PA assisting my surgeon was a surprise
I have had 2 Total Knee Replacements and both were successful, not than painful, recovery was easy and I worked HARD before and after to strengthen my body. I am in my 70's. 2 different surgeons and 2 different hospitals. I asked in both cases for the surgery report. I was surprised that during the most recent TKR, a PA did some of the procedure! Shouldn't I have been told of this? Report says "due to the complexity of the case, the first assistant was required. He did retraction, performed certain bone cuts, performed final stages of wound closure, application of the dressing." This was a sought-after surgeon at a VERY well-known, respected East Coast hospital. The surgeon said "I was present for all aspects of the case." "There were no other attending, fellows or surgical residents available to scrub." WHAT SHOULD I MAKE OF ALL THIS? I know people will say, be happy, it was a success. But my point is I carefully researched and chose this surgeon. Shouldn't he have done the surgery?