|This website is not to the surgeon I used|
Well, I had my first appointment. My doctor seems great!
While in the waiting room I noticed a wall that displayed pictures of the doctors who work in the same office. There were only 2 that appeared to be more "mature" than I. I don't consider myself as someone who discriminates against age - but when it comes to something like this I prefer someone who has more experience. I consider myself young enough yet to have options for a doctor that is more "mature" than I am - LOL!
There isn't a ton to say about this first appointment. I completed all the paperwork that they sent me ahead of time. I made sure I could give them a urine sample ;-) They were ready to answer any questions that I had. After asking me many questions about my symptoms, the doctor (and a female assistant) did an initial exam. The exam was very similar to my annual pap smear. But, there was the addition of a catheter with a scope. It was uncomfortable but hopefully worth it in the long run. FYI, if you go through this, be prepared for spotting. The doctors exam confirmed what his initial thought was - I need to have the hammock procedure done. I go back in a week for some more detailed testing to make sure he is correct.
Cost? We didn't discuss it much since I told him that I was prepared to pay for it. They are billing my insurance first. I was surprised at the doctors response - he seems to think that my insurance will cover it. We'll see when all is said and done. Over the years, I have found that health insurance covers very little when it comes to elective surgeries. For this appointment I just had to pay my insurance co-pay.