Surgery: Use Your Patient Advocate
Just thought I would share about my experience with my lumbar l-5-S-1 laminectomy/discectomy. After being in severe pain for months and trying everything to avod surgery, it was the last resort and I went for it. I had had 2 cervical fusions over the years which offered immediate relief. So i was very optimistic going into surgery. Alas, my pain DOUBLED after surgery. In the meantime, my Dr. (world renowned) seemed to have disappeared. I was in agony and my wife had to BEG the nurses for more IV pain medication. The second day, the Doctor's "Resident and Fellow" came in. Finally, I thought, maybe I can get some answers. But all the did was ask me to wiggle my toes. In my narcotic haze (my wife wasn't there--it was in the middle of the night) I asked them what went wrong, I was in agony. They didn't even have one shred of information on my surgery in the laptops they carried.
Long story longer, when my wife came in early the next morning, she immediately demanded to see a Patient Advocate at the hospital (Emery). Someone showed up within the hours. She was able to get through to my Doctor and while my pain was still horrific, I was getting responses right away. DON'T BE AFRAID TO DEMAND your rights. Afterall, it's your and your insurance company who are paying for this rodeo.