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Hysterectomy and repairs postponed again - going nuts! Nightmare - Anyone else juggling two different specialists? Hysterectomy and repairs postponed again - going nuts! Nightmare - Anyone else juggling two different specialists?

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Unread 04-10-2021, 04:17 PM
Hysterectomy and repairs postponed again - going nuts! Nightmare - Anyone else juggling two different specialists?

Has anyone ever had to coordinate a surgery performed by two surgeons? I was scheduled to have my hysterectomy and repair of a cystocele, an enterocele and a rectocele on April 9th, then the date was moved to April 23 - and I was just told it was being delayed AGAIN until May 10. Communicating and coordinating with these two offices has been a nightmare. The two surgery schedulers in each doctor's office keep blaming each other for not returning calls or emails to each other. It took me two weeks going back and forth on the phone with each one to finally get them to talk to each other. I couldn't believe I was having to do all of the work of tracking them down. When this most recent delay was made, the first surgery scheduler told me it was because the other one filed the paperwork late, so they gave the slot in the OR to someone else. I was furious but I don't know what to do. I've been in pain since September and haven't been able to work since December...My life is on hold until this is dealt with. And I've been struggling with these two surgeons' offices since the first week of March - and this latest delay is crushing my spirit. Has anyone ever dealt with this scheduling issues like this - especially with 2 surgeons having to do the surgery together? I'm at my wit's end...I can hold on another month but I'm just terrified they're going to delay it again. Thank you for any thoughts
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Unread 04-16-2021, 12:54 PM
Re: Hysterectomy and repairs postponed again - going nuts! Nightmare - Anyone else juggling two different specialists?

While I don’t have personal experience to share, I’m bumping up your question to see if anyone has had this happen to them.

I’m currently undergoing a similar situation with my mom, and I only just today got some results because I started emailing department heads asking for help. Perhaps each office has a manager or coordinator you could contact for help.

You deserve better treatment - and less stress.

Hugs and best of luck.
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Unread 04-16-2021, 02:25 PM
Re: Hysterectomy and repairs postponed again - going nuts! Nightmare - Anyone else juggling two different specialists?

Thank you for responding Marcia Mae - and for bumping up the question. I'd be lost without this resource- it's precious!
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Unread 04-17-2021, 04:08 PM
Re: Hysterectomy and repairs postponed again - going nuts! Nightmare - Anyone else juggling two different specialists?

Yes, but not with two surgeons. I have been having difficulty getting my primary care, gynecological surgeon and the head of hospital anesthesiology to communicate. Each phones me and tells me to tell the others their message. I got very fed up with it and started refusing to cooperate with any of them. I wrote each of them an email, gave them names, addresses, emails and phone numbers of other doctors. They can either work it out or this freaked out patient will work it all out and they will pay me. Then I told them they SHOULD be working TOGETHER for MY care and well-being. I am the PATIENT. It is amazing how fast things changed. Doctors started contacting one another.
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Unread 04-17-2021, 09:25 PM
Re: Hysterectomy and repairs postponed again - going nuts! Nightmare - Anyone else juggling two different specialists?

Wow! Thank you for sharing that! You've inspired me to push past my fear of being perceived as "pushy" and assert myself. It's shocking to me that a hospital, of all places, would be so disorganized. I'm trying to be understanding: I know they're having to catch up on procedures that were delayed because of the pandemic - there's a back log of patients waiting for surgeries. But the lack of communication is, as you say, unprofessional under any circumstances. Thank you again for sharing your experience. This is a remarkable forum and I'm grateful to be part of this community. And thank you for inspiring me! I sincerely hope you have the best possible outcome from your surgery.
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Unread 04-18-2021, 11:04 AM
Re: Hysterectomy and repairs postponed again - going nuts! Nightmare - Anyone else juggling two different specialists?

Most of the time it's staff-related. When the doctors actually find out what is transpiring, things change. I do my best to cooperate with staff because I know they spare doctors a lot but sometimes you just need some answers only the doctors can give. On my end, it is seriously looking after my own health and whether I have a good surgery or live or die. When they are reminded of that, many times it corrects everything. Never be afraid to stick up for yourself or your rights. Assertiveness without being too pushy is something I have to work very hard to achieve. So I tend to use humor. *grin*
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