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Surgery Cancelled One step before going in...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well I went in for my surgery (the 10th of Dec.), got all prepped had everything hooked up to me, the surgeon was like 4 hours late, so I was sleepin when he finally came in and asked me.. how my arm pain was, I told him my chief complaint has been upper back pain, that the arm pain is not even noticeable cause the upper back pain was so severe, the muscles are in knots and it has pulled my ribs out of place. He seemed to be dumbfounded and said If I was not having arm pain he should not do the surgery, told me he wanted me to go and see the physical therapist at his office, I was originally going to one near my home, and sent me home, I cried all the way home!! I then went to this PT and his jaw hit the floor and he said he had never heard of such a thing from a surgeon in all his years in this field, he went back to study my chart then came back with certainty in his voice saying my symptoms are typical to the damage in those three discs and he still cannot understand why he canceled it, he canceled therapy there and said to go back to the PT I was going to, that he could not do anything more for me.. is that not unreal or what??? He then said he would contact the doctor and get back to me, well I could not wait I called the surgeon the next morning and they set up a apt. for tomorrow to talk to him about it, and all I want to hear is that he is going to do the surgery! *SIGH* Anyone ever hear of this?
I will post tomorrow to update on how it went at the surgeons, I am really anxious, stressed out about it cause I just don't know what he is going to do now? But I am convinced that I need it!


  • I am so sorry this happened to you.
    Maybe you are not meant to be with this Dr?
    Did you get a second opinion before you booked the surgery?
    Also if you see him again, are you going to have the faith in him that you need, to allow him to do this surgery for you.

    Hopefully he can fix it all and what has happened is just a mistake but to be on the safe side a second opinion is always worth it.
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • That was my first thought (other than OMG) - will you have in this doctor now since he was so wishywashy?

    Can't wait to hear what happens today!
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  • Well guess what??? We got pounded by a blizzard, if you check the national weather I live in West Michigan near Lake Michigan and we have had a foot dumped over night and it is still dumping!! :jawdrop: I could not go to my appointment, cried again cause I cannot get another appointment till January 9th!!!
    I also can only get one consult with medicaid, that is all I am allowed. So second opinions are not an option, I just have to be thankful I have insurance right now.
    I called his nurse and I am waiting for her to call me back, I left a message asking if we can just reschedule the surgery. I was reminded in the chat room here by another member that the surgeon works for me!! So I need to be more aggressive in this because I know I need this surgery, and I want to go back to work soooo bad!!! :''(
  • That is so terrible. I really hope that you can get the surgery done, and that you will get better.

    Good luck to you. >:D<
  • Well, this is horrible--but there may be a silver lining. These surgeries are patient generated. We go in there and tell the docs how bad the pain is, so they end up with surgeries. The issue here is if he fuses 3 discs and they are not the pain generators, he has accomplished nothing. Also, if your symptoms have impoved to the point of no arm pain, mabye the specific surgery he had planned is irrelevant. These doctors are brilliant--they paid their dues--and I would listen to him or fire him and start fresh. These surgeries are a bear. I know the pain you have know is a bear--but it will be much worse for weeks to months and then may never get better after the surgery. If a surgeon is canceling on you the morning of the surgery based on his exam of you, THAT'S GREAT--Avoid the surgery.

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  • I cannot even imagine going through what your going through. I do trust that God has His hand in everything and that there was a reason this happened.

    My Dr. was not going to do my surgery either because I am 38 and he felt I was too young. I explained to him that while I may be 38 I feel like 98.

    I pushed for the sugery and I am glad that I did, the spine was compressing on my nerve and had it seemed that this had been the cause of my pain for two years. I am hoping that I don't have a slow recovery because of this.

    I wish the best for you. Keep us posted.
  • I think most of the U.S. got a foot or more dumped on them overnight last night :( Sucks. I live in Massachusetts, and we're also still getting snow now. My boyfriend plows and was gone plowing yesterday from 4:00pm to 5:00am. It is ridiculous. He's gotta go plow again for the next storm Sat night/Sunday. UGH. Not looking to it.

    I'm sorry the snow ruins everything :( Yucky.
  • I agree. If your nerve pain went away, then surgery, or this surgery, may not be the one you need. This could be a good thing for you. Surgery isn't a guarantee the pain will go away, and in fact, if it's done when it doesn't need to be, it can make things a lot worse... You wouldn't want that. I would really see your doctor and ask him specifics as to why he thinks it shouldn't be done now, and then get a second opinion as well.
  • God definitely has His reasons. He is our greatest ally :)

    I'm thankful my doctor didn't deny me because of my age. They didn't rush right to the Fusion right away, because it's very rare for a 22 year old to need a fusion from degenerative disc disease when there is no injury or anything like that involved. Wear and tear requiring fusion at my age is very, very, very, very uncommon. I am lucky that my doctor was willing to do the surgery for me, despite my age. I feel SO much better than before surgery. It's crazy. I am so happy I went through with it. So I know what you mean about being young but feeling old. I definitely don't feel anywhere near 22. Well, I didn't... Now I feel about 40, and hopefully after physical therapy I can feel maybe late 20's. Hahaha.
  • Lo-- wow only 22? That is young....what type of surgery did you have? I did not have an accident or injury either; wear and tear too

    Take care and Happy Holidays.
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