edited September 2022
Is it just me, or is there a higher ratio of male breast surgeons & gynaecologists. Is this real, and if so, why?
According to statistics, three sources quote the figure that just 13% of surgeons are female...(speciality unspecified). 44.6% of obstetricians and gynaecologists are female.
I see a male surgeon & really, it gives me the creeps.
I have a male surgeon and a male oncologist. My ‘investigating and referring’ GP was female. She chose the best surgeon available quickly - a choice I have been very happy with for a decade! He proposed my oncologist, ditto. I’d be very happy with female practitioners but I am happy with my two male practitioners.
Years ago when I needed a hysterectomy my ( female) GP asked me “ do you want me to refer you to a female”?
I said “ I just want the best surgeon “.
The specialist was a male and did an excellent job.
When my GP ( a different one , also female) gave me my cancer diagnosis she recommended a breast cancer surgeon who she said was excellent and had operated on many of her patients.
He was also a man and was excellent.
My plastic surgeon was also male and my radiation oncologist and oncologist are women.
I just wanted to have specialists who I could be confident in their expertise.
I think traditionally surgery has been a more male dominated area of medical specialty but that is slowly changing just as the proportion of women becoming medical specialists is.
Any embarrassment and anxiety I might feel about baring my body to a male Doctor is way outweighed by the desire to give myself the best chance of a good medical outcome.
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