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Old 02-20-2008, 07:32 AM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington, D.C.
Posts: 87
lizzybrog80 HB User
Thoughts: Determining If A Doctor/Facility Is "Good"

I was just thinking, a couple of years ago, when I was sent for my first epidural steroid injections (ESI's), I chose the pain management dept. in a local hospital, because they could get me in the fastest, and I was in pain and hoped this shot would take my pain away. Of course I wanted to get in quickly!!! Anyway, the way they did the ESI's was to have you sit on the bed, bend you over, and stick you. I told this to a doctor later, who gave me the look that said "They should not have done that." I've also talked to others who have had all their ESI's with fluroscopy. As I had the injections done, I thought the facility I was in was top-class. Everyone was nice, had a great bedside manner, they had good facilities, I liked the doctor, etc. So, in retrospect, perhaps it was not the best facility. But how should I have known? What signs did I miss?

This "sixth sense" could be important in the future if I am faced with having to choose a surgeon to do a major operation. So how do you know? That is my question of the day
Back pain since March 2005
2 ESI's - Feb. 2006
Discograms 11/16/06 & 7/10/07
End. Discectomy - July 2007 (L4/5)
3-level Foraminal Inj. - Jan. 2008 (L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1)
IDET - 1/25/08 (L3/4)

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