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Advice on questions for Dr.

pammieppammie Posts: 79
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
After dealing with low back pain for 10+ years and being told that I am too young for surgery, I finally have a Dr. who is willing to look at the possibility of surgery. I have done PT with no positive results. I had my second ESI 1 1/2 weeks ago with no positive results. My follow up appt. is this Thursday 3/19. Does any one have advice on what questions I should ask at this appointment? I know that surgery is a major step and it is permanent but nothing has worked so far and I am tired of being in pain and it is only getting progressively worse. Thanks in advance for any advice.


  • Great topic!

    Like you when I saw my second surgeon, I was leaning towards surgery. Because I was in so much pain and had waited almost an hour in the examining room to see him, I didn't spend too much time asking detailed questions. Luckily, his nurse practioner was always available to answer questions after the procedure.

    Here are the questions that I asked and should have asked.

    1. How long is the recovery?
    2. What are my chances of having more surgery in the future?
    3. What if I don't have the surgery?
    4. Will/Could I have more or similar pain after surgery?
    5. Will I need to stay over night at the hospital?
    6. How much of the disc are you going to cut out? (had microdiscectomy)
    7. What will do you during the surgery?

    I am sure others on the forum can provide more helpful questions.

    Good luck!
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