Screw this system. I don't have the time or patience to sit around in horrendous pain while the medical community drags their feet hoping I'll die or blow my brains out first so they don't have to pay for the surgery.
My very well to do brother offered me his checkbook to throw at the problem.
I will be traveling next week to a far off location, and will receive a new hip on Tuesday.
Please wish me luck.
I don't know who your insurance carrier is, brother, but I'm really sorry to hear it's letting you down like this.
I wish you all the luck in the world!!
Important post-operative stuff:
1. Move around. As soon and as often as you can post-surgery. Do not just lie there; that's begging for pneumonia and/or blood clots. Get up and go. Push yourself.
2. You'll probably be given a weird-looking little plastic thingie to exhale into. Exhale hard and make the ball dance. (It's called an incentive spirometer.) Use it, regularly and like you mean it. It legitimately helps prevent pneumonia, which you can develop with surprising ease following general anesthesia.
3. Before long, you'll be encouraged to do physical therapy. PT is your new post-op religion. Be a good convert. Work at it, hard. It helps rebuild muscle and gets blood flowing strongly to your new joint to encourage your bones to knit with it. Don't baby yourself, and very soon you won't need to be compensating. Trust me on this one.
It's a very, VERY rewarding surgery, Joe. Two weeks post-op, you'll realize you feel better than you have in months. And the pain keeps going away, instead of building and building.
Wish I could reach thru the computer and give you a hug, man.