Financial and locating a surgeon
No- or low-interest credit f
or veterinary costs can be obtained from Care Credit
. You find out online if you qualify.
Surgery on the spinal cord takes a well-trained surgeon for this most delicate and tricky of surgeries. You can find board-certified neuro (ACVIM) and ortho (ACVS) surgical specialists at university vet teaching hospitals and in private hospitals. Find Veterinary surgeons (ACVS) and neuro surgeons (ACVIM) here: http://find.vetspecialists.com
Surgery compared with conservative treatment
Surgery immediately removes the offensive disc material
and stops the pressure on the spinal cord. Immediate neuro improvement may or may not come during the 6 weeks of post-op rest… as nerves in many cases take more than 6 weeks to heal… in fact there is no time limit for nerves to heal. There may be temporary neuro setbacks caused by the swelling the surgical procedure itself causes. Surgical swelling likely will subside in two weeks so that the true direction of nerve healing can better be seen.
Conservative treatment uses a steroid or a NSAID to resolve swollen tissue
around the spinal cord to relieve pressure on nerves. With time the hope is that the disc will recede or be re-absorbed enough to no longer aggravate nerves. Both the damaged disc and nerves is something the body does to self heal. Discs take about 8 weeks to self heal. Nerve healing may range in weeks to close to a year out.