Richard E. Johnson, MD
Location and Office HoursDartmouth-Hitchcock Specialty Medicine
Nashua, NH 03063
- Cheshire Medical Center
What is the difference between a general surgeon and a surgical oncologist?
Riverside Cancer Care Center answeredA general surgeon may do a range of cancer surgeries along with non-cancer-related procedures, while a surgical oncologist has completed additional training in the treatment of cancer patients and concentrates his or her practice specifically in cancer surgery.
Where can I find the best “insider” info on a surgeon?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredIf you're lucky enough to have a choice of surgeons at one or two area hospitals, go right to the source, and get the scuttlebutt on them.
First, phone the department that'll handle your surgery, and ask a nurse for her opinion (if you can do this face to face, maybe when visiting a friend or relative, all the better). The nurse will know the idiosyncrasies of the different surgeons, and with some gentle and tactful smart-patient questioning, she'll hint at which one she'd rather take a scalpel to her.
Secondly, ask an anesthesiologist. If you phone the hospital's operating room between 3 and 5 p.m. on a weekday, there's a good chance you'll find an anesthesiologist who's free. As you did with the nurse, say that you're about to undergo the specific surgery, and ask which surgeon the anesthesiologist would opt for if his or her abdomen were going on the table. Anesthesiologists see every surgeon in action, and they know who's most careful.
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Is robotic surgery less invasive than traditional open surgery?
Robotic surgery for ovarian cancer is less invasive than open surgery. In this video, Nimesh Nagarsheth, MD, a gynecolgic oncologist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, talks about robotic surgery.
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