Hiatal hernia and getting treatment at Mayo Clinic
Having struggled with a hiatal hernia for many years and now facing serious issues with it I went to see a surgeon at John’s Hopkins who seriously recommended surgery as my hernia is large. After much research I thought the Mayo Clinic would be the best place to have surgery and an experience practitioner would be best to do the job. Mayo seemed like the best choice as the surgery is no joke. I sent in all my records but found that the hospital was lax in getting back to me. As a nurse myself, for many years, I found this extremely disappointing. I essentially did all the calling to find out the status of my case and was told by one department that I couldn’t be seen there but could surely be seen in the esophageal clinic who could determine the next step in my case. Well no one in the esophageal clinic got back to me so I took it upon myself to call and find out about my case. The woman I spoke to stated my case had been refused and that I should seek treatment locally!! No cogent explanation for why my case was refused. I have excellent health insurance and I have tried all recommendations over the years to reduce the suffering I have experienced with this hernia. Nothing has helped except not eating. Not really a good approach to a health condition. At this point I am convinced that being seen at Mayo is like applying to an elite college. I also suspect having some kind of connection would help open the door for me. I am beyond disappointed as no one would opt to have this surgery if they did not need it. I am not impressed with the experience I had with Mayo it was unprofessional and left me with the feeling that you need “Ruby Shoes” to be seen there.