I have Kaiser too. Took me 17 months from the time I put my request in through my primary, was scheduled for the required orientation, then on to the waiting list just to get into the required 12 week Options Program (a total waste of my time and intelligence in my humble opinion....), then the myriad of pre-op tests, and then the waiting list to meet with the surgeon and then FINALLY scheduling surgery and having it done.... Seventeen LONG months were I was also quite diligent and pro-active in getting things done as quick as possible through the very slow "system".....
All in all I think Kaiser SUCKS and the general health care I have received within their own internal program is below par BUT I am extremely grateful nonetheless for even being blessed with having a good job and health coverage, and the ability it gave me to have this already starting to be life changing surgery.
It may be a long road to travel for you before you get all your ducks in a row before surgery, but in the long run if you are like me you will not regret it and use the time in between to start learning everything you can about the various procedures before making your surgery choice, post op care, etc. Time will fly by fast. As it always does. The only regret I have like so many others on here that I read as well, is that I didn't do this sooner.
Good Luck on your future surgery and your possible new job!