Is it al­ways im­por­tant to get a sec­ond med­i­cal opin­ion?

Health & Nutrition - - GOOD QUESTION -

Sec­ond opin­ions can of­fer valu­able in­for­ma­tion and should al­ways be con­sid­ered af­ter a di­ag­no­sis of se­ri­ous ill­ness or a rec­om­men­da­tion for surgery. These de­ci­sions can have ma­jor con­se­quences on your fu­ture health. Your doc­tor should not be of­fended if you want a sec­ond opin­ion. In fact, many physi­cians rou­tinely pro­vide this kind of ad­vice, es­pe­cially in the world of surgery and can­cer treat­ment. Ask your doc­tor for a list of po­ten­tial names or med­i­cal cen­tres for the sec­ond opin­ion. Also, make sure you have all the avail­able in­for­ma­tion prior to your con­sul­ta­tion. It is best to visit a dif­fer­ent med­i­cal cen­tre to get a truly in­de­pen­dent di­ag­no­sis. If you get con­flict­ing in­for­ma­tion, you may need a third opin­ion.

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