My Epiphany as a Doctor: Navigating Today’s Healthcare for My Own Family–Part 2

When the Doctor’s Family Needs Medical Care

ShoulderBlog1My husband Craig had been complaining about his right shoulder hurting the summer of 2017.  To be the spouse of a doctor can be challenging because getting my attention medically can be tough at home.

We had tried conservative care with ice and ibuprofen for months.  We tried cold laser therapy. We even tried steroid injections with minimal relief.  He had significantly modified his activities due to the pain.  Shoulder Blog 4

The final straw:  he could no longer play catch with his daughters.

We got an MRI of his shoulder scheduled.  Our cash pricing through our Midwest Direct ShoulderBlog 2Primary Care Alliance was $240.00 cash at a local free-standing imaging clinic.

The MRI revealed no full thickness tear of the rotator cuff but there was a partial tear with joint effusion and chronic tendinosis and tendinopathy.

I consulted an orthopedic specialist online through Rubicon MD who recommended surgical evaluation over continued conservative care.

An online referral was started with the Surgery Center of Oklahoma.

In January 2018 Craig was set-up for a surgical consult late Thursday afternoon with anticipated surgery the following Friday morning in Oklahoma City.  We braved the typical January weather from KC to OKC.

After reviewing Craig’s case, the anesthesiologists/owners of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma hand-picked Dr. Couppens as the surgeon.  This former US Olympic team doctor met with Craig and modified the surgical plans with him given the magnitude of adhesive capsulitis(aka frozen shoulder) that had developed.
shoulder-blog-14.jpgThe next morning we arrived bright and early for surgery.  While Craig was being attended to I got to enjoy the company of Dr. Keith Smith and Dr. Steven Lantier the masterminds behind the Surgery Center of Oklahoma and the pioneers in the movement for price transparency.

The surgery was deemed a success and we drove home later that day.  The road to recovery included lots of rehabilitation over the next several months and we are now happy to report Craig is once again playing catch with his daughters.

 

Ann Riggs, DO

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