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Discussion in 'Surgeon Hall of Fame' started by CathyK, Dec 19, 2002.

  1. CathyK

    CathyK New Member

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    Northern Illinois Surgeon

    Okay here's mine:


    Dr. Amhir Heydari
    General Surgeon 815-455-2752
    Crystal Lake, IL
    (he did my 3rd and 4th surgeries. He is excellent and if, god forbid, this happens again he will be my doctor of choice)
     
  2. hyperlexis

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    Chicago, IL Surgeon - open or closed

    My surgeon was Theodore Saclarides. His is the head of the department of colorectal surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. He was one of the few people whom I encountered who worked to avoid the full "open" procedure. He performed a modified closed technique, which, ultimately worked, and left me with only a 1 inch scar. He is very knowledgeable and I trusted his advice, although his bedside manner is not that warm or fuzzy. He is part of a larger group, University Surgeons, and the other men in the group also seemed very skilled. (312) 942-6500.

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  3. ouch

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    If I may ask..how did or is your recovery going? I had the closed procedure done on Monday.

    My surgeon was Theodore Saclarides. His is the head of the department of colorectal surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. He was one of the few people whom I encountered who worked to avoid the full "open" procedure. He performed a modified closed technique, which, ultimately worked, and left me with only a 1 inch scar. He is very knowledgeable and I trusted his advice, although his bedside manner is not that warm or fuzzy. He is part of a larger group, University Surgeons, and the other men in the group also seemed very skilled. (312) 942-6500.

    hyperlexis
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  4. hyperlexis

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    My recovery was, honestly, rocky, but not nearly as bad as some of the posts I have read on this site. It took several months to heal, and was longer than I expected. It made me paranoid that something was wrong. Also, there were about three instances of possible infection of the wound, that caused bleeding, and/or pus discharge (one time, I pressed the area of the wound and the pus shot out across the room and splattered on the bathroom wall behind me, which almost made me faint.....) But after a quick appointment to the surgeon's office, and some rounds of antibiotics, the infection(s) cleared and the wound continued healing, slowly. I am thankful that the wound has healed and my pain is gone. Am I "cured"? Hopefully. But I will continue to shave the area and avoid any trauma to the area, as the doctor recommended. I think I am fortunate the condition has healed and that I didnt have to pack my wound and that the incision was small when compared to those who have undergone the full "open" surgical technique. I would strongly recommend finding a surgeon who can do the procedure this way (the modified-closed "Lord's" - technique procedure) or as you had, the full "closed" procedure.

    hyperlexis
     
  5. ouch

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    Thanks for letting me know. I had the surgery 2 weeks ago. I got the stitches out on friday and i feel a bit better, still uncomfortable to sit and walk. My doc said there was still a bit of infection and put me back on antibiotics. Hopefully it will clear it up and i'll be rid of this!!
     
  6. CathyK

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    His name is Dr. Paul Dillon. He is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon and did my muscle flap surgery. I had surgery May 29 and he was there for me all the way. His staff, Sara and LaShanda, are very nice and very helpful. They have rearragned other people's appointments so I could get in before work. He is with Mercy HealthSystems and did my surgery at Centegra Hospital in Woodstock.

    He is located in Woodstock IL and his phone number is 815-337-7100.
     
  7. Anonymous

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    Here's my godsend:

    DR. RICHARD S BERK, MD, FACS, OFFICE: 847-328-3500
    DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY, FAX: 847-328-3516
    CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SURGERY AT EVANSTON NORTHWESTERN HEALTHCARE
    GENERAL SURGEON
    EVANSTON, IL.


    INCREDIBLE BEDSIDE MANNER! MAKES PATIENTS FEEL INCREDIBLY COMFORTABLE, AND VERY FUNNY.HE GOT A NURSE TO COME AND TAKE CARE OF ME TWICE A DAY FOR THE FIRST 2 WEEKS!:D
     
  8. Sally

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    Dr J.D. Wassner, Kishwaukee Medical Associates, Sycamore IL
    815-895-9144
    General Surgeon and served as medic in Afganistan

    very funny and down to earth, very sympathetic, yet professional

    examined my existing cyst in 1996 or 1997, it was small, so he recommended to not have surgery at that time...
    lanced my infected cyst in July of 2003, healed nicely...
    surgically removed my cyst in Oct of 2003, closed with stitches, again healed nicely and I've had no problems since then
     
  9. Anonymous

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    Dr J.D. Wassner, Kishwaukee Medical Associates, Sycamore IL

    is a complete jerk.

    Since he was/is in the service (army I think) his medical philosphy tends to be "tough it out" - "you can take some pain." I didn't find him to be very sympathetic at all. After my initial consultation with him I decided not to go back.

    I DO NOT recommend him. Do yourself a favor and stay far, far away.
     
  10. msalissa

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    Chicago, Illinois (I love my surgeon)

    Just wanted to take the time out to mention Dr. Marc Brand (c/r board certified). I saw a few other surgeons when I was trying to decide what to do and he was wonderful. He went through everything with me very thoroughly, he talked to me like I was an intelligent human who was right in asking questions concerning my surgery. (Other surgeons 'dumbed it down' for me or got defensive). I brought a list of extensive questions to ask him and by the time we were through talking he had already covered them all!

    Here is his contact info:
    Dr. Marc Brand
    University Surgeons
    1725 W Harrison St
    Suite 810
    Chicago, Illinois 60612

    HE is the best!
     
  11. LosinSusan

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    Thanks for your post. I saw it and had my son in to see him within two days. Dr. Brand was very nice and did the cleft lift on my son last week. He gets his stitches out this Thursday. He is painfree and doing very well. Compared to the open wound surgery six years ago, this has been so far a very promising and positive experience for him. Thanks for the recommondation!!!!
     
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    Dr Marc Brand
    University Surgeons
    1725 W Harrison St #810
    Chicago,IL 60612
    312-942-6500
    I orig read about him in the hall of fame, I spoke with the sec-very nice and informative.
     
  13. Anonymous

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    I've worked with Dr. Wassner and found him to be an excellent surgeon, as well as understanding and sympathetic. Just because you didn't get what you wanted, it is no reason to slam him. He was doing you a favor.
     
  14. Anonymous

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    Chicago area

    I first had trouble back in the mid-90s and had an I&D at Northwest Community Hospital. The guy responsible for it (probably Dr. Ekeberg) should have had his license revoked. So I let it go for several years.

    After it reached a point of non-stop infection, I was recommended (on this message board) to go to Advanced Surgical Associates, which was affiliated with N.W. Community. There I spoke with Dr. Loren, who could not have had any less</u> concern for me if I had been an overcooked porkchop. On top of that, his office staff was surly with me.

    So I went to the Northwestern University hospital in downtown Chicago. I went through their physicians finder service: www.nmh.org to find Dr. Amy Halversen

    Here's her link:http://nmhphysicians.photobooks.com/profile.asp?pict_id=4832&Search=Y&alpha=h

    Let me tell you this woman was a magician. I got twilight anesthesia, woke up an hour later all stitched up. I had both internal and external stitches (about 20 or so, ask to see the pictures i took!) that took about five or so weeks to fully heal up before I could go back to Pilates class. But for the meantime, she gave me ample painkillers, of which I took about half, but must report little significant pain. I was even able to sit at the computer while I healed up. I recommend her to all.

    Alex
    email for questions
     
  15. Deckgecko

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    Dr. Brand is one Great Surgeon

    Just wanted to post a note to say how pleased I have been with the cleft lift surgery performed by Dr. Brand. I am doing well three weeks post-op, and have had very little pain. I travelled 700 miles to have him do the surgery and stayed two weeks in Chicago. It was worth it to have this problem gone. He is not your average surgeon. He is at a much higher level in my opinion. I had endured one prior surgery, and did not want any more open wounds. This one was closed. Also - Rush University is a great hospital. Private waiting rooms for family.

    Lastly Dr. Brand's assistant Lonnie is the best!! She is on top of everything and makes every effort to accomodate the patient.

    I would recommend him to anyone considering surgery. Use him and get it right the first time.

    :)
     
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    I would have to agree with everything that has been stated so far. Currently I'm laid up in a hospital outside of Chicago in my third day of recovery after Dr. Brand's Cleft Lift. Everything went well according to Dr. Brand and I'll see him again on Monday. I'll drop back in to follow up...
     
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    I have an appt with Dr Brand soon and am afraid I too will probably end up with a cleft lift. What did yours entail? How many days in the hosptial etc.

    -kittycatblinks
     
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    Dr. Brand is the best. Don't be afraid at all to ask him questions. I wouldn't be afraid at all about going for the cleft lift procedure. It's the best possible thing you could do for yourself. As for how long I was in the hospital, it was an official "4 hours" :eek:

    After surgery was done, they just sat me up in the hospital bed for a little while, and I went on my merry little way (granted, a little woosy still) to the hotel, and I was done...just like that

    Went in today for my consultation with him, and in his own words, my wound looks "terrific". Well now, I wouldn't go that far to say that ;) but it sure does look pretty good, a lot better than I was expecting, that's for sure...
     
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    I'm scheduled to see Dr. Brand, but his first appointment is in a month ... :(
     
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    trust me, it's well worth the wait...i'm 100% healed and good to go...
     

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