Get a Second Opinion

Undergoing spine surgery is a confusing even terrifying process to undergo. There are so many procedures and options, it can be almost impossible to sort it all out, especially for a lay person. It is hard to know what questions to ask and even harder to know how to interpret the answers. Do I really need the surgery? What are my chances of improvement? What are the risks and what are the odds that I will have a complication? If I am looking at a new procedure, how many has my surgeon done and what kind of outcomes has he had? These are only some of the questions that need to be asked and answered. It is usually wise to get more than one opinion before making a final decision about surgery.

Unfortunately, it can be extremely hard to find a doctor who will give a second opinion or to get an appointment in a timely way.

Dr. Kleeman receives requests from patients all over the country to look at their records and radiographic studies to see if they are a candidate for this type of surgery. Dr. Kleeman reviews the medical records and diagnostic studies and then sets up a telephone interview if the patient seems to be a good candidate for this type of surgery. If the patient is then interested in having the surgery performed by Dr. Kleeman, arrangements can made for them to travel to Manchester, New Hampshire.

Patients can stay at one of two hotels situated next door to The New Hampshire Neurospine Institute. The hospital is within 5 miles of the hotel. They are asked to come 24–48 hours before the surgery and to stay locally for up to a week after the surgery.

We can arrange for patients to come next door to the Institute for therapy or dressing care or can have visiting nurses come to the hotel if that is more convenient. In most cases the patient can travel home within 7–10 days. Follow-up is then arranged by phone. X-rays can be sent from the patient's local facility.

If you are interested in having a second opinion from Dr. Kleeman, here is what to do:

1. Download the Patient Information Form and fill it out as completely as you can.

2. Get copies of all of your pertinent doctor's notes, prior surgery records, test reports, etc.

3. Have copies made of your x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other tests and if possible have them put on a CD.

4. Include contact information (with email if possible) including how and when to best reach you.

5. Send to the following address:

New Hampshire NeuroSpine InstituteThomas J. Kleeman, MD
NH NeuroSpine Institute
4 Hawthorne Drive
Bedford, NH 03110

Tel: 603.472.8888
Fax: 603.472.9090