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The news I had dreamed about hearing suddenly came: a new surgeon seemed very confident he can operate on me again. But it is making me quite nervous, as I was told earlier that it would be too dangerous to do.
It’s about a lower back surgery -L5S1- hernia. Previous surgery was 4 months ago a microdiscectomy. MRI 2 months post-op shows bulging and scar tissue. Previous doctors explained that re-operating would be risky, that more scar tissue could form and that they wouldn’t advise it.
Now a neurosurgeon in the same clinic is of the opinion that he can definitely help me, remove the bulging, no problems expected. He claimed that surgeons use scar tissue as an excuse (they want to say the surgery was a success, scar tissue is just bad luck, not their problem). But this surgeon is older and more experienced and he said that the relation between scar tissue and pain is not clear. He feels confident the ongoing nerve pain comes from the bulging.
Of course my first response was very excited and happy someone can help me. Now I have spoken to some relatives and they are concerned it is someone who takes risks with my future and they are wondering how it can be so different from what other surgeons said. I can understand that point of view- my judgement may not be clear because someone is dangling a big juicy hope carrot in front of me.
Any input would be really helpful, thank you! The surgery is planned for next week.