I'm from a collapsed disc, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. I'm seeing my neurologist who has just referred me to an orthopedic surgeon but I've had two back surgeries years ago that was performed by a neurosurgeon and I'm just a little concerned seeing an orthopedic surgeon when it comes to the Spine. Does anyone have any advice about any of the things I have listed
Though not my particular area of study, I advise you go for a neurospine-, versus orthopedics only, doctor as you have multiple conditions.
The spinal stenosis can stem from neurological issues, which obviously isn't an orthopedic surgeon's specialty. Although you may have a trusted neurologist and orthopedist who work well together, if you need surgery I would be adamant it be a neurospinal surgeon instead of orthopedic (listen to your gut instinct - it's wiser than we give it credit).
My friend is a neurosurgeon who works primarily on difficult or botched cases. He's adamant when anything points to neurological symptom potential, and also before undergoing a major surgery (and for a third time!) that people seek additional opinion(s) so as a patient you are comfortable with the treatment plan and are also more likely and able to stick to it for greatest improvement.
Orthopedic surgeons can certainly be very good, but your case seems to warrant a more in-depth medical review or more highly trained surgeon. You may also consider a clinic such as Mayo, Cleveland, etc... so you have the best of the best letting you know your best options. They also work closely with you to find an action plan that fits your specific needs.
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