Dear Dr. Rassman,
I read your comments regarding the â€œWoods Techniqueâ€ (posted September 16, 2005). I am on the verge of scheduling a transplant with Dr. Woods, and I was troubled by what you said. You say that doctors in Australia have told you of â€œsignificant failuresâ€ in the hands of Dr. Woods. Could you elaborate on the nature and extent of these failures? Who are the doctors? – I would like to talk to them.
You also said that you have seen some of Dr. Woods’ patients, and that he creates larger recipient site wounds than you. Are these wounds something I should be concerned about â€“ or do they heal? I’m 37 years old and live in Australia, which makes Dr Woods the easiest choice for me â€“ but I am NOT willing to compromise. If his approach is flawed, I will travel to the US.
I have seen many impressive images of Dr. Woods’ work on the Internet. The only criticism I have found is on your website. I do, however, take your views very seriously. If Dr Woods’ failures are not appearing on the Internet, perhaps because of patient embarrassment, I want to know about it before I make a terrible decision. I agree that Dr Woods’ secrecy is not in the best interest of the public â€“ and that it is inconsistent with the advancement of medical science. Please help me make the right decision on this most serious issue.
The original post you’re referring to is here.
It is best to visit local doctors who are known in this field and ask them directly. This site is for general information only. Ask Dr. Woods to meet a few of his patients and then look at the donor scars yourself. I have always had patients willing to meet people like you to help build their confidence in what I do. In my practice, I am open to such inspections. Secrecy surrounding Dr. Woods and his technique/results makes an analysis difficult.