When you’re faced with a decision about whether to undergo cervical (neck) or lumbar (back) spine surgery, and who should perform the surgery, it is important that you are confident in your choices. We recommend a second opinion as an important part of the process for determining your course of treatment.
A second opinion from a qualified Spine Surgeon will help you:
Determine if both surgeons feel that surgery is the best option for your neck or back condition at this time.
Evaluate treatment options including the techniques and technologies that would be used.
Establish a connection with the surgeon. It should be easy to communicate, and you should feel comfortable talking to one another.
Decide where to have the surgery performed.
When visiting with Dr. Fayaz for a second opinion, we will discuss your diagnosis and the treatment plan that was recommended, to determine whether there are other treatment options that can be considered.
Second opinions should not offend competent physicians, and you should not be worried that one of the doctors will be upset if you do not choose them. Dr. Fayaz and his staff want you to seek treatment where you are most comfortable. A second opinion appointment can play an important part in making that decision.
What To Expect During A Second Opinion Appointment
Be sure to bring the following items with you to your appointment at our office in The Woodlands. During a second opinion appointment, Dr. Fayaz will most likely want to review:
Your medical records.
Any imaging studies such as X-ray, CT, and MRI.
Treatments for this condition that you may have already tried, such as physical therapy and pain management, and the level of success for each.
The surgery/treatment plan that’s been recommended by the other surgeon.
Based on the information that is available, Dr. Fayaz will tell you if he agrees with the diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, or if there is something else that he suggests based on his experience, available treatment technologies, research, publications, and/or results he has experienced with other patients.
In most cases, the second opinion gives patients the confidence they need to schedule a necessary surgery. If you feel more comfortable with one particular doctor and their treatment setting over another, we recommend you go there. If you choose the second doctor, it is courteous to tell the first doctor what you’ve decided by calling the office and informing the front desk staff of your decision. They will not be offended. They only want what is best for you.
Payment And Insurance For Second Opinion Appointments
Most insurance companies will cover a second opinion assessment. If you’re not sure, contact your insurance company and they will let you know.