Re: dealing with surgeon for back pain
[QUOTE=dfranklin89;3863296]I have S1 bulging and mild bulging at L5
on the left side, however my pain is on the right leg and foot including the heel. My SZurgeon does not understsand this. He thinks surgery would not be in my best interest. My question is, Can I insist he perform the surgery, I have told him I will assume responsibility if it fails?[/QUOTE]
As others have said, your doctor should of set you up for a discogram. If your surgeon doesn't think you should have surgery, ask him what he thinks you should do and what other tests/procedures he'd like to try before surgery. Most doctors like to do everything they can to avoid surgery. Me personally they'd always try a series of epidurals and other things to see how bad the pain was. If he isn't willing to do anything, well as others have said..you need a new doctor. Either goto a new one or ask to see a different doctor from within the same place you're going now.
When I first came to an actual orthopedic doctor with back pain, it was about 10 months before I actually had a surgery.
Last edited by eddieJ85; 01-27-2009 at 10:52 AM.