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Do I Need Back Surgery?
anniann47 posted:
Very conflicted. I have L4,L5 and S1 Lumbar problems. MRI shows one verterbrae tilted forward, another rotated and out of alignment along with three discs they want to replace. They want to do a spinal fusion on me as well as the disc replacements. Doctor has spent weeks telling me I am a candidate for surgery and then last time I visited, he proceeded to scare me to death, even going so far as to tell me I could get AIDS from the cadaver bone they will use for the disc replacement. He also told me I needed to lose 30 pounds before the surgery and said he didn't even know he he could "get in there" to the area that needed surgery. Am I nuts to feel ill at ease with this guy? I can find no black marks against him, but his bedside manner sucks. Of course he is a specialist, but does that excuse his behavior?
That being said, does anyone know a stellar back surgeon in central Missouri?
bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

some doctors just don't seem to have a good bedside manner. And this ones would have scared me too. It would help if you could find out exactly what the name of the surgery they want to do. this way you can research it more and we can also help with some research tools.

what i would do, as most of the members here will agree, is to get a couple of opinions (2-3) from both Orthopedic Spine Specialist and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - make sure they are spine specialist as there is a difference between a surgeon and spine specialist.

this way you will know exactly what to expect. You may also want to see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Management Physician

they may be able to offer some treatment programs as they do go deeper into pain management control using a variety of different treatment plans based on what the patients' needs are.

please let us know what you find out - take care - Joy

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