I had thought I had decided on a surgeon for my fusion. However, I read an article about a hopsital in my city that was focused soley on orthopedic and neurological issues and was rated #1 in the state by Health Grades for spinal surgery. I researched and I really liked the concept that this was all they did. So, I chose one of the physicians based off their bios and made an appointment which I had today. I found out during the appointment that this physician is only two months outside of his fellowship and has only done 150 of these surgeries. That is just too green for me. (Plus he had a terrible bedside manner.)
So, one of my friends who is a health professional advised me to see another surgeon who operates in that hospital. Well, I called them up and they were going to make an appointment with another surgeon. When they saw in their computer that I had seen one of his coworkers they told me that they were going to have to ask the surgeon if he would see me. The receptionist said, "well, they have to work together." I couldn't believe it and asked if I had a right to choose my own physcian. They said yes, but they have to check. I am so frustrated. ~X( Has anyone ever encountered this before? I am trying to tell myself that if he says he won't see me that I was meant to go with the original surgeon that I had planned on.
(Oh, and by the way, I now have 3 surgeons who have recommended 3 different approaches for the two level fusion- PLIF, TLIF, and ALIF. ~X( )