Monday, October 10, 2011

Seeking a Second Opinion

As pleased as I have been with the doctors and nurses at Northwestern, I knew that it was still important to get a second opinion on the recommended surgery before going under the knife. When I mentioned this plan to Dr. Russell during my appointment last week, he was very supportive of it and said that he encourages his patients to seek second opinions before making a final decision.

At the strong recommendation of folks from the Adult Congenital Heart Association, I used the ACHD Clinic Directory to find another cardiologist and clinic specializing in adult congenital heart disease/defects. Because adults with CHDs have such unique circumstances, it's important to find cardiologists who specialize in this area. I now have an appointment next week to meet with Dr. Ziyad M. Hijazi, the medical director of the Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease at Rush University Medical Center. I fully expect that he will agree with the recommendation for surgery, but I do want to hear it from one more medical expert before I go through with it.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ken. This is Jeremy, Stephanie's cousin. She shared the link to your blog with me, and I wanted to let you know that I've really enjoyed reading what you've written so far. I'm obviously very sorry to hear about the situation that you're dealing with, but it's plain to see that you've got exactly the right attitude going into it. Good luck with things, keep asking the good questions, and I look forward to reading more updates from you!

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