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marthak
04-27-2007, 02:50 PM
We'd love to have some feedback on our doctor at Children's Hospital, Oakland, Dr. James Policy. We have really like his office and him for three years. We have had a change in our daughter's condition 18 months post-bracing, and it looks like surgery. So, if you know anything, or have any suggestions involving the hospital, or our doctor, can you post here?

Our insurance (United Health Care) posted some great info on scoliosis related fusions done last year at our children's hospital. It listed incidence of complications, number of patients done, mortality (none, yay), length of hospital stay, etc. We were able to compare that to other children's hospitals in our area which felt pretty useful. Its reassuring to know more, even when the info scares the hell out of us, contemplating surgery is stressful in itself.

I thank you in advance for any opinions on Dr. Policy. He has a great rep, and he's a wonderful, upbeat doctor who is reassuring. But surgery comes as a shock and I'd love to hear from others who had the surgery at this hospital and/or with this doctor.

Thank you,
Martha K
Fremont, CA

LindaRacine
04-28-2007, 12:29 AM
Hi Martha...

I've heard Dr. Policy's name, but I've never talked to any of his patient's or their parents. Even if you love him, I'd recommend getting a second opinion, just to be certain you're doing the right thing. You can find a list of specialists here:

http://www.srs.org/directory/directory.asp

Regards,
Linda

marthak
04-28-2007, 12:46 AM
My second opinion is with Dr. Rinsky at Stanford/Lucille Packard next Friday. Yay for the second opinion! LOL

- Martha K

Is it wrong to hope she is in great shape and suddenly no longer needs surgery?

marthak
04-28-2007, 12:51 AM
My second opinion is with Dr. Rinsky at Stanford/Lucille Packard next Friday. Yay for the second opinion! LOL I set that up and I have been researching ever since, I think its the best way for me to feel more like there is a cut and dried answer, to learn as much as possible...

- Martha K

Is it wrong to hope she is in great shape and suddenly no longer needs surgery?

marthak
04-28-2007, 01:00 AM
Here's something interesting...Dr. Policy is not on the srs list, but, he is the director of scoliosis at Children's Hospital in Oakland. How important is the SRS list?

- Martha