Well, it’s been two weeks since my despicable insurance company canceled my shoulder surgery, but yesterday I finally received some fairly good news.
The surgeon’s assistant – a very nice woman named April – called yesterday and updated me on the surgery front. My surgeon has been battling with the insurance company since February 19th, the day they canceled the procedure with little warning.
The first thing April said was, “I’m sorry. I cannot imagine how you’re feeling right now.” April was in the office for both my previous appointments, and the pain was obvious. I told her the Advil doesn’t work, and the Tylenol is just hit and miss, but I don’t have a choice but to suck it up…
April then said the doctor has been working with the insurance company, and they have been going back and forth for two weeks. She then stated the surgeon would give the insurance company one week to decide what they are going to do, and if they try to screw me again, he will have another surgeon from the office operate on me.
I told April I really like the surgeon I have now, and I’m not mad at the orthopedists. I am, however, furious with the insurance people. Ideally, I’d want my original surgeon to perform the operation, but the other orthopedist is also a shoulder specialist, so I know I’ll be in good hands.
April promised a call next Monday or Tuesday, and whatever happens, we’ll go from there. I’m not sure if I have to start the process anew, or if my original MRI will suffice. I’m not really in any rush, but I’d like to have this done by the end of this month or early April. The pain is palpable, I can’t lift weights, and even getting dressed is becoming a chore. I just want to get back to normal.
Obviously, I keep you updated. Hopefully, I’ll have some better news in a week.