I had my second Neurosurgeon consultation today.
I found this physician to be more accessible, but I had to admit...last week when I saw the other surgeon, my pain was not optimally controlled so it was pretty hard for me to ask reasonable questions etc. And he told me a lot fo things but I could not remember them because all I could concentrate on was the pain.
So. The final call is that they both recommend surgery based on my films and my clinical exam, which demonstrates some weakness to my right leg.
Both have agreed that if I can get pain relief from an Epidural injection AND I can maintain my foot/ ankle strength where it is at and it doesn't get worse, I can delay the surgery for some time without risk of permanent damage.
The one today did say he believed I could return to running after this. (so that was LOVELY to hear). THe first one, I never asked because I was in too much pain.
I've accepted that I will need surgery. Now, I am having a very difficult time deciding who should do it. Both have excellent records, and low infection rates. (I work in Infection Prevention so I actually have access to all that). Both are specialists in the injury I have had. But somehow I am having a feeling that there may be a wrong choice.
How many of you did the second or even third opinion and when you did decide how did you choose?
Thanks. I'm pretty overwhelmed and to be honest, a little sad/scared, but reading that the microdiscectomy has a 95% success rate has helped me.