Why Second Opinions are Important in Diagnosis

Posted by Dr. Ketki Sapre on October 28th, 2015

Being diagnosed with a rare, complex, or serious medical condition is never a pleasant experience, especially when the condition threatens your life. When you are suspected to have a serious disease or something that requires invasive/critical surgery, it is wise to seek a second opinion from another expert in the field. A second opinion can make a significant difference in the way you approach treatment and even help you discover a misdiagnosis. Here are major reasons why you should consider getting a second opinion about your health condition:

  • To protect yourself against a wrong diagnosis. Even physicians themselves advise their patients to seek second opinion if they wish to verify their health findings or hear a different perspective on their case. Any self-respecting doctor will give you the freedom to seek advice from other specialists, even when they are positive about their own findings, to make sure that you can get the peace of mind you deserve about your serious condition. If you are not comfortable or confident about the level of experience or expertise your current doctor has in treating your problem, it is always best to seek counsel from another physician who can better walk you through your health issue and listen to your concerns and questions so you can make a more informed decision. You don’t want to risk a misdiagnosis and go through a huge health scare only to find that you are being treated for the wrong disease. Furthermore, a misdiagnosis and in turn, mistreatment of your condition might cause further damage to your health.
  • To get a definitive diagnosis. Diagnosing health problems is a complex and difficult process, especially since many diseases often share symptoms. For instance, Alzheimer’s disease, in its early stages, can be very difficult to distinguish from other forms of dementia, for which required medications are very different. Getting second opinion from other specialists can help your original physician make a definitive diagnosis of your condition as other doctors may have encountered similar cases in the past, which may be unknown to your current doctor.
  • To explore other treatment options. In many cases, there are more than one right treatment for diseases. By seeking a second opinion about your disease, you can explore more appropriate treatment options and find the best course of action to take to save your health. Second and even third opinions from doctors with a broad experience in certain conditions can help you find the most suitable treatment course to improve your health.

About the Author:

This article was written by Dr. Ketki Sapre who works at MediAngels as marketing manager.

MediAngels is the world’s first online hospital in India. We provide access to the best medical expertise and have about 400+ super specialist doctors on our panel, who belong to 93 specialties. Visit our website for an online medical consultation, advice and diagnosis of various diseases. Get symptoms, treatment, causes and risk factors associated with the diseases online.

Like it? Share it!

Dr. Ketki Sapre

About the Author

Dr. Ketki Sapre
Joined: September 21st, 2015
Articles Posted: 11

More by this author