Surgery is a scary concept for a lot of patients, and should not be taken lightly. Patients need to survey all of their possible options before embarking on a treatment path. In this article we will offer a few tips to consider when you’re deciding whether or not to go under the knife.
Consider All your Options
Most patients want to do everything they can before committing to surgery. Make sure you’ve exhausted all of your other conservative treatment options before going under the knife. These less invasive options may include: pain medication (over the counter, and prescription), pain injections, physical therapy, massage therapy, and more.
Get a Second (or Third) Opinion
The decision to go through with a surgical procedure should not be taken lightly. It’s never a bad idea to get a second (or third opinion) from multiple doctors. If all of the physicians you visit tell you that surgery is your best bet, it will make your decision even easier. If these physicians disagree, then you need to consider your options more carefully.
Insurance, Work Comp, & Cost
Another huge consideration for many people thinking about surgery is cost. Many surgical procedures carry a huge price tag, and may or may not be covered by your insurance. It’s important to check your insurance plan to see if the procedure you are considering is covered. If you were injured on the job and are receiving treatment as part of a worker’s compensation claim, check to see if work comp will cover any or all of the procedure.
If you are experiencing pain and considering surgery, make an appointment with a pain specialist today. The pain physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have been treating Minnesotans for over twenty years and can help you decide whether or not surgery is the best option for your situation.