'NY Med' reveals other side of Dr. Oz, the heart surgeon

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Dr. Oz kicked off the premiere of NY Med with a rule he follows when acting as a cardiothoracic surgeon. He won't operate on a patient who doesn't have a loved one nearby.

NY Med is a gritty docu-series filmed on location at N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital. Viewers follow along with Dr. Mehmet Oz and attending surgeons as they treat patients who come in by appointment or on a gurney through the emergency room.

There are a couple of light moments, such as when a man who took Cialis suffered the problem warned about in advertising for the medication. He needed blood drawn from his penis to relieve an erection that lasted some twelve-hours.

But, back to Dr. Oz and his heart patient rule. When he sees a someone come to his office alone he says it sets off alarm bells for him. "It might be a sign that he is socially isolated," Oz said. Read about the latest episode of NY Med during which Dr. Oz becomes a patient.

Unless he can identify someone to act as a legal and medical care proxy and knows the patient will have that person around to help in recovery he will most likely not perform the surgery, if it is not an emergency.

"If you don't have a reason for your heart to keep beating, it won't."

In the case of Jack Abramson, that person is his ex-wife with whom he has a good relationship despite being divorced. As Dr. Oz says, "There is a bond between them that is called love. It held them together for years and can still hold them together through a very difficult time in his life."

Abramson has been a patient of Oz's for four years and a mitral valve is leaking, requiring surgery. His heart be stopped. Calm is necessary prior to the procedure and Oz claims that love is much better than Valium.

Viewers learn some of the repetitive cases treated by the ER nurses and doctors on patients who are trying to avoid going to jail or returning there. They can use fabricated symptoms or minor problems to gain access to the hospital, hoping to be admitted and treated. It rarely works.

Cameras are everywhere from hallways to patient rooms and ER bays. The patients and their families that are caught on camera have given permission to be filmed and it can be a bit surprising at what they will allow the world to see.

A man who is about to undergo a 12-14 hour surgery on his liver says it best. "I better hold on to my pants so I don't lose them, then lose all my dignity", referring to the surgical clothes he is wearing as he walks to the surgical room.

He is a 66 year old man with liver cancer that makes an attending physician tell the NY Med cameras, "He has a type of liver cancer that most surgeons would not operate on." It will require removal of his liver, then cutting the tumor away from the healthy tissue in the organ, which is then put back into the patient's body.

We see part of the procedure as the liver sits away from the patient's body and hear bad news. There are new lesions which will prevent even the most skilled of surgeons from keeping the cancer at bay. "Unfortunately, we can't help him," the surgeon says.

Cameras are there when he informs the family that the cancer has spread beyond what can be treated. The patient's wife is told her husband has no more than six months to live.

The N.Y. hospital chosen for the NY Med series has the best equipments, most skilled surgeons and performs procedures that are either cutting edge or beyond the scope of what others in the field can do.

NY Med airs each Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m.ET on the ABC network. There are eight-programs in the series. Image: Wikipedia

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Submitted by JordanM (not verified) on
There was a lot of talk amongst my coworkers at Dish as to whether NY Med would be able to stand up to reputation that the N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital has earned. After the first episode aired there was no longer any debate. This show is amazing. It is especially wonderful to be able to take a closer look at Dr. Oz and his methodology. As skilled a surgeon as he is I did not know that he also rooted his practice in psychology as well. I watched this episode on my Dish Remote Access app about a week ago and since then I have recorded 3 more episodes. I am very excited to start watching them on lunch with my app. This series is amazing and I hope they get renewed.

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