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Arthritis problem, slip disc. Treatments did not help. Second opinion required before surgery?

i was looked at by a newrosurgeon yesterdayand he told me i needed surgery,everyone is telling me i should get a couple more opinions.I am in a lot of pain right now and dont want to wait any longer,I had therapyand pain pills and also went to a chropractor for the past 6 months,nothing seems to help.I have a lot of arthirits on my back and my discs are sliping.d0 you think i have to see more newrosrgeons before i decide to get operatedon?there are only two in town i would have to go to cleveland and wait so more.thank you
Asked On : Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

The standard teaching is that if the symptoms are not resolving with conservative management for over a period of 6 months , then surgical decompression of the disc is indicated.

Also, if more than 2 consulting surgeons have suggested surgical management, then i feel its the right decision.

Hope this information is helpful. Good luck
Answered: Wed, 7 Aug 2013
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Diabetologist Dr. Basheer Ahamed's  Response

You have tried all possible medical option available but in vain.

So now the other way out is surgery.

It is always better to have a second opinion if you're not able to make a decision.
But if that is going to delay and make your condition worse and permanent then stick to the first opinion.

You need to decide what is best for you.
Answered: Wed, 7 Aug 2013
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