ProPublica aims to change the way you choose your surgeon. It could backfire. Here’s why.

Three and a half years ago my then 79-year-old mother had her left hip replaced because of severe arthritis. She had the right one done about 10 years before and it changed her life in so many positive ways. When the left one began to hurt she put it off for a long time, but […]

40% of women get unindicated antibiotics in GYN surgery

Preventing infection after surgery is very important as not only are these infections often uncomfortable and make you feel very sick, but they also increase the risk of more serious complications for example, if you are less mobile because of an infection after surgery you are at higher risk for a blood clot or if […]

Why I don’t take “You just go to sleep” lightly. Thoughts on anesthesia, my son and Joan Rivers

The implications of an anesthetic for Oliver, my 10-year-old son, didn’t fully sink in until he was wheeled into the operating room when I realized he had been assigned not one but two highly experienced anesthesiologists. I didn’t think I could feel any worse but then I heard the relief in one of the anesthesiologist’s […]

A robotic hysterectomy is more expensive, but is it better?

In a word, no (unless you have cancer). So, let’s take cancer out of the picture and discuss hysterectomy for non-cancerous (benign) reasons.First of all. A hysterectomy (removing the uterus) can be done via one of the 4 methods: 1.    Vaginal, a small incision at the top of the vagina and the uterus is removed entirely […]