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(NPR)   Man has cataract surgery and comes out with a head wound. Then gets the bill. He didn't see that one coming   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Fail, Medicine, Jerry Bilinski, Surgery, medical records, Anesthesia, Medical Service, details of his medical case, Carolina Eye Associates  
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1040 clicks; posted to STEM » on 28 Nov 2022 at 12:34 PM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-11-28 11:48:14 AM  
Doc sounds unsure with a scalpel.
 
2022-11-28 12:00:28 PM  
His bill was $50. That essentially qualifies as "free" in the US.

I'm shocked they didn't charge $1750 for the cranial incision, $7280 for the cranial subdural consultation, plus $8694 for the sutures.
 
2022-11-28 12:28:42 PM  
The real question is why does my breath always smell like balls after my weight loss hypnotherapy sessions? That's what I want to know.
 
2022-11-28 12:46:33 PM  

beezeltown: His bill was $50. That essentially qualifies as "free" in the US.

I'm shocked they didn't charge $1750 for the cranial incision, $7280 for the cranial subdural consultation, plus $8694 for the sutures.


Not to mention the obligatory 15% surcharge for the use of a Latin-English dictionary.
 
2022-11-28 12:52:19 PM  

Zik-Zak: beezeltown: His bill was $50. That essentially qualifies as "free" in the US.

I'm shocked they didn't charge $1750 for the cranial incision, $7280 for the cranial subdural consultation, plus $8694 for the sutures.

Not to mention the obligatory 15% surcharge for the use of a Latin-English dictionary.


I'll translate:

I'm shocked they didn't charge $1750 for the cranial incision head slice, $7280 for the cranial subdural consultation freaking out and figuring out what to do about the head slice, plus $8694 for the sutures sewing that sh*t back together.
 
2022-11-28 1:03:19 PM  
In spite of the absurdity of a particular Seinfeld episode, going after the medical organization might result in problems later.  My sister had cataract surgery at a popular (i.e. heavily advertised) eye center a few years ago and came out of it with a scratched cornea...stupid doctor mistake.  The office denied any wrongdoing and only offered her drops to help with the pain.  It's gotten better over the years, but she still has some lingering issues.

In the meantime, she sought out other eye surgeons to see if there was anything they could do to help with it. They all refused to see her because they didn't want to work on someone who had been worked on by one of their peers.

I, myself, had cataract surgery at a doctor who came recommended by other eye doctors...one who had no media presence and not nearly the caseload that my sister's did.  I came out of it with better-than 20/20 vision.  It's been over 7 years and I still see like a hawk.
 
2022-11-28 1:26:22 PM  

EasilyDistracted: In spite of the absurdity of a particular Seinfeld episode, going after the medical organization might result in problems later.  My sister had cataract surgery at a popular (i.e. heavily advertised) eye center a few years ago and came out of it with a scratched cornea...stupid doctor mistake.  The office denied any wrongdoing and only offered her drops to help with the pain.  It's gotten better over the years, but she still has some lingering issues.

In the meantime, she sought out other eye surgeons to see if there was anything they could do to help with it. They all refused to see her because they didn't want to work on someone who had been worked on by one of their peers.

I, myself, had cataract surgery at a doctor who came recommended by other eye doctors...one who had no media presence and not nearly the caseload that my sister's did.  I came out of it with better-than 20/20 vision.  It's been over 7 years and I still see like a hawk.


NOW YOU CAN SEE IN UV????? WHO IS THIS DOCTOR???
 
2022-11-28 1:38:59 PM  
I hate it when the dog goes for the meat....

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2022-11-28 1:54:19 PM  
He expected to not receive a bill? The anaesthesia must not have worn off because he's still dreaming.
 
2022-11-28 2:01:43 PM  

EvilEgg: The real question is why does my breath always smell like balls after my weight loss hypnotherapy sessions? That's what I want to know.


It always smells like balls, that's just the only time you notice it
 
2022-11-28 3:47:12 PM  
They got confused and dropped a cat on his face instead of cataract surgery...it's a common mistake
 
2022-11-28 3:48:21 PM  
I went to the VA for kidney stone removal. It was 1 inch in diameter so it wasn't coming out of me in any way that didn't involve a knife.

After surgery, I was told "there was some tearing in your ureter during the procedure." Translation: "We got all buckwild up in your kidney."

Had to wear a piss bag for a month. It sucked. I'll never complain about having to piss again, because one you lose the ability, you goddamn miss it.
 
2022-11-28 4:33:52 PM  
I woke up after surgery for appendicitis with severe bruises on one side.

Apparently they dropped me transferring from a gurney to a recovery bed.

But they were quite open and apologetic about it.
 
2022-11-28 5:13:57 PM  

yuthinasia: They got confused and dropped a cat on his face instead of cataract surgery...it's a common mistake


Wouldn't be the first person injured during a cat scan.
 
2022-11-28 5:25:08 PM  
If it had been full anesthesia, then an explanation is warranted.  If the guy didn't know people can get twitchy or otherwise move around under twilight anesthesia, he should do more research before the procedure.

I came out of twilight anesthesia during a caudal epidural.  The injection of fluid into the spinal sac was the worst pain I ever felt, and apparently it's common for patients to scream during the procedure.  I, OTOH, propped myself up on my elbows to watch the fluoroscope.  The doctor was like, "WTF is this?"  I told him I was interested in such things.  They gave me another hit of fentanyl.

After my last full-anesthesia surgery to remove 2 tumors from my right sciatic nerve, I briefly recall getting all twitchy and jerky as the juice wore off.  They gave me a muscle relaxant and a bit more of something so that I would sleep a bit longer.  Outpatient procedure, so delayed my exit by about an hour.  Got a 9" incision for the tumor in my thigh.  They wanted plenty of room to work with, as the tumor was a "peripheral nerve sheath tumor".  The tumor was growing in the myelin surrounding the nerve, so imagine trying to remove a marble from the insulation of a 120VAC wire without cutting through to the copper core.  A skip-up, and you could lose a lot of nerve function below that point.
 
2022-11-28 10:51:55 PM  

indy_kid: twilight anesthesia


I suspect I was under that kind of anesthesia twice - once for wisdom tooth removal surgery and again for a combo upper-endoscopy and colonoscopy (hope they did it in that order!).

In the first case, I was in the chair one instant and the next I was walking down a hall toward my waiting wife.  In *both* cases my first I memory of "waking up" was that I was talking inanely and then shut up mid-sentence as soon as I realized what I was doing.  In each case I wondered if I'd been blabbering my life's secrets the whole time I was under.
 
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