Second Opinion Spine Surgery
Often it is believed that no one should undergo any type of surgery without receiving a second opinion, which on the surface seems like a good idea. Often times though, multiple opinions can cloud the diagnosis and make it more difficult for the patient to actually formulate a treatment plan with one of the treating physicians. Our goal at all of our office locations conveniently located to the Dallas, Irving, Red Oak, Plano, Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville and Duncanville areas is to provide sound advice to each and every one of our patients to determine if surgery is the best option or if non-invasive treatment options are the best path to take before anything else.
When to Consider a Second Opinion for Spine Surgery
- If you are not comfortable with the first physician for any reason, then seeking an opinion from another surgeon for an opinion is a good idea.
- If a surgeon cannot answer questions about the rationale for a proposed procedure or is vague on the surgical plan, another opinion is a good idea.
- If your personal goals are different from the surgeon’s, e.g. if you really want to avoid surgery to treat your pain, and the surgeon is saying that surgery is really your only option.
- If you suspect that the initial referral was made on the basis of economic interests rather than who is best suited for your surgery, go for another opinion. If it seems that the initial physician is referring you to a surgeon in a multispecialty clinic or a hospital in which the referring physician would profit instead of referring you to the best surgeon capable of taking care of your problem.
- Another time it is good to get a second opinion is if the initial back surgery did not work and another surgery is being proposed. This advice is especially true if it involves fusing further segments of the spine. Often, if the initial fusion surgery does not work, further surgery will not be helpful. Only in very specific circumstances (i.e. pseudoarthrosis) is further surgery likely to be beneficial.
- There are times when a surgeon will ask a patient to get a confirmatory opinion prior to proceeding with surgery. In these cases it is often best to let the treating surgeon pick the second opinion as they are best able to determine whose opinion they would value.
If you are seeking a second opinion on whether or not spine surgery is the best possible option please do not hesitate to contact our expert spine team at any of our office locations conveniently located to the Dallas, Irving, Red Oak, Plano, Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville and Duncanville areas.