Our story starts in 2011. We were sent to Dr. Pittinger for a ganglion cyst on Devin’s right wrist. The first appointment with a new doctor is a little scary sometimes, but this time it was different. As soon as Dr. Pittinger came in, Devin smiled and said hi. He was comfortable with the doc from day one.
He had surgery for the cyst on Dec. 23, 2011. Everything went perfectly. Dr. Pittinger was great. He came out and spoke with me and then I was able to go back with Devin.
At our post-op checkup, the doctor said everything looked great. I told Devin that now we only have to find a doc for your armpit. Dr. Pittinger asked to see it and that started our big journey.
Devin had what they call a congenital nevus. Dr. Pittinger said that they usually remove it because it’s like a breeding ground for cancer as you get older. Devin’s covered almost his whole armpit. We made an appointment to measure the nevus and decide on a plan of attack.
Dr. Pittinger explained that he could remove it with one surgery, but he would also have to take a skin graft to cover the removal site. His healing time would take a while and Devin would probably need physical therapy for his range of motion to be normal.
Our second choice was to remove it in 3-4 separate surgeries so that the skin healed and stretched in between. So that’s what we did.
His first surgery was Aug. 24, 2012, when he was 6. And again, everything went perfectly. He had 4 more surgeries between 2013 and March of this year. But he didn’t have surgery in 2014 because Dr. Pittinger wanted to let Devin’s skin heal really good and grow some more.
Every surgery was the same. We were always treated with respect and like part of their family.
Our child life specialist throughout his surgeries was Alisa. Even after she moved to the new outpatient surgery center in the Kay Jewelers Pavilion, she took the time to come see us and take Devin back to surgery like she had done for us so many times before. We love her and hope to see her again soon.
THAT is the love and caring attention they give to each of their patients. They always try to have the same group of nurses and specialists take care of you every time you’re there.
Last week, we saw Dr. Pittinger for his post-op appointment. He told us everything was great and unless something else comes up, we wouldn’t have to come back.
It was bittersweet…I cried as we were leaving his office. It was like losing part of my family.
I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Akron Children’s Hospital is the absolute best for children! They are amazing and care so much for their patients.
THANK YOU to all the doctors, nurses, specialists, office staff, volunteers, Doggie Brigade, and especially those who have made a huge impact on our lives, Dr. Timothy Pittinger and staff, and especially Alisa.
Thank you, Akron Children’s. You are an exceptional hospital.