Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Shame on Alison Toth, MD (Duke)

I was treated by Alison Toth, MD (Duke Medical) in 2008. At the time, my knee was in extreme pain. Dr. Toth assured me that she could help.

But then . . . a Duke anesthesiologist (pain management) fervently disagreed with Dr. Toth's suggestion that the saphenous nerve be cut in my leg. The anesthesiologist would not talk directly with Dr. Toth and vice versa about the discrepancy.

Two months, multiple falls and an injured ankle later, Dr. Toth's office manager telephoned me on a Friday afternoon and said "Dr Toth won't treat you." I am not a medical ethicist but I am a thinker. Dr. Toth abandoned me as a patient in the most traditional sense of the word.

The result was that I continued to suffer pain, instability that effected my life and the life of my dad (for whom I was caring during his fight with cancer).

Shame on Dr. Alison Toth. Shame on Duke Orthopedics.

In December 2009 and July 2010, I underwent the surgeries to my knee. I was not treated at Duke. I traveled to Chicago to have the surgeries. The surgeons did a great job.  

Lesson: you may have to travel a distance to find good medical care. Don't accept abandonment. You deserve to be well --- advocate for yourself.

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