Why patients seek a second medical opinion

Written by: Dr. Francesc Anglés Crespo
Edited by: Top Doctors®

A second opinion is a right that every patient has. There are several situations in which it resorts to a second medical opinion.

stethoscope The concept of "second opinion" is associated, as a rule, in a situation of extreme gravity involving treatment options that lead the patient to consult with another specialist or medical center. Such cases are common and sometimes, the query can be done with additional examinations of the patient.

Sometimes specializes itself that suggests the patient go to a second medical opinion. In modern medicine, superspecialization in agunas sometimes causes problems requiring procedures that the doctor does not perform routinely be diagnosed. Therefore, the doctor may refer the patient to another specialist in this pathology companion to your opinion and experience can offer an optimal solution to the patient.

In the specialty of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery , problems often allow sufficient time for the patient to consult another specialist. Rarely are urgent situations that do not allow a second visit if the patient is not convinced of the treatment options that have been raised.


Second medical opinion prosthesis surgery

For example, prosthesis surgery like any other procedure, requires involvement by the patient comes only mutual trust with the surgeon. For this reason, it is good that the patient has the most information about your problem on the proposed treatment and other options. It is also necessary that the patient contrast all the information your doctor before surgery, since after may not be useful.

The second medical opinion may be generated by a need for corroboration of a problem due to lack of information. Multiple consultations with second, third or fourth opinions can generate yet more confusion.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Francesc Anglés Crespo
Orthopaedic Surgery

Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery University Hospital Mutua Terrassa, Dr. Anglés Crespo is a renowned expert in orthopedic osteoarthritis in different joints. He is Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology University Hospital Mutua Terrassa. In addition, he is member of several companies, including the Catalan Society of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Spanish Society of Orthopaedic Surgery, the International Hip Society and the American Academy Orthopedic Surgeons.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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