View Full Version : seeking 3rd opinion

10-02-2003, 01:54 PM
Hi, I'm very new to this forum. In fact I've never been in one at all. I've seen two doctors, Dr. Daniel Benson at UCD who has recommended a fusion from T11 to L5, and a Dr. Peter Pappas of Santa Rosa Spine Institute who recommends fusing T9 to S1. My curvature as of Jan. '03 was 68 degrees. Today I was to have my 1st of 3 surgeries with Dr. Pappas but it was canx because I couldn't donate enough blood(5 units) in time. Since Tues. 9/30/03-I've been unable to get any info from his office as to what they have planned for me. I'm in an extemely anxious state(kinda pissed off really), and as such am seeking another opinion and possible new surgeon. I live near Shasta Lake in N. Calif. but pretty much figure on traveling to Sac or the Bay Area. Any suggestions? I'm also extremely interested in hearing from folks about their post op experience and any suggestions they might have. Thanks, Des