Second and third opinions are helpful because they make you familiar with the source of your pain, the surgical options, the risks/benefits/alternatives to surgery, and the medical language we use when discussing your problem. Once you have spoken to us and understand why we are suggesting a procedure your fear level can significantly decrease.
We encourage you to bring your family and friends to hear the explanation. Many people come with questions written down and are educated as we go over each question. We outline the risks very clearly. Most patients are surprised to find that the concerns they are most worried about almost never happen.