I went to see the surgeon, Dr. Flatow, in New York City yesterday. His tests on my arm left me in tears. I know he had to do them, but my husband almost decked him! lol
I think he’s going to do the surgery to repair the tendons & file down the bone spur on the rotator cuff under local anesthesia, but he has to get the okay from his head of anesthesia at Mt. Sinaii Hospital. I also have to go for another MRI on my shoulder as the last one is over a year old.
I’m starting to get pains in my right arm too now, but Dr. Flatow thinks it’s just from picking up the slack of not using my left arm.
I am extremely frustrated with the medical profession at the moment. As most of you know, I’ve been waiting for the doctor to call me with a date for my shoulder surgery to be done under local anesthesia. I had to keep calling Dr. Flatow’s office, but I was finally able to speak to his “fellow”, Dr. Groosom, last week. It seems that now Dr. Flatow’s anesthesiologist wants a letter from y neoro stating thatit is okay for me to have th surgery with general anesthesia if needed. My neuro says no way. Personally, I think this is just a case of everyone trying to cover their butts from being sued in case something goes wrong. Meantime, my rotator cuff spur has nearly severed all my tendons. My original orthopedist told me if I didn’t have surgery immediately (this was three months ago), my shoulder would be irreparably damaged and that I would be in this awful pain for the rest of my life!
Thank you for listening to me boo-hoo, my friends!
While we were on vacation, Dr. Flatow left a message that he was willing to go ahead with the surgery under local surgery! Praise God! He’s on vacation now, but hopefully I will be getting my shoulder fixed next month! Thank you all for your prayers!
UPDATE - 9/4/08
The doctor’s office called today…I have an apointment for Sept. 17th to make arrangements for the surgery.
UPDATE - 9/18/08
The surgery is schedduled for January 6th. I can’t believe how long it’s taking to get things done!