Making decisions can be complex and tricky, especially when it comes to your health. Which treatment option will be the best? Will this treatment be helpful in the long run? Are there any other options available? These questions can be secondary type for you, since the main question which ideally should strike your mind is whether you have been diagnosed correctly. Decisions regarding your health should be made after you have been thoroughly informed about your diagnosis and available treatment options with benefits and risk associated with it. A very reasonable approach should involve taking of second medical opinion or perhaps third medical opinion; after all it’s your health.
Looking for second medical opinion helps you gain more information and understanding of your condition and treatment options available. It will help you to make best decision which will be critical in deciding your treatment plan that suits you the most. A different doctor may come up with a different diagnosis, or at least offer a different opinion with respect to treatment options available. It is not necessary every doctor will have the same opinion with regard to diseases and potential treatment options. Factors which may have an effect on a doctor’s opinion are where they were trained, technology available to that doctor, individual techniques of treatment and expertise in dealing with that particular disease.
The opinion provided by second doctor may confirm with the diagnosis and recommendations given by first doctor which itself gives an assurance and confidence that you are choosing the best treatment option for your health. A second opinion may advocate treatment plan that may eliminate the need for unnecessary surgery. To conclude, taking second medical opinion never hurts; it helps in making better decision as well as increases your quality of life.
Ravi Shet is the writer of this article and Co-founder of www.treatum.com, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.