Some specialists have the reputation of not having the best communication skills.
I had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand two years ago.
When I returned for the post op check, the orthopedic surgeon asked how everything was going.
Me: My hand is still numb.
Surgeon: The incision looks fine.
Me: It does look fine but my fingers are still numb.
Surgeon: The incision is healing fine, thanks for coming in (as he shook my hand and walked out of the room).
When I got home my wife asked: Did you tell him your fingers were still numb?
Wife: What did he say?
Me: He said the incision looked fine.
About a year later I went to see the same surgeon, due to a new problem with my elbow.
When we were finishing up the visit, I let him know my left hand was doing a lot better, but that it took almost 6 months for the numbness to go away.
Surgeon: Good to hear, just like I told you (as he shook my hand and walked out of the room).