There are a lot of reasons to get a second opinion. Here are a few important ones:
Each of these are reason enough to see us for a second opinion, but the most important reason to see us is it will give you a clearer picture as to what you’re dealing with and help ease your concerns about getting treatment.
We will make sure you get everything you need to understand your situation and confidently move forward with your treatment. When you come in for your second opinion you can expect three important things from us:
Once we have done all of this we will explain to you why we arrived at your diagnosis and give you our opinion on the previous diagnosis you received. After we know what’s wrong, we will offer you options on how to proceed. We will take your short- and long-term needs into consideration, as well as your recovery goals, and decide on the best course of action for you. From there we will make a plan for care, bring in all necessary support from our hospital teams, coordinate the scheduling of your services, and stay on top of your progress.
Finding the right doctor is an individual choice. What you want to find is someone with the right experience who you trust. Here is a short list of what to look for, and what to ask:
Specialization can make all the difference in getting the right diagnosis and treatment.
Sometimes, feeling relaxed around a doctor comes down to gender. If this is the case make sure to ask if the kind of doctor you would prefer to see is available.
If you identity as LGBTQIA, having someone familiar with your particular issues can make going to the doctor much easier, and help remove any concerns you may have.
Hospital affiliation can make all the difference. Ask if the hospital can give referrals and coordinate your care throughout their system.
This is a practical matter that can put your mind at ease. Ask if they participate in your plan and if they meet any other requirements, like being in network.
Your doctor is in an important relationship with you, so make sure you feel comfortable with them, and free to express your needs and concerns.
Getting a diagnosis is a relief, but it can also feel like a lot when you’re sitting in the doctor’s office. We want you to ask the questions you need to understand your sports medicine diagnosis, so we have prepared a short list to help you during your appointment.
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