What is a Second Opinion?
A second opinion is what it sounds like. If you’ve received a diagnosis, and even if surgery has been completed, but you still experience pain or have doubts then you may seek a doctor more experienced in your condition.
Some questions you might consider when seeking a second opinion include:
- How serious is your condition?
- Have you seen an improvement following your first procedure?
- Is follow-up surgery necessary?
Why is a Second Opinion Given?
A second opinion can provide you with relief, and calm your worries – or it can ensure you receive the treatment that you need.
The best time to get a second opinion after your surgery is as soon as possible. In fact, the sooner the better. It’s important to give yourself sufficient reassurance to achieve greater peace of mind.
If for any reason you are searching for a qualified second opinion after your spinal surgery, Dr. Callewart and his team can provide you with quality advice about how to move forward.
How is a Second Opinion Given?
When you’re looking for a second opinion, it’s important that you seek out a doctor that has experience in your condition.
Craig C. Callewart, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon who believes that the most important aspect of providing quality care is forming strong relationships with his patients.
When you schedule your appointment with Dr. Callewart, you will need to let him know about all prior treatment and send your medical records. From there, the team will assess your symptoms and your treatment plan to date.
What Should I Expect After a Second Opinion?
The next steps after receiving a second opinion will depend. If more treatment is required then Dr. Callewart may schedule tests and follow-up appointments, but if your current treatment plan is considered appropriate then Dr. Callewart will help you create expectations and milestones for recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions About a Second Opinion
1. Should I tell my doctor that I’m seeking a second opinion?
This is your decision, but your doctor will not be upset to find out you’re seeking a second opinion. In fact, doctors often do this themselves when diagnosing and developing treatment plans.
2. Who pays for a second opinion?
Typically your health insurance will pay for a second opinion – but this will depend on your specific plan.