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Why do I need a second opinion from another doctor?

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Asking another doctor to review your case can be useful for many reasons:

But sometimes you may not have time to get a second opinion if you have a severe injury or health crisis.

  • Doctors have different styles. Some may be more likely to suggest surgery or other major treatments. Others may suggest a slower, wait-and-see approach.
  • A second opinion can help you make better-informed decisions about your care and treatments. Or another doctor’s opinion might shed more light on your diagnosis.

From: Second Opinions WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES

Medicare.gov: “Getting a second opinion before surgery.”

Office on Women’s Health: “How to get a second opinion.”

Davidov, T. , December 2010. Surgery

Matasar, M.J. , January 2012. Annals of Oncology

American Medical Association Family Medical Guide , 4 edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2004. th

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 17, 2019

SOURCES

Medicare.gov: “Getting a second opinion before surgery.”

Office on Women’s Health: “How to get a second opinion.”

Davidov, T. , December 2010. Surgery

Matasar, M.J. , January 2012. Annals of Oncology

American Medical Association Family Medical Guide , 4 edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2004. th

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 17, 2019

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