I don't want to be rude either, however after eleven surgeries in my right knee, and several other surgical experiences I would not settle for a second opinion, I would want a third and fourth.
My local orthopedic surgeon, an excellent doctor with a sterling reputaion suggested a complete revision. A major surgery with a full year of recovery. So there I went. I have gone to John Hopkins, To Georgetown University Hospital To the University of Pittsburgh Hospita, and to tthe University of Virginia Medical College.
I know full hand what is meant when medicine and surgery are sometimes called an art as much as a science.
Four top doctors have come up with TWO conflicting opinions. Two say the surgery and long recovery will give me my life back, two say they would never do any more surgery on me.
My pain management doctors see things totally differently from their bias, as does my family doctor.
What I am saying is the I feel until you have spoken to as many doctors as you can, use their opinions to follow up with your own research, (NOT WEB MD JUNK) read scholarly journals for the specific specialty and they pray a bit, you will not get the full range of optiuons.
When I though that the only option I had was a life of pain or major debilitating surgery one doctor mentioned a totally different option.
He had just returned from a seminar in Dubai, United Arab Emrites, and learned about a new procedure, done by plastic surgeons, but aimed at the relief of chronic knee pain.'
Back to the drawing board. I located only four doctors in the U.S. who perform this surgery, which is done under local anesthesia and where you walk out of the hospital, pain free the same day. It is knee denervation surgery, where the nerves that transmit the pain are simply removed from the joint.
What I am getting at is that with modern medicine there are so many options that no single doctor or no single specialty can keep up with everything. The doctors retreit to their comfort zones like everyone else.
When I mentioned this new surgery to top University orthopedic surgeons they had no idea about it//why, because it is done only by plastic surgeons, if it were not for a casual remark by one physician I would never have known of this exciting option and I will be flying from my home near Washington DC to Boston to see a doctor who does this surgery shortly.
Yes you have to trust your doctor, but you also have to realize one or two people cannot know every medical option out there.
Good luck and God Speed.