My surgery was a bust today :*(

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   Posted 9/16/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I was up and in the shower by 5 am, got to the small hospital at my appointed 6:30 am, went back and got into the rear exposure gown, IV started, and then I waited...and waited...and waited.... so now it is 8:00 am and my surgeon comes to the bedside and says, "The air conditioning unit in the OR is not working and then something about the humidity..and I have to get back to Hilton Head Regional Hospital because I have other cases scheduled.. " Well, I am bummed. I really wanted to get this carpal tunnel thing done and over with. I am now awaiting a call for re-scheduling. I guess this has happened before at Coastal Carolina Hospital but of all the days it could happen it was just my miserable luck that today was another one.
Not sure what to think about the facility if these problems have happened before and not been properly addressed. I think I will opt for Hilton Head Regional if I am given a choice when we reschedule.
Anyway, hope everyone is having a peaceful pain free or tolerable evening.. best of health
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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry this happened to you, Lynn. It must have been so hard just
to get to the hospital.
You mentioned the medications you are taking. One of them in Avinza. My
doctor told me that I could only take that Opiod in a day -NOTHIING ELSE.
It is supposed to last 24 hours. Did he mention that?
I don't mean to question your doctor, I am just curious.
When I went on Avinza it did not cover my pain AT ALL. I needed something
else but once that Avinza was swallowed, there was nothing else I could do.
Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 9/16/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Jeez...that really stinks! I would take offense with him saying he had other cases...what does he think YOU are? Is there another doc who can do that surgery? I fired the first one I tried for my CT surgery and the second guy I saw was wonderful.

Good luck,
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   Posted 9/17/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Chutz on this one, what the heck did the doctor think??? Geezee.
Sorry this happened to you.
File a complaint with this Hospital...
Hope your re-schedule is better...
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   Posted 9/17/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in agreement with Chutz here. The only thing I do wonder about is the A/C being out, and the humidity in those closed O.R.'s can get pretty stiffling, and I'm not even sure how it might affect the surgery itself. I sure wouldn't want my doc stressing and straining while doing my surgery. I know that when I was wheeled into the O.R. for my back surgery it was freezing and I asked about the temperature and they said they all have layers of clothes on and need it cool, and I'd be out of it anyway so wouldn't notice (which was true!). I also wonder if there were people working on the A/C that might make for power blips or surges....again those factors could play a role.

Maybe there's someone in the hospital administration you could try to talk with to get a better explanation before you switch docs? Did other surgeons cancel their surgeries? Was there any potential danger to you, the patient? If those things were true, then maybe there were bigger reasons. I do know surgeons schedules are packed, and maybe the reference to having other patients was because he couldn't wait around for the A/C to be fixed.

Just some thoughts. But I know I'd be every bit as frustrated as you. It takes a lot out of us in anticipation of surgery, let alone getting there at an ungodly hour of the morning, usually after a lousy night's sleep.


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   Posted 9/17/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry that happened to you.  That is so hard, you get yourself all ready and then what a let down.  That sort of happened to me I was admitted to the hospital on a friday with a kidney stone too big too pass.  They couldn't do the surgery until Tuesday but they said they didn't have the time so of course I was NPO fron Midnight and in the morning my nurse told me they didn't have the time yet but he would let me as soon as they did.  He came back in at 10:00am(I had been up since 5:30am for all the prep) and said the doc forgot to reserve an OR and the soonest they could do it was the next day at 4:00pm.  I burst into tears, the poor nurse didn't know what to do.  He tried to cheer me up telling me I could eat and drink now.  They eventually got me down around 6:00pm the next day.  Yep NPO all day, it sucked.

I would also try to get it at the other hospital.  I know small hospitals are nice, I grew up in a small town, but so many mistakes were made, I will never do it again.  Good luck!


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   Posted 9/21/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, we discussed Avinza quite a bit before he put me on it in July. I also get Percocet for break-though pain. So far I have had to use all my Percocet each month because I find like you the Avinza just doesn't provide enough relief.
The humidity issue has something to do with static electricity and the equipment I believe he said. As for the choice of Dr's I was referred to this one though the Dr. that gave me the test for Carpal Tunnel. And the hospital is where my Pain Management Dr practices. I felt more comfortable having him taking care of my anesthesia and pain medication after the surgery.
When the Dr. told me he didn't know if the air conditioning would be up in 10 minutes or 10 hours I couldn't really blame him for wanting to keep up with his schedule. The other hospital is extremely busy with one surgical procedure after another.
I know I wouldn't want my surgeon in a hurry trying to keep up with the hospitals schedule.
Anyway, it is scheduled again for this coming Tuesday morning..just not quite so
Best of health to all,
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