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dianeh
06-02-2008, 10:11 AM
Hi!
I'm just about two and one half years post op and doing quite well- actually I'm still seeing improvement month by month, which pleasantly surprises me. My question is, how do so many of you know the details of your surgery? I asked
many questions before, and read as much as I could, but did not know what medications I was on in the hospital,that all discs involved were removed and other details that I read about on this forum that many of you seem to have.
Did you send for your medical records? I feel it is important to have this information for future records and plan to request copies of my chart. My doctor says he does not have all of the OR info in his office-ie how many blood
tranfusions etc. and I would need to contact the hospital to get that info. Did most of you do that?
Thanks so much,
dhansen

trulyaries
06-02-2008, 11:33 AM
Each time I have an xray I ask for a disc copy for myself from the technician. After each surgery, I request a copy of the complete surgical/anesthesia/hardware reports from the hospital. I have no problem getting them, and I don't pay for anything. I don't pretend to understand every single notation in the reports - bad handwriting still rules - but the operating report does include the surgeon's "blow by blow" typed description of the procedure(s) performed. If I have any question about something in the operating reports, I take it to my surgeon for an explanation. Hope this helps. :)

LindaRacine
06-02-2008, 03:31 PM
Hi!
I'm just about two and one half years post op and doing quite well- actually I'm still seeing improvement month by month, which pleasantly surprises me. My question is, how do so many of you know the details of your surgery? I asked
many questions before, and read as much as I could, but did not know what medications I was on in the hospital,that all discs involved were removed and other details that I read about on this forum that many of you seem to have.
Did you send for your medical records? I feel it is important to have this information for future records and plan to request copies of my chart. My doctor says he does not have all of the OR info in his office-ie how many blood
tranfusions etc. and I would need to contact the hospital to get that info. Did most of you do that?
Thanks so much,
dhansen
I got the surgical report from my doctor, anesthesiology reports from the anesthetist, and the rest of the records from the hospital. I had to request them all separately.

--Linda

dianeh
06-02-2008, 04:05 PM
Thanks so much! I do have my xrays but I'm going to request my hospital records. My surgery was done at Lenox Hill in NYC and they said I'd have to pay 75 cents per page. Has anyone else had to pay for their records? It probably depends on the hospital.
Thanks again, dhansen

trulyaries
06-02-2008, 05:24 PM
Paying for the reports could be hospital policy, but it might be because your surgery was 2.5 years ago and that might involve a little more work to pull the files from the archives. Not a good excuse, but just a thought.

txmarinemom
06-02-2008, 07:15 PM
Thanks so much! I do have my xrays but I'm going to request my hospital records. My surgery was done at Lenox Hill in NYC and they said I'd have to pay 75 cents per page. Has anyone else had to pay for their records? It probably depends on the hospital.
Thanks again, dhansen

It can depend on a variety of things.

Sometimes it depends on the hospital - and sometimes even to whom you speak. I've been charged $1/pg for records at one hospital - and nothing for older records (from the *same* hospital) that had to be pulled off micro-fiche.

Regards,
Pam

rainbow2010
06-02-2008, 07:55 PM
Another VERY important record to get is a copy of your post-op xrays. Keep these around and whenever you get new xrays taken, request a copy. You will need them in case of an accident - so the doctors can see if there has been any change in you correction, rods, etc.

Peachy
06-02-2008, 08:31 PM
Emory in Atlanta charges $1.00 per page for paper records.

I had to get copies of all my xrays on film, since the "later opinion doctors" wanted actual films instead of the CDs. Emory charges $12.00 per film, plus tax and a handling fee.

Peachy

dianeh
06-05-2008, 08:05 AM
Thanks so very much everyone! I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. Have a great weekend.
dianeh