Patient Review - 1487081563

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You guys are the rock stars of orthopaedic specialists. The service from the receptionists to the nurses, to the anesthesiologists, to the surgeons is top notch. I would recommend NOS to anyone. Too bad the rest of the health field is not run with the same efficiency and professionalism. However, I do have one complaint. It may be one that is out of your control to deal with, but I feel I should voice it. I had two knee surgeries, and both times I was in excruciating, and I mean excruciating pain for about a month each time. I realize that this may not be the norm with most people who have the same sugery. I have had several surgeries in my life and I never, ever used all my pain meds. After each knee surgery, I not only used all my meds, but I could have, and I should have had more prescribed. I know that their is an opioid abuse problem in the U.S. I realize that the FDA or the DEA or whomever has set new guidelines on the prescribing of opioids. However, I feel that in this day and age, I should not have to suffer excruciating pain as I did. Nobody would give me another prescription. I mentioned my pain both times in the post surgery follow up appointment to no avail. I spoke with my primary physician to no avail. I was referred to a pain clinic. The only appointment that I could get was a month out. A month out and I am in excruciating pain! I felt like I was being treated like an addict. By the time the appointment came around, I was no longer in pain, so I cancelled. Plus, I don't feel that I need to have to go to a doctor who doesn't know me to get pain meds. People are now being under treated for pain and physicians need to step up and do something about it. The knee jerk response to the opioid epidemic is not working. Chronic pain is not exclusive to cancer patients. Oh by the way, you guys seem to emphasize that it is important to keep moving although a person may be in a lot of pain. Not true in my case. I was an extremely active person prior to the surgery, and now I am basically totally sedentary, and I have a lot less pain. Movement lead to a heck of a lot more pain. I no longer work out due to the pain, and I feel better for.

Tom S.
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