California (Southern) Surgeons

Discussion in 'Surgeon Hall of Fame' started by tlecuyerx, May 13, 2003.

  1. tlecuyerx

    tlecuyerx New Member

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    Southern California

    Very nice guy who did a great and compassionite job on my cyst (even let me see it post op)

    6 weeks later and its almost healed. Took great care of me and Im a doctor phobe.

    Heres his webpage with all his info

    http://www.southbaysurgeons.com/profiles/Camel.pdf

    TL
     
  2. mikey76

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    Dennis Mayer - Excellent surgeon - it's been over two weeks and I'm doing much better already. I definitely recommend him!
     
  3. Cyst-sufferer

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    The surgeon who removed my cyst is a general and c/r surgeon. He is board certified. His name is Dr. Michael Cross and he has offices in Corona and Wildomar. He did my surgery at Corona Regional Medical Center. He's a really great guy and very nice. He's really caring and sympathetic towards his patients, probably because most of them are cancer patients. So he knows what it means to be sensitive and understanding. He made sure my wounds closed perfectly by using silver nitrate and a special gel. He's not much for words though, (he's shy) so you have to ask a lot of questions. (don't tell him i said that)[:I]My mom asked him how experienced he is with this type of surgery and he said he does "several a year".[^^] Personally, I think he did a fantastic job.[:8)] I even sent him a nice "thank you" card for all his help. If you live in this area, pleeeeaaase go see him. I don't regret it.:)
     
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  4. Anonymous

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    After an excruciating week with a flare up the size of golf ball, and me finally having to tell MY doctor that I had this disease from my own research, I was finally referred to Dr. Shbeeb in Los Alamitos.

    Unless you have no choice (like me because I have an HMO), I would suggest choosing another doctor. My experience to-date leaves me feeling hopeless. Just trying to get an appointment at this office has made me feel like a second class citizen.

    The nurse over the phone sounded hurried and had no time for my simplest of questions. "Hi, I was referred to Dr. Shbeeb by my PCP and I was wondering if I could make an appointment?"

    In a very abrassive and blunt manner she replies with a "What's wrong?" and goes on by saying, "We don't have anything open for another two weeks." This after I explained my very very painful dilemma. I had been laid up in bed for the better part of the last week of 2004. No less having to spend my new years eve on my stomach in bed. Fortunately I was insistent enough (or sounded pained enough) to go in two days later.

    So, I meet Dr. Shbeeb. He seems like a nice enough man. But talk about "drive thru service"!. In no less than 5 minutes, I was on my knees, pinched, poked, prodded (rectally), patched, and patted on the head and sent on my way. I was told that I would need surgery (DUH!), but nothing else. There was a very stodgy nurse with the compassion of a pet rock. She handed me a brochure that contained 10 paragraphs about this disease, compared to the wealth of information that I've received from this website alone. It was like pulling teeth about information about this upcoming surgery. Dr. Shbeeb seemed confident enough in his own "godliness" that, I guess, he didn't feel the need to give me any details about what to expect. After two painfully impatient, and self assured, answers to my genuine questions, I left Dr. Shbeeb's office feeling like I was not worthy.

    Now, I sit here with my absess almost completely "healed" (because it popped on its own) and astounded by the kind of treatment I yet again received from the nurse on the other side of the phone. It has now been four days since my visit and about three weeks since my flare up. I politely inquire, "Hi, I saw Dr. Shbeeb on Thursday, and was told that I would need approval for surgery. I was wondering what the status of this was?"

    In a very condesending tone she replies, "To be honest with you, I don't know. I stayed late that day to process that request. You can call back on Wednesday and see if it's been approved but I can't promise anything."

    "Um, I'm just curious. Once it has been approved how long..." Before I could finish any sentence, she would interrupt. "Probably two weeks... you'll be looking at Jan. 25 if you're lucky."

    "Um, okay. Thank you." Thanks for nothing!!!

    I just think this is unfair. If anyone is considering Dr. Shbeeb, or researching a Colorectal surgeon for that matter, the way you're treated by the nurses are a good indication of how you'll be treated in the examining room. My vote is a NO for Dr. Shbeeb (and the whole nursing staff).

    I'll keep anyone who's interested posted on my situation. Feel free to contact me at harvey@mmmhm.com
     
  5. kadie

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    Bascom list in San Diego or Fresno, CA

    I'm looking for a good doctor in San Diego (where my son goes to school) or Fresno (where we live). He had surgery last summer - excision with open healing - but it's back! Thanks for any suggestions!
     
  6. Sasha

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    This surgeon is known to be practicing Bascom's techniques with success...

    Amilcar Exume
    Southern California Permanente Medical Group
    4650 Palm Avenue
    San Diego CA 92154
    (619) 662-1222


    This one MAY be doing the techniques:

    James Behrend
    5525 Grossmont Center Dr.
    La Mesa CA 91942
    619-462-5916
     
  7. Anonymous

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    Southern California (Orange County area)

    I STRONGLY recommend a surgeon by the name of Dr. Tam H. Le, MD, FICS, FACS, FASCRS

    He specializes in the following:
    - general surgery
    - colon & rectal surgery
    - laparoscopic surgery
    - gastrointestinal surgery
    - endoscopy

    He has 2 offices that I know of off the top of my head... one is in Orange (I want to say at UCI maybe?) and one in Fountain Valley (where I went to). I believe he also works out of the Kaiser Hospital off of Lakeview in Anaheim Hills, but I may be wrong about that.

    His office number in Fountain Valley, CA is 714.593.5356.

    He is an EXCELLENT surgeon... he made sure that I was as positively comfortable as I could possibly get, giving me much stronger and needed medications than I could get from any other doctor, saw me on short notices when I needed, and, get this, he even gave me his cell phone number to call him whenever I had a question, concern, or needed a medication refill!

    He is also a terrific guy! He's funny as hell and has an awesome sense of humor.

    He is one of those few doctors out there in this world that takes complete pride in his work and he is a humanitarian, making sure I was in NO pain and comfortable.

    I believe he also speaks Vietnamese for those looking for someone who speaks it.

    E-mail me at JSNelson82@hotmail.com for any other questions regarding him.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Anonymous

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    dr smiley... he's an wonderful anal surgeon here in los angeles, on wilshire, somewhere on the 1000 block of wilshire near downtown.

    he did corrective surgery for a congential anal prob i've had (imperforate anus + prolapse), but missed when he tried to remove my pc, "couldn't find it". and now many years later that cyst is beginning to bother me a bit, its been itching.
     
  9. Anonymous

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    oops, he's a colon & rectal surgeon
     
  10. Anonymous

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    I know it's not Los Angeles, but if anyone in SoCali is still looking, I strongly recommend my colo-rectal surgeon. Only catch is that he's out of Orange County. I believe he has offices in Orange (UCI Medical Center off of Chapman and the 5 maybe?), in Anaheim Hills off of Lakeview and the 91 at Kaiser, and I think he may even work out of Hogue Hospital down in Newport Beach. The closest (or rather easiest) office he has to L.A. is the one I went to in Fountain Valley right off Euclid and the 405,

    My surgeon's name is Dr. Tam H. Le, MD, FICS, FACS, FASCRS

    He specializes in the following:
    - general surgery
    - colon & rectal surgery
    - laparoscopic surgery
    - gastrointestinal surgery
    - endoscopy

    His office number in Fountain Valley, CA is 714.593.5356. You can ask them if he has any other offices possibly closer to L.A. that he practices out of.

    He is an EXCELLENT surgeon... he made sure that I was as positively comfortable as I could possibly get, giving me much stronger and needed medications than I could get from any other doctor, saw me on short notices when I needed, and, get this, he even gave me his cell phone number to call him whenever I had a question, concern, or needed a medication refill!

    He is also a terrific guy! He's funny as hell and has an awesome sense of humor.

    He is one of those few doctors out there in this world that takes complete pride in his work and he is a humanitarian, making sure I was in NO pain and comfortable.

    I believe he also speaks Vietnamese for those looking for someone who speaks it.

    E-mail me at JSNelson82@hotmail.com for any other questions regarding him.

    Good luck!
     
  11. lazybones18

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    Los angeles area, or southern california?

    Hi anyone know of any good surgeons who have treated pilonidal cyst before.. i have already consulted 2 surgeons but im not comfortable with them.. so anyone who knows good surgeons in Los angeles area or maybe some miles away if the surgeon is extraordinary good im willing to travel .. plz do let me know.. thanx :)
     
  12. warp929

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    Hello, I'm new here but have been a pilonidal cyst sufferer for 20 years. I'm bumping this back up because it's been a while since the last post and I am currently in need of a doctor/surgeon in the Los Angeles area. I noticed Dr. Le mentioned above was not on the Bascom pdf list and I definetly want to find someone on the conservative side first.
     
  13. AttAkker

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    Does anyone have experience with Dr. Thomas Sullivan? I am awaiting my surgery date which will be somewhere in early Feb 2008.

    He answered the questions as follows:

    How many Pilonidal Excision surgeries do you perform each month?
    I have performed over 200 surgeries.

    Please explain my choices for conservative treatment and surgical excision.
    Based on my case he recommended an closed excision.

    Have you had any experience with Bascom’s technique for going in from the side to avoid a midline incision?
    Yes, he has performed Bascom's techniques. Pit Picking, Cleft Lift

    Have you had any experience with the technique of removing the Pits and leaving the deep tissues intact?
    Yes.

    Please explain the difference between open healing and closed, which treatment you will use and why.
    He explained and prefers to do closed when I choose to do the surgery

    If open healing is going to be used, describe the packing and aftercare procedure.
    If open healing is going to be used, please tell me about your preferred techniques
    (if any) for partial closure or marsupialization?
    We skipped these since they weren't relavent to my case.

    What are your thoughts on the newer technique of primary closure with closed suction drainage and antibiotic flushing of the wound?
    He wasn't familiar with this technique.

    Please explain how Methylene Blue works and whether it will be used.
    Explained and won't be used in my case.

    How often will I need to return to your office for post-surgical check ups?
    10 days post-op to remove stiches. Other visits will depend on how the healing process goes and if any complications occur.

    Please explain the various theories about what causes Pilonidal Cysts and your view of them.
    He explained them very similar to the theories that are in existence.
     
  14. monkeyb

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    Woah, someone who does Bascom in SD? That's but a 2 hour drive for me.

    How can I get a hold of him? Would it be possible to get his E-Mail address? I'm holding off on excision until I exhaust all means of getting pit-picked.
     
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    Sullivan, Thomas C, MD
    550 WASHINGTON ST STE 821
    SAN DIEGO, CA 92103
    619.686.4011
     
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    Good Conservative Surgeons at UCLA Medical?

    Hey everyone, I'm (unfortunately) new here. I just got diagnosed with pilonidal abscess after a weekend of severe pain while sitting and odd drainage. This was my first "flare up", and being a college student I'm not ready for months of healing from a big excision surgery. I'd prefer to try something much more conservative first. Has anyone had any experiences with surgeons at UCLA Medical Center who are willing to take a conservative approach?

    I got referred to a Dr. Amy Kusske, who is a general surgeon (her specialty is oncology though, so I'm not sure how she'd handle this...). Has anyone ever had experiences with her?

    Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated. I'm scared half to death right now, but hopefully I can get through this with as much of my rear intact as possible :)
     
  17. monkeyb

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    This is a little late, but THANK YOU SO MUCH.

    I'm going to be calling him this week :]
     
  18. Str8shoota

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    UCLA Conservative Approach

    You can try Dr. jonathan Sack at UCLA. He's a colorectal surgeon and performed the marsupialization method on me which was very conservative and not very painful at all. I most likely will need another procedure soon though as my wound never fully healed; however if your case isn't too severe this method may work for you.

    Best of luck and I'd be happy to answer any other questions you may have.
     
  19. monkeyb

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    Well, I called and the nurse consulted with Dr. Sullivan, and I was told that he does not perform pit-picking, what a shame :(

    I thought by the questions you asked him he was suggesting that he did, but that is not the case. The search continues...
     
  20. HelloMcFly

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    Kaiser Pit Pickers in Los Angeles? Dr. Kuehne or Dr. Abbas Opinions

    Anyone know of any good Kaiser Surgeons in the Los Angeles area?

    I have an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Kuehne and will try to get an appointment with Dr. Maher A. Abbas, if anyone has any opinions on those Dr's I would appreciate it.
     

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