A second opinion consultation provides you, the patient, with an independent opinion about a diagnosis, procedure or treatment plan that has been recommended by another healthcare provider. Having a second opinion can be a good idea if a serious test like hysteroscopy, laparoscopy or amniocentesis is ordered, if a complex procedure is recommended, or if a healthcare provider recommends use of an investigational technology or medication. Of course, you can also ask for a second opinion consultation any time you want to get another physician's input for your own peace of mind.
Second opinions are an important part of medical care. Before seeking a second opinion, it's a good idea to let your doctor know you'll be talking to someone else. If you decide to proceed with the recommendation of the doctor providing the second opinion, it's also good practice to let the first doctor know.
Be sure to arrange to have all your test and lab results forwarded to the office prior to your visit or bring them with you. Also be ready to discuss your concerns and ask any questions you may have, including questions about alternate procedures or treatments that may be available and which may be less invasive. If you have a lot of questions, it's a good idea to write them down so you don't overlook anything. For instance, non-invasive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can be just as effective as minimally-invasive laparoscopy in diagnosing endometriosis, a condition where uterine lining tissue grows outside the uterus. Most importantly, do not be shy about stating your own opinions or concerns or asking questions.
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