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Getting your first appointment

Posted by @amkaloha, Dec 29, 2016

I have so many questions about this. Do I have to have a PCP referral to make an appointment? How about health records? I have many problems, the most prevalent right now is swollen legs and feet and have been seeing a few doctors in my area but no one seems to be able to help. I have had sonogram tests (blood movement is fine with no clots), an echocardiogram (heart is working well), but my legs stay swollen and stiff. I also have terrible pain in my knees due to osteoarthritis and neuropathy in both legs (I have to use a walker). Must I diagnose myself? – how do i know which department at Mayo to start with? This is in addition to if they will take my Medicare and BCBS. Mayo has such a great reputation that I just feel they could help me get my life back. Thanks to anyone with any answers or ideas.

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My Cardiologist in Chicago felt that I needed surgery for Aotic Aneurysm as well as to replace Aotic Valve in Sep 2016. He suggested I come and visit Dr Nishimura at Mayo who, in his opinion,is one of the foremost Cardiologists in the country. He set up the appointment with Dr Nishimura who, after all the testing, set up a meeting with Dr Pochetino, Cardiovascular surgeon at Mayo. Dr Pochetino indicated that this was a high risk surgery carrying a 10% risk of failure — much higher than the 1 to 2 % considered acceptable
He asked us to take our time deciding since there was no imminent danger. We decided a few weeks later to go ahead and scheduled the surgery on Feb 7 of this year. The details of the surgery are in a separate message I posted.
We spent 2 wks at Mayo and stayed at Marriott’s Springhill Suites. This is a very comfortable place across from St Mary’s hospital. We r very happy with the svc we got at Springhill Suites, and most importantly, the ampathy. Every staff member would talk to my wife,when I was in the Hospital, and inquire about me! They also have a Mayo rate and daily breakfast that is decent. Hope this helps.
Any questions about our Mayo Experience –? please post and I will answer asap.

@shakuni11

My Cardiologist in Chicago felt that I needed surgery for Aotic Aneurysm as well as to replace Aotic Valve in Sep 2016. He suggested I come and visit Dr Nishimura at Mayo who, in his opinion,is one of the foremost Cardiologists in the country. He set up the appointment with Dr Nishimura who, after all the testing, set up a meeting with Dr Pochetino, Cardiovascular surgeon at Mayo. Dr Pochetino indicated that this was a high risk surgery carrying a 10% risk of failure — much higher than the 1 to 2 % considered acceptable
He asked us to take our time deciding since there was no imminent danger. We decided a few weeks later to go ahead and scheduled the surgery on Feb 7 of this year. The details of the surgery are in a separate message I posted.
We spent 2 wks at Mayo and stayed at Marriott’s Springhill Suites. This is a very comfortable place across from St Mary’s hospital. We r very happy with the svc we got at Springhill Suites, and most importantly, the ampathy. Every staff member would talk to my wife,when I was in the Hospital, and inquire about me! They also have a Mayo rate and daily breakfast that is decent. Hope this helps.
Any questions about our Mayo Experience –? please post and I will answer asap.

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@shakuni11, I want to add this to your reply, “In addition to the medical staff and the locals, it is the patients and their caregivers, too, that make it a positive experience.”
I am happy that you have had successful surgery.
Rosemary

@chicagomichelle As I sat here reading the account of your visits to Mayo my eyes are welling up. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I am contemplating visiting Mayo Clinic Florida. I just am not sure I can be as brave as you. You have given me much to think over. Thank you!
Jen

I recently got admitted to Mayo Clinic. A surgeon outside of Mayo had been an intern there and got me in ‘fast’. You should have all of your records. They are so organized. They had my CT scan and MRI’s already in their system by I saw the doctor the same day. If you have an appointment at 2:10, you will be called at 2:10, so you better get their early to check in. Also, they do take Medicare to some extent. They charge you, the patient, and extra 15% because they won’t just settle for what Medicare will pay. We also have a supplemental plan. Out of Mayo, most of my doctor bills have been paid, but this is not the case at Mayo. But, with their technology and skilled doctors, I feel I am going to the best and will be taken care of effectively. They work as a team. I am loving this place. The radiation that I will be taking for 5 weeks will be $48,000. They let you know if you ask. Our part will be about $6,100. I will still have the vascular doctor, the surgeon, etc. to pay, but it is my life and I want to live.
My question to you is have you gone to a vascular surgeon? Have you had any CT scans or MRI’s? These tests are what finally told me what I had wrong with me. I had a swollen leg but no other problems. i don’t even take blood pressure medicine. I am an avid hiker and exercise personal 67 years old. If my leg had not swollen, I would not know anything is wrong with me. You can ask your primary doctor for these things and they will be a lot cheaper than going to Mayo. Then you can go to Mayo. The fastest way to get things done is to have your doctor get you scheduled. They can work miracles. I hope I answered your questioin and more.

@me67

I recently got admitted to Mayo Clinic. A surgeon outside of Mayo had been an intern there and got me in ‘fast’. You should have all of your records. They are so organized. They had my CT scan and MRI’s already in their system by I saw the doctor the same day. If you have an appointment at 2:10, you will be called at 2:10, so you better get their early to check in. Also, they do take Medicare to some extent. They charge you, the patient, and extra 15% because they won’t just settle for what Medicare will pay. We also have a supplemental plan. Out of Mayo, most of my doctor bills have been paid, but this is not the case at Mayo. But, with their technology and skilled doctors, I feel I am going to the best and will be taken care of effectively. They work as a team. I am loving this place. The radiation that I will be taking for 5 weeks will be $48,000. They let you know if you ask. Our part will be about $6,100. I will still have the vascular doctor, the surgeon, etc. to pay, but it is my life and I want to live.
My question to you is have you gone to a vascular surgeon? Have you had any CT scans or MRI’s? These tests are what finally told me what I had wrong with me. I had a swollen leg but no other problems. i don’t even take blood pressure medicine. I am an avid hiker and exercise personal 67 years old. If my leg had not swollen, I would not know anything is wrong with me. You can ask your primary doctor for these things and they will be a lot cheaper than going to Mayo. Then you can go to Mayo. The fastest way to get things done is to have your doctor get you scheduled. They can work miracles. I hope I answered your questioin and more.

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gotta love the way they work, I could have written that,lol

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