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Post Posted: Jul 19, 2018 2:50 pm 
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Who's your surgeon? To me, that should be the criterium upon which you select the hospital since many have privileges at more than one location. Next would be the staff and care. Most hernia repairs are done on an outpatient basis anymore, meaning you probably won't ever see a room unless there are complications or extenuating circumstances.

For my own hernia repair, I chose Porter and a surgeon I should have vetted more carefully. Three months and several additional 'procedures' later I am in far, far worse shape than before the first surgery. Sick and in pain pretty much most of the time now, I'll never go back to that facility and I have absolutely no faith in, and refuse to do one more followup with, the surgeon.

The size of the room, parking, food, or most anything else should be the very least important criteria. Careful and competent care at the front end should take precedence over everything else. Ask me how I know this.

Best of luck with your surgery!




I realize the parking situation is shallow, as I said, but to me it is very important. My surgery at Swedish 5 years ago left me with no feeling or control in one leg. Botched spinal surgery. Brain doesn't know I have that leg. I can stand now for short periods but barely walk with a walker. So it is important to me to know how difficult it is to get to my care. Just explaining my concern. Of course care is paramount.

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Geezerina wrote:
Who's your surgeon? To me, that should be the criterium upon which you select the hospital since many have privileges at more than one location. Next would be the staff and care. Most hernia repairs are done on an outpatient basis anymore, meaning you probably won't ever see a room unless there are complications or extenuating circumstances.

For my own hernia repair, I chose Porter and a surgeon I should have vetted more carefully. Three months and several additional 'procedures' later I am in far, far worse shape than before the first surgery. Sick and in pain pretty much most of the time now, I'll never go back to that facility and I have absolutely no faith in, and refuse to do one more followup with, the surgeon.

The size of the room, parking, food, or most anything else should be the very least important criteria. Careful and competent care at the front end should take precedence over everything else. Ask me how I know this.

Best of luck with your surgery!


Sadly, my insurance company has much of the final say when selecting both my hospital and my surgeon. I have a choice but I have to pick from a narrow list of providers that they approve. My options for a hospital are Swedish and Lutheran. I haven't spoken to a surgeon yet because I've been working with my PCP. My next step would have been to find a surgeon from a list of "in-network" providers.

I say "would have been" because yesterday, my PCP sent me for an ultrasound to have the problem evaluated and it turns out to be non-lethal and any surgical procedure is totally optional. At least I do have final say on whether to do this or not. So YAY! I vote NO!


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Geezerina wrote:
Who's your surgeon? To me, that should be the criterium upon which you select the hospital since many have privileges at more than one location. Next would be the staff and care. Most hernia repairs are done on an outpatient basis anymore, meaning you probably won't ever see a room unless there are complications or extenuating circumstances.

For my own hernia repair, I chose Porter and a surgeon I should have vetted more carefully. Three months and several additional 'procedures' later I am in far, far worse shape than before the first surgery. Sick and in pain pretty much most of the time now, I'll never go back to that facility and I have absolutely no faith in, and refuse to do one more followup with, the surgeon.

The size of the room, parking, food, or most anything else should be the very least important criteria. Careful and competent care at the front end should take precedence over everything else. Ask me how I know this.

Best of luck with your surgery!


I realize the parking situation is shallow, as I said, but to me it is very important. My surgery at Swedish 5 years ago left me with no feeling or control in one leg. Botched spinal surgery. Brain doesn't know I have that leg. I can stand now for short periods but barely walk with a walker. So it is important to me to know how difficult it is to get to my care. Just explaining my concern. Of course care is paramount.


I hear you on the parking situation! I have bone-on-bone arthritis in my right knee and was advised to have TKR 12 years ago. I decided not to do it and so I do have issues getting around. Close-in and Free Parking sounds like heaven!

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I was in the Swedish E.R. five times last year. Additionally, I've been choppered there twice. I have no complaints.


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Thanks for all the advice, guys! I now have a very good idea which hospital I want!

Fortunately, after a series of medical tests, my condition has been downgraded to non-emergency status and the surgery I was going to have is now elective and NOT urgent. So IF I decide to go ahead with it, I'll be a step ahead because I know which hospital to go to. AND I have the luxury of having time to do some research before choosing a surgeon.


Anyway, you have all been great to share your experiences with me.

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I can recommend Dr. Baer if it's in his specialty.

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I can recommend Dr. Baer if it's in his specialty.


Thank you! Contact info?

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He did a cholecystectomy on me and got all the cancer.

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https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-david-baer-2yy8b

He did a cholecystectomy on me and got all the cancer.


Awesome! I have him in my contact file! Thanks again!

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Just a heads-up here: The previously-mentioned surgeon is a twin, an identical twin. Not only is he an identical twin, but both gentlemen are general surgeons. You may want to do a wee bit of homework before signing on the dotted line.


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The location given is where I saw the Dr. that operated on me.

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Geezerina wrote:
Just a heads-up here: The previously-mentioned surgeon is a twin, an identical twin. Not only is he an identical twin, but both gentlemen are general surgeons. You may want to do a wee bit of homework before signing on the dotted line.


Thanks for the warning! :)

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The location given is where I saw the Dr. that operated on me.


I'm not worried. I know exactly who you meant. Thank you!

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