Cancelled surgery 😟

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I was due to have a lateral release on my right knee 2nd June, 2016 and yesterday (1 week before) they have cancelled as my consultant wants to do the operation himself instead of one of his clinical team. I had time booked off work, my husband had time booked off too and childcare etc sorted! Now I'm told it's going to be sometime in July!

im so fed up and don't know how I'm going to manage this pain for another 5-8 weeks. Been in tears since the phone all yesterday.

i know it's best that the best man does the operation I appreciate that but I'd got myself all prepared mentally for next week.

its just a big waiting game 😥

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    That s disappointing. The exact thing happened to me for my first tkr. I was all gowned up, ready to walk in and the surgeon came to tell me there was no bed! I went back to work but my hubby was replaced. Sometimes those things happen for a reason. I was another 6 weeks before I was scheduled. It taught me to not take anything for granted, that's for sure. Make the best of it, 
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    Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about it.  Sounds awfully harsh I know. Having psyched yourself up for so long, only to be told "not today". So frustrating.  The best way to look at it is, if the "big man" himslf wanted to to the operation as opposed to a junior underling, it must mean that he has an interest in you, as a patient and not just another person on the daily to do list.  I do hope you get over it as it will just prey on your mind and by the time you actually have the operation you will be a bag of nerves.  In the meantime can I suggest you do some leg strengthening exercises as this will stand you in good stead afterwards.  The stronger your thigh muscles are the better for your recover. Hopefully you will then see the cancellation as a positive instead of a let down
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    Stay positive better to have the top man do a brill job n get excellent results.time will pass quick once u accept the situation x
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    Exactly the same thing happened to me - my operation was cancelled due to the NHS junior doctors strike, and re-scheduled 2 weeks later.  I also was in absolute agony and could barely walk.  I had also prepared myself mentally and was very disappointed!  I just kept telling myself that I should hang in there and do the best I could.  I actually asked that the surgeon himself do the operation, because I did not want any of the clinical team to do it from past experience with a hysterectomy that I had.  You will be in good hands and the time will pass quicker than you think.  I am 3 weeks into my recovery, am doing ok although in a little pain, but can already feel that the pain I was having before is nowhere near to the pain I am experiencing now.  It will all be worth it in the end, try to hang in there and keep calm and it will all work out for you I am sure!
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    Hi Debbie

    i know how upsetting this is. I was cancelled three times! Once for an unrelated medical reason, once because of the doctors' strike, and once because they simply ran out of theatre time. I was all gowned up and ready to go....had to get dressed again and go home sad

    At least, though, I don't have young children so hadn't made child care arrangements.....

    The surgeon came to see me and said he would take my case personally now as he didn't like this happening to his patients. So I agree, it sounds like you'll get a good deal in the end. I hope you can mentally re-adjust, as someone said, take the time to do as much preparation as you can.....and it will all be over soon.

    All the best xx

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    Thank you all who have replied 😀 Im starting to get my head round it all today and accept it was cancelled for a good reason. I have never been blessed with patience I'm afraid, I've coped 9 months with this excrutiating pain I'm sure I can manage a few more. Thank you all for your kind words 😉
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    Sorry Debbie. I can understand. I was due for a TKR the 19th Jan this year and it was cancelled because i have an ulcer. It was pushed forward to 4th April. I was so dissapointed.......then as the 4th April approached my gastro doc still wasn't happy about me having the op. Finally she consulted another specialist and i got the green light. I can really undestand your frustration. I too cried so much
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    I know how you feel Debbie I was given 13th April then was changed to 23rd and finally to 29th April when I had my TKR. The big problem was my son asked me to escort him to a family law court on 5th May which I was unable to do in the end as I was just out of hospital ! He has completely fallen out with me but my knee was more important even though his case was important to him. . I just don't get it. Anyway I'm 4 weeks today and improving slowly but surely. It's so important to build up your quads and leg muscles before your op. Don't despair everything is meant for a reason. 😊
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    I feel for you. I had my operation cancelled twice due to the nurses strike. You should have Saudi want to go ahead with it any way. I think its a lame excuse x

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