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Asking for a second medical opinion

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2019 | medical malpractice

People who live in Kentucky and experience unusual medical symptoms logically may seek the input or advice of a physician. That act, however, may not always produce an outcome that leaves a person feeling comfortable. This may be because the doctor does not identify a problem yet the symptoms persist or because the doctor indicates that the person has a serious condition that may require risky treatments.

In situations like these, it may be wise to seek a second medical opinion. Instead of feeling concerned about doing this for fear of offending the initial doctor, WebMD indicates that any reputable physician should be more than open to a patient getting an additional view. In addition to times when diagnoses are serious or involve particularly risky treatments, another time a person might want to get a second opinion is when they do not fully understand the diagnosis that they have been given.

When preparing to see another doctor about an issue that has been diagnosed by one physician already, the American Cancer Society recommends that patients make sure they have a complete set of their medical records to share with the new doctor. This includes documentation of any test results, procedures, medications and office visits notes that are on file with any provider or facility.

A second medical opinion may bring to light new options for a patient to consider but it may also reaffirm the opinion and recommendations made by an initial doctor, thereby providing greater security and trust for the patient.