Surgery day

Leading up to the surgery day, I was extremely anxious and nervous.  This was the second time I had to do surgery.  The first time was about 10 years ago for my sinus.  I was constantly reading sites and watched Youtube blogs of others who have gone through this.  I didn’t realize how common this injury was.  So the day finally arrived and I get a call early in the morning on 3/31/2012 to come to the hospital.  This is now 6 days post rupture.  I gather my things and the wifey drops me off.  For those who would like to know, health care in Canada is free.  Meaning the government pays for it through our taxes.  Companies here usually do provide health insurance but that covers things like prescription drugs, physiotherapy, hospital expenses, etc…  There are pros and cons to having free health care and my experience with this injury I believe highlights this.  The pros are fairly simple.  I don’t have to spend a dime.  The cost for all the appointments with the surgeon and the actual surgery are paid for by the government.  The cost for my semi-private hospital room, prescription drugs, physiotherapy, crutches and walking boot are all paid for by my health insurance from work.  I don’t know exactly how much all this would cost elsewhere but my guestimate would be between 3-7 thousand dollars.  The cons for this is that I suffered for 2 days pretty much before I got the surgery done.  I was admitted to the hospital in the morning of 3/31/2012 and didn’t have surgery until the evening of 4/1/2012.  During this period, I was not allowed to eat or drink and was put on an IV and was watching TV.  This was truly torturous.  I would not want to go through this ever again in my life.  Because my injury was not considered "life threatening", I was put on a waiting list.  If there were more urgent surgeries that come through the emergency, I would get bumped down the list.  And trust me, there are a lot of stupid people who need to get surgery at all hours of the day.  I say stupid because the nurse told me I got bumped down cause some kid jumped off a moving vehicle.  It’s your opinion if you think the pros outweigh the cons or vice versa.  A hard working fellow like me, I appreciated the money factor even though I suffered for it.  The surgery itself went pretty smooth.  Was put fully asleep and woke up in the recovery room all stoned.  The nice little nurses took good care of me and made sure I was drugged up so that I didn’t feel too much pain.  The following day on 4/2/2012 I was released from the hospital.

Pic of my leg post surgery at the hospital.


#1 normofthenorth on 04.25.12 at 12:43 am

When this Torontonian had ATR surgery ~10 years ago, I just got a prompt appointment for it (a couple of days after I saw the surgeon) and it was done then. For my second one, 8 yrs later, I went to a fancy sports-med ortho surgeon (chief surgeon of the Toronto Argonauts football team), and he talked me out of getting the surgery, based on the latest randomized trials. I started treatment immediately, with a boot.

In my OTHER spare time, I hang out on, with a bunch of “pals” who, like me, have had one or more heart valves replaced (me ~1.5 yrs ago). MANY of us there — North and South of the US-Canada border — had our heart surgery “bumped” in favor of an emergency patient or two. It’s annoying, but it’s a pretty rational way to keep the ORs and surgeons busy while still accommodating last-minute emergencies. (You wouldn’t want a surgical team and an OR standing by idle like a fire truck, waiting for the “stupid people”, would you?)

#2 normofthenorth on 04.25.12 at 12:45 am

BTW, you should go to jenniferanderson’s page and tell her how to load photos onto this site!

#3 sirpower on 04.28.12 at 4:03 pm

Hi Norm,

I think I would have to respectfully disagree with you. Firstly, surgery wait times were a lot less 10 years ago then now. Secondly, surgery wait times in the US are a lot shorter than in Canada. There is tons of empirical data to support this. I personally know people who have gone to the US for surgery because of this. Why do you think wealthy Canadians go to the States for surgeries and MRI’s. Cause money can get you bumped to the front of the line.

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