Prior to a surgery, what are some default decisions doctors make that patients don’t usually know they have a say in?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 23, 2020 03:17 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 23, 2020 03:17 PM

One of the most aggravating “default decisions” was not made by the doctor, but the insurance provider. I had a hip replacement. I wanted an epidural (spinal block) rather than general anesthetic because of the better outcome. Even through it was cheaper and better, the insurance company would not pay for it. I told the anesthesiologist that I would pay for it out of pocket because I wanted my anesthesia that way.

It worked out perfectly. It was not an ofthoscopic surgery, it was a full hammer and chisel and saw one. When I woke up in the recovery room (they put me to sleep with propathol) , I said “I gotta pee”. The Recovery Room Nurse told me.. “Well, you aren’t groggy…. Go on and get up and do it.” Which I did, because the spinal block was still in, I didn’t feel any pain. I did some of my Physical Therapy in the hospital with the block in and didn’t feel any pain. After they removed it, I was in no pain and recovered quickly. I owe this to my great surgeon, though. He did a great job.

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