Last year I had an upsetting experience. My husband went in for an MCL tear (or so the Dr thought). When he went in for surgery, I was told it would be approximately 45 minutes, and that someone would come and get me so that I could be there right when my husband came back from post-op. THREE HOURS LATER, as I was pacing and wondering what might have gone wrong, someone came to get me to tell me that my husband was ready to go home! He had indeed had additional problems with his knee, and they had to remove his ACL. He had already had 2 sodas and I totally missed the doctor's visit to hear how everything went. I was extremely disappointed.
So I was very unhappy when Dr Larson told us that my husbands TKR this month would be done at CV Specialty hospital. However, we decided that maybe last year was a fluke. I want to share the good and the bad:
Sandy in surgery center. Very helpful, pleasant, patient and knowledgeable.
Sarah - a student nurse on the floor. Very kind and helpful
Kelly - an Aide on the floor - Very timely and helpful
Physical Therapy - very knowledgeable and helpful.
Three different times during my husband's overnight stay, the nurses were over 45 minutes late with his pain meds after he requested them. One even giggled and said "oh sorry, I totally forgot". One time he dialed the nurse at 3:30 needing pain meds. She told him she could bring him 1 now or that if he could wait until 4:30 - he could have 2. He opted to wait until 4:30. He was given his pain meds at 5:40. He was chasing his pain that morning for several hours. Two nurses were kind but unprofessional, just wanting to joke around.
When my husband was ordering his first meal after surgery, he asked the nurse about his dietary process. She told him "oh you can eat anything and as much as you want". We both knew that after surgery, and with a block, that the bowels have a hard time starting up again. Fortunately, I knew to have him eat light.
I was disappointed once again.