Second Opinion Eye Surgery
What is a second medical opinion?
A second opinion is when a doctor other than your regular doctor gives his or her view about your health problem and how it should be treated. Getting a second opinion can help you make a more informed decision about your care. Dr. Belgorod has been performing medical consulting for Governmental Agencies, NBC and the New York Times for several decades. He will provide you will a completely unbiased opinion on any of your eye care needs. Medical procedures should not be taken lightly contact your eye specialist Dr. Belgorod for your second opinion eye surgery needs.
When your doctor says you have a health problem that needs surgery, you have the right to the following:
- Know and understand your treatment choices.
- Have another doctor look at those choices with you (second opinion).
- Participate in treatment decisions by making your wishes known.
When to get a second medical opinion?
If your doctor says you need surgery to diagnose or treat a health problem that isn’t an emergency, you should consider getting a second opinion. It’s up to you to decide when and if you will have surgery. You might also want a second opinion if your doctor tells you that you should have certain kinds of major non-surgical procedures.
What to do when you get a second opinion
Before you visit the second doctor, you should do the following:
- Ask your doctor to send your medical records to the doctor giving the second opinion. That way, you may not have to repeat the tests you already had.
- Call the second doctor’s office and make sure they have your records.
- Write down a list of questions to take with you to the appointment.
- Ask a friend or loved one to go to the appointment with you.
During the visit with the second doctor, you should do the following:
- Tell the doctor what surgery you are considering.
- Tell the doctor what tests you already had.
- Ask the questions you have on your list and encourage your friend or loved one to ask any questions that he or she may have.
Note: The second doctor may ask you to have additional tests performed as a result of the visit.
What if the first and second opinions are different?
If the second doctor doesn’t agree with the first, you may feel confused about what to do. In that case, you may want to do the following:
- Talk more about your condition with your first doctor.
- Talk to a third doctor.
- Getting a second opinion doesn’t mean you have to change doctors.