Even if you have a great relationship with your doctor, medical advances happen often, and it’s difficult for one doctor to be an expert on every change in their field. As a result, different doctors can have different views on the same disease.
Getting another doctor’s opinion can provide you with different treatment and surgical options. It can also confirm your original doctor’s recommendation. Getting a second opinion can give you peace of mind that you have considered all available options.
Many people worry that their doctor will be upset if they get a second opinion. If your doctor values your health first and foremost, he/she will completely understand and support you getting a second opinion. A doctor should never feel threatened or upset by a patient who wants a second opinion. If your doctor does get upset, do not be intimidated, it is a sign that you’re right to seek another opinion.
Things to consider:
A consulting physician will need your clinical records, hospital records (including operative report), test results, and images (e.g., X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc.). Even with that information, they may order additional tests to make the most accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendation for you.
A consultation for a second opinion with a specialist is a benefit covered by most insurance policies. Contact the specialist’s office for verification of benefits.