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Do I have to have the surgery? Now? I just got off the phone with caller who wanted to know his options about a work-related back surgery. He got hurt at work, no doubt. He has been through the medical system and the doctors are telling him they are willing to do the surgery. Even the insurance company is cooperating, and will authorize the surgery. Now comes the hard part... Should he do it? What happens if he doesn't do it right now? The answer to these questions is that the worker gets to decide when the surgery takes place. There is no rule that you have to have the surgery just because your medical condition warrants it. One worker can live with an injury whereas another one cannot. Everyone is different. The case is the same whether you have surgery or not in the eyes of Iowa work comp law. A worker should think about the ramifications of postponing the surgery. Maybe it's better to get a needed surgery now, than run the risk that something crazy will happen in the future that will cause the work comp company to withdraw the permission for surgery. But again, maybe nothing will happen in the future and the worker can get the surgery when they are convinced it's in their interest. These are important decisions that ultimately only the worker can decide and this is a typical question we get in the office all the time. So, if you're unsure what to do, give us a call and let's discuss it.

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