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Offline Wirral Bagpuss

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Britney Spears ! :(
« on: June 14, 2004, 04:33:17 AM »
 >:( >:( >:( I know she has gone private but how come Britney had knee surgery less than 3 months after her knee going on her?  Many of us have had years of problems prior to op (I have hopsital appointment in 2 weeks just to see a knee specialist never mind the op!!) It ain't fair!!!!  >:( >:( >:(

Rant over!! I had to get that off my chest !!!!  ::)  
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Re: Britney Spears ! :(
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2004, 04:39:50 AM »
What was her knee problem?  I tore my medial meniscus on April 4th, had surgery on May 10th.  

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Re: Britney Spears ! :(
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2004, 05:57:25 AM »
It's pretty common in the USA to have surgery shortly after finding out you need it, even for us common folks.

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Re: Britney Spears ! :(
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2004, 06:11:39 AM »
Actually, it's worse than you thought.  The day before she had surgery, her knee buckled.  She was rushed to the hospital (I had to limp to my doctor's on my own, mind you!) and had an MRI within hours.  She had surgery the next day to remove a loose body.  So it wasn't a 3 month wait, it was less than 24 hours.  But she did have a locked knee, which is considered an emergency case.

In the US, it is not uncommon to have immediate diagnostics for emergency cases, i.e., if you go to the emergency room.  The only time they won't is if they feel you have torn your ACL, because with all the swelling an MRI would be useless.

I had a doctor's appointment on Monday to see the OS for the first time in 20 years.  I had an MRI the next day, got my results on Wednesday, and had surgery that Friday.  Mine was not an emergency case, but he did squeeze me into his Friday rotation because it was light due to Monday being a holiday.  The longest I've ever had to wait for an appointment was 1 month, and for diagnostics was 1 week.

However, I pay $600/month for my health insurance (it sucks being self-employed), so I darned well better get rapid treatment!!

I think each system has its pro's and con's, but I'd be concerned having to wait 3 months for an MRI!!

« Last Edit: June 14, 2004, 06:13:00 AM by hmaxwell »
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Re: Britney Spears ! :(
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2004, 01:59:31 AM »
I don't think she got any special treatment that anyone with insurance couldn't have got in the states.  I had my MRI immediately after I hurt my knee and when my OS finally decided it was time for surgery, I could have had it scheduled for his very next surgery day, it's my own scheduling restrictions that have caused me to wait 7 weeks (I needed some time to get my act together at work so I could be prepared to be out for 4-6 weeks).

When I first hurt the knee, my new OS saw me within 2 days - he would have seen me the next day, but he had no office hours - it was a surgery day.
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