I still remembered the moment I met the doctor who treated me, dr. Aryo Suryo, besides he gave the Operation Request Form to dr. Anwar Maizul who would operate me, he also gave two more forms to be given to the otolaryngologists (ENT specialist) and the dentist in the form of the Operation Preparation Form. FYI, in the Harapan Kita Hospital, which had got ISO-9000 certification, all the processes always started or ended by using particular forms.
Why were ENT and Dental surgery important for the operation preparation? Because both of these very necessary for the safety and ease of the heart surgery. If one was having problems with the ENT, there would be a fear of the ear; nose and throat germs spread to the heart so that the cardiac surgery wound healing could be obstructed. Similarly, if the cardiac surgery patient’s teeth contained a lot of the dental caries, there would be a fear of the dental caries’ germs spread to the heart and made difficult the results of cardiac surgery wound healing.
I then did the “self assessment” about myself, about whether I was fit for the operation according to the otolaryngologists or the dentist. From this assessment, I concluded that I would easily get a clearance letter from the otolaryngologist, considering I had never had a case or a serious otolaryngology illness before. While from the dentist I might find a little problem, considering the condition of my teeth since I was still a student which it had always been problematic.
My assumption proved correct; the otolaryngologist at the Harapan Kita Children and Maternity Hospital immediately gave me a clearance letter for the cardiac surgery. After examining my eyes using a flashlight and using the same flashlight to check my nose and ears, then the otolaryngologist used a kind of a tuning fork to be rung on my ears. While filling out the Surgery Preparation Form, the otolaryngologist said, “There is no problem with your ENT, Sir.” Mean that ENT preparation was completed.
And apparently… my tooth preparation was rather long-winded and took almost a month. The problem was that the dentist wasn’t always in his office. I then moved to one of the well-known dental polyclinic in Jakarta, and apparently the queue was amazingly so long because I’d been waiting for 4 hours but had not been allowed to come into the practice room. Finally, thanks to two dentists in my office, I told them that I would undergo a heart surgery in the near future, therefore, my dental carries needed to be cleaned. By my explanation, the dentists who practiced in the office helped me wholeheartedly. After nearly a month of struggling, I then could see the only dentist in the Harapan Kita Heart Hospital, dr. Desi Pontoh, who then wrote something on the Operation Preparation Form.
At the next control a week later with dr. Aryo Suryo, I gave him the two clearance letter from the otolaryngologist and the dentist which immediately were inserted in my Medical Record (MR). Then dr. Aryo called someone to get a date for my Bentall procedure surgery.
It appeared that I got a month later schedule, which was February the 10th, 2011. It’s quite a long time to wait, but it turned out that my long awaiting period had a special meaning…. February the 10th, 2011 was an ideal time for me to have Bentall procedure surgery.
Why? I would explain it later in the next writings….. (To be continued)