Require Pathology Results during Surgery

Require Pathology Results during Surgery

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Janette Ferryall started this petition to Senator James M. Inhofe and

Have you ever had surgery to get the results a few weeks later only to learn you need additional surgery?

I had laparoscopic surgery in May of 2018 only to have the pathology report come back to say that the cyst was a recurring cyst and it was very likely that I would need another surgery to remove it. Had the pathology been completed at the time of surgery, they could have switched to open surgery and completely removed the cyst and I could have gotten back to life instead of waiting another year to have surgery.

Is this possible? Yes! In fact, the Mayo Clinic has been doing this for years. This is where I had my most recent surgery and they were able to confirm the cyst wall was completely removed so I did not have to worry about future surgeries.

Why wouldn't insurance companies require this? My guess is the doctors are paid per surgery and would be against this. Even though the risk of complications increases for each surgery, the doctors make more money with our current practices. 

 

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