Pennsylvania Surgeons

Discussion in 'Surgeon Hall of Fame' started by Midori, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. Mom to Ted

    Mom to Ted New Member

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    I would like to second all the praise for Dr Caplan. My son was diagnosed with a pilonidal cyst last year. After doing a massive amount of research and interviewing several surgeons, we settled on Dr Caplan and I could not have been happier with the results. We travelled down from NYC because I couldn't find anyone I trusted up here. Immediately upon meeting Dr Caplan, I felt we were in capable and experienced hands (and he's funny too!) Not only did the surgery go completely smoothly, but he was phenomenal on following up when I contacted him with questions following the surgery. My son healed beautifully after his cleft lift procedure. It was 9 months ago and he is completely back to normal. Thank goodness for Dr Caplan and thank goodness for this site.
     
  2. oroshi

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    Hi,

    Did anyone see Dr Fry in Penn ? I'm likely to have surgery with him in a month and I'd like to have an opinion on his work. Thanks !
     
  3. brenda

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    Hi everyone my name brenda and my son is 15 and he has a pilonidal cyst he went throw a surgery in july and has had nothing but problems since then.He first started pus and blood when he went to bathroom right after his surgery about two weeks and dr said it was just from where his tube was place nothing to be concerned over wait 4 weeks if he still doing it come back to see him. And here we are almost 4 weeks to the day and he get a big pus pocket on the top of the area that was already healed from the surgery.So I called dr again and he says bring him in. I take him there and he says he believes that it is returning and there is nothing more he can do for him because the last time he took all he could take and he will have to send him to a colon or rectum surgeon but before he refers him to him he wants him to wait 2 more weeks.It has been 2 months since his surgery and the boy still has no relief.And now his dr wants him to wait two more weeks.Help I just don't know what to do for him...Please tell me what you think I don't think I should wait he has waited long enough. Thanks one scared mom.
     
  4. LILLY

    LILLY Very Helpful

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    Brenda you are in the same position many, many of us moms have been in. You are lucky to be in Pennsylvania because there are two wonderful surgeons right in your home state. Dr. Caplan is in Philadelphia, and Dr. Rosengart is in Pittsburgh. They both perform cleft lift surgery. Believe me even if you have to drive a distance it will be worth it!
     
  5. Mom to Ted

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    Hi Brenda,
    I totally understand how scared you are. I was just as scared last year at this time. I took my 16 year old son to see Dr Caplan. We are from New York City, so we had to travel to see him in Philly. But it was worth it. I really trust him and I really think he knows what he is doing. I don't know where you live in Pa but I agree you should try and see either Dr Rosengart or Dr Caplan. I fought with my insurance company for 2 months to get them to pay for this, but they did and it was the best thing I ever did for my son's health. There is a solution and there are doctors out there who can help your son.
    Kathy
     
  6. lindah0220

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    This is my 1st post. After a real doozy of a bout with it, I found this site. Decided on cleft lift. Since I live in Philadelphia, I called Dr. Howard Caplan, I will recommend him very highly. He is out of Penn Hospital. The best hospital in Philadelphia, and the oldest in our nation. His office got me right in. I saw him right away. He is honest, and he has a great sence of humor. His staff are lovely people,and are very caring. the prcedure was done early nov 7 and this is Thanksgiving morning. I am not completely healed, as some others I have read of were bragging they were ready to ride horses by this time, but I am in my 50's, so I still have a bit of a discharge. I can drive and I can sit like a lady again! I certainly am glad I had the cleft lift. the one thing that really did bother me was the general anesthesia and having a "breathing tube" put in. I would much rather have had a spinal.
     
  7. lindah0220

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    Well now it is Dec 4. I am slow to heal but I am 56 years old, and I was not in top condition when I had this surgery. Dr Caplan is a champ. My old mushy flesh pulled out of the stitches, and he patiently stitched me back up. Very kind. Very caring. and now I guess I blew my stitches again. (my fault, zigged when I should have zagged) blood, discharge eeewwwwhhh. I'll be seeing him next week, though he told me to come right in if there is a problem or if if I wished to. He is extremely accessable. He also answers phone calls. very early on weekend mornings.I still have one great big stitch that's still holding. I don't know if he'll take it out. it's. really in a spot that should have closed all the way up by now for a young man or woman. but it's clean and I do feel active healing going on. but its a slow go. I do not regret the surgery by any means. The pain I have today is so much better than the horrible pilonidal pain. this is healthy healing pain. uncomfortable still, but still a much better pain than that dreadful pilonidal bite that guarentees future ungodly suffering. if you are close to Philly, go see Caplan. Get a cleft lift. don't wait 20 years like I did. doit while your young and can heal quickly. good luck and prayers for all of you still debating. about your choices.
     
  8. CheeseQueen

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    Linda: Was general with ventilator only option for this surgery or was it because of your age that you could not have epidural? Thanks!
     
  9. lindah0220

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    Honestly, I do not know. It was the only option I was offered by PENNSYLVANIA hopital. I didn't expect the breathing tube. I had never had surgery before, and neglected to research the anesthesia aspect beforehand. I just thought I would just go to sleep. when I found out about the tube, I was already in preop and on IV. the method of sedation is something I would surely discuss with my surgeon early on, if I were ever having surgury again. I would not like to have to face the after effects of the breathing tube ever again unless absolutely necessary.
     
  10. CheeseQueen

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    My son had cleft lift procedure done by Dr. Caplan this week. So far so good. Difference is that Dr. Caplan prefers to use general anesthesia at Pennsylvania hospital but will use spinal at Paoli Surgery Center. My opinion is always opt out of general anesthesia if possible. Procedure went well, he only took Percocet for 2 days, now just taking Tylenol. No draining tube inserted. Strongly suggest getting coccyx pillow for comfort and be sure to start taking stool softener well in advance of surgery. Although once you stop pain killers, the antibiotics do the trick. Pain seems to be annoying but not debilitating and he's looking forward to getting back to college by the end of the month. You must be committed to taking your full course of antibiotics. Dr Caplan's receptionist, Vern, is very nice and nurse called us right back to answer questions. They got my son in right away and got surgery scheduled quickly so he could get back to school. Dr Caplan has a good sense of humor and seemed to relate well to my son-he liked him, which was an added bonus.
     
  11. newtothis2009

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    I got officially diagnosed today by a crackpot doctor in the DC area (avoid Washington Colorectal if you live in the DC area). So happy to hear all of these positive experiences with Dr. Rosengart! I was able to get an appointment quickly with him--March 24th! His receptionist is amazing and goes out of her way to make sure that you have everything you need. She actually made sure I got a longer appointment so that I would be able to get a pit picking the same day that I come up since I am driving up from DC. Looking forward to getting this treated so that I can move on! Thank God for this website--what an incredible resource!
     
  12. pushingforward1

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    Dr. Caplan is amazing and literally let me get back to my active lifestyle. I was operated on by Dr. Steven Harper (steer clear of him) for an excision...and the operation failed horribly after 6 months of diligent care on my end.
    I found Dr. Caplan via this site and went for a consultation. He is a funny, caring, and very capable doctor. He was joking about my previous operation and that he would get me fixed up and I'd be good as new in less than a week. I left his office brimming from ear to ear, excited for my operation. I'm lying in the bed at Paoli Surgery Center with my boyfriend & mom with me, Dr. Caplan walks in with his motorcycle bandana does sort of a spin raises his arms and crosses his fingers and states 98% success rate...and I've already had my two patients this year...so your operation has to go perfectly. He was right. Best surgeon ever, best procedure ever!!! I was good to go in less than a week!!! I will be going to see him about a birth mark in the next few months to have him remove it too.
     
  13. kettman

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    I hope things are going well for you.

    I had a pick picking with Dr. Rosengart in mid January, and if your experience is destined to be like mine, you will be amazed how fast things improve for you. I can honestly say I was 100% back to normal and normal activities in 3 weeks after the picking. I had two pits close together, and he removed them with a single 3mm traphene. I had some pain that first day, and things were still pretty sore back there for two more days, but the day after I removed the string packing, I was amazed how normal I felt. My wound was fully filled in and healed in 8 days, and any residual sensitivity faded away over the follow couple weeks. Removing the string packing was a very weird experience and slightly painful, but not too bad. Once that string got out of there, healing was very very fast.

    Dr Rosengart is a one cool dude. And a great doctor. I can't say enough good things about the man.

    I feel like he gave me my life back. 5 years+ living with pain, and now it's all over. Dr. R. says that if it does come back, we'll keep doing the picking procedure. We'll beat it into submission. I like the sound of that. :)
     
  14. newtothis2009

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    Dr. Rosengart is great! I had my pit picking on Monday. He was very gracious to stay after all of his other appointments and do the pit picking for me since I drove up from DC! I had(have?) four pits and one sinus tract. I generally had a very mild case of pilonidal disease. I was fortunate to have a abscess that was draining so it wasn't painful (just itched like crazy and it was annoying). I thought the procedure to be a generally mild one. The worst part has been changing the gauze because of tape+hair! I have to remove all of the gauze packing today which I am not looking forward to (again tape+hair!) but glad I won't have to put any more on after today. I haven't had a tremendous amount of pain (nothing that 2 over-the-counter ibuprofen can't take care of) and it hasn't been that bad of a procedure. Glad to hear that the wound site healed in a week and glad to hear that you're doing well! Thankful to everyone on this website (website creator/operator--you are a God send!) and can't believe I didn't find out about these simpler procedures sooner. Also, thanks to Lilly and jaredsmom for recommending Dr. Rosengart (he really is that good!). I can understand why he is always so busy and overrun during clinic. I will let everyone know how ongoing recovery is! My best to you all!
     
  15. Karstu

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    Hi, wanted to check in and see how you are doing I live in the DC area and was debating on calling Dr. Rosengart's office for my son. Thank you
     
  16. melayaleff

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    After a week of intense and excruciating pain, research, hemming, and hawing, I finally dialed up Dr. Rosengart's office. Lucky for me, I live in Pittsburgh, and even luckier, his office had a cancellation, so I can get in next Monday!!! Otherwise, I'd be looking at a month wait at least! Not acceptable when you're already ready to cry at any given moment.
     
  17. bmickey3

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    Does anybody know anything about Dr. Matt Rosengart from UPMC? It's about an hour and change from Morgantown, WV where I live just wondering if anyone knows anything about him and the Cleft Lift?
     

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