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2nd opinions:

laughnsmilellaughnsmile Posts: 60
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

How have your handled getting a 2nd (or more) opinion?
I have informed staff when scheduling an appointment that it is for 2nd opinion. I take my MRI, xrays, etc. Rather
than hearing the MD recommendation, I have experienced being asked questions of what other MD said. No response seems to stop the questions and my evasiveness seems to make
the appointment turn downwards. Also, previous records are
send for (even though I have the MRI, xrays etc) and weeks
pass by without getting a recommendation. I would like this to take place in one appointment. Any suggestions?

Also, can anyone recommend a surgeon, ortho or neuro, in
springfield, decatur, champaign illinois. Please send me
a private message. Thanks


  • I consulted with eight different specialists before going forth with a fusion, my first surgery ever. I never specifically stated I was seeking a "second opinion." I just made the appointment, showed up with my films and proceeded as though it were a first appointment. If asked if I had seen anyone else, I would answer truthfully but did not supply any details...only answered when asked something specific. I never had any trouble having them tell me what they would do....Perhaps my case was so clear-cut that there were no options.

  • One doctor I called to make an appointment with would not see me when I mentioned it was for a second opinion. Another required a tremendous amount of paperwork collection, etc. before I could be seen. I learned not to mention I was looking for a second opinion when making the appointment. When I did get my second opinion, I was asked if had previously seen another surgeon. Like Gwennie I was honest but did not offer information if I wasn't directly asked. I guess I was like you in that I did not want the second opinion to be tainted by the first.
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