I had PLIF of L5-S1 exactly five months ago. My recovery has been tougher than I imagined. My surgeon keeps saying "images are fine, you shouldn't be in this kind of pain". I want to get a second opinion for my own piece of mind as I am so worried that my surgeon missed something. Also, some of my radiology reports had some concerning language that my surgeon didn't do a good job of reviewing with me. My questions are:
1. Any suggestions in choosing a dr for a second opinion that wouldn't hesitate to critically analyze the work of a very well recognized surgeon?
2. My surgeon was orthopedic. I heard neurosurgeon v. Orthopedic doesn't make much difference. Is there a reason to choose one over the other for a second opinion?
3. I am working on gathering my pre and post op X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, with the accompanying radiology reports. Is there anything else I should get? I don't want to tell my current surgeon I am going elsewhere for a variety of reasons (we have friends in common being one). Of course, if it turns out my surgeon did miss something - he will find out I got a second opinion. If I can avoid it initially and not order items from his office, I'd rather.
4. Is anyone willing to share their post-op second opinion story? I hope I am wrong, but I feel something really isn't right, and my surgeon has the attitude that everything is fine. I don't know why he would not reveal a potential issue, but based on my CT, I think I may not have gotten the whole story.
Any other thoughts on a second opinion post-op? Thanks for reading.