Dr, Phil`s show today

  1. Hey, did anyone else watch Dr. Phil today? I just did, and he had that lady who is suing over having her uterus branded...as previously dicussed here... . And guess what? She said that she didn`t feel "womanly" since her uterus is gone.....I feel for the doc, but sure sounded like he should have done better screening on emotional issues ,before he did the surg...What do you all think? Of course her lawyer was at her side...can`t you just see the $$$$$ running around in HER head?? He polled the audience and most thought the doc was wrong, only about 10% were on doc`s side? Wonder if they were Health Professionals?/ Would be interesting to know...
  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   oramar
    I think a lot of women have feelings of loss after a hysterectomy. More women have them than not. I also think that gyne surgeons do not do a good enough job of preparing us for those feelings. I certainly had them and I had taken care of thousands of post op hysterectomy patients. I had some idea of what to expect but since the feelings are unavoidable knowledge alone can not exempt us. I am on the doctors side here because it sounds like this woman just wants to lash out at someone. It does not sound like she was actually injured in any way. Even though most women feel the way she does those feeling do go away. I think they are playing soak the insurance company.
  4. by   NurseDennie
    Yeah, but from what I've read about THAT doc, is that's what he's so strong in. They have a LOT of education from the actual doc. And that's why he did the stupid video that got him in trouble in the first place. He made one and only one video of all the hysterectomies, and the patients got them!

    What did Dr. Phil say to her? Was he allowed to try to make her feel any better? For heaven's sake, it had to be marked, it had to come out, why should she care WHAT he marked? It's not like she still has it! You know they slice and dice and ut that tissue through unimaginable tests in the patho lab! Is she freaking about that, too?

    Give me a freaking break. I think a couple of other ladies are joining in a lawsuit, but on Today show, there were a LOT of his patients on his side. They're glad that they had the surgery, they feel better now, and I think they realize that he spends a LOT more time pre-op making sure they know what's happening than any other GYN.


  5. by   wv_nurse 2003
    hmmmm.... and the point is--she isn't suing because she "doesn't feel womanly" (an unavoidable part of having a hyster.)--she is suing for the stinking initials!!!

    Can anyone say--MONEY HUNGRY????
  6. by   cactus wren
    Slide: 6 of 6

    Dr. Phil asks Stephanie: "What is the residual effect of having this happen to you?"

    "I was depressed for a while and my family was affected by that," answers Stephanie. "But now that I'm taking a stand and representing other women who have come forward and said that this is not appropriate, I have regained some of my self-esteem."

    Dr. Phil asks: "If [Dr. Guiler] said, 'Tell you what, I'll agree that this was poor judgment. I did not take into account the potential reaction of the patient. And I'll agree to not ever do this again, and I will fund whatever rehabilitative therapy you might need,' I assume you would drop your lawsuit?"

    Stephanie answers: "I would come to some sort of terms, absolutely. But he needs to tell America that he shouldn't have done this, and yes, this was something that he should have discussed with me."

    From Dr. Phils website
  7. by   NurseDennie
    Ooooh website!!! Why didn't *I* think of that!!

    Thanks Cactuswren!!


  8. by   renerian
    I can't say about the lawsuit but I can say I have not felt like less of a woman s/p total hyst. I am just glad the problems are gone.

  9. by   Lausana
    Did they have others on who had hyst by another Dr? You know, explaining the feeling of loss is normal for the hyst, having nothing to do with how the uterus was marked?

    Of course the audience is going to feel for the guest.... people aren't using logic about the procedure, they are just feeling for someone who's depressed. The whole story is frustrating.

    Did they ask her what she would've prefered branded on the uterus? Maybe the doc should start using the "woman" symbol.
  10. by   nurse-in-boots
    I saw the show today too.

    So what do the docs do with the organs after removal? Discard them! My thoughts... So what! It was getting taken out and incenerated (SP?) afterwards.

    I know that my views are alittle out there, but I think shes just out for the money. Now, If the doc had done it on an organ that was to stay in her body.... Id see her justification... But JEEZ!!!!
  11. by   hapeewendy
    plain and simple
    money freakin hungry
    she should have never seen the stupid tape in the first place
    guess thats what you get for potentially saving someones life, a nice big lawsuit...
    hope she doesnt get one red cent , but she probably will, because ppl will feel sorry for her ,and her branded uterus..
  12. by   Sleepyeyes
    well, i had mixed emotions because it wasn't out yet before he started marking it. Another OB-GYN on the show said the markings were unnecessary and wasted time and she never used them, and yet another said he made one or two orientation marks, but not complete initials.

    so there were a couple of interesting points.
    my hangup would've definitely been--mark it AFTER it's not part of ME.
  13. by   BadBird
    She obviously is just doing this for what ever sum of money that some low life lawyer can scrounge up for her. I don't care if her initials were branded on her uterus or sewn on, I am glad mine is gone, good riddance, if my Dr. branded mine good for her, at least I don't have to worry about it anymore.
  14. by   Tweety
    I thought it was unprofessional of the doc to sign her uterus.

    However, how could this have caused any emotional damage to her worth any amount of money. Maybe, I'm too healthy, but while it might have bothered me (but probably wouldn't have), I wouldn't have had any lasting issues with it. Of course, I'm male what have I got to say.

    At best, it brought his/her unprofessional behavior to light.

    I agree though surgeons aren't good at preparing people for the emotional side of things. Not just gyn, but general surgeons tha t perform colostomies, or other cancer-related removals. My sister went though some of those issues.