This is a big problem in my profession. There is too little time to discuss the mechanics of surgery or how the results “could look”. Insurance companies are reducing payments making some surgeons spend even less time with patients. Some surgeons do not want to be bothered with patients that have many questions. To put it frankly, some surgeons do not like face-to-face interaction with patients.
On the other hand, do you want to go to a surgeon who does not want to spend the time educating you regarding the surgery and potential outcomes? If he or she cannot take 15-20 minutes to discuss surgery (after a thorough history and physical examination), this might not be the surgeon you want taking care of you after surgery.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.