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Old 08-26-2004, 11:24 AM   #1
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second opinion-who would YOU choose?

okay, so in my life I have seen numerous ortho docs. One for my leg when it was broken (very good doc), one who I saw first for my back (not so good), the one who did my surgery in my back (very good) and now the one who I am mad at (obviously not good). I am going to start seeking my new doc for a second opinion today, so here is my question.

Which type of specialist would you choose? I have been 50/50 on ortho docs, never have seen a neurosurgeon. I have a list of 10 neurosurgeons and four pages of orthosurgeons to choose from that are providers for my insurance.
I would like to know if one specialty is better than another-or if it doesn't really matter.
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Old 08-26-2004, 11:47 AM   #2
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Re: second opinion-who would YOU choose?

I live currently in Las Vegas. My drs office called and they want to help me find someone, and they said that I should go with an ortho, but yes, that they work side by side so I can be referred from there to a neuro. I will be sure to be a little more picky this time. I am going to ask my co-workers(nurses and physicians) if they have heard of good ones as well, and kind of get a pre-lim list going, and choose from there. We shall see.
even so, I am still interested in hearing what everyone's experiences are with each.

 
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Old 08-26-2004, 12:06 PM   #3
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Re: second opinion-who would YOU choose?

Get a spine specialist. I have an orthopedist with a spine fellowship. A neurosurgeon told me he couldn't do anything for my legs. The OSS went right in and did a laminectomy and a fusion. I'm doing great.
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Old 08-26-2004, 12:33 PM   #4
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Re: second opinion-who would YOU choose?

I have heard good and bad about both ortho and neuro's. I ended up choosing an orthopedic Dr that only worked on back and neck issues. Initially, I was referred to him by my pain management Dr, but I did a some research on my own as well. He had 20 years experience working on backs. He had 15 years working at the same hospital which happened to be rated very well in overall outcomes. When I met him, he told me he had a 95% success rate on the surgery he was recommending for my problem. I chose to go with him and have thus far been happy with the surgery results.

Good luck and try to get as much information as possible.

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Old 08-26-2004, 03:00 PM   #5
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Re: second opinion-who would YOU choose?

It all depends on which problem you are addressing, nerves:Neurosurgeon. Bones and joint: ortho

We went to both. I ended up getting fixed by a spine specialist and am very happy with the results, but then mine was a ligament problem. My husband's involves a nerve and two herniated discs. The Neurologist referred him to a Neurosurgeon who is suggesting fusion. Forget that. He is going to have the bone spur removed that is hanging up his nerve. I think that the surgeon just wanted more bang for her buck.

You can see both. And no one is stuck when it comes to WC. You just have to get referrals from doctors and permission from your worker. It is a process. Tedious and long and they hope that you will give up, but it works.

 
Old 08-26-2004, 03:42 PM   #6
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Re: second opinion-who would YOU choose?

Well, let's see. Most of my pain is nerve related. One of the drs I work with suggested to two neurosurgeons. He said they are both easy to talk to and are willing to actually sit with me and hear out my issues. This is the most important thing right now. I couldn't find a "spine specialist" listing on my PPO provider list. It was either neuro or ortho. I found out today that the doc I saw yesterday SPECIALIZES in stenosis and herniations!!!!! You couldn't have told me that yesterday, as far as I was concerned, he was a quack. But, each person that I tell my experience to says the same thing about my visit with him. GET A NEW DOC!

You may find this odd, but I am not afraid of surgery, but it wasn't even offered yesterday. As you probably read, it was PM or Get OUT!
Well, we shall see. My PCP is going to help me too, and I dropped the list off at her office this afternoon. So, we'll see!

 
Old 08-27-2004, 03:50 AM   #7
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Re: second opinion-who would YOU choose?

[QUOTE=mel1977]I couldn't find a "spine specialist" listing on my PPO provider list. It was either neuro or ortho. [/QUOTE]

The provider list won't have a "spine specialist" category. You have to look deeper. Ask at the hospital if anyone has a spine fellowship. You want the best! Mine was only two years out of a fellowship, but he had the fellowship.
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