Ratings for Dr. Richard R. Barakat
Dr. Barakat specializes in gynecol. cancer operations. You ask me to rate Dr. Barakat's knowledge, but I can't because, except for one thing (see below near the end), I don't know. He never discussed my medical condition w/me after the operation except for once, months later, when I called to ask a specific question. He did explain that matter. Beforehand, it was perfunctory. He accepted the referring doctor's diagnosis. All times but 2, he blew me off--to his assistant. A very insulting move. No one should have to accept the dr.'s assistant being substituted for their doctor. You are the dr.'s patient, not the help's. A cyst, a potentially very serious problem, was created due to faulty sewing in the operation. W/out talking to me about test findings on it, as promised, he had his assistant send me to another dr., who said fixing the cyst is a very tricky operation. Draining the cyst could end me up in worse condition (and much more pain) than keeping the cyst. Re-doing the sewing, he said, was Dr. B's job, and w/out discussing it w/me, Dr. B had apparently passed that up when he referred me to the other dr. He had had no discussion w/me about it. Online patient reports re this operation confirmed the great, great pain these people were in. So I kept the cyst . There is no ideal solution to this error that was made in the operation. I have had uncontrolled urinating and hormone-caused trouble w/the cyst since then. Re his knowledge: the dr. is not up to date with his knowledge about hormones. E.g., he advised me to have the ovaries taken out at the same time as the hysterectomy, because "you aren't getting any hormones from them anyway now (at my age) ." Months later, I came across Internet articles saying no one should have their ovaries taken out w/the hysterectomy unless they were diseased/cancerous. Doctors almost always do, and it's WRONG for the woman patient because, they said, there is still estrogen and progesterone being made in the ovaries and sent throughout the body. It's true that I had still been cycling w/monthly periods, although diminishing, while taking hormones just prior to the operation. There were also problems w/waiting--waiting for the operation the day of it, and waiting 1 - 3 1/2 hrs. for apptmts.
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- State University Of New York Downstate Medical Center (Grad. 1985)
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