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I had an appointment yesterday with a consultant plastic surgeon. This was a truly horrible experience.
I have had HS for roughly 21 years and am now 34. I was only diagnosed a few months ago after being fobbed off for all these years and told there is nothing wrong and I was just \"prone to boils\". I was referred to the plastic surgeon by my GP and this was backed up my a dermatologist who thinks the only solution to the sinus tracts I now have in my groin is surgery to remove them and then he can try to tackle all the other areas that I have recurrent boils (under arm, under breasts).
The plastic surgeon was so rude and unprofessional that I had to stop myself crying and I am very glad I took my husband with me. He (the doctor) shouted throughout the consultation and just kept repeating this has a very high failure rate and \"we\" don't like to do these surgeries and \"you people have such high expectations\". He also said \"I could have told you before you walked in that you would be a middle aged, overweight smoker. I know the triggers and wether my weight is up or down or when I have stopped smoking that there is NO change in my condition.
I asked what options were available and he said basically he will just cut out the tract and stitch it but then repeated it doesn't work well and has a very high failure rate and he doesn't see the need for it. My dermatologist had tried to explain the surgery to me and explaned that it was much the same as the pilonidal sinus excision I had done 10 years ago and that the tract would be removed and then packed to let it heal from the inside out but the surgeon tells me that this isn't offered in my locality.
I felt like a chancer even daring to go and visit him. My husband asked him to clarify what percentages constitutes a failure and he said around 30% of ops fail. So surely that means roughly 70% are a success?
I feel like I am going round in circles - the dermatologist tells me I need the surgery to prevent the sinus getting any bigger and that it will not heal medically but is very positive about treatments to try to reduce the occurance of my boils (i can't remember the last time I had a whole day without a boil somewhere). He is keen for me to try Ro-accutane and targetted antibiotics as I seem to now be immune to amoxycillin.
Does anyone have any similar experiences with surgeons/doctors.
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