Category: Second Opinion

Importance of second opinions
Apr 9 2015

Data shows second opinions can change the course of your healthcare

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

According to a survey conducted by Gallup, only about 30 percent of Americans feel the need to seek a medical second opinion or gather additional information about their health problem or proposed treatment. But second opinions are crucial, especially for people who are diagnosed with complex or serious health conditions, because medicine is an art... Read More

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second opinion protects from incorrect diagnosis
Mar 3 2015

Five situations when second opinions matter most

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

A second opinion can be one of the most valuable tools you have to ensure that you’re getting the most accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Misdiagnosis is more common than most people realize. One study found that delayed, missed and incorrect diagnoses occur in 10 to 20 percent of cases. And these errors don’t only... Read More

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Do you really need knee replacement surgery?
Jan 29 2015

Why you shouldn’t rush into knee replacement surgery

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

In the past decade and a half, there’s been a marked increase in the number of people who undergo knee replacement surgery. Fifteen years ago, approximately 250,000 Americans had the procedure. By 2012, the number of knee replacements grew to more than 600,000 per year. There are several factors that may be contributing to this... Read More

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Surgery or Physical Therapy
Dec 18 2014

Do you need surgery or physical therapy? A second opinion can help you decide

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re living with a musculoskeletal problem, simple movements like walking up the stairs, washing your hair or typing an email can cause pain in your muscles and joints. Once the pain caused by an illness or injury makes movement difficult, you’ll want to see a physician who can treat the root cause of your... Read More

neurological symptoms of rheumatic disease
Nov 20 2014

Are your neurological symptoms really rheumatic disease? Find out with a second opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

About 46 million people in the U.S. are living with rheumatic diseases. This class of illnesses – which include lupus, systemic vasculitis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout and various forms of arthritis – impacts the joints, soft tissues and immune system. Some of these diseases may also cause neurological symptoms, such as headache or seizures. If these neurological... Read More

oncologist - second opinion
Nov 4 2014

4 tips on how to tell your oncologist you want a second opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, the effectiveness of your treatment depends on two factors: the accuracy of your diagnosis and the design of your treatment plan. This is why you should seek a second opinion, which will either affirm the first opinion and treatment plan or provide additional information to consider. It’s normal to... Read More

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back surgery
Oct 21 2014

How do you know if back surgery is appropriate? Get a second opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

During any three-month period, about 25 percent of adults in the U.S. experience at least one day of back pain, making this ailment one of the most commonly reported health problems. If you experience back pain, getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step. For most conditions that cause back pain, your doctor is likely... Read More

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Second opinions for biopsies may help patients find more effective disease treatment.
May 30 2014

Second opinions on biopsy results could save lives

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

While biopsies provide important information that helps diagnose cancer and other diseases, several studies have found that there can be errors in the interpretation of the results. Seeking a second opinion can make a difference in both your diagnosis and your treatment options. Read More

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Virtual consultations: facilitating important second medical opinions
May 23 2014

Virtual consultations: facilitating important second medical opinions

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

When it comes to getting a medical second opinion, remote consultations can facilitate a more personalized healthcare experience focused on a patient’s individual needs. A study recently published in the journal Health Affairs reported that 42 percent of hospitals in the U.S. are equipped with devices that could make telemedicine and remote consultations even more... Read More

complications after surgery
Apr 9 2014

Parents of infants with heart problems seek second opinions

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

One of the most stressful moments in a parent’s life is when you find out that your child has a serious illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 40,000 children are born each year with some form of a congenital heart condition, making it the most common birth defect in the U.S.... Read More

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