Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Total Knee Replacement - Surgery Minus 101 Days #2

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My Total Knee Replacement

Doctor Bernie has been the surgeon on 200 knee replacements. There were another 2 or 3 doctors also doing them. The Peterborough Regional Health Center (what the health care professionals and the fund raisers called the Peterborough Hospital) was well practiced. That means the nurses, the physiotherapy department and their whole interface with outside support agencies who would be doing home visits, everything to do with total knee replacement ran like a top at PRHC. At least, that’s how I choose to read it.

Okay, let’s get it done. Dr. B sent me out to see the front desk to schedule the procedure.

“Can you come in the middle of August?” Another surprise. It was June 11th this visit, and they were ready to schedule the operation in 2 months. That’s not how it was supposed to work. What about the months of dragging it out? The weeks of agony I was supposed to suffer? What about priority on the waiting list? Maybe our health care system was working.

“The medical community has come to the conclusion it makes no sense to put patients through a long drawn out waiting period when they obviously need the work done. If you can’t make it in August, we’ll get in touch about another date in the fall.”

Our vacation plans to travel out to Vancouver Island to visit friends means the leaves will be turning when I get my new knee, but that means I will still be mobile all summer. Seems like a good plan.

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