Where have all the good Doctor's gone?
Friday, November 13, 2009
Sorry in advance...for the length of this blog. You can stop here if you don't want to hear me rant and rave. This blog is helping me to vent and get all of the bad feeling out of my system, I am so upset at my Hubby's doctor I could spit nails right now!!
My hubby Jeff has had a bad knee for years, his last surgery on his knee was in 1992 and the Doctor at that time told him he really needed a new knee, but, was just too young, as he would then need another by the age of 70! He has been in pain off and on for at least 17 years now and right now in more pain than ever. Early this year he went to see a Doctor (#1) who was suppose to be "the best ortho" in our area.. he took an xray and said he was not a candidate for knee replacement surgery. He then started a series of three jell injections, one a week for there weeks which were ideally to replace the cartilage in his knee with a cushion, and should last 6 months, they did help for awhile... but, four months later... more pain. The same doctor scheduled him for another round of three gel injections.
One day at work, a friend of my boss and I started talking about knee replacement surgery and I told him about Jeff's knee problems, still not even realizing that he too was an ortho Dr.
He had Jeff come into his office for a free exam, x-rays and even a cortisone shot. This Doctor#2 told him that he should have had knee replacement surgery years ago, his knee is bone on bone, that he must have a really high tolerance for pain to be able to walk around in his condition, and if he was his Doc he would do it right away... problem was he was not on our insurance plan.
So, back to Doc #1, to let him know he got a second opinion, Doc #1 got upset and said ok we will settle this once and for all, I'm ordering an MRI... guess what the MRI showed bone on bone, but, he did not apologize... just said he still thinks he is too young for knee replacement surgery. Jeff finally insisted... he decided that quality of life was important to him and wanted the surgery done NOW. He got the call the day of my Dad's funeral that the surgery was set for Nov 13........great news right? Well not really!!!
Someone we know who had knee replacement surgery told Jeff that the recovery time is much longer than this Doc#1 was saying if it was a total replacement, in checking into the procedure to be done today we found out that as it turns out this surgery was to do exploratory surgery try to clean up anything Doc # 1 could..... with a three week recovery (using of course Jeff's sick leave , which needs to be saved for the actual knee replacement recovery time. ) So.... now we are back to square one, no new knee and a really BAD Doctor (#1).
We are in the process of getting an out of network referral to Doc# 2 to do the surgery... its all in the Insurance company's court now. Jeff said he thinks that I am more upset about this than him. This is not the first time lately that we have had a doctor who was not willing to do what was to be done. Where have all the good Doctor's gone???