The number one thing needed after deciding to do a major surgery, is being 200% comfortable with your surgeon. We couldn\’t be happier we found Dr. G! After reading up on what procedures there are, the types of surgeries we may be looking at, healing times, etc (thank goodness for this site!) we began searching for the right surgeon. No way was I going through something so hugely important in my life, and so incredibly invasive without being 200% comfortable with the person welding the blade!! Thanks heavens for Dr. K Gutowski! He was technically the 6th or so surgeon I had been in contact with, and hubby and I knew it was right. On top of him responding to my email inquiry personally same day, he greeted us in his waiting room personally to consult with us about my body. We were initially in his consult room least an hour. No interruptions, and we never once felt like he wanted to be elsewhere, or rushed. We spoke BEFORE looking at my body (which is a big change from a nurse walking you into a doctors room, and telling you to put on a little paper cape before you even get a glimpse of the surgeon). We kept in fairly frequent contact from the first consult, to final consult (a whopping 8 months out), which was two or three weeks before the surgery where we spent over two uninterrupted hours with just the surgeon! Dr. G\’s office manager, Ellen, is one of the most wonderful professionals I\’ve met. Very responsive, above and beyond. I couldn\’t recommend Dr G and staff enough. We have been given both of their cell phone numbers, and they are adamant that in between post op checks, we text or call with any possible questions or concerns. So, so happy this team has taken care of me.