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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Second Opinion (Definition)

A second opinion is where a patient seeks the advice of another physician after consulting with a doctor. If a patient is unsatisfied with a doctor's diagnosis or proposed treatment, a patient may seek out the opinion of another doctor to ensure that the diagnosis ...Read more


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What is a leep conization and who in nyc would be best to get a second opinion?

What is a leep conization and who in nyc would be best to get a second opinion?

Cervix biopsy: Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (leep) is a low risk way of removing dysplastic (precancerous) cells/tissue from the cervix. It's an office procedure with local anesthesia to treat high grade (cin ii or iii, cis, or hgsil) lesions seen on colposcopy. A second opinion from any gyn or gyn onc would be appropriate if needed. Your doc should be able to give you all the information you need. ...Read more

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If your PCP diagnoses you with a condition, is it always a good idea to get a second opinion from a specialist?

If your PCP diagnoses you with a condition, is it always a good idea to get a second opinion from a specialist?

Maybe: It really depends on you. Things to think about are how much confidence you have in the PCP, what the issue is and how important it is for others to weigh in. Also do you have insurance and whether it's covered for you. Sometimes you can find good online patient communities who can also weigh in. Check http://www.cfah.org/prepared-patient/make-good-treatment-decisions/should-i-get-a-second-opinion ...Read more

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Will i need a referral in order to see a surgeon about a breast reduction or can I just go to a plastic surgeon on my own?

Will i need a referral in order to see a surgeon about a breast reduction or can I just go to a plastic surgeon on my own?

Depends...: If you have a ppo insurance or plan to pay “out-of-pocket” then you will be able to see any plastic surgeon you wish. If, on the other hand, you are covered by an hmo insurance, your primary care physician will need to refer you. ...Read more

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How common is it to get a second opinion with GI docs?

How common is it to get a second opinion with GI docs?

Not satisfied w/MD?: There are no perfect tests & few perfect doctors. Most practitioners want you to candidly share your concerns so as to best direct you appropriately. If for any reason you didn't hit it off ideally with your first GI doctor, or you just want confirmation of his/her opinion, then by all means please check with another GI specialist. ...Read more

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How do I get a second opinion on a skull fracture?

How do I get a second opinion on a skull fracture?

An x-ray will tell : An x-ray should be diagnostic for a skull fracture, and then you really either have one or you don't. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I go about getting a second opinion for a heart procedure?

How do I go about getting a second opinion for a heart procedure?

Heart procedure: Ask your dr. For a referral to a person for 2nd opinon or find the second opinion dr. Yourself. ...Read more

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How do I obtain a second opinion?

How do I obtain a second opinion?

ASK: Ask your consulting doctor (pcp or consultant) if they can recommend someone for second opinion. Do it in a non-threatening way. A good doctor would welcome someone to back them up on what they have told your or to correct them if their opinion is "wrong". There are times when there is just disagreement. Sometimes a 3rd or more opinion is needed. ...Read more

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When should someone get an opinion from a specialist instead of their PCP?

When should someone get an opinion from a specialist instead of their PCP?

Tough question: Often the PCP will refer you to a specialist depending upon the results that they get on treating you or if the scope of your condition warrants another opinion. Sometimes, you may have to request a referral. ...Read more

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How can someone get a second opinion for hodgkin's disease?

See your family doc: To get a second opinion, start with your family doctor or internist. He or she should be able to help you arrange for the second opinion. ...Read more

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Should everyone get a second opinion for a diagnosis of anal cancer?

Yes: A second opinion can often be helpful, especially with uncommon cancers and in situations where there are different treatment options to consider. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a referral from your doctor to get a breast enlargment/lift after childbirth?

Is it possible to get a referral from your doctor to get a breast enlargment/lift after childbirth?

Breast Implant Refer: Referral from your primary care physician is not necessary in order to complete breast augmentation, breast lift after childbirth. Breast augmentation and breast lift are cosmetic procedures and totally elective. You must be in good health, have completed breast feeding activities and have realistic expectations. Review with a board certified cosmetic surgeon is recommended. ...Read more

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How do I breach the subject of getting a referral to a plastic surgeon with my doctor?

How do I breach the subject of getting a referral to a plastic surgeon with my doctor?

It depends: On why you want the referral. If it is for cosmetic reasons you don't need a referral as this is not covered by insurance. I would be up front as to why you think you need to see a plastic surgeon with your doctor. ...Read more

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Should everyone get a second opinion for a diagnosis of stomach cancer?

No: Regardless of the type of cancer, it is critical that every patient that requires surgery have a crystal-clear understanding of their treatment. As a cancer surgeon, i feel that communication is as important as the operation itself (and usually takes longer). If a patient is not comfortable with what they have heard, a second opinion from an independent doctor of the same specialty can be helpful. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'simportant to get a second opinion for a total hip replacement?

Can you please tell me why it'simportant to get a second opinion for a total hip replacement?

For confidence: Interviewing a second doctor can sometimes open your eyes to a different point of view. Also, establishing a good rapport with your doctor is important. ...Read more

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Should everyone get a second opinion for a cervical cancer diagnosis?

No: The diagnosis of cervical cancer is made by pathological examination of a biopsy. Ask to see this report. If it says cancer, a second opinion will not change that. You may, however, wish to get a second opinion about proposed treatment for precancerous cells, which should not be confused with or called cancer. You may also wish to get a second opinion about a proposed treatment of true cancer. ...Read more

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