Bascom Personal Testimonials

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  1. jordankf

    jordankf New Member

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    Dr. Tom Bascom is an excellent surgeon. He DOES NOT perform open or closed excisions. He performs the cleft lift/closure procedure that his father helped design. His father, although retired, often consults on his son's cases.

    Surgery is performed in the office, or for more severe cases it is done in the short stay unit (SSU) of Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Oregon.

    For more information, please contact his office, Northwest Surgical Specialists in Eugene, Oregon or do a search for Dr. Tom Bascom.

    Kj [^^]

    [Post-script>: My cleft lift/closure was done by both Dr. T. Bascom, Dr. J. Bascom and a visiting surgeon from Australia who was observing. I was very fortunate to have all three. However Dr. T. Bascom is excellent on his own!
     
  2. VAKelly

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    Patient Reviews: Dr. Bascom-Cleft Lift Patients

    My husband and I will be traveling to Oregon to have the Cleft Lift procedure done. He has had 3 other failed surgeries for PD, including a failed Z-plasty and 2 excisions. We have been emailing with Dr. Bascom, and I love him, but I want to hear from anyone who has been operated on by the man himself.

    How was your surgery? What was the recovery like?

    Thanks so much!
     
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    Good luck to you and your husband.
    My daughter and I are going for consult with Dr. Lanzaframe in Rochester NY, on Tuesday May 2, as he has requested the Bascom Cleft Lift info, unsure if he does actual practice. But getting second opinion because her 3rd surgery is scheduled for May 24, is a flap closure with W-Plasty (think W because wound area large, and to try and get a previous PD scar area from 3 years ago. The closed excision on Jan 10 and open excision from January 17 failed, and still has open wound with some draining. She is freshman in college and has been a rough winter.

    I am hoping he has done the cleft lift that I have been reading about, if not , we may go to try Dr Bascom in Oregon. Please let me know how it goes, and any advice on going to a hosspital, doctor out of state, as we are in Western NY.
     
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    Sinzinna,

    Good luck to your daughter! We saw some other doctors here in Virginia who were familar with the Bascom method but hadn't practiced it so we decided to go out to Oregon to the man himself.
    You may want to consider this before surgery in NY: we sent Dr. B. some pictures and he was able to tell how/if his procedure could help.

    A word of warning: a W-plasty, if it is anything like a Z-plasty, is a VERY major surgery, with a long recovery period. Plus there is likely to be lots of scarring. An example: my husband no longer has "cheeks" down there because of the zplasty. That's not a huge deal for a guy, but for a woman that might be a cosmetic concern (bathing suits, etc.) We were not forewarned before my husband's Zplasty, and it was a rough summer.

    I highly recommed Dr. Bascom and suggest that you contact him for his input before the surgery.

    Good luck to you both! I've been there and it's no fun at all.
    Kelly (Virginia)
     
  5. sinzinna

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    Thanks VAKelly,

    I sent an email to Dr Bascom, have yet to get a reply, in meantime we are keeping our appt for tomorrow with Dr Lanzafame and discuss with him the Bascom option, hoping he has performed them. If not, I will try again to email Dr Bascom.

    The W Plasty is like the Z plasty we are told, just the shape difference, a flap closure. Yes we know it is a major surgery, and especially for a 18 year old, she is not happy and very nervous. She has a deep cleft, and the surgery will make a change.. Hoping a second opinion may help us.

    I really would like to know how things go with your husband. How long before you will be able to travel home, I wonder how the flight would be for his comfort.
     
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    Sinzinna,
    I promise to keep you in the loop, except our surgery isn't scheduled until June 13.

    If you send me your email address I will forward you some of Dr. Bascom's responses to my husband. He addresses specific symptoms and how the cleft lift helps this. I strongly advise talking with him prior to doing the WPlasty. My husband's Z was really awful, he is totally disfigured down there and it didn't even work.



    Kelly
     
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    Before we become the cured and gone, I had to share our personal experience with the Jr. Dr. Bascom. At 52, I knew nothing of the new procedure, and being in Eugene, OR, never imagined the leader in the field worked 20 feet from my husband's office. I was not only fortunate enough to receive a referral to him two weeks ago, but our family has now benefitted from the Bascom humanitarian spirit. I happened to mention in my first exam that my son, going to college in NY, had just had his first abscess excised there [though I NEVER mentioned my husband was on staff in the same hospital with Dr. Bascom in Eugene], and we would like a referral. Instead, he squeezed my son into his surgical schedule the day after Christmas, and my son will return in three days to NY needing only a referral for removal of the sutures. Given my history -- flares throughout my life in periods of extreme stress -- knowing that my son can now embark on post-grad experiences such as the Peace Corps, or an internship in his chosen profession, without experiencing the next flareup, is a priceless gift. This is not only a great physician, but a wonderful human being who has given our family a priceless gift. I hope this message is seen by others so we can in some way repay what we have just received.
     
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    Dr. Bascom / Cleft Lift

    Dr. Bascom, Eugene, Oregon.

    Son had Cleft Lift surgery in 11/07.

    Highly recommend!
     
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    Dr. Bascom

    I couldn't agree more with the other posters about Dr. Tom Bascom. He is highly experienced and extremely nice and easy to talk with. His father, John, who pioneered the cleft lift procedure, is retired but still is somewhat active (he met us and did some of the pre-surgery mark-ups for the incision area). He is very personable as well.

    Dr. Tom performed the cleft lift on my daughter on July 29, 2008, and her healing is going extremely well!! My daughter did have a lot of pain after surgery, and for about a week. Dr. Bascom said he had to loosen some scar tissue (from previous surgery 2 yrs. prior) that went down to the tail bone, so that may have been why she had more pain than normal. Other than that, this surgery has been so easy and quick to heal afterwards.

    Knock on wood that my daughters PC days are over!!!
     
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    Are there any recommended surgeons for the St. Louis Missouri area?
    I would prefer someone who does the pit picking.

    Thanks
     
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    Dr. Bascom is the result of answered prayers! After two year of an open and constant draining wound due to five failed surgeries by three differenct colorectal surgeons...my hubby had given up...until we found Dr. Bascom and made the 8 hour trek via car and plane to Eugene. What a wonderful human being! He took the time explaining things to us and comforting us. I have never trusted a medical professional as much as I trust this man! He told us that out of 280 procedures only five have needed follow ups...pretty good statistics! Hubby is a month out of surgery and has had absolutely NO drainage or blood and NO open wound! I could cry from relief! Dr. Bascom is great and well worth the trip!
     
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    Does anyone know John or Thomas Bascom's email address? I am trying to find the best surgeon in the DC-Baltimore area for performing a cleft lift and was wondering if it would be possible to consult one of them for advice. Thanks!
     
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    I've been suffering for 2 years and 2 surgeries--had a Z-plasty, and other things done, but I'm not healing. I've been reading about Dr. Bascom. How can I get in touch with him? Do you have his contact info?
     
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    Google him and call his office. They will email you information to assist you in making an informed decision, and if you send them history and photos (instructions included in email) they will schedule a phone consultation directly with Dr.
    Tom Bascom!
     
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    hopefully I'll be seeing Dr bascom soon! Unfortunately he's on vacation right now until mid-september.
     
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    Wonderful news, Mark David! You're going to the best surgeon for this procedure, since he and his dad developed it! I'm sure you'll have a great outcome! I wish we lived close enough to have him do my son's too! Are you traveling from a long distance away, or do you live near there?
     
  18. Mark David

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    Thanks I hope so too! Yeah it will be quite the travel from Maryland to Oregon. But since Ive had experience with doctors who claim to do cleft lifts (he did say "modified cleft lift," he wasn't listed on this site either) end up simply doing an excision (only a few months ago! And its back...), Im more than willing to go the distance lol.
     
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    Oh dear! That must have been quite frustrating! Actually, I'm a bit worried that my son's doctor will be the same way. He said he trained with Dr. Bascom, but when I spoke with Dr. Bascom's surgical coordinator, she did not recognize his name (he's Indian and has a very unusual and distinctive name) plus, whenever he talks about it, he calls it the "cleft lip". But when he discusses the recovery period, it sounds like the recovery from the cleft lift surgery (except he does say he used to ALWAYS do closed excision surgeries before this. Not sure if that is a good sign or not!) He IS on the list, but I did read one poster on this forum who said there were doctors on the list who do NOT do the cleft lift, even though they ARE on the list! I seriously considered doing what you are doing -- just traveling up to Oregon. Can you tell me what your plans are for travel (timing) and accomodations? Will you be taking someone with you to assist you?
     
  20. Mark David

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    Yeah I can definitely see why you're cautious. It's better to be safe than sorry. I would see if you can talk to Dr. Bascom or email him directly about him. I went to a somewhat close surgeon who was on the list a month ago just to talk, and although he had done the procedure before he admitted it had been years. The list it seems can show doctors who do it all the time and are proficient as well as doctors who have done it once. You can also ask Dr. Bascom who he personally recommends, or look for personal stories on this website about doctors that are closer.

    Because he doesn't get back until mid September, I haven't quite figured everything out yet. I think I'll just take a plane from here to there, I'm not a very experienced traveler haha. I hope my brother will be able to come with me. I think I'll just be staying a few days, from other people's accounts I should be able to walk and sit after surgery. It seems much less destructive than excisions. I can update with another post once I have more concrete details.
     

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