How to be an empowered patient

Source: Kimberly Leonard - US News

Alex Albin knows now that she should have trusted her instincts about the doctor she chose to perform her hip-replacement surgery. From the first, he seemed uncaring. He called her too sensitive when she said she was in pain, failed to listen to her concerns, and made her feel like a statistic, she says, rather than a person with a terrifying and agonizing illness. Albin, 49, has osteonecrosis, a disease that causes her bones to crumble. Her hip replacement would be her fifth operation. She had twelve more to go.

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