[QUOTE=ItHurts!]Hey moonlight. I think it is great that you are doing as much research as you do on surgery. You would probably do the best with surgery out of everyone on here because of how you question every method. I hope all this work you put in pays off someday because you deserve it!
I am not sure if you are joking or not but I will take it in jest.
I figure that you only get one body. That's it. Sure, they can put new parts in ya and try new methods of fixin' ya and some work and some don't. Unfortunatetly, with the back (and other parts, I am sure) they have no one to test things on. Animals can't talk. Their brains can react when electrodes are hooked up and they can register pain, but, unlike humans, they just can't talk.
We have something called referred pain, so it might hurt one place and the pain might actually be coming from another. I only wish that we were like cars, change the oil, keep the air pressure in the tires at the right level, give the engine a tune-up every 3000 miles, top off the fluids, and we are good to go, but sometimes, we take care of our pets and our cars better than we take care of ourselves.
Until my first injury I thought that I was invincible. I was going through life at a million miles and hour. Then I hit a brick wall. First thing that I did was to invest in a computer, befriended some doctors, checked out a look of books, and set out to find out how to get fixed.
I both frustrate and amaze my doctors. As they are stuck in their little worlds, just like professors at the colleges, they are not always on the cutting edge of things. We, the patients, bring them knowledge. They take classes or have pharmacuetical salesmen drop off samples and then they wait for us to tell them what works or doesn't work.
The internet is a very powerful tool that we now have at our fingertips to talk to others who have the same experiences or success or failures.
Every treatment or med that my family has gotten since we have gotten the internet has been researched for months beforehand.
A year ago I was a candidate for surgery, right then, but with stretches, exercise, and some meds (not pain meds) I have been able to prolong the surgery and maybe avoid it.
Five years ago I was told that I needed surgery for a torn rotator cuff. I was seeing one of the top orthos in our area who works on all of the althletics in our area. I put it off and said no. I did have a bone spur removed that was impinging on a nerve, but let the rotator cuff heal on its own as their is only a 50% recovery rate on those. I was so happy that I did my research.
Should I ever get surgery, I want to know exactly what is being done, what the projected success rate is, and I want to have a good insurance policy in place.
back to research ~@~@~