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Surgical delays denounced by a Morrissey patient

Surgical delays denounced by a Morrissey patient

The 44-year-old Shawinigan, who has been out of work for 10 months awaiting surgery, still doesn’t know when he’ll be able to go under the knife and laments the waiting times until he can have surgery in Morrissey.

Sebastien Brodur’s life has completely changed since November 2021. He’s bedridden 23 hours a day, suffering from two hernias, stenosis and disc occlusion.

In December 2021, he got his first downtime. “I went to the emergency room four times,” Sebastien Brodeur told TVA Nouvelles. Each time, they would send me home with anti-inflammatories and an extended two-week break.

On May 24, a neurosurgeon promised him an operation at the beginning of the summer. Nearly four months later, the manager in question is still without news and his quality of life is deteriorating.

“I can’t stand for more than five to ten minutes,” said the man. I haven’t slept in my room in ten months.

Sebastien Brodur deplores the difficulty of communication between patients and hospital staff. Despite many attempts, he was unable to obtain an explanation, or know the reasons for the delay in the surgery.

He hopes that solutions will be developed in hospitals to facilitate communication. For example, an identification number that can allow patients to see the progress of their file.

“In my opinion, it will reassure a lot of people,” he said. Even if your surgery is scheduled in ten months and you’re on day one, you at least know where to put you in the structure.

The University Health and Social Services Center Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec said the waiting list for surgery decreased from 1,314 patients to 1,043 patients between April and August.

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