Cornea transplant at Kaiser ..which doc to choose?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Neal, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. Neal

    Neal Guest

    I have a friend scheduled to have a cornea transplant in March. He has
    a choice of two surgeons...one young and well trained but has only
    done 35 since residency. The other older who has done hundreds but is
    located further away. Does anyone have a recommendation on how to pick
    a surgeon? Anyone have experience at Kaiser?
    Neal
     
    Neal, Jan 3, 2004
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  2. Neal

    Ann Guest

    How does a surgeon become more experienced if nobody goes to him in
    his early days... just wondering how it works out there?

    Ann
     
    Ann, Jan 3, 2004
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  3. Actually, a fellowship is where sub-specialty training is gained, to begin
    with. This is not usually obtained during one's residency training, which is
    more general. Thus, a corneal surgeon does not get 35 cases during his
    residency. He may get 35 cases during his fellowship training, (or not,
    depending on the training circumstances). Or he may be talking about a total
    of cases during his fellowship plus any he has done since being in practice.

    How does he get more experience? People DO come to him, and he gets
    experienced over time. Not all patients look at the number of cases and
    decide they want someone more experienced. Starts out hopefully with the
    easier, straightforward cases like the ones he did in his fellowship, then
    takes on more difficult ones as he gains more experience. Same is true for
    the catract surgeon, strabismus surgeon, or the glaucoma surgeon. All of
    them have to start somewhere.




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    David Robins, MD, Jan 4, 2004
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