Ratings for Dr. Patricia L. Figert
NOTICE! Dr. Figert earned a serious 'Letter of Concern' (5-29-15) from the Ky Medical Board. (another physician witnessed this surgeon ordering an UNNECESSARY procedure and confirmed 11-25-15). She was also cited with a violation at patientmodesty.org (dated 12-2-16). And finally a doctor representing the hospital acknowledged the lapse of proper protocol with a letter declaring new programs to educate surgeons and staff (letter dated 12-20-16). Dr. Figert NEVER acknowledged this poor judgment. So BEFORE you go under the knife ASK about the above or just go elsewhere!
I have used Dr Figert in the past for my colonoscopy es and had very good results. My husband recently had 14"of his colon removed and heard how awful it was going to be from others. Because his surgeon was Dr. Figert this surgery was done laproscopically with great results. I would not use anyone else for these procedures. She explains EVERYTHING and answers all our questions in terms we understand.
Whatever the surgical procedure, be sure to first ask if Dr. Figert still prefers to have virtually all her patients bladder catheterized while anesthesized. Although not required for short surguries (under 3 hours) Dr. Figert is 'old school' and still exposes patients to urethra trauma and infection risks that come with catheters.
One would like to believe that an experienced (20 plus years) general surgeon would know the medical indications (reasons) to order bladder catheterization. And they are; Acute urinary retention, need for uncontaminated urine for tests, patient immobility and urine blockage, and finally bladder catheters are medically indicated before urinary tract & prostate surgery. Also any long duration surgery (more than 3 hours) to prevent bladder filling. So it is very surprising that this surgeon, Dr. Patricia Figert MD, would order bladder cath's for her surgery patients NOT in any of those catagories. And even for 45min. to 1 hour routine surgeries. For those who don't know, a bladder catheter, also known as an indwelling Foley catheter, is a large ( 6mm or 1/4" diameter, pencil-sized ) 15" long plastic tube that a nurse forces into the patients urethra with her hand. Its implied that it's a 'sterile' procedure, but actually the bacteria within the urethra naturally is carried back into the bladder contaminating it and sometimes causing urinary tract infections. After the plastic tip of the tube is pushed in all of the way to the bladder, the nurse uses a syringe of water to fill a balloon to secure the catheter tubing from slipping out on its own. Even after removal, these catheters have nearly always caused trauma to the urethra from extreme 'stretching' of the lining. Due to this urethra damage the ammonia in the urine causes days of urinary burning. But first you may experience many hours of induced urinary retention, another very common side effect of bladder catheterization. Occasionally severe urethra damage results from the catheterization and then surgery must then be performed for that repair (hopefully by a more caring surgeon). Dr. Figert attempts to justify 'cath' orders by claiming that she might inadvertantly puncture a slightly distended bladder during surgery (statistically an extremely low occurance). And only intern (novice) and inexperienced general surgeons can claim that excuse. For any routine surgery of less than 3 hours, simply having the patient to empty their own bladder pre-op will suffice. The surgeon could also use a bladder scanner (ultra-sound) to confirm the bladders empty status before surgery. But Dr. Figert (and some other old-school surgeons) just have old, bad habits and willingly expose their patients to the many serious risks of bladder catheters. It may be easier to find another surgeon who does not 'cath 'em all' . Good Luck, Chris T. May, 2015
Like some of the others have alluded to, Dr. Figert also performed my inguinal hernia repair a few months ago. I too found out, after the fact, that she had ordered a bladder catheter placed after I was anesthesized. So I go online to research the entire procedure and also Figerts backround, what I found was enlightening and surprising. Laprascopic hernia repair is relatively new, only gaining popularity since the mid 1990's. Early on Dr. Figert realized the many benefits of the new procedure over the old 'open' style where mesh was simply placed on 'top' of defect. So Dr. Figert honed her skills with special training and undertook the exceptionally long learning curve (100 plus surgeries) to become an expert using the superior Laprascopic TEP approach. (Totally Extraperitoneal) considered more difficult but better than the more invasive TAPP method (Transabdominal). Dr. Figert also wisely chose the best polypropylene mesh and the highly regarded titanium helical devices for securing the mesh. So where am I going with all of this? With all of the very wise decisions made by Dr. Figert (my surgeon) why would she cling to the outdated bladder catheterization protocol developed in the 1990's when this laprascopic surgery was in it's infancy? The assumption then was that surgeons were slow and clumsy with these new fangled, long instruments operated while viewing a monitor. And during these early, rather protracted laprascopic hernia repairs, the bladder would become distended (full) with urine and become more vunerable to injury by the surgeon. But that was 20 years ago and many thousands of hernia repairs ago. Now most experienced general surgeons perform the laprascopic procedure in 45 minutes to one hour. And simply having the patient to empty their bladders completely during the hour or two in the pre-op area will suffice. Thus a patient with a nearly empty bladder undergoing a laprascopic hernia repair by an experienced surgeon has no medical reason to receive a bladder catheter. This is where the paradox comes into play. Why would a surgeon like Dr. Figert who was very progressive on techique (TEP) and materials (correct mesh and fixation) still INSIST on ordering a relic from the past ( Foley indwelling baldder catheters) ? A Foley catheter is a foot long and about 6mm in diameter (1/4" or about the size of a pencil) and is forced into the urethra by the nurses hand using some lubricant. They always carry urethra bacteria back into the bladder (even while using sterile method) and usually cause trauma to the urethra, especially in males. On some occasions the urethra tears or is punctured or the inflatable balloon causes permanent damage to the urinary tract. Those events could affect a persons ability to self-urinate forever. So while Dr. Figert is unquestionably a qualified surgeon for the reasons mentioned, her absolute insistence on ordering painful and risky bladder catheters before ANY surgery may be enough of a reason to seek out a surgeon who does not expose patients to such archaic methods. Most general surgeons do NOT order bladder catheters for surgery's lasting under three hours. So just check with other surgeons and you'll find others who are confident and skilled and don't intentionally expose patients to unnecessary cath's. Good Luck to you.
Dr. Patricia Figert performed my hernia repair and I am very happy with the results. She is an excellent general surgeon. BUT in my case and likely many others, she decided to order a RN to insert a pencil-sized bladder catheter in the O.R. AFTER was was put under. This risky and painful catheterization is NOT required if the patient was able to empty their bladder beforehand (like I had). On my follow-up 2 weeks later she admitted to her catheterizarion order, then tried to justify it by claiming that 400cc of urine had been drained by the catheter. So I requested the hospital records which indicated only 150cc had accumulated by the end of the 48 minute surgery, and that amount was of no consequence. My research shows 'surgeon personal preference' and 'staff convenience' are the REAL reasons of the Foley Indwelling Catheter insertions. So if you are considering Dr. Figert for your surgery, you may want to request NO CATHETERs or if she resists, find another surgeon who will NOT expose you to the pain and risks of urethra injury and post-op urinary retention (common catheter complications). Signed, Jim.
Dr. Patricia Figert is a general surgeon who performed laproscopic hernia repair on me. The surgery went very well. But the downside is that even with a empty bladder pre-op she very much prefers to order a bladder catheter inserted before surgery. Most surgeons do NOT require that for a short procedure (1 hour). Bladder catheter is 1/4'" (size of pencil) tube 10" long inserted through urethra. Nurse holds your 'manhood' while you are naked, legs spread, on your back while staff, students, interns, nurses, and others observe. Urethra or bladder damage may occur. Most general surgeons just ask patient to empty bladder beforehand.
She is "supposedly" a suegeon who does not know how to treat patients. It was very obvious that she is a "****" doctor towards Asians. She clearly did not care about their patient. I was in their during late afternoon and she was very tired and spent less that 2 minutes discussing my problem. I must have spend 45 minutes in the waiting room. My advise to you, Go to another better Gasteroenterologist!!!!!!
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