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Preparation before spine surgery

Friday, February 15, 2013

The following is what hubby has to do before going for his spine surgery on Feb 27:

Feb 12 1:15pm Hubby's appointment with Dr Roh, neuro-surgeon at Rockford Spine Center - going over MRI results done on Jan 28 and what needs to be done;

Feb 15 3:00pm Rockford Memorial Hospital for testing, lab work, EKG;

Feb 19 10:00am Dr Glovsky, hubby's doctor, at Rockford Health Physicians for history and physical;

Feb 21 8:00am Dr Roh, neuro-surgeon at Rockford Spine Center for an appointment before surgery.

I thought that was it before the surgery but I guess not. We received another phone call last evening that hubby needs to schedule one more test, Dobutamine Stress Ecoh. My hubby and I are wondering is this really necessary as it would definitely increase the cost of this surgery. Would greatly appreciate any comments on this matter.

They will inform us of time of surgery on Feb 26. That is all for now.

Hope everyone have an enjoyable weekend. emoticon

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    I hope the surgery went well :)
    1862 days ago
    Just want to update everyone re the above.

    Hubby went for his appointment today at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Initially, they wanted to do Lab work and EKG. After checking, the staff said to him that since the doctor ordered for the Dobutamine Stress Ecoh (DSE) test, he need not do the EKG. Patients has to pass the DSE test in order to go for the surgery. Today, he only did Lab and X-Ray.

    Take care & have a great day/evening! emoticon

    1890 days ago
    My opinion is: It is the patients responsibility to question their medical professionals - regarding the necessity of all drugs, procedures, test they prescribe for the patient pertaining to the diagnosis they have given. It is also the patients responsibility to obtain second opinions on their diagnosis. And to verify with their insurance carrier what, if any, conditions must be met for complete coverage and what the expected out-of-pocket expense the patient will be responsible for paying.

    Health Care is rather like any other purchase you make... It is your responsibility to insure that what you are purchasing is what you need, want, and think that it is. It is a rare occurrence when any business truly thinks more of its customer than of their own bottom line.

    Do you think I am a pessimist? You are probably right if you said, "Yes".

    1891 days ago
    If it were me, I would call to find out EXACTLY what this test is and WHY it is being done. I have NOT heard of it before.
    I wish you the very best......... emoticon
    1891 days ago
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