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Old 12-02-2007, 07:43 PM   #1
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Questions to ask the dr. list

We should develop a new questions list to ask the dr. Questions that worked for all the experienced people. I see lots of new people posting here that really need advice. To make it clear and understandable, we should format it into specific short questions! Feel free to add, I will start some in each category, but am relying on our board to help fill out this thread..... Once we have more, I will go back in and edit the thread to cut and paste to combine the questions.

First appointment questions:

1. Do I need surgery?
2. What are the facts that you (doctor) are using to decide on my case?
2a. Are there additional tests that we should do to give us more data? EMG/NVC, more MRI, xrays, etc.?
3. Can you give me a simple explanation about my issues, for example do you have a spine model or can you draw in on paper for me? Can you show me how my anatomy is causing this problem?
4. Am I a candidate for more conservative approaches (non-surgical)?
5. Am I a candidate for non-invasive surgery procedures?
6. What is a reasonable amount of time to wait in my case before I should do surgery (if that is being recommended).
7. What risks am I taking if I wait to do surgery or do not do the surgery?


Conservative Care Questions:

1. What options do I have besides surgery?
2. Can you explain spinal injections and are they right for me?
3. What physical therapy modalities would be best for my problems?
4. How should I judge to continue with PT or stop?
5. Is Chiropractic care good for my case?


Surgery Questions

1. Explain the surgical procedure you are recommending.
2. How does it work to help me?
3. Will this solve all my problems?
4. Can you predict success for me? Could I expect full resolution, partial, what might I expect after I am recovered?
5. How will my follow-up be handled?


Recovery Questions

1. How long will I be in the hospital?
2. What will my restrictions be? How long?
3. Do I have to wear a collar?
4. What activities can I do?
5. Are there any lifting restrictions?
6. Can I drive?
7. Can I take ibuprofen after surgery? If not, how long until I can take it again?

 
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:39 AM   #2
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Re: Questions to ask the dr. list

Surgery Question:

Will you be using my bone (from the hip) or autologous bone?

 
Old 12-03-2007, 12:22 PM   #3
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Re: Questions to ask the dr. list

i can never get a staright anwser from the dr about what wrong and prognosis really,they just don't have the time i feel

 
Old 12-04-2007, 09:20 AM   #4
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Re: Questions to ask the dr. list

EXCELLENT thread NP !!...I'll try to add some...you covered alot !!
THANKS......................Doug

 
Old 12-04-2007, 09:53 AM   #5
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Re: Questions to ask the dr. list

First appointment question:
I posed this one to my neuro surgeon before my first fusion because of my circumstances, I asked him if this was his wife what would he advise her?

Surgery Questions:
What kind of complications could arise from surgery?

How long will the surgery take, and how long will I be in the hospital?

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Re: Questions to ask the dr. list

Hey NP-- I thought of a few question you may want to add...
-Am I a candidate for Artificial disc ?? (Are multiple levels effected ?)
-if so, is it possible for the disc to be installed "off-center"?
-if it fails, can it be removed,re-done, or could I them have a fusion ?
-are there "distraction" pains from spreading the spine apart, to fit the disc in ?
-can the AD load the facet joints with additional stress ??
- can spontaneous fusion grow over the disc, and reduce it's function ??

these are what I came up with for now---include/exclude at your descretion.....I'll think of more (I hope)................................... .The hittman
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Re: Questions to ask the dr. list

Here's the combined list of all posts in this thread above this point:

First appointment questions:
1. Do I need surgery?
2. What are the facts that you (doctor) are using to decide on my case?
2a. Are there additional tests that we should do to give us more data? EMG/NVC, more MRI, xrays, etc.?
3. Can you give me a simple explanation about my issues, for example do you have a spine model or can you draw in on paper for me? Can you show me how my anatomy is causing this problem?
4. Am I a candidate for more conservative approaches (non-surgical)?
5. Am I a candidate for non-invasive surgery procedures?
6. What is a reasonable amount of time to wait in my case before I should do surgery (if that is being recommended).
7. What risks am I taking if I wait to do surgery or do not do the surgery?
8. If this were a family member of yours what would you advise them?

Alternative Surgeries:
1. Am I a candidate for Artificial disc ?? (Are multiple levels effected ?)
2. If so, is it possible for the disc to be installed "off-center"?
3. If it fails, can it be removed, re-done, or could I then have a fusion ?
4. Are there "distraction" pains from spreading the spine apart, to fit the disc in ?
5. Can the AD load the facet joints with additional stress ?
6. Can spontaneous fusion grow over the disc, and reduce it's function ?


Conservative Care Questions:
1. What options do I have besides surgery?
2. Can you explain spinal injections and are they right for me?
3. What physical therapy modalities would be best for my problems?
4. How should I judge to continue with PT or stop?
5. Is Chiropractic care good for my case?


Surgery Questions
1. Explain the surgical procedure you are recommending.
2. How does it work to help me?
3. Will this solve all my problems?
4. Can you predict success for me? Could I expect full resolution, partial, what might I expect after I am recovered?
5. How will my follow-up be handled?
6. Will you be using my bone (from the hip) or autologous (donor) bone?
7. What kind of complications could arise from surgery?
8. How long will the surgery take, and how long will I be in the hospital?


Recovery Questions
1. How long will I be in the hospital?
2. What will my restrictions be? How long?
3. Do I have to wear a collar?
4. What activities can I do?
5. Are there any lifting restrictions?
6. Can I drive?
7. Can I take ibuprofen after surgery? If not, how long until I can take it again?

 
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