Surgery wait times

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Seems like many folks in here are from the UK and I see people complaining about how long it takes to get a lap chole done. Exactly how does it work and how long does one normally wait?

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    Hello Scott

    Sadly after 3 years we had to go private as the hospital near us wouldn't do it for my daughter as they refused to believe it was her gallbladder.

    Private was in within a week after the tests were done and showed her gallbladder was only functioning at 16%.

    Not ideal but the pain outweighed the cost.

    Good luck

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    I was lucky I had a scan that revealed it was gallstones causing the pain in December, had appointment with consultant 5th January and surgery day is tomorrow!
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    Hi Scott, my husbands been suffering with this for months, and only recently had the diagnosis that it was gallstones. That was in December 16. He is now on waiting list for about 16 weeks.Good old NHSlol. Good job he is a nurse or I could rant on forever about the state of it. Basically, the procedure he is having is the key hole which is less invasive and that means hopefully he will be home on the same day. However, as surgeon has pointed out due to scar tissue from an earlier car accident that perforated small bowel,  there may be adhesions  that may cause problems with entering through key hole method, which then means the surgeon may have to go in through old fashioned method,which means he will be in about 4-5 days. That's if they can keep him inlol(medical staff make lousy patients).

    Good luck.

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      I'm sure they'll try their hardest to get it done laparoscopically. If not it sounds like you'll be playing nurse for a while. Good luck.

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    Hi Scott, surgery takes 18 weeks from your first referral from your gp to the consultant but if the consultant thinks you need to be in before then they will get you in earlier. Unfortunately by the time I'd had all the relevant tests to rule and eventually diagnose that my gallbladder wasn't working I'd gone over the 18 weeks and then I've had to wait another 8 weeks, my surgery is 1st March but then I deal with pain quite well otherwise I expect I would've been in earlier. But I suppose you can't complain when its basically free otherwise privately it would cost me £5000 for the operation. Some counties could be lower and if you have private health insurance then its alot easier. Hope this helps

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      £5000 is to go privately which is alot of money here as where I am your yearly wages may only be £16000. If you go through the NHS system you pay contributions via your wages which goes towards healthcare in this country which is why you have to wait unless its urgent to operate immediately. When I was younger you weren't encouraged to pay into private healthcare insurance as you are in the States, the systems are very different.  

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    Hi it really does take a long time its because of the waiting lists and how urgent you are on the list i mean ive heard that people have had to wait over 6 months and longer but doesnt mean you will have to wait that long. Im waiting for gallbladder surgery at the moment and have now been moved up to a emergancy list due to being in hospital twice A&e about 7 times and doctors all the time. I am in pain everyday with my gallstones. Have you got gallstones? and what kind of pain are you in and have you had any tests done yet like ultrasound x rays or mris etc? Has your doctor gave you any info? or dates to see a surgeon? from carmella 

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      Carmella I'm a gallbladder-free New Yorker. Honestly I was just curious as I see many talking about wait times. Universal healthcare is a foreign concept here. Even more so now with you-know-who residing in the White House. Cheers!

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      o i see sorry i thought you was waiting for surgery lol. do you feel better now your gallbladder is gone im waiting for surgery and would love to now if it made you feel better after having it out? 
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      It's been a bit over 2 months and I feel much better Thank you. A bit nauseous if I don't eat especially in the morning.

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