Is it weird to get another opinion from an NS in the same practice as the one who is scheduled to perform the surgery? I have had 3 opininons already from 3 different facilities so I know it isn't typical. Here is my story:
I am scheduled for surgery Oct 7th - Anterior Spinal Corpidectomy with Fusion and Postierior Laminectomy with Instrumentation. It was the third opinion and all 3 had very similar opinions. The only difference being 2 of them would do one surgery now and then the second one in the near future. The one I am scheduled with feels it is a huge risk to do two separate surgeries when it is inevitable I will need a second or third one. He wants to take care of it all at one time and I agree.
I have a sister-in-law who is a surgical nurse in the cardiovascular department of the hospital where I am scheduled to have the surgery. She told me she has not heard any bad things about my NS, but would recommend seeing one that specializes in only spine surgery. My NS specializes in many types of neurosurgery, including brain surgery. She said she will do some investigating and get back to me.
I got her call and she spoke to the director of surgery that said the biggest thing is my NS has the reputation of not performing the entire surgery. He often will leave and has his assistant take over. I was told when I first scheduled the surgery that my NS will leave the operating room to speak to my family only when the surgery is done and I am ready to be closed. She said the most important thing to have guaranteed is that he performs the entire procedures. She then gave me the name of another NS in the same practice to call to get another opinion from. Hence, my question how weird would this be?
I am going to call the 2nd opinion program at the hospital who are the ones that introduced me to the current NS. But I would like your opinions as to whether it's a good idea to talk to this other NS or just talk to my current NS about his performing all of the surgery and not pass it on. My husband says it's enough already and if I am confident in my NS just to go with it and not get yet another opinion.
Thanks for listening!