Second Opinions / Independent Medical Evaluations

Having spinal surgery is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Depending on the type of spinal problem you have, there may be non-surgical treatment options available. If you have already exhausted other treatment options, however, or if you are looking for a more permanent solution, spinal surgery might be a good choice. Before you decide to have the surgery, however, you should get a recommendation from your doctor and a second opinion or an independent medical evaluation from a qualified spinal surgeon.

When Should You Get A Second Opinion?

Most doctors understand that seeking a second opinion is not a personal affront. In fact, a quality doctor will welcome the opinion of another qualified physician to confirm his diagnosis or to provide an alternative perspective on the problem at hand. Even if two doctors come to the same diagnosis, they may differ in matters of opinion regarding the best course of treatment. Some doctors are more conservative, preferring to treat problems medically before even considering surgery, while others go straight for the treatment that offers the most permanent solution. Getting a second opinion may help you to view your own problem from multiple sides so you can make an informed decision regarding your treatment.

Many people suffering from spinal conditions experience a debilitating amount of pain. In some cases, the pain may be so great that the patient is at-risk for making a rash decision in the hopes of finding relief. Even if surgery is the best course of treatment for this individual, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion before submitting to any kind of surgery. All surgeries, no matter how minor or major, come with associated risks, so you need to make sure you fully understand the procedure and risks before you decide.

Dr. Ravi K. Ponnappan, MD

If you are seeking a second opinion or an independent medical evaluation, Dr. Ponnappan and the team at Jersey Spine Associates is here to help. If Dr. Ponnappan is your first consultation, he recommends that you seek a second opinion elsewhere. This is not because Dr. Ponnappan isn’t qualified to provide a consultation on spinal surgery, but because you will have peace of mind in knowing that multiple doctors agree on the best course of treatment for your condition. Spinal surgery is a big deal, so you should take the decision seriously and take the steps necessary to determine whether it is really the best option.

Dr. Ponnappan is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon with training in advanced surgical techniques and complex spinal procedures for the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine. Not only is Dr. Ponnappan a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, but he has been named one of southern New Jersey’s Top Doctors in the field of orthopedic spine surgery. Whether you are seeking an initial consultation or a second opinion, Dr. Ponnappan and the team at Jersey Spine Associates is a great option.