Hello, thank you for your answer. I had a "standard nerve impingement" and arthritis in my shoulder. It had been causing periodic problems for 20 years. It flared up this past fall and with PT the problem got worse. He shaved the clavicle and acromion, removed bone spurs and removed a piece of bone from the clavicle where the impingement was putting pressure on the tendon and ligaments. From what I understand, he told me he missed a piece of bone/spur/arthritis on the Acromion. You could see on the X-rays a piece of bone/spur/? That was at the tip of the shoulder, and I am not sure if it is a floating piece or not. I do know that it is causing different nerve pain and problems that I did not have before the surgery. I now have a ripping type pain that shoots down the front of my arm into my bicep. I cannot reach forward or up and the bones are still snapping.
I do not know how to approach this issue with him. My concern is that he may disregard any issues about my financial problems and say he is not responsible for this second surgery. If so, do I embarrass him by saying I am not financially prepared for a second surgery especially when he is at fault? And most of all I am concerned about any damage that may be occurring now.
How do I bring this up, how can I convince him this surgery is necessary and I need him to make the $150 co-pay to the hospital and (at least) pay the co-pays for 6 PT sessions? Is there specific terminology I can use to help move this over to my side without sounding like I am threatening him? $300 and this can be done. We just signed to purchase a house the weekend after surgery. The down payment, our appraisal fee, termite inspection fee, and the bank inspection fees have drained our savings. I had budgeted this whole surgery into our bills, and it has cost me well over $500 so far because of extra prescriptions that the insurance would not cover. Since you are in the medical field you may have some idea of specific terminology I can use to "beg" him to do the right thing.
I have spoken to a legal assistant, she agrees that I should go into speak with him about how I am going to financially handle the second surgery and if he would help with the co-pays and that I would sign a release if he wanted. If not, she said to call them back and they would find me a doctor. Is this whole thing worth wasting my time and maybe more injuries if I wait. I guess it all depends upon his attitude and his answer. So, if you have any helpful magic words, I would be very grateful if you shared them with me.