|I have a mixed impingement|
Now, I have a big decision to make. Should I have immediate surgery with Dr. Hughes? He studied under Dr. Safran, is easy to talk to, listens to me, and has experience with this condition. However, he might not be as experienced as Dr. Safran. Or should I live with this unbearable pain another few months and hope Dr. Safran will agree that I need surgery? Dr. Safran is suppose to be one of the best surgeons in the country, but his interpersonal skills are not that great and he doesn't seem empathetic to my pain. For example he wouldn't give me a referral to a pain management doctor.
I am going to talk it over with my family and make a decision soon.
Also, I asked Dr. Hughes what the success rate is for this surgery and he said "[One study] published that the success rate is 85%, but.........." When he said "but", my heart sank. I thought he was going to say actually it is much lower than that. He said, "but, with young patients it is actually higher than that." Higher than an 85% success rate? This put me on cloud nine! I had delusions of having my life back. Being able to go to the mall, walk up stairs, take a vacation! I dont think I have ever been so excited about 85%. But I dont want to get my hopes up too much. My last surgery didnt help at all. If anything it set me back. And my previous surgeon was so confident that I would be back to sports in 6 months. It will be a year since my surgery this September and I still dread getting out of bed in the morning to walk to the bathroom. If I never play sports again, I dont care, I just want to be able to have a normal life where I can walk. I feel like my life is on hold right now.
You can read about my last visit with Dr. Safran here