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Old 12-07-2007, 10:16 PM   #1
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why would my doctor send me to a ortho surgeon, if he thinks I dont need surgery. He says I do have tendinitois. I have tired pt, meds, and those dont seem to help. Any help would be nice. Thank you

 
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Going to an Ortho surgeon doesn't necessarily mean he's going to do surgery. They check for any possible nerve damage and they also are able to get you injections that a regular doctor doesn't. So do be afraid to go, you might find it's a wise decision.

 
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Going to an Ortho surgeon doesn't necessarily mean he's going to do surgery. They check for any possible nerve damage and they also are able to get you injections that a regular doctor doesn't. So do be afraid to go, you might find it's a wise decision.
What kind of injections would the surgeon be able to give me? I had a test done already and he told me there was no nerve damage, could something change over a few months.

I have had p.t., medications, injections and those dont seem to help so far.

Thank you for responding.

 
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Honestly, I couldn't tell you the name of the injection but I went to one and had some MRI's done. Then I was told that I had a slight tear in the tendon around my Rotary cuff of my shoulder and he gave me an injection. I don't what kind it was but I know it wasn't like the ones a regular doctor gives which has predisone in it but I know it wasn't cheap. So it couldn't hurt to go see the Ortho surgeon because it could simply be a tear in the tendon or ligament and if so then maybe all you will need is the type of shot.

 
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Thank you for helping

 
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You're welcome. Sometimes specialist are able to due more than regular doctors but remember just because they are a surgeon doesn't necessarily mean surgey. They will always tried to figure out ways to help you and surgey is usually their last option. Good luck and I hope they find out what the problem is and can help you.

 
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I also hope they find out too, b/c i am tired of dealing with this.

 
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I know what you mean. It's hard to deal with something like this and not know what is causing it.

 
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You're welcome. Sometimes specialist are able to due more than regular doctors but remember just because they are a surgeon doesn't necessarily mean surgey. They will always tried to figure out ways to help you and surgey is usually their last option. Good luck and I hope they find out what the problem is and can help you.
That's true, to a degree. In my experience, and only my experience, I have never been referred to an ortho surgeon who did not want to do surgery, except once, when I had waited too long after tearing my rotator cuff and I saw a surgeon who after reviewing the MRI said that the cuff tear was inoperable. But then he did go on to suggest an arthroscopic procedure (surgical- but much less invasive) called debridement, to clean up the site of the rotator cuff tear. I'm not trying to bum anyone out, but surgeons do surgery, that's their bread and butter, and quite often they lean towards a surgical option if they know it will pass the insurance screen and also if they truly think it will make you better. I have had 3 surgical consultations for my low back over the past 20 years, and all three wanted to remove a disc or two and then fuse the bones of my spine. I went swimming instead, 3 or 4 times a week for years, and even though my back hurts I have avoided surgery. I hope that your experience will be a positive one and your doctor will be more interested in your welfare than in making a paycheck.

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Old 12-17-2007, 04:16 PM   #10
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paul,
i think you are right about passing the ins screening because i had state ins which is hard to get them to pay for anything and i was told 2 years ago i didn't need surgry and now i am really bad off,alot of nerve damge and spinal cord damge. i get soooooooooooo mad when i think about it. anyways goodluck kelsey

 
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