therapy ....5 treatments and I've had no more problems with my hand.!!!!

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