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Monday, August 25, 2008

The team physician provided a third opinion: Elective surgery

Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has a record of 11 wins and 2 losses in the post-season, the best record of any pitcher with at least ten win/loss decisions. Now at age 41, he has not pitched this season because of a shoulder injury.

After his problem was diagnosed as a tendon injury, the team physician recommended rehabilitation. Curt has been receiving rehabilitation since spring training. Since then, he got a second opinion from another doctor, who recommended surgery. The Mets' team physician provided a third opinion, agreeing with the team physician.

Curt has chosen surgery. It is likely to take him about six months to recover fully.

Advice to people considering surgery: Get additional opinions from a variety of doctors if you're not sure.

Read another second opinion story.

Thanks to Jack Curry for the source story in the New York Times of June 21.

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