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Suffering back pain, advised back surgery. Is it necessary ? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good Evening
User:Good evening
Doctor:how can I help you?
User:My father is suffering from pain in back.
User:We have consulted a local doctor. He asked for reports and MRI scan. After looking at report he is suggesting to go through a back surgery
User:I want to know that is it really necessary to go through that surgery??
User:I can send you the MRI report
Doctor:Please forward the report to YYYY@YYYY with subject as "Attn: Dr. AAAAA'
User:sending you in a moment
User:I have sent it
User:it should be in your inbox in 1 mnt
Doctor:Once the customer care receives it, they will forward it to me.
User:doctor was saying it is sciatica problem
Doctor:Medicines can help only to an extend actually.
Doctor:They do not change the structural deformities.
Doctor:They just help in pain relief and calcium supplementation.
User:ok, and exercises only are not enough??
Doctor:Exercise will help in strengthening the muscles.
User:have you received that report?
Doctor:For example, if there is a disc prolapse, exercise or medication cannot bring it back to position.
User:i got it
Doctor:Ok. Please wait. I will be receiving the report now.
Doctor:I am having difficulty in receiving the mail from the customer care team.
User:ok is that possible to reply on my email address after you review it??
Doctor:Please, can you send it to YYYY@YYYY
Doctor:Sorry, we cannot do that.
User:sent u on ur personal ID
Doctor:Thanks. Let me see.
Doctor:I have received your mail. Let me take a look at it.
User:ok ..
Doctor:I have gone through the reports that you have sent.
Doctor:There seems to be structural abnormalities found on the MRI
Doctor:particularly the disc bulge causing compromise to the nerves.
Doctor:And canal stenosis.
Doctor:I believe these has to be taken care of by surgical intervention.
User:oh ok.. So Surgery is required
Doctor:that is what I feel after looking at the reports.
User:one out of the scope question, this surgery is covered in Medicalim?
Doctor:I would also suggest you to visit another orthopedic surgeon, who can check your dad again and then could give a proper second opinion regarding this.
User:ok will do that ...
Doctor:Yes. ususally the spinal surgeries are covered in mediclaim.
User:Thank you very much for the quick response.
Doctor:You are welcome.
Doctor:Hope I was helpful.
Doctor:Is there anything else that I could help you on?
User:yea it is really help ful and very nice idea Ask expert..
User:no thats all
User:have a nice day ahead
Doctor:You too
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
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