Okay, I know who you went to in Temple. They're essentially a big HMO, and you do have to check everything out. They also have enough money and legal staff to eat you alive if you don't pay them.
Your experience really illustrates the importance of always getting a second opinion before making life-altering decisions. And if you go to see a surgeon for anything, expect him or her to recommend surgery. It's what they know. A good surgeon should discuss all the alternatives, both bad and good. For example, the first time I saw my orthopedist, I had a stress fracture of both of the bones in my left lower leg. I'd been walking on it for a couple of months and it was well on the way to being healed, but it was crooked. She explained that one of the options would be to do nothing and let it heal on it's own. She also confirmed my suspicions that it would lead to knee and hip problems because of the lower leg being out of alignment. So she gave me all of the alternatives, even the ones she didn't think were good ones.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.