Thinking of Having Surgery

posted 9 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
8778 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

lauralaura123 :  Was this a sales person or a doctor? Honestly a health fair is the last place I would get advice about a serious chronic illness.

From my understanding surgery is only recommended in severe cases and only after other avenues have been exhausted.

If you are concerned I would speak to your own doctor/specialist and get a referal to an orthopeadic surgeon that specialises in this. 

Post # 4
8779 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Uhhh I’d go to an actual doctor and not someone pitching a sales line.

If it’s that severe why wouldn’t your insurance cover it?

Post # 5
3090 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

lauralaura123 : If it’s something you really want, you should totally go to an actual specialist and explore options.

You’ve said before that you don’t have insurance, right?  (I think you said your family goes to your home country?) So with the risks, that might be something you need to consider. Even if you can afford the out of pocket costs on the surgery, can you afford the physical therapy after? And the treatments and equipment that might be necessary if something goes wrong during the procedure? 

Post # 7
107 posts
Blushing bee

I had a 68% curve as a child and had a full spinal fusion with two titanium rods lining my whole spine on both sides. I had the surgery when I was 12 and the doctors told us that a brace would basically do nothing for me at that point and it would only continue to get worse. The surgery went really well and they were able to get my curve down to an 18%. They have made a crazy amount of improvements since then (I’m 23 now so it was 11 years ago). I almost get angry when I hear about the advancements they have made because I’m jealous lol If I were you, I would go see my regular doctor and talk to him about it and see if he can direct you to another specialst for a second opinion. I won’t even talk about my experience with it right now because it has improved so much that my experience is basically irrelevant. But I would get a second opinion on it because it is a really intense surgery and even if it would just be cosmetic, you want to make sure you’re actually a good candidate for it. And also make sure that you get a really good surgeon to has a lot of experience with this type of surgery because it is true that a lot can do wrong. My surgeon at U of M chidrens hospital did the surgery 7 or 8 times a week so my parents felt as comfortable as they could going into it. Good luck to you! And I would love to know what the future holds with you in terms of this!

Post # 8
10692 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

“Spine and Brain institute” notwithstanding, I’d do your own independent due diligence and find the best specialist and hospital in your area for this kind of surgery. Then get second and third opinions. 

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