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Posted by: Dee | 2003/01/28

Advice for my back surgery, please

Dear Doctor,

I have to undergo anterior/posterior lumbar fusion on the L4-S1 levels. The doctor wants to insert a cage anteriorly, and then to insert pedicle screws posteriorly.

Is an Orthopaedic surgeon qualified to do this, or do I need a Neurosurgeon to be there as well.

Please help as I understand that this is a big op.

Regards
Dee

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Dee, I suppose an orthopaedic surgeon is enough, but if I were you, I would also feel more comfortable with the second opinion of a neurosurgeon. It can’t do any harm to consult a neurosurgeon before the operation. Good luck.

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