A little over a week ago, Dr. Tom Connally performed my thyroid and parathyroid surgery. I cannot say enough about this man. My endocrinologist said that in her opinion Dr. Connally is the top surgeon in Oklahoma, and it quickly became obvious why she feels this way. In our initial visit with Dr. Connally, he thoroughly and patiently explained all the possibilities and procedures we would be dealing with. Although the waiting room was full, we felt like we were the only people in the world he had to worry about that day.
In the weeks before my surgery, his nurse Jada kept in close contact with me, guiding me though all the pre-op tests and procedures. When we hit a major snag in one of the procedures, Jada worked her behind-the-scenes magic and all was well. She was always just a phone call away, explaining, reassuring, and keeping me on track. This lady is the ultimate in patience and kindness.
The actual surgery was a breeze. Because of all the pre-op testing (which at one point I began to think was a bit of overkill, but after the surgery appreciated every single thing that had been done), Dr. Connally knew exactly what he was going for. All my reading had prepared me for headaches, sore back muscles, a sore throst, and prolonged hoarseness, but Dr. Connally is so precise that all I ended up with was a moderately sore throat for a couple of days. There was no damage whatsoever to my vocal chords (much to my family's dismay!) His surgeries may take a tad longer, but I'll take precision over speed any day.
In our follow-up visit, Dr. Connally explained in detail (and in layman's terms!) all his findings. He is absolutely the most patient and reassuring man on the face of the earth. My surgery was a total success.
I assure you, what I have written is from the heart. If all doctors and medical professionals were like Dr. Connally and his staff, what a wonderful (medical) world this would be!