I consulted with Professor Testoni (gastroenterology) on the basis of medical documents, which I translated into English and sent to the clinic via the Internet. That is, as such, I did not have a trip. The purpose of my consultation was to diagnose, namely, to clarify the cause of a number of health complaints, among which were complaints about digestion and other complaints. In general, my impression of the consultation is negative. First, the doctor points out that to solve my main problem - a strange lack of energy, lack of air in the apartment and in transport, lethargy and fatigue - requires the help of a psychiatrist to treat a depressive state. There is practically no justification for this conclusion in the conclusion. There is only a short argument in which it is said that weakness cannot be explained by any other painful conditions, which means that the help of a psychiatrist is needed. Before you make such a conclusion, you should first carefully examine all possible diseases that occur in different people, and check all these diseases in a patient. However, modern medicine today has not achieved this goal. Therefore, I know that this conclusion is a mistake, and I do not need the help of a psychiatrist. I expected a more professional and advanced diagnosis from a world-class clinic, and not just an exception method. Secondly, the doctor in the second paragraph writes that the EGDS and colonoscopy procedures did not reveal any organic diseases in me. But in fact, I have erosive gastritis and bile reflux, which are noted in various studies. Then it turns out that gastritis is not an organic disease? This conclusion is puzzling to me. And I believe that bile reflux is also some objective evidence that is important for diagnosis. Even in medicine, I note that Professor Testoni still gave me some additional examination in gastroenterology. Perhaps this is really right and necessary, and it should be attributed to the merits. The cost of consultation is 350 euros, which is generally quite expensive in my opinion. Olga Gribova, the coordinator from the hospital, did not have a reliable connection, because when there were problems with the transfer of money, she did not respond to some of my letters, and I didn’t even know if she had read them or not. I also tried to call on the phone, but the answering machine in Italian answered me there. In general, my impression of the consultation is negative.
San Raffaele Hospital
Ospedale San Raffaele in Milan is one of the largest research hospitals in Europe. It applies exclusive methods for rare immune system and genetic diseases treatment.
Among its achievements — the world's first stem cell therapy for patients with severe combined immune deficiency disorder.
Oncology, oncohematology, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, and gynecology are the strongest specialities here.
Surgeons of the medical center perform over 50,000 operations annually.
The doctor caused confidence and showed high professionalism, understood all the details and documents. She appointed the newest treatment.
Satisfied with the service, Katerina Bonko was constantly in touch, showed attention and care. Thanks her.
Drs seemed very good. The consultation was calm and professional but I was told I would have results within 2 working days. When I didn’t receive any information I returned to the hospital and was told I would be emailed within 24 hours. When that didn’t happen I had to come in again and was hugely surprised by a very rude and impatient receptionist who was dismissive and seemed to want to blame me somehow. She made some very unprofessional comments about me to colleagues in front of other patients when she thought I couldn’t hear. Other staff did their best to help afterwards but considering the money spent and my experience I would not recommend this place at all.
I had a consultation with Prof. Colombo on the 29th of April. I was complaining of chronic headache for more than one year. The clinic is very organized and the staff are friendly and proffessional. They also asign a doctor that speaks your language to attend with you in case you need any help with communication. Prof. Colombo is very professional, he gave me all the time to ask and discuss with him all what I wanted.
Thanks to Bookimed and Dr. Marian for their recommendation. It really helped me.
I am totally satisfied. I wanted to find a good place specialized in headache treatment and Bookimed helped me find the perfect place.
The clinic is of a very high level! The chambers are comfortable! Doctors are professionals, caring staff! Many thanks to the girls-translators-Yulia everywhere accompanied and helped us! Many thanks to coordinator Ekaterina Koliko!
- Hematology Oncology and BMT
- Heart Surgery
- Breast Center
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ospedale San Raffaele Hospital was founded in 1969. It belongs to the Gruppo San Donato, the first hospital network in Italy by the date of foundation. 4 million patients undergo treatment at Gruppo San Donato every year.
San Raffaele Hospital unites over 60 specialized departments and research centers. In 2018, scientists of these centers conducted 750 clinical studies.
Ospedale San Raffaele is located in a quiet part of Milan, 55 km away from the Orio al Serio International Airport located in Bergamo.
San Raffaele Hospital Advantages
- Modern medical technologies. The departments and operating rooms are equipped with the latest PET and PET-CT devices, Gamma Knife system for brain tumors radiotherapy, and Cyberknife for formations removing without any incisions.
- New therapies. Patients of the medical center get the latest treatment due to the San Rafael Research Center developments.
- Unique operations. Hospital’s medical team successfully performs complicated fetal surgeries.
San Raffaele in figures
Every year, 9,000 cancer patients undergo treatment at the Oncology Department. 6,000 of them have operations on brain tumors removal.
Doctors perform a tomotherapy (a modern type of radiotherapy) for tumors that can respond to this type of treatment. Tomotherapy apparatus destroys formation slice-by-slice minimizing an impact on healthy cells. It allows avoiding such side effects as nausea, severe fatigue, tachycardia.
2,000 patients undergo radiotherapy at the San Raffaele Oncology Department annually.
Why is treatment in San Raffaele effective?
Patients are treated by an interdisciplinary team of doctors. It consists of diagnosticians, medical oncologists, immunologists, surgeons, and radiotherapists. Physicians gather for a consilium to discuss the most complex cancer cases and make an effective treatment plan. As a result, a patient gets the most adequate treatment in his/her case.
Hematology Oncology Department and Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)
Doctors of the unit specialize in the treatment of patients with blood cancer. They perform a bone marrow transplantation. It is a procedure to renew the blood cells and make them function normally. BMT is applied to treat patients with leukemia, aplastic anemia, multiple myeloma and some kinds of lymphomas.
Physicians of the department provide over 140 bone marrow transplants per year. 60% of them are allogeneic. It means bone marrow cells are taken from a matched non-relative donor. And 40% — autologous BMT, when a donor is a patient him/herself.
Doctors of the San Raffaele Hospital Milano
The department possesses 3 operating rooms, one of which has the Gamma Knife. This radiosurgery device treats tumors without skin excision. Since 1994, doctors have been performing more than 10,000 Gamma Knife procedures.
In October 2018, the medical team of San Raffaele performed the world's first surgery to treat spina bifida in the unborn child in the woman's womb. This disorder may lead to heavy complications as neurological diseases or even lower limb paralysis after birth. The doctors Massimo Candiani and Pietro Mortini did a unique operation in an unborn baby at 22 weeks, the surgery lasted more than 2 hours. Source: The Local
Cardiac Surgery Department
Doctors of the unit perform 1,400 heart and 2,000 vessels operations annually.
San Raffaele cardiac surgeons specialize in atrial fibrillation and heart failure treatment. In most cases, they use minimally invasive methods — procedures through small incisions or no incisions at all in case of using a catheter. This approach allows to minimize the recovery period making it easier for a patient.
2,000 in- and 5,000 outpatients undergo treatment at the Department of Gastroenterology every year.
Doctors of the unit specialize in laparoscopic operations to treat gastrointestinal pathologies. Laparoscopy — a procedure through 3-4 incisions up to 1-3 cm. This operation is less traumatic than the open surgery so a patient recovers faster. He/she doesn't feel much pain in the postoperative period and there are no large scars in the abdomen.
Single room, San Raffaele Hospital in Milan
The doctors of the department specialize in benign and malignant breast tumors treatment. They carry out the most gentle therapy for pregnant woman.
Surgeons perform over 570 operations every year. In 85% of cases, they remove only a tumor and leave as much healthy tissues as possible. In other cases doctors perform mastectomy and breast reconstruction using implants or patient's own fat.
1-2 days is the average duration of hospitalization after a surgery according to the department’s statistics.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Department
Obstetricians and gynecologists of the department give women follow-up care during their pregnancy and deliver a baby. They also specialize in infertility treatment in women and men. Doctors perform 2,600 in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures annually.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at San Raffaele is the top center to treat malignant and benign tumors of the female reproductive system according to the hospital data. 1,200 operations are carried out here each year.
Delivery room, Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan
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