Patients are frequently referred to see a thoracic surgeon anxious about the possibility of an operation. This is very often in the setting of a potential cancer, which only makes things harder for patients. Being a complete doctor for my patients, not just their surgeon, is a core tenet of my practice. Sometimes for a questionable lung nodule this means not recommending an operation, but instead offering a course of careful observation and gentle reassurance to the patient and their family. Other times it's walking a patient who does need surgery, step by step, through what can seem like a battery of tests. I view being available to my patients and their families, and being an empathetic and honest communicator as essential to helping people through what can be challenging times.
Conditions & Procedures
Benign and Malignant Diseases of the Esophagus,
Malignant Pleural Effusion,
Bilateral Thoracoscopy Sympathectomy,
Chest Wall Resection,
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS),
Esophageal Stent Placement,
Esophagoscopy with Dilation,
Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy,
Minimally Invasive Thoracoscopic Lobectomy,
Minimally Invasive Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection,
Paraesophageal Hernia Repair,
Thoracoscopy with Apical Bleb Resection and Pleurodesis,
Thoracoscopy with Pleural Biopsy and Pleurodesis,
Thoracotomy for Pneumonectomy
Doctor's help excellent.
I have recommended my doctor to others, he listens, explains things well and even though I know he's busy - I always feel cared for listened to and never rushed!
In all my visits with Dr. Krantz, as well as before and after the surgery to remove a malignant adenocarcinoma in my lung, the doctor was very caring and kept me informed about my condition.
*Dr. Krantz was outstanding in every way. His thorough explanation of my health issue plus detailing the whole "team" structure answered all my questions and basically eliminated any fears I had.
Dr. Krantz is great!
Easy to talk with, excellent explanation of ct scan, very clear in analysis of results
*Dr. Krantz spent _____ an hour with me in the office & around 20 min. On a follow-up phone call. They much appreciated.
the doctor explains my condition very well. I understood what is involved. I did not feel rush and could ask questions
*Dr. Krantz seemed very concerned about my general health. He made a referral and recommendation to see other doctors about related issues.
My impression is that my earlier conversation with the assistant facilitated the very responsive care I received from Dr. Krantz. To me, that means that Dr. Krantz and NSUHS are effectively employing physicians' assistants.
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