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Surgery Approved!!

gwennie17gwennie17 Posts: 2,912
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
:D And, it's not even Wednesday!! :D :D

When I returned to the house this afternoon, there was a voice mail from the woman who was the facilitator for my appeal. In a very business-like voice, she said she was calling to tell me that my appeal on Wednesday at noon (like I had several going on at one time) had been cancelled. Then she went on to say that the reason why it was cancelled was because the decision had been reversed, and my surgery was APPROVED.

Apparently the doctor on the review panel received all my letters, MRIs etc. that were in the packet I submitted as part of my appeal, read through them and determined the initial decision to deny surgery as "medically unnecessary" was incorrect...and it didn't go any further. The review was cancelled, and I was given the go ahead.

Needless to say, I am very happy that I will not have to spend tomorrow figuring out what I need to say, and the rest of the night getting nervous!! I'm glad I spent a lot of time making my appeal as complete as I could. I guess it helped.

It was too late in the day to call my doctor to get a date for surgery. I'll do that in the morning. It is really weird being so excited about something that I know will be very difficult, painful and hard to recover from...and, ultimately, we don't know if it will "work" or not....but I am really thrilled.

Thanks to all of you for your support. Please save all your thoughts and prayers for later in the month when I have surgery!!

xx Gwennie


  • Gwennie,

    Most EXCELLENT on your news! So sorry that you had to even go through all of this in the first place. Weird to be happy? Nope I would say a very spiney NORMAL!!! Congrats Woman!! *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • All I can say is yipee for you, hope all goes well and you are soon pain free
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  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    That's wonderful news. I'm glad you didn't have to wait until Wednesday. You've waited long enough. I'm sorry for all the run around you've endured. I hope you get a surgery date really soon. I'm thrilled for you!
    Good luck.
  • Congratulations
  • Yeah!

    Amazing, That's the end of that!

    On to the next adventure. Are you exhausted? You should be.

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  • I am so happy for you Gwennie! Yay! I firmly believe that things happen for a reason! Soon you will be on your way to recovery! :)
  • I'm very happy for you that you got the go ahead for surgery. YaY! How're we going to celebrate? Cyber champagne for you! Clink. Will pray for your surgery and recovery also. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Gwennie,

    Congratulations on all your hard work. Obviously it paid off. Best of luck with the surgery!!

  • Oh I'm so very happy for you! For some reason, you weren't supposed to have your surgery earlier, and this was the fates' way of putting it off. Too bad it came with so much stress for you, I'm just so glad it is finally over and you will be soon getting your date! Now for the nervousness of preparing for your surgery! If I lived closer, I'd be cooking a few freezer dinners for your recovery!

  • Wonderful news Gwennie! Onward and upward.

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