If you are experiencing lower back pain, the good news is that you are not alone. There are lot of people like you out there, but at least you are doing the right thing to find out what might be causing you this discomfort. One of the common causes of lower back pain is Lumbar Disc Herniation.
“You probably have heard many people refer to having a “slipped” or “ruptured” disc in their back. What they are actually describing is a herniated disc, a common source of low back and leg pain.” – Second Opinion Spine
Symptoms of nerve compression by a herniated disc include radiating pain into one leg, often associated with weakness, numbness and tingling that follows the distribution of pain.
If you think that this describes what you are feeling, or if you have already been diagnosed with a slipped disc, or herniated disc in your lumbar spine, please contact us to find out what options you have for treatment before you undergo surgery or any treatment. We specialize in helping people figure out what non-surgical options are available.
Everyone knows that neck and back pain can be some of the most uncomfortable pains to deal with. One of the common causes of neck and back pain is called a Cervical Disc Herniation. This painful and frustrating condition often presents itself with the following symptoms:
Spinal surgery is intimidating under the best of circumstances. When you are in pain and know that your back is not functioning properly, you need to spend the time necessary to gather all of the facts regarding your particular condition, and make sure that you understand the implications of any proposed surgical procedure. Understanding the risks of your surgery and determining whether or not your particular spine procedure might result in additional pain or give rise to a cascade of subsequent surgical procedures is part of your due diligence. As with any type of surgery, there are inherent risks. As such, your spine surgeon should present to you all conservative options available to treat your condition, and he or she should offer you the most minimally invasive procedure possible to achieve success with your particular condition. Unfortunately, there are situations where no minimally invasive options are appropriate, and you need to be mentally and emotionally prepared to undergo a lengthy and difficult procedure with a long rehabilitation period to follow. Understanding the true nature of your anticipated rehabilitation, and adjusting your expectations accordingly, is critical to the long term success of your procedure. An objective second opinion can help confirm that the most efficient procedure associated with the best long term outcome has been offered to you. Such a second opinion can also be used to help you to mentally prepare for the appropriate course of rehabilitation as seen through the eyes of an independent spine surgeon. If you are unsure of how to proceed, please read this article on how to get a second opinion for spinal surgery.
Is Spinal Surgery Dangerous?
As suggested, there are risks associated with any surgical procedure. It is up to you and your physician to discuss what the acceptable level of risk is for your unique situation. Risks of spinal surgery to be reviewed with your surgeon might include the risk of infection, permanent nerve or spinal cord injury, non-healing of a fusion (pseudarthosis), development of chronic back or neck pain, adjacent level decompensation and the need for subsequent surgery. As with most surgical procedures, steps can be taken to minimize these risk to you–the patient–so that your recovery is as quick as possible and your overall health and functionality is improved.
Can a Second Opinion Reduce My Spinal Surgery Risks?
Simply put, getting a second opinion from a qualified spine surgeon helps to reduce the overall risk of your procedure. When you permit another surgeon to review your history and imaging data, you gain access to the experience and knowledge of an independent and objective expert in the field of spine surgery who is incentivized only to look out for your best interest. Our spine surgeons have undergone extensive training at some of the most respected academic medical institutions in the country which may allow for unusual insight into your diagnosis. A personal discussion with one of our surgeons can provide an opportunity for you to consider alternative, and possibly less invasive, solutions for your condition. In summary, our spine surgeons may identify opportunities that your original surgeon overlooked or was unaware of. Even if our second opinion doesn’t identify a less invasive solution for you, it will provide you with the peace of mind that your surgeon’s recommendations provided the most appropriate treatment for your particular spinal condition. Are you ready for a spinal surgery consultation? We welcome the opportunity to work with you. Simply call us at 855-377-4767 or visit the site to start the second opinion process. This article on spinal surgery was originally posted at SecondOpinion-Spine.com.
Many people don’t know how to go about asking for, or getting, a second opinion on their spinal surgery–or, for that matter, many other important medical procedures. If you find yourself in this group, don’t worry. We’re here to help! One of the questions we hear most frequently is…
Is it rude to ask for a second opinion?
Absolutely not! Your good health and well-being are incredibly important and there is nothing wrong with asking for a second opinion. Think about other big decisions in your life. Before buying a home, you speak to a number of trained professionals who help you understand which options are the best for you. Similarly, if your car needs work, you seek out more than one quote–not just to get the best price, but also to get peace of mind that both mechanics are identifying the same issue and recommending similar repairs. You should give your body the same consideration. Of course, it’s polite of you to consider your doctor’s feelings, but rest assured: they will not be offended. Far from it! Your doctor is a professional. As such, he or she has your best interest at heart, will welcome anything that puts your mind at ease, and will appreciate the insights provided by a reputable second opinion. And, remember: your spinal surgery is up to you. Your doctor should help guide you to the right choice for your situation, but the final decision is yours. As such, you should do everything in your power to make the choice clearer and to give yourself peace of mind.
How do I tell my doctor I want a second opinion (or that I’ve already gotten one)?
Be forthright. You have a right to be involved in the process–it’s your spinal health that’s at stake! Explain to your doctor that you want more information and would welcome a second
opinion to ensure all options have been explored and that the best possible treatment path for your spinal surgery is chosen. If your doctor appears angry or upset at your request for a second opinion, you should seriously consider looking elsewhere for your spinal care needs. Even if you remain with your doctor, keep in mind that you don’t need to rely on them for a referral. You can find expertly trained spinal surgeons online who will be happy to give you a reliable second opinion at a reasonable cost. Remember, you get second opinions for all types of situations in your day to day life–don’t feel bad about asking for one when it comes to something as serious as spinal surgery. This article on spinal surgery was originally posted at SecondOpinion-Spine.com.