I'm from Sydney, Australia. My dad is in trouble with his back. We got our surgery date today from our surgeon. June 20 2014. Dad says he cannot wait that long. He wishes to go overseas (India) to get his surgery done. He seems to be out of hope and is maybe not thinking clearly. He is losing hope fast in the system. We have priv. health insurance but the out of pocket costs are nearly as much as the cost of travelling + surgery.
[*]Dad has been having severe lower back pain and leg issues since Feb 2014[*]Diagnosed as a bulging disc at L5-S1 amongst DDD and bilateral foraminal stenosis. [*]Our first surgeon did not give us too much confidence. Wasted time as a result. [*]Pain is getting unbearable for Dad. He can't move much either. Currently on ~125mg Lyrica and 100mg Tramadol per day (split up of course). Pain is mainly mechanical back pain (stiffness) and leg pain is mainly at the knees - burning. No numbness. [*]Surgery date came today as June 20 2014. Dad says he can't wait that long due to the pain and not seeing any results so far. Seems quite distressed and still in pain. I am trying to convince him to wait it out a bit longer over here in Sydney due to: better doctors(?), easier recovery, no travelling, faster follow ups, family support. Negative points being waiting for another 6 weeks. Dad is crying nearly every day due to inaction so far. The appointments and surgery dates are long. He is in pain. We might be able to increase the dose but I don't think our family doctor will allow it :-([strong]]What are your thoughts on travelling overseas for surgery vs having surgery here[/strong]? I am going to put down pros and cons for each and explain to him. It's his decision. He has family over there in India but I am truly scared of the outcome over there vs over here. If only we could somehow manage the pain here so he would feel better. I am trying to get an appointment with a pain management specialist.Wish me luck and I look forward to your replies. Thanks for reading.