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Being diagnosed with a medical condition, especially one that comes with the need to make decisions regarding your care and treatment, can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming time. Whether it’s a heart condition, or an ailment of another system, it is important that you have a doctor that you trust, and with whom you feel comfortable.
After you have received a diagnosis, you may have questions about whether or not to get a second opinion.
Reasons to consider a second opinion...
Maybe the diagnosis is not something you expected, and you just want someone else to say the same words as a second check. Sometimes patients like to hear different opinions on what next steps in their treatment would be so they can make the most informed decision. Whatever the reason, the decision is yours, and it’s perfectly normal to want to seek a second opinion.
You are in charge of the decisions that are made regarding your health. You owe it to yourself to feel comfortable with your decisions.
Have all of your medical records forwarded to my office or get a complete set yourself and bring them with you as well as a copy of all relevant images/CD’s to the appointment. Also bring with you a list of questions that you would like answered. This will allow for a more focused appointment. It will also ensure that you leave the appointment with a clearer second opinion.
It’s also a good idea to bring someone with you to the appointment if at all possible. Having an extra set of ears and some extra support may alleviate some of the stress of meeting someone new and hearing their opinion.
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