Will I Need Surgery?

While the University of Michigan has several hundred nationally and internationally regarded surgeons, we certainly recognize that surgery isn't always the best option in every case or for every patient. Before we suggest surgery, we consider:

  • Whether other options are available
  • Your age, weight and ability to withstand surgery
  • Whether you have what your doctor may call "comorbidities" (other disorders or diseases)
  • Input from your other physicians, including your referring physician, and other health care providers
  • Results of tests and radiological images (blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, etc.)
  • Results of any previous surgeries or procedures

Before recommending surgery, your doctor may suggest:

  • A change in diet, exercise or lifestyle
  • Medication therapy
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Delaying surgery until it is absolutely necessary or can be done at a time that is better for you 

Ultimately, unless the surgery is done in an emergency situation, the decision is up to you.

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center collaborates closely with all areas that are involved in musculoskeletal health, such as:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology

Our integrated approach to patient care enables us to provide each and every patient with expert, comprehensive musculoskeletal care. 

If we do recommend surgery, rest assured that we have considered every aspect of your care - and the potential for improving your life - before we proceed.

Contact Us/Make an Appointment

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center has the right combination of knowledge, skills and resources to provide you with the best care available today. Visit our Contact Us page to find a location near you.