Consultant/Patient: Health Status Quo Unsustainable

Consultant Paul Keckley underwent knee surgery in December 2011, experienced significant complications, and a month later published the first of a series of articles on his experience through the health system as a patient.

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Comments (1)
First of all, Wish you a speedy recovery. Sorry for what has happened to you
Not all complications are preventable, even if you had a checklist!
What was the problem that required surgery? What kind of surgery did you have? Was the indication correct? What is your general state of health? are you diabetic, obese, have other medical problems? Who decided you needed the surgery? Did you do your homework by verifying the credentials and profeciency of your surgeon? Were you actually examined by the surgeon and not mid-level staff? Did you go through the rehab correctly? Did you have your surgery in a dedicated ambulatory center? ( less expensive, usually better quality of staff, less chances of infection, better outcomes) compared to a big hospital where the orthopedic suite is not dedicated to ortho cases ( higher complication rates, especially post-op infections).
So many factors play into outcomes. In America, all these are tossed aside due to third party system where the consumer chooses not to be involved until something goes wrong.
Posted by nsmurali | Saturday, March 17 2012 at 9:46AM ET
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