Do I *need* surgery?
Have you been told you should have, or at least that you should consider having Orthopedic Surgery?
Do you know why? — It’s a simple question that many people can not answer after meeting with their surgeon. They understand they have a “tear” or whatever, but they do not know that many *tears* have non-surgical treatment options. So, why is the surgery being considered? Were your values accounted for? Your quality of life issues? Your lifestyle? Each injury or orthopedic problem may behave differently in different individuals. Some may chose to have surgery and some may not
As a specialty that usually treats pain, we deal with seeking to improve your quality of life. Not all “abnormalities” seen on an MRI require surgical intervention. If you have exhausted appropriate non-operative alternatives and you believe that your quality of life is suffering, then perhaps surgery is indicated. Not sure ??? See below.
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