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davedave Posts: 860
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i've been very concerned as of late with all the new people appearing seeking advice and the recommendations are to get fused. surgery is not a magic bullet, especially fusion. i'm constantly reading on here of people wondering why they are not better after having surgery. it takes a long time to recover from back surgery. it takes a long time for conservative methods to work. treating the back is a long and arduous rode to travel, whether you opt for the conservative route or surgery. for those considering surgery, i've included the following link for you to review so you can start the process of becoming better educated:


please, take the time to read this report. it has a lot of excellent information in it that might help some of you make a better and more informed decision as to the type of medical care you need and deserve



  • I believe the only reason most of us came to this site was because we were doing our research on-line! Several doctors have told me I need surgery. I came to the message board to get the courage from others experiences so that I can follow through with doctors recommendations. I can do all sorts of research and still not quite understand exactly what I am reading. It is my doctors job to explain it to me. I do not take surgery lightly, but in the end, I need to trust that the experts know what they are doing. It is very stressful making the decision to have surgery and I doubt anyone wants to jump right into it.
  • I came across this site doing research myself. My PCP insists I need surgery. My neurologist doesn't agree. PCP again insisted I need surgery. I see a neurosurgeon next month... and I'm sure he will have yet another opinion.

    The problem with me is, I don't want to have surgery. Not yet anyway. I'd like to try all other non-surgical options first. The way my PCP made it sound, I was making a terrible decision. He had me second guessing myself to the point I almost changed my mind. But my PCP is not a surgeon, nor a back specialist. And even if the NS recommends surgery, as long as nothing is life threatening, I still will hold off. And even then probably even seek another opinion.

    I'd like to let everyone know, that you have all been so helpful with my questions, and helping me to trust my decision not to have surgery. It's a great relief to know that I have a choice when it comes to my spine, and that I have support here no matter what route I chose.

    Thank you all!!
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  • Do you really think anyone on here is just "starting the process of becoming better educated" as you state? I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE SURGERY. I, as has everyone else on this site, have been doing my research. I am not an expert in spinal surgery. I have learned a lot about surgery during my research. However, I am not a doctor and I must trust those that have spent years becoming educated in this field. Unless, of course, I plan to go to med school. I have had several opinions, all the same. What do you expect us to do when we are told by many doctors to have spinal fusion?
  • I dont think people come in here and listen to complete strangers tell them what to do. People come in here for more information. Its all fine and dandy to sit in the doctors office and listen to him describe the surgeries etc. but its much better to go to the people who have been in your shoes before, who have had spine problems before and be able to talk to them and hear their stories to help you make a more educated decision.

    Christina :)
  • I looked through the fusion aspect of the "Burton Report" this is nothing new. There are many many other good sites on the WWW.

    After suffering for the better part of 10 years- I knew that I had serious problems. I only have 1 option at getting my life back and this is it. Yes I really want to have the surgery. I want to get this behind me and get my life back.

    My surgeon told me that about 90% of fusion patients are considered successful. With my instabilty issues I will feel better immediately. If I can start walking without pain and weakness I will consider my surgery a success. If in 15 years I need to have the next level fused or a ADR I will.


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  • Obviously, you are having difficulties understanding what I wrote. Please do not put words in my mouth or my posts. No where do I say don't do something. If you want to go and blindly have surgery without understanding what it may or may not accomplish, thats your prerogative. I for one needed to understand what my surgeon was trying to accomplish with the procedures he was performing. A good surgeon is more than capable of explaining what they are doing and why they are doing it.

    What does someone do when they get differing opinions? It is up to the patient then to query each differing opinion why that is the best treatment. Coming onto SH and asking the question is stupid.

  • I disagree. A lot of people come to this forum for medical advice. This is my opinion.

  • It sounds like you have done your due diligence. Whats your problem with what I said. No where do I say not to do something. All I said was to research your own condition.

    Good Luck.

  • I think that some people are being a little unfair to Dave. I believe his intentions were good and not ment to demean any one. It just shows that he is concerned about the other people on this site. I waited 5 years before I decided to have my fusion and even then some members wanted me to wait and get another opinion. I appreciated their concern and politely thanked them. I did not take it the wrong way.
  • If you don't like my words, fine. Obviously, I'm not talking to you. My advice is not off the wall like telling someone to have surgery when you have no clue as to what is going on. If you don't agree with my opinion, then just bypass the thread. I get the feeling that I am not entitled to my opinion. Sounds like a really progressive forum where differing opinions are not allowed.

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