SurgeryPersonal injury cases are usually sticky situations requiring each side to make formal statements and provide details. While the legal side certainly matters, it pales in comparison to the medical aspect. In serious situations where back and neck pain require surgery, it is important to weigh your options and consider the following:

  • Alternatives. Before pursing surgery, make sure you have exhausted or eliminated all other alternatives. These include physical therapy, chiropractic care, medication, and lifestyle changes.
  • Accuracy of Diagnosis. Surgery should only be pursued if you and your medical specialist are confident in the accuracy of your diagnosis. Improper diagnoses can lead to unnecessary procedures and further complications in the future. In some cases, you may want to receive multiple opinions before proceeding.
  • Risks Involved. While most back and neck surgeries are relatively safe, it is important to understand risks do exist. A clear understanding of the specific risks involved and the likelihood of success in each is important information to know before proceeding with surgery.
  • Potential Benefits. Surgery is pointless unless you have something to gain. Make sure the potential benefits outweigh the possible risks and look for the positives. In many cases, benefits include relief from pain, reduced pain, or decreased risk of further injury.

As always, it is smart to discuss these issues with a medical specialist before making a decision on how to proceed.