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What the hell is wrong with our health care system???

bmoneyhoney

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I went in for knee surgery on Monday. An over night stay was required after my ACL reconstruction. I made it home in once piece although a lot later than I had expected. At my pre-op they handed me a little pamphlet with info about my surgery- what was going to happen before and afterwards and indicated that I would be out of the hospital by 11am on Tuesday.

My stay in the hospital was tolerable but it became less and less satisfactory the day after my surgery. I did not once get to talk to my surgeon about how my surgery went. I did not get to see him before I went under either. My morning was spent waiting to hear back from ANYONE about how my surgery went. Someone who was NOT my surgeon popped in briefly to let me know that my surgery went well and that my surgeon would be in to see me before I was released from the hospital. The nurses paged my surgeon several times in futility. I was sent down to the fracture clinic to get my bandages removed (which the nurse could have done) and then given a $200.00 brace (that I didn’t really need!) It would have been nice to chat with my surgeon about this brace but he was no where to be found. I had a physio therapist instruct me on how to use crutches on the stairs. It was another hour or so of waiting before my ex tracked down the surgical resident to write me up a script for pain medication because my surgeon forgot to leave instructions. Thanks for nothing buddy. I never did get a prescription for physio. I’m still waiting to hear about what I should be doing for my knee post operatively. Good thing I had read up on my surgery and knew what to do! The only thing that made this ordeal bearable was my ex boyfriend who took charge when the nurses couldn’t answer any of my questions about pain medication and physio. If not for Steve, I would have been a mess. So much for having one of the best health care systems in the world!

b-not impressed :mad:
 

Ms. C

TRIBE Member
that sucks!

I've had surgery on my leg twice in the last 5 years (first time to put a plate and screws in, second to remove them) and can say that both times it was as tolerable as surgery can be. Although, i think all surgeons disappear after the fact as i never got to speak to them after either surgery....but other doctor's and nurses did check up on me.
 

MissBlu

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Oh that sucks...
Assurance and a proper follow up should have definitely been provided for you!
I hope your recovery goes well!
 
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quantumize

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it sounds like your ex is a hell of a guy, not many guys would do that for their current firlfriendd let alone their ex's. its not my business but maye you should throw him some b-money....honey.


as for the healthcare system, it sounds more like u just had a ngeligent lazy ass surgeon

there ARE healthcare system problems, but this case seems more like a weak link.. i.E. the surgeon

P.S how r u feeling now ?
 

bmoneyhoney

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Subsonic Chronic said:
So you had a problem with one surgeon on one occasion and this means that the entire system is shit?
I am not the only one who has experienced this lack of personal attention after surgery. It is becoming the norm when you go in for surgery. It is too much to ask that you have someone come in and chat with you about the outcome of your surgery? I mean, I got absolutely NO INSTRUCTION re: what to do after surgery. Bed rest, medication, do this, don't do that.. Don't you think that's odd? Guess I should just write my own scripts..
 

bmoneyhoney

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quantumize said:
it sounds like your ex is a hell of a guy, not many guys would do that for their current firlfriendd let alone their ex's. its not my business but maye you should throw him some b-money....honey.


as for the healthcare system, it sounds more like u just had a ngeligent lazy ass surgeon

there ARE healthcare system problems, but this case seems more like a weak link.. i.E. the surgeon

P.S how r u feeling now ?
my ex is awesome. he has kept me sane.

the oxycodone's are helping a lot. i hate being cooped up all day though. can't wait to get out of the house.
 
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agentRC4

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Well, bed side mannors has never been a big role with our doctors. But there could have been numerous reasons why he/she wasn't there. There could have been a orthopedic emergency or the surgery went so well he/she decided to leave and let the oncall ortho take care of it.

BTW who was was ortho surgeon if you don't mind posting his/her's name??
 

janiecakes

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bmoneyhoney said:
I am not the only one who has experienced this lack of personal attention after surgery. It is becoming the norm when you go in for surgery.
it sucks that you had a shitty experience, and you absolutely should have been given that kind of info and attention after your surgery. but 'it is becoming the norm' is a bit of a stretch. i can provide as many anecdotal examples of good hospital experiences as you can of negative ones.
 
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bmoneyhoney

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agentRC4 said:
Well, bed side mannors has never been a big role with our doctors. But there could have been numerous reasons why he/she wasn't there. There could have been a orthopedic emergency or the surgery went so well he/she decided to leave and let the oncall ortho take care of it.

BTW who was was ortho surgeon if you don't mind posting his/her's name??

i hear what you are saying. it was just a very frustrating experience. i am pretty sure that he was NOT in surgery on that day. not sure what was keeping him. he does have a secretary and if that was the case, I would have been cool with a call saying that he was not available. common courtesy.
 

Poot

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When I had surgery last summer, I had to wait until my next appointment with my surgeon/specialist before I found out the results of the surgery.

I always sort of assumed that it was par for the course that the surgeon is unavailable after one's surgery as they are likely in another surgery, and booked through the day(s) they're in the hospital as such.
 

DEEPHOUSEGRL

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Vincent Vega said:
You mean...thanks for nothing except your completely free surgery right???
I'm VERY thankful we don't have to pay for health care in this country. But, there are cut backs going on within our health care system which causes doctors/ nurses/ hospital workers who can not give special attention to those patients who need them.
 
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Sleepy Giant

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I went to see a doctor on Feburary 21st about my knee, I had xray's the same day and I just got my letter confirming an MRI appointment on April 1st.

I think that's completely reasonable. If I need to have my knee scoped I'll be getting that done in May which is completely fine with me.
 

quantumize

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bmoneyhoney said:
you think so huh?? i'll have to pass that along! ;)
well i have never met you nor him and have absolutley no vested interest.. it just sounds like he is really caring and maye there is still a spark there


considerit my good deed for the day.. i'm glad i got it out of the way b 4 10 a.m.
 

bmoneyhoney

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Sleepy Giant said:
I went to see a doctor on Feburary 21st about my knee, I had xray's the same day and I just got my letter confirming an MRI appointment on April 1st.

I think that's completely reasonable. If I need to have my knee scoped I'll be getting that done in May which is completely fine with me.
i had my knee scoped in September. i also got an MRI in record time. i guess i really shouldn't be complaining. it's just that the personal touch seems to be sorely lacking these days.. when you go in for surgery you are at the mercy of your doctors. 90% of the time you have no clue what is going on with your body. the one thing that will give you a bit of comfort after surgery is to get some information about how it went. is that too much to ask?
 
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