“Absolutely” is the right answer. Because a recommendation for an operation on the spine is not always justified – or even necessary.

Many times Prof. Dr. med. Michael Akbar has had patients contact him in order to get a second opinion – after they have had an operation recommended solely on the basis of X-rays. Typical disorders here are for example stiffening of components of the spine and slipped discs. For an experienced spine specialist, however, this is no valid reason for an operation. Because to get a truly informative picture, it is necessary to take a look at the whole: to observe the person in his or her situation in life, professional and private, to have a detailed discussion and of course to look at and examine the unclothed back. In this way, many premature decisions to operate and, thanks to effective conservative therapy options, grave risks can also be avoided.

A clear conclusion: An operation on the spine needs careful consideration and should not be decided in haste. It is not just your right to get a second opinion. A second opinion will provide clarity, protection and the assurance of having chosen the right treatment. Whether a recommended operation is in fact right for you or a conservative therapy can help – get in touch with Prof. Dr. med. Michael Akbar for a second opinion.