How much time in between surgery consult and actual surgery?

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Aimee =)
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   Posted 1/11/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I've decided I have to just have the surgery and be done with it - nothing is working and I'm getting worse. Finally got a date with the surgeon for a consult and it's not until Jan 28. sad
How long does it usually take to get the surgery scheduled after the consult? I would assume we'd schedule it in office while I'm there but I wonder how far out they typically do it.
There are some work things that are up on the air hinging on my health and I'm annoyed that I don't have anymore information at this point.
Is it realistic to expect surgery within 2 weeks of the consult? A week? A month? This is with a colon/rectal surgeon in his own practice, if that makes any difference at all.

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   Posted 1/11/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't know where you live? Mine was just over three months from consult. Colorectal surgeon in major centre in Alberta, Canada. May depend on priority?

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   Posted 1/11/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery 1 week after my consult, and my surgeon only does surgery on Fridays....I'm sure it goes by priority though.
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   Posted 1/11/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had my surgery consult he said he could get me in within a month, if I wanted to go that route (non emergency of course).
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   Posted 1/11/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgeon said he had an opening 1 week later smhair. I opted for 3 weeks so that I had some time to make preparations.
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   Posted 1/11/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   


Had my consult and was on the schedule for surgery 5 days later. 

Hope you're feeling better! blush

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Leo Buscaglia

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   Posted 1/11/2010 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my consult on Friday and surgery on Monday. It depends on the surgeon's schedule and how you're doing. I was deemed to be "in rough shape" so my surgery was soon thereafter.
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Aimee =)
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   Posted 1/11/2010 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds all over the board - but I'm thankful to hear a week later has happened before!

I am going to call in the morning and see if we can schedule the surgery now - evidently some surgeons have done that for people before. If I just had a date on the calendar, a lot of my stress and anxiety would be relieved I think. I'm also going to beg to be added to the cancellation call list for the consult.

Thanks all!

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   Posted 1/12/2010 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Due to the holidays and not being an emergency, it's taking 6 weeks. But I have the same surg as MAG above and since he only does Fridays it limits when you can have it done. I could have had it done right before Christmas but didn't want to chance being in hosp. over the holiday, so this Friday is the day.

Good luck Aimee!

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   Posted 1/12/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine was about 6 weeks after the surgical consult, but that was for the planned surgery. With the emergency one I had surgery like 3 days after they found the obstruction. Good luck!
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