I checked into the hospital yesterday (1/20) at 5:30am for my surgery, lumbar laminectomy, bone graft & fusion, L4/5. The nurse escorted me to pre-op. I was prepped, had the compression socks (up to top of thigh) on, shorter socks over them, and then plastic wrapped around each leg with tubes running down each one. I was covered in warm blankets. The Anesthesiologist came by and explained the drugs I would be given & said I would be given something to relax me after my Dr came by. He said the O R was blocked for 7 hours. The nurse told me that my Dr would be by shortly to mark my back.
I was getting mentally prepared to be wheeled into the O R. My Dr and his PA showed up. He said the surgery had to be postponed because they had not recieved the approval code from my insurance company. Apparently my INS Co has a 5 day approval time and the pre-certification dept only requested the approval 2 days ago. I couldn't believe this was happening. I said everything I could think of to get the surgery to go forward but they wouldn't budge. I got dressed and left with my husband and son. I felt wiped out and exhausted. At 10:00 am I got a call from the PA that they got the approval code and she apologized. A rep from my INS Co told her they had a power outage that morning and wasn't able to contact them in time for the surgery. My surgery has been rescheduled for next Thursday, 1/27, same time.
I guess everything happens for a reason. At least I will be forced to just relax for a week. I was pretty tired going into the hospital from doing so much at work and home to get ready for this.
Has anyone ever heard of this happening?