Originally Posted by nospam
What tests did Dr. Brown do when he examined you? Is he ordering any new testing? What testing had you already had done?
Who else have you seen?
My advice is to schedule as many follow-up visits as you need to get all of your questions answered and feel comfortable. The better you and your surgeon get to know each other the better.
Dr. Brown did a physical exam: him pushing on certain points of my arm and neck to see the reaction in my fingers. He started with my hand, my wrist, my elbow, my underarm my neck, etc. All points made my fingers immediately numb and was very painful. Had me hold my hands above my head until my fingers went numb and he checked me for 'winging'. He did not order any new tests...I brought him an MRI of my Brachial Plexus, elbow, C-spine, along with a Brachial Plexus MR neurography. I also had my EMG/NCS study.
I do have a follow up with him in a few weeks to answer all additional questions. As for his reputation, I asked around the hospital and some of his other colleagues who all spoke highly of him. I also researched him where he worked previously, watched some Medscape programs of him teaching, and my stepfather is a neurologist who also said he is good. I do not know how many scalenectomies he has done, that is one of my questions on the list for my next appt. The other docs I have seen are Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Alvarez, Dr. Filler, and another Doc in Murrieta. All have been either neurologists or neurosurgeons. I think I am going to go see one more doc my step father recommends before fully committing to surgery.