| | Is this normal?
I'm hoping someone on this message board has had some experience with trying to schedule surgery and can offer me some advice.
In October of 2002 I found myself in the emergency room with abdominal pain. It turned out I was passing my first kidney stone, but the CT scan turned up an abnormal mass along my spine. An MRI and biopsy in November confirmed the diagnosis that this was a Schwanoma, a benign tumor of the Schwans cells that insulate the spine. I was told that it's "fairly large", 2cmx3cmx4cm. I saw a neurosurgeon on Dec 26. She said that I had a 10% chance this would become cancerous and begin to interfere with other tissues in my body. At the time I wasn't sure I wanted surgery, but I called back the next day, Dec 27, and asked to be informed of the risks.
To make the rest of this long story shorter, for the last seven months I have been calling and calling this hospital trying to schedule surgery. I haven't heard from my doctor since that appointment Dec. 26. In May they scheduled me for an MRI ostensibly in advance of surgery. I had the MRI on June 20. I have not had any instructions or contact from the doctor since, despite my many calls.
Has anyone else had an experience with a doctor like this? Is this normal? Does anyone have some advice for me?
Thanks in advance for your responses.