The road to elective surgery often starts in the surgeon’s office. A patient is seen for a complaint, the surgeon evaluates, diagnosis is made and a surgery is scheduled. Depending on the urgency of the problem the case is scheduled anywhere from one week to 2 months out. This is often influenced by the surgeon’s schedule or that of the operating room.
Surgeons often schedule most of their cases on one day of the week and if that day fills up they may not want to schedule the next case until their next full day in the operating room. They do not like to schedule solo cases on off days unless they are emergencies.
Even though we want our problems dealt with quickly it is best to be patient. If you trust your surgeon it is best to have him or her on a regular working day rather than at the end of a long day when they are fatigued or an off day when they are rushed.