Rarely, and only in very severe cases, surgery is necessary. If you are considering this, you may find it helpful to find out lots of detail about what the surgery being proposed involves. You can ask your surgeon about how many operations s/he has performed in the past, what their personal success rates were, and what they define as a successful outcome. It is also useful to find out about how long recovery after the surgery is expected to take. Ask what alternatives they would suggest in order to avoid surgery.
We have heard from a number of women who have been advised that surgery is their only option and who have found that seeing an expert in manual therapy has enabled them to make a full recovery without surgery. In each case, women have told us that manual therapy was not an option they had previously been aware of, or that they had seen a physiotherapist who had given them advice and exercises or belts and crutches, and they had not known that any alternative was available or might be effective.
We are happy to talk through your alternatives if you are considering or being advised to consider surgery. Please contact us on 01235 820921. Remember that in the unlikely event that manual therapy is not effective, you can always have surgery later but once you have had surgery, it cannot be reversed; it is therefore important to explore all other options first.
Content reviewed and updated in 2016.