NHS time scales.

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After 16 months of hell i'm meeting the surgical registrar tomorrow. I know every NHS trust is different but how long did people wait after that for pre-op then surgery? I know i will find out tomorrow but it would be good to have an idea before i go.

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    Good morning Matt they gave me 4 weeks set me up for surgery I sign paperwork I was very unsure if I was making the right decision I was in so much pain so the doctor convinced me that it was the right thing to do I did a lot of research the doctor gave me four to six weeks for the surgery I didn't make it quite that long I called and told him I was in severe pain so therefore in two weeks I have my procedure done it's been a roller coaster ride I have four incisions and one incision opened up very painful indeed I had an infection so therefore they recommended antibiotics so I'm on day 6 I need one more day of antibiotics I also had to Place gauze into my incision very uncomfortable very painful it seems like it's healing it seems like I still have infection I'm waiting to see the doctor to confirm what the next step will be either stitches or glue or test. Everyone is different and the doctors I forgot to mention I had a gallbladder removal I hope you feel better wish you a speedy recovery have a good day

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    Hi I'm Nhs Fife Scotland after meeting with my surgeon I was on the 12 week waiting list and was done by week 11 I got 2 weeks notice of my op to give my work as the hositpal just phoned to me tosay when my pre op then was

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    Hi Matt

    You can check waiting times for specific operations at specific hospitals at the NHS Choices website.

    There is a legal right to treatment in non urgent cases within 18 weeks. I believe gallbladder removal falls into that category.

    I have 4 hospitals "local" to me and I compared waiting times that way before deciding where to ask my doctor to refer.

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      It's like pin a tail on a donkey. People can have wildly different experiences. I can't say anything about any area of the country other than my own whether, or which, Trusts are adhering to the rules or not. I don't know.

      However the NHS Choices website contains waiting list information along with other useful information, including ratings and reviews, by hospital. I found it useful.

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    Hope you get on ok tomorrow. I asked the surgeon how long the waiting list was but he couldn’t give me an answer. I said I’d go to another hospital if it would be quicker which he said it would. And also said I’d take a cancellation as well. Turns out I only had to wait the week after being admitted 2 days later. Hope you get it out ASAP! xx
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    It was almost five months from being told I needed surgery to actually getting getting it, so more than the 18 week limit. Like Scottie, I signed up to take a cancellation at short notice and to accept any surgeon or I might still be waiting. Good luck, Matt.
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    I saw the surgeon June 2017 and had pre op November 2017 and then had op end of January 2018.
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    Please read my post about the Registrar who's knowledge was zero about ursodioxycholic acid compared to both her Surgeon (Gastroenterologist) and three Chemists who retorted =of course ursodioxycholic acid will dissolve gall stones.

    This is correct but this chemical treatment is not for all patients but it did work for me. My gall bladder was swollen infected and had five stones in it and on a few occasions kept me up all night vomiting, bloated, in pain

    and feeling as if I were dying.   Three years on I still have my gall bladder that is a normal size but has only two stones which are almost half as big at 10mm and I eat good food as I did before because people may not know it but a low fat diet can cause gall stones. Yes a too saturated faty diet can also cause gall stones but something in the human metabolism in certain people can also cause those stones.

    The situation is complex but I would ask your doctor before having the gall bladder out what about Ursodioxycholic acid = it worked for me???????

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    Thanks to everyone who replied to this thread and sorry for not replying sooner but i've not been here since. I had my appt with the surgical registrar but they want more tests 1st and after that was told it would be about 2 months wait for surgery.

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      They don't seem to mind a long waiting time re gall bladder problems but what I have heard and been told by two sufferers on some occasions the situation can become dire......  This situation should of course

      never exist but  how can that be rectified?  As the saying goes ' you are in their hands'....  If a person is loaded that situation does not occur  unless of course the patient is neglectful which puts the 'boot on the other foot'!

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