K2 Second Opinion Program:
You might be thinking, should I always get a second opinion when I am considering surgery? The answer is: there really is no right answer! But you must consider this: in your life if you’re making major decisions, don’t you typically rely on more than one source of vital information? Have you ever bought a house, for example, right there on the spot, without days and even months of research? Of course not. Important decisions, especially when it comes to surgical interventions, require advanced thought and weighing various options to make sure you feel good about whatever you decide.
Meanwhile, consider these important questions:
- What is the cause of my condition?
- Is there any chance that there is a better treatment option for me?
- What have I got to lose by seeking a second opinion?
When should I get a second opinion before getting surgery?
The sooner you can get your second opinion the better. You do not want to waste time and you can even ask your doctor and friends. You want to make sure you get opinions from different types of doctors that may treat the condition that you are suffering with. You want to give yourself as much time as possible to gather all the information and ponder your options and possible alternatives to back surgery. On the other hand, depending on the situation, you want to avoid putting off whatever treatment path is best based on indecision. So be honest with yourself and make the best, most informed, decision possible.
Could I possibly be insulting my doctor by seeking a 2nd opinion?
It is standard practice in healthcare to seek a 2nd opinion, especially when it comes to potentially risky surgical interventions and surgery alternatives. You shouldn’t feel any guilt about asking for a 2nd opinion regarding your back pain relief. In fact, many doctors offer names of other specialists without even being asked. Any doctor should be confident in their diagnosis and treatment plan and not offended by a patient seeking additional information.
In the end remember that IT IS YOUR BODY and yours alone.
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