Wait lists for total hip replacement (THR) surgeries are well over a year, but the sad, unrealistic reality is that many factors cause this wait list.
I tried to find out some answers and although the solution isn’t an easy one, here are some reality numbers from Royal Inland Hospital:
Two out of eight operating rooms are designated for hips and knees (apparently they are larger rooms). There are six to eight orthopedic surgeons in town. Our surgeon has three OR days given to him for September (we all know emergencies supercede booked times).
On booked days he can do four uncomplicated cases or three complicated.
Now in a perfect world all these figures should see a reduction in wait times right?
There are many issues at work which all need money, but aside from this, I believe our hospital needs help from the beginning of the line to the end. There have been vast improvements like pre-op screening and pre-op rehab, but I am talking about the need for more OR rooms, OR times, anesthetists, nursing staff, beds or maybe another orthopedic surgeon.
I know these are not easy issues! Meanwhile unless other solutions come my way, do I need to re-mortgage our home (how many other people have thought this is what they might have to do?).
My husband was an active individual, he enjoyed golfing, walking, volunteering at Blazer games and special events for many years, and has now gone from this to being in the house or sitting in the car. He lives in chronic pain. Two falls this summer has led to the use of forearm crutches rather than the cane. What’s next? An emergency fractured hip? I hope not!
Come on, people of Kamloops, let’s get things done! Let’s try!
I’m calling on everyone who is sitting on a wait list (and everyone who know someone on a wait list) to write. The more voices the better! Send your letter to Terry Lake, our MLA and health minister.
I don’t know what the solution is but knowing that Lake knows the problem gives me reassurance that something can be done. Also, knowing that Kamloops knows the problem makes me feel like something might be done.