North Shore Hospital probes neurosurg...

North Shore Hospital probes neurosurgeons' actions

There are 9 comments on the Newsday story from May 11, 2009, titled North Shore Hospital probes neurosurgeons' actions. In it, Newsday reports that:

An internal investigation by North Shore University Hospital will focus not only on two neurosurgeons who left a woman on the operating table but also on breaches in protocol as the staff prepared her for surgery.

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Faith Webb

Yonkers, NY

#1 May 11, 2009
It is totally amazing just how the media has made these 2 physicians into criminals -- I challenge Newsday to present the many other cases that have had success with TCI. Our daughter is one of those cases --- she has endured many neurosurgeries -- all of which gave her some relief for disorders that have NOT CURE.
Please consider reaching out to some of us and write another article that would share both sides.

United States

#2 May 12, 2009
More bad reporting. If the patient was treated with anticoagulants for a bleeding issue she could have died.

The risks of these procedures are outlined in the standard surgical consent. I am glad that the whole mess is being looked into because a patient does not end up in the OR under anesthesia without a set of protocols. If you were taking a poll of chiari pts who had been operated on by this team you would find that many more pts were improved afterwards. As a researcher I did 2 studies on the surgical results of patients across 3 countries. 60% show some improvement, 20% get worse, 20% have no change. Standard for all surgeons.

Jersey City, NJ

#3 May 12, 2009
The longer these guys go without making a formal statement to the press regarding what happened that day the more it lends itself to continued speculation by the public. Of course people are going to become suspicious after more then a month has gone by and still no answers.

Of course they are being advised by their attorneys to make no statement but in doing so it only adds to the curiousity of this case.

The media/press had contacted the Dr.'s many times for a statement but they have declined. It sure does make the press seem one sided - especially when the Dr.'s/and/or the hospital are not speaking out. What do you want? The press and media to speak for the Dr.s on their behalf? Dr. M.'s son came to his defense and was written up in the NY Daily News yesterday. Time for these two men to speak up.

As a former patient of TCI it is their policy to work as a "team" - In my case I never met Dr. M. until a few seconds before I went under. I had only met wiht Dr. B. and was told he would do the surgery. But it was later explained to me, no, for each case that comes through TCI both D. M. and Dr. B. are just as familiar with each case- even if you only meet with one. It was also expalained to me that when I signed the conset I was consenting to both Dr. M. and Dr. B and this was standard TCI protocol. Of course I do not claim to know the details of this particular case but I can tell you I was told by both of these Dr.'s that it is standard protocol for all TCI patients to sign infrormed consents for BOTH doctors since both are typically present during the surgery.
Chiari Family

New Bern, NC

#4 May 12, 2009
We are a chiari with 3 family members. Dr. Bolognese and Dr. Milhorat saved my two daughters lives. These two doctors are the only Doctors worldwide who have comitted their lives to this medical condition. Chiari is a rare, little known and at times life threatening condition. Many chiari patients are complicated and are very aware of the fact that there is no 100% cure. Many with Chiari may need multiple surgeries to deal with the many malformations of the brain, skull, spine and spinal cord. My two daughters have required brain surgeries, spine surgeries and spinal cored surgeries. For some Chiari patients this can be a life long conidtion requiring many different types of treatment while others respond very well with just one surgery. This is not a "cookie cutter" condition. This is not gallbladder removal, knee replacement surgery or tubes in the ears. This is a very serious condition involving the central nervous system CNS, the autonomic nervous system ANS and the complicated structures of the bones of the vertabrea of the spine and skull. Dr. Bolognese and Dr. Milhorat are recognized worldwide. 85% of there patients travel to New York from all over the United States and all over the globe. We have the highest regard for these two doctors

Centereach, NY

#6 May 12, 2009
So if a doctor refuses to do another doctors surgery because say they feel the person doersnt need it they can be fired?

I dont understand that.
Chiari Family

New Bern, NC

#7 May 12, 2009
Please post the name, address and facility of any doctor, neurologist or neurosurgeon who has anywhere near the knowledge, experience, research and committment to Chiari that Dr. Bolognese and Dr. Mihorat have. If these Doctors are no longer available to treat the thousands of children and families diagnosed with Chiari, patients would once again be treated by medical practitioners who are 10 years behind in the latest research and treatments of this condition. The world is committed to researching and seeking treatments and cures for cancer and heart disease. Why isn't the world just as committed to researching Chiari? These two Doctors are.

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Roseburg, OR

#8 May 12, 2009
I am a lifelong Chiarian with the complications of syringomyelia and tethered cord. I became disabled as a result of my HMO docs' chronic and dismissive mismanagement of my case. Four years ago, I went to TCI and Drs. Milhorat and Bolognese literally saved my life. They never made false promises; they explained the stats and risks of each procedure, and they were right. I would trust them again without any hesitation.
Chiari Family

New Bern, NC

#9 May 12, 2009
I too had been misdiagnosed and mismanaged for over 15 years by several other doctors. I don't know what would have happened if Dr. Bolognese and Dr. Milhorat hadn't decided to find answers in diagnosing and treating Chiari. Thank you doctors for your commitment!!
Chiari Patient

Brooklyn, NY

#10 May 12, 2009
The saddest part about all of this is that two of the best doctors in the world may no longer be available to help the hundreds, if not thousands of people suffering from Chiari malformation.

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