I am on the waiting list for a 2-level PLIF. However, I have been contacted today to ask if I would consider having my op with another consultant (who I haven't met and know nothing about). I've just got my head around the fact that I need invasive surgery after 5 years and after attending the spinal support group and numerous appointments, had 100 faith in the consultant and his team.
His secretary said today that I would meet the new man next week sometime to discuss it further and it may be "that he would recommend a different operation" - what's all that about? If one procedure was recommended in the first place, wouldn't the first surgeon I saw have suggested an alternative at that time if he thought there was one?
Obviously I cannot decide either way until I've met the new consultant, but I just wanted to ask you guys if this was common practice perhaps? What other procedure could be recommended, a disc replacement at 2 levels? I dunno!
I'm trying to get as much information as I can so I'm forewarned when I go, but I cannot find ANYTHING with this other consultants name on it in Google.
Do you think the consultants hand you over to someone else if their waiting list is too long and perhaps can't be done within the NHS 18 weeks recommended wait? Would this new surgeon suggest a different op if he wasn't confident doing PLIF's?
I just don't know what to make of it all. Because I work in two local schools, I have to take advantage of the six weeks Summer holiday to recuperate. The secretary said today that this new consultant could do it in June! Eeek! I was a little worried before, but now I'm petrified!!!
Would any of you know if the recovery time for fusions and disc replacement is the same? Obviously I don't know what 'other' op this new man could offer me, I'm only guessing it could be a disc replacement (perhaps he's better at this than a fusion, who knows).
If you've got ANY thoughts at all that might help to allay my fears, please share them with me OK?
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!