Recommendation for surgery has been given to my elderly father. Posterior decompression from C3-T1 with instrumented fusion. The surgery date is being rush, which has left my family very little time to arrange for a second opinion on this matter.
One year ago, a referral was made by his GP to see a Neurosurgeon. After reviewing his medical history and relevant imaging studies, the specialist recommended that my father return to see him in a year. Within the past few months he was rescheduled to see the neurosurgeon and new imaging studies were conducted. The recommendation of the surgeon at the present time is to operate in a timely manner. A posterior decompression from c3-t1 with instrumented fusion is being offered to prevent further deterioration and hopefully alleviate pain.
My father has a history of diabetes, hypertension, gout, depression, anxiety and Bell’s palsy.
Since surgery is being scheduled within the near future my family is having a very difficult time obtaining a second opinion on the matter. I have obtained copies of all relevant reports and imaging studies.
We live in Toronto, Ontario. What might be you suggest be the best possible route to go in obtaining a second opinion on this matter? In your opinion is it completely necessary to obtain a second opinion in such a matter?