When it comes to making an important medical decision, you want to know as much as possible about your condition and treatment options. A second opinion may provide you with additional information and help you make the best decisions for your health.
Here are some situations where you might want to get a second opinion:1,2
Don’t be concerned about offending your doctor when you bring up the subject of a second opinion. It’s a challenge for any one physician to know and/or use every available treatment option. You need to make the best decision for your health.
If you decide to seek out a second opinion, it’s okay to ask your doctor for a referral, but consider asking for physician at a different facility. Some hospitals also offer second-opinion services. There are also private companies that provide second opinions by reviewing a patient’s records. Do your homework to be sure these institutions are reputable.
Some suggestions for getting a second opinion:1
Preparing for a second opinion appointment:3
Even if both doctors agree, that second opinion is still beneficial. Afterward, you will have peace of mind knowing that you did everything you could to get a correct diagnosis and effective treatment plan. It’s your health and your life, so do not hesitate to do what’s best for you.