When to Get a Second Opinion
The choice of whether or not patients should get a second opinion is a frequent question. There is no hard and fast rule about when to choose to get a second opinion, which makes this question a hard one to answer. If you are considering getting a second opinion, then it is probably time to get one. Generally speaking, a second opinion is recommended when you are not sure that your doctor’s advice is correct, or when something does not feel right about your care. It could be that the way they explained it, or it could be a gut feeling that you should seek another opinion.
Get a Second Opinion Before Having Surgery
The other time you definitely want a second opinion is before you decide to have surgery. This will help you weigh the risks and benefits of the surgery, as well as deciding whether or not it is necessary. This will help you ensure you are comfortable with the surgeon you choose and the plan for your care.
Where to find a second opinion doctor?
Start with your primary care physician–they typically will make some recommendations. If they don’t have any names for you, ask around to your family, friends, or other health professionals.
What to Do After Your Second Opinion
A second opinion can be helpful in your decision of where and when to have surgery or even who will do the surgery. A second set of eyes is useful. You may even decide you need a third opinion, but visiting three doctors offices is better than having an unnecessary surgery.
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