According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, 88% of original diagnoses were changed or refined by a second opinion.
A second opinion very often introduces new potentially life-saving options.
A second opinion is another opinion from a doctor other than the patient’s current doctor. The second doctor reviews the patient’s medical records and gives an opinion about the patient’s health problem and how it should be treated.
People make mistakes every day, and doctors are not immune to this fact. What’s more, some doctors are more conservative while others tend to be more aggressive. So their findings and recommendations can vary dramatically. For this reason, more and more patients are getting second opinions after a diagnosis. Whether your doctor recommends surgery, makes a cancer diagnosis, or identifies a rare disease, there are many benefits to getting a second opinion. These benefits include everything from peace of mind and confirmation to a new diagnosis or a different treatment plan.
Many people do this, and most doctors are comfortable with it. You can get a second (or third, or more) opinion for any reason. Some reasons people have given are: You want to know every possible choice for treatment.