He examined me, took out the implant, and sent me home. I hoped that would solve my problems, but the pain just would not go away. At that point, I was pretty displeased with my surgeon, so I went to see someone else.
My new doctor did a more thorough examination of the painful area of my gums and took a biopsy. When the results came back, he told me I had cancer. Right away, he sent me to a head and neck surgeon that he knew well and trusted. I went in to see this surgeon, and within a few hours of my exam, I was already having imaging scans and a biopsy. When I went back upstairs after all of the tests, the doctor confirmed what I already knew: I had cancer. He was extremely knowledgeable and efficient, and made me feel like I was in great hands. Another few hours later, I had a surgery scheduled, and then within 2 weeks, I was having surgery.
The surgery was a complete success, and my doctor was very pleased with the results. Since then, I’ve gone in to see him for a follow-up every few months, and he continues to amaze me with his knowledge, expertise, and kind demeanor. I have some more imaging scans coming up in the future, and it feels good to know I will be well taken care of.
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I am so grateful to have been in his hands throughout this process. One piece of advice I would give to people going through something similar is to make sure you have the right doctor. At first, I got a second opinion (as most people do), but he came up with the same treatment plan, so I knew I was on the right track. I went with the first doctor I had seen because I trusted the oral surgeon who had sent me to him, so I knew he must be good. Also, I liked him, and I trusted him. I knew he would take care of business, and that’s what was really important.