When to Seek a Second Opinion
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Are two doctors better than one? In some cases, yes. But knowing when to seek additional information and advice about a diagnosis, treatment or your overall care isn't always clear.



Newswise - Are two doctors better than one? In some cases, yes.

But knowing when to seek additional information and advice about a diagnosis, treatment or your overall care isn't always clear.

Generally, it's up to you to decide to seek a second opinion. Sometimes a health plan may require a second opinion for an elective surgery. Or your doctor may suggest it if you develop a condition that's outside his or her area of expertise.

The September issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource says a second opinion may be warranted if:
--Your diagnosis isn't clear.
--You have a rare or serious condition.
--Your doctor suggests a procedure that's expensive, risky or experimental.
--Your current treatment isn't working.

Even if a second opinion doesn't turn out to be significantly different from what you've already been told, it can be valuable, particularly if you're unsure about a diagnosis or treatment.

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