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Second Opinions

Hello. I am new to the board. I have a question. Have you sought a second opinion before surgery? Did you use an orthopeadist or neurosurgon? I am currently researching 2nd opinions, but I am not sure if it is worth it. Please let me know. The surgery that I am going to have is a TLIF.
40 year old mom
Tlif July 18


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    edited 06/05/2013 - 1:20 AM
    Definitely a good idea, took me a while to learn that but with the support of members on this site I took their advice and it makes me more confident in my decisions.
    Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon? IMHO if they are good at what they do, shouldn't matter, I've seen both that are exceptional.
    Best wishes on your surgery,
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    edited 06/05/2013 - 5:46 AM
    before making any decision regarding spinal surgery.

    Having another pair of eyes and mindset looking at your diagnostic tests and performing clinical examinations is something I believe everyone should do.

    You want to have at least two doctors agreeing with your diagnosis and the action plan (ie surgery) for you. If there is disagreement on this, then seeking a third opinion would be in order.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • RickilalasRRickilalas Posts: 559
    edited 06/06/2013 - 8:48 PM
    I have always said yes to second or third opinions. A wonderful friend of mine did five and got got five opinions. Her case is straight out easy to me. She had a three level cervical fusion that failed bad. She needs one good doctor to do a old stye plain fusion and found one that even said that.
    I am tired of the new products that they are trying which fail.

    Be carefully find a doctor you can trust.
    Good luck
    PS a second opinion saved my life. My first opinion failed to find I had cervical cord compression and damage.
  • Seven.

    Seven second opinions. That's how many I got. LOL

    After interviewing 7 different surgeons, I finally found surgeons #8 & 9, the ones that were right for me. (one is a neuro and one is an ortho and operate as a team)
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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