7 years ago I had the most traumatiic health scare of my whole life. I was diagnosed of having 2 fibroids which were too large to remove and would have had to face a hysterectomy and a risk where I wouldn’t be able to walk. One of the fibroids was near my spinal cord and if they removed it the chances would be I wouldn’t be able to walk again. My diagnosis was performed by a top professor in London. Being a career woman this was such a set back in my life and was devastated. My mum convinced me to get a second opinion. I came across Dr.Shirin Irani by a friend telling me there was another doctor in Birmingham and to get a second opinion. Meeting Dr. Irani I was a bit apprehensive as at the end of the day the professor had already told me that I would be needing a hysterectomy and a chance of being paralysed for the rest of my life. What can this doctor do to make me feel better or even perform this operation. One of her great qualities is that she doesn’t sugar coats the situation just to give one false hope. She clearly mentioned she understood the diagnosis that was performed by the professor. However she gave me hope and confidence that she could perform this major operation to remove the large fibroids without the after affects. Lo and behold the operation was a success. Thank you Jesus for sending me an angel who knows her experience. She also advised me that my body was prone to fibroids and may grow back. I had a new lease of life and went abroad to work. Having said that Doctor Shirin has always been accommodating with my work schedule and would always fit me in whenever I returned back to the UK. The aftercare was outstanding as she always kept an eye on me and was told to contact her when my periods became heavy. I’ve had checks and then procedures to keep having the small fibroids removed. She is exceptionally professional and very supportive and knows my abdomen hence why i trust her completely with my life. If I didn’t have any confidence in her or any kind of patient/doc relationship I wouldn’t be going back to her each time the fibroids appear. I’m very glad to have met her and she continues to be my Gyno even after all these years. I recommend Doc Irani as she’s exceptional on what she does and always strives to build a rapport whether it is face to face or via emails whilst I was abroad. Doc Irani is a Top surgeon and does know what she is talking about! Definitely recommend her, I owe her big time and it’s just a shame there is not nothing I can do to repay her of the quality of life she has given to me.
This doctor dressed me down in the presence of her protege because I did not feel comfortable answering personal Gynaecological type questions in front of a male student. She completely disregarded my personality, cultural beliefs and most importantly my vulnerability (having just learnt that I needed a myomectomy which could possibly lead to a hysterectomy and the fact that I may not be able to have children). Given that I began to cry should have been her indicator to be a little bit compassionate and keep her opinions about healthcare system to herself for that time. Furthermore she was aware that I had no support community available to me as I had only just relocated. This experience had created such fear, anxiety and depression in me that I cancelled the surgery because I found her personality so overwhelming and cruel. I could not trust this doctor to operate on my body with my best interests at heart because she showed me that her personal opinions (non medical) took precedence over mine.
Tried to dismiss my symptoms and diagnosis (confirmed by 4 other medical professionals), despite the severity of my symptoms and the great impact my condition has had on my life. Manner was also rude and abrupt. I left the appointment feeling nothing but utter despair at how I was spoken to, the clear lack of regard for my physical and mental health, and the fact that she refused to engage in any sort of discussion around treatments or ways I might be able to manage my symptoms simply telling me that there was nothing she or anyone could do to help (again, something at odds with the recommendations of the other medical professionals I have seen for my condition).The reproductive endocrinologist I was referred to afterwards verbalised his shock at the fact that she had tried to dismiss my symptoms and had questioned what he agreed was a clear-cut diagnosis. He also seemed surprised that she had been unwilling to discuss the various treatment options available to me.
Seen Miss Irani in April she listened to what Procedure I would like to have but then she explained why I couldn't have it done and she advised on the treatment which was best for me. She was totally amazing in putting my mind to rest with all my questions and fears. Not addressing me in a flowery way. All the hospital staff has a great deal of respect for her and I'm sure all of her patients.
Was dismissive of my symptoms and refused to engage in a conversation about my diagnosis and possible treatment options. Also quite abrupt. I left feeling like I had nope hope and like I'd wasted her time, despite the severity of my symptoms.