Topic: Best doctor for an ERCP in London
Hi, I have sort of an odd request. My brother was diagnosed in May with stage IV CC. He has had 4 ERCPs done. In August, he had two metal stents placed that were "supposed" to last for 9 months. In mid-October, they failed and the doctors at Mayo cleaned them out and put two plastic stents inside of the metal stents and said, "see you in 2 months". They are still doing fine and his oncologist has said that it doesn't make sense to do another ERCP until they fail. But, he is planning on traveling to the UK to visit his son and family in London for Christmas. Obviously, everyone is a little nervous about having him go on the trip, but his oncologist has told him to go and if he runs into trouble, he can always find someone in London to do an ERCP on him. The timing of his trip, of course, falls right at the time when he expects that his stents MIGHT fail.
I think that rather than wait until he runs into trouble, it would be best if he had the name of a doctor or doctors who are very experienced with CC and with this procedure as once the stents fail, he gets very sick very quickly. Does anyone have recommendations? (I know that there are some members who are from that area, so I'm hoping that you'll have some advice.) Also, is it difficult for a foreigner to get medical treatment like that ? (I'm assuming that his US medical insurance covers him abroad.)