17 Feb Why Seek a Second Opinion Before your Spine Surgery?
Second opinions can be extremely helpful to patients when trying to make a decision about treatment. But many patients are reluctant to get a second opinion because they are afraid of offending their doctors. So, let’s talk a little bit about why it’s almost always a good idea to seek a second opinion before making a decision to undergo spine surgery.
Are Surgery Second Opinions Common?
For a routine procedure like an appendectomy or hernia repair surgery, second opinions are really not common or necessary. Those procedures are typically necessary to resolve the underlying issue. But when it comes to spine surgery, second opinions are not at all uncommon. Compared to conditions like appendicitis and hernia, many spine conditions are much more subjective. Conditions like degenerative disc disease and bulging discs typically don’t require immediate surgery, and can be treated using other means (such as pain meds, injections, etc.). Because of this subjectivity, second opinions can be very helpful to the patient as they are making an informed decision about their care.
Will My Doctor be Offended if I Get a Second Opinion?
Many patients worry that a second opinion will offend their current physician – that the surgeon will take it as a sign of disrespect or distrust. Most surgeons are used to second opinions, and have probably given second opinions themselves, so they will most likely not be offended if you seek a second opinion prior to your surgery. It’s important to remember that doctors are not all-knowing. Getting a second opinion can reveal treatment opportunities you didn’t even know were available to you.
If you are curious about how an Inspired Spine procedure can help you, contact us today. If you’d like to schedule a second opinion with a surgeon who performs Inspired Spine procedures, contact one using our Find a Provider tool.