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Dr. So is extremely knowledgeable. He was instrumental in helping my mother and my with her bladder tumor caused by a metastisation from endometrial cancer. He explains things clearly and thoroughly, and backs his recommendations with information as well as other options for the family to consider. He is a solid specialist that I trust. He has wonderful bedside manner. His responsiveness to any questions or concerns (even calling long-distance) were oustanding and greatly appreciated. Wait times in offices were never long (15-20min) and the office staff were always responsive, courteous and professional. My family and I sincerely appreciate the care and attention he has given my mother through this unfortunately health challenge. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. So.
In July 2014 I had my bladder removed by Dr. ALAN SO. My reflections on this :
1) Staff- called me for appointment after my GP called Dr. So. They said I was "URGENT" and got in very quick.
2) Dr. So. Wait in office about 15 min. Met him- a nice Asian chap- mature beyond his age with knowledge beyond anyone else......this took 15- 20min but I do not remember.
3) Surgery- tough - but went well. 6 days in hospital. Had a 'cath' left in for about 2 weeks. Dr. So made me a NEW BLADDER!
4) After: Dr. So called 2 weeks later- "ALL CLEAR - NODES NEGATIVE and MARGIN NEGARTIVE"- yippee!
5) Thanks to Dr. So, his team, and VGH!
I had retroperitoneal fibrosis for I had several surgeries beginning Jan 6. I cannot thank Dr. So enough. He did a fabulous job and am very pleased with Dr. So. I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Dr.So.
So I'm not sure why there are so many positive reviews of Mr. So as the time I saw him he seemed to be quite two faced. he would beam a big smile but when I asked a few questions he began to roll his eyes, yes roll his eyes like a child, and became furious! To his credit he did try very hard to mask his reaction. it seemed like he simply didn't like me but that's how it always feels when you deal with a selfish bully. It was a completely odd sight to see this highly paid man revert to immaturity at public expense. I was in no way rude or unreasonable with my 4 different questions before he wanted me out of the office with his last response being that he nor did the science know the cause to my issues. He never became overtly aggressive but the wave of anger that rolled through his face was obviously surprising & disappointing. Bad day or bad guy? I'm not sure as I saw him the one time.
My visit was a follow up to a DRE for prostate issues. His resident, who was quite helpful, prior to me even setting eyes on Dr. So, did the DRE. My PSA count had been slightly high, and due to genetics, when Dr. So did appear, he had started the procedure to book me for a prostate biopsy. The discussion of this occurred in the boardroom next door, without me being privy to it. Poor bedside manner. Poorer yet was the description of the procedure - and I quote - "the ultrasound will be put up your bumhole" - really Dr So? Is that a term now used in medical school? Must be as he used it twice. Anus and rectum must be too complex for the general public. When I asked if there was any other alternative, he did not recommend or even mention the PCA-3 test. He also did not mention the myriad of reasons for false positives on PSA scores, including sexual activity, bike riding or a DRE up to 3 days before the PSA test, all of which I had done. This was poor and doctor driven health care.
Dr. So performed very difficult, lengthy and challenging surgery on me for a comparatively rare (one in every 200,000 people)problem called retroperitoneal fibrosis. In layman's terms, this is a fibrous growth which progressively interferes with the ureters. The operation was successful, and I will always be grateful to Dr. So. He is calm, friendly, extremely knowledgeable and candid with his advice. I was in great hands throughout.
Superb fellow. Saw me before surgery to relax me and afterwards as well. Although my problem is not as serious as others, this doctor truly cares for his patients. His dedication, in my opinion, is amonst the top in his field.
Dr So removed my kidney cancer, words will not express how great this man was throughout my ordeal. He took time out to explain my procedure to me and was very kind and calm. He has excellent bedside manners and came to see me every day after my surgery. He is a very gifted surgeon who cares about his patients, he is what every doctor should be, yet what many cannot be. We are soo lucky to have such a great surgeon right here in B.C. Would recommend without a doubt. He personally returned all my phone calls and even called my family right after my surgery. Most of all he is very kind and polite. Thank you Dr. So for being such a wonderful doctor and for saving my life.
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