Stephen F. Bansberg, MD
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5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty
Dr. Bansburg was absolutely wonderful. I looked forward to coming to all of my appointments prior to and following my surgeries. Dr. Bansburg really took his time to thoroughly evaluate my situation BOTH times and explain the best approach to surgery. By that, I mean explain the manner in which he could correct my functional problems as well as address my minor cosmetic concerns regarding symmetry. We formed quite a special patient/doctor relationship over the 2-3 years we interacted and shared stories about his son, my new baby (which I had following the first surgery but prior to the second), and things such as that. For example, we were both older parents and had that in common. Sometimes, he would even give me a bit of parenting advice. For me, building this kind of relationship with your surgeon adds a certain level of comfort going into surgery - to feel like you REALLY KNOW him. You know your doctor and that he is also a real person - just like you (and a great person at that). I remember at one point near the end of our time together, he made a comment to me about our interactions. He thanked ME for always asking about HIM, how HIS day was, what was HIS schedule like this week, how was his son's swimming going? Can you imagine that? I thought that was really special. While he was busy altering my physical features to change my life for the better, HE told me that I actually made a difference in HIS day and HIS life. This was because he sees SO many patients day in and day out, week in and week out . . . He further explained, that every once in a while, there comes a patient who stands out - who is different - who makes HIM smile. :-) Now, how often does YOUR surgeon thank YOU? I thought this was a real rarity, and I was touched that he took the time to make this comment to me. Please always remember, your surgeon is not a robot. He's a person too with a private life - just like you. He deserves to be respected and treated as such. Never forget that, and if you're lucky, you might just be that patient that makes a difference in his life. ;-) I'm so glad I could be that patient for you Dr. Bansburg. Thank you so much for helping me to breathe freely for the first time, and for making my nose more symmetrical in the process. I truly appreciate all you have done for me. :-)
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