View Full Version : Cry or Cuss or Both-Surgery rescheduled!

06-24-2010, 03:13 PM
I am upset. Dr. Lenke's office just called and due to conflicts with SRS my surgery has been cancelled for Nov. 1 and was rescheduled for Dec. 1, which means I probably couldn't help celebrate my dad's 90th birthday on the 17th or feel like traveling for Christmas. She also had Jan. 5 open. I just called back and said that I would take that date so that I can enjoy the holidays. I am so disappointed. I had hoped to be well on my way with recovering from surgery with the worst behind me by Christmas. I also had planned to chip and putt by the spring of the year, but now this is 2 months later than planned.
I am on a list in case there is an earlier cancellation. I think about this surgery every day and to add two more months of stressing is not making me happy.

06-24-2010, 03:26 PM
Karen - how very frustrating for you! I can only imagine what you are feeling right now because there is so much mental preparation involved with this surgery, as well as planning around important celebrations and holidays. But there is the possibility of a patient canceling and there being an opening for you - this has already happened with my surgeon but I wasn't ready yet!

Hang in there! :)

06-24-2010, 03:48 PM
So sorry! I was specifically told this was likely to happen with Dr. Lenke once he assumed the SRS presidency in September, and it DID worry me. In fact, I gather it is entirely possible for such cancellations/postponements to occur with much less notice. However, I was unable to wait until he could fit me in, anyhow, owing to insurance and other time constraints (probably why his coordinator was so specific with me about this possibility).

It is SO frustrating and disappointing! Try not to forget the big picture, though. You are privileged to be able to have one of the very best scoliosis surgeons of our day operating on your spine! In the long run, nothing matters more than that.

Best of luck!

Debra JGL
06-24-2010, 04:12 PM
Karen, I'm sorry this has happened and go ahead and cry and cuss. I scheduled my surgery and I know I'm getting geared up for that day, and a change would be upsetting. But, you know you are in great hands with your doctor, you're ready for surgery and it WILL happen - just now most likely in January. I hope you'll soon mentally re-adjust to your new date and enjoy lots of fall golf, the holidays with your family and your Dad's birthday.

06-24-2010, 05:55 PM
I'm so sorry Karen. I don't blame you for wanting to cuss and cry.

I am hoping you will get a cancellation and can be far enough post-op to enjoy your father's birthday and be back in the swing next year. Fingers crossed.

06-24-2010, 05:55 PM
Oh, Karen, I'm so sorry. The waiting is the worst isn't it? I had surgery scheduled with one doctor in Nov. 08 and then switched to Dr. Lenke and couldn't do it until March 09. It gave me lots of time to prepare myself physically and to drive myself a little crazy. Wish it wasn't so but hope for a cancellation. Janet

06-24-2010, 05:59 PM
So sorry to hear that Karen, I hope and pray they get a cancellation for you way sooner than that so you can enjoy your dad's birthday and Christmas. I always believe however, whatever is meant to be will be, so think in your head that this is the right thing for now, and you will get the best surgery at the best time, whenever that date is meant to be.

06-24-2010, 09:35 PM
You guys are so sweet. Probably about 10 min. after I let out my frustrations by posting, I decided there are probably more positives than negatives. I don't have to worry about Thanksgiving, sending Christmas cards, Christmas shopping, dad's birthday, traveling to my hometown for Christmas, New Year's Eve, etc. The holidays can be enjoyed! I know I have one of the best surgeons who happens to be located 30 minutes from my house and that's the most important thing. How lucky is that! I don't have much pain, so waiting isn't a problem. I had been anxious to get the surgery behind me, but another few months won't make that much difference. Thanks, again, for being so supportive!

06-24-2010, 10:27 PM
Those were my thoughts exactly, Karen, when I read your post. Early January sounds perfect for a surgery. Plus the holidays are so busy they may be a nice distraction and perhaps more meaningful than usual. Especially with a dad turning 90. Both my parents just turned 80 in the past year. Quite the achievement for both of them. My dad said it was the only big birthday he has truly enjoyed reaching, as he never thought he would make it, having had heart issues for most of his life.

Sounds like you will still be able to get out onto the greens next summer as well....

06-24-2010, 10:50 PM
I do not know if you are aware that my surgery had to be rescheduled as it was found out that I was a diabetic at my pre-op blood work and my surgeon would not do my surgery until y blood sugar numbers were lower and more stable. It moved my surgery from March 11 until May 4. I was very upset at the time because I was in much pain. It all worked out . I got very upset besides the pain issue because you mentally plan for a certain day and then you have to start over planning for another day.

It will all work out

Take care