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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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Should you always get a 2nd opinion from another ob/gyn?

Should you always get a 2nd opinion from another ob/gyn?

No: Would not automatically get second opinions without a specific reason. ...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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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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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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How to know if i need to replace my filling or get a second opinion?

How to know if i need to replace my filling or get a second opinion?

A comprehensive exam: A Comprehensive exam followed by an exray will detect if, there is a need to replace a filling. Silver fillings overtime develop margins which Fail and leak leading to replacement of fillings. The silver filling can also be cracked or develop some grayish area under the filling. ...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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I'm going to a new doctor to get a second opinion. In general, what are good questions to ask a new doctor?

I'm going to a new doctor to get a second opinion. In general, what are good questions to ask a new doctor?

It depends: I would just explain to the new doctor That you're seeing him to get a second opinion as to your diagnosis and treatment to see what he would suggest.if your doctor does not ask you what the first opinion was it's up to you as to whether not you want to offer it. His evaluation might be slightly less biased if he doesn't know what the first opinion was but ultimately it probably doesn't matter. ...Read more

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Tips to find primary doc you trust and get along with? How much time should you give to each potential dr? Is it offensive to seek a second opinion?

Primary care md: One of the most reliable methods is to select a primary care doc that your close friends and your family have had and vouch for the reliable and caring service they have had. One can also make a get acquainted type appointment with the md and get some sense of whether you are favorably impressed. Also your hospital can recommend md's. No md should discourage a patient who requests a second opinion ...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?

Not absolute: Hi. There are no fixed guidelines for when to get a specialist. It is usually prompted by the PCP wanting help with a complex situation, or the patient wanting a specialist's input for confirmation or plan modification. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get a 2nd opinion by another professional for adhd?

Not a bad idea: If you have questions about a diagnosis or symptoms it is usual and customary to seek out a second opinion. Find an expert in adhd and compare their knowledge with your other doctor's evaluation. ...Read more

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When should you consult a doctor for a second opinion?

When in question: Anytime you are going to have an extensive, or experimental surgery or if you feel that your current doctor is not helping allieviate you of your pain or conditon, i would seek a second opinion. If your doctor is insulted by this, time to transfer care to another physician. ...Read more

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Next year i get to decide if i want to become a full md or a pa. Im so stuck on what to chose. Any advice or opinion?

Consider college: In order to become an M.D. You have to complete college and then graduate from medical school. At age 19 one should consider a college education. Decisions about pa or md can come later. ...Read more

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Can I get a referral to a specialist from HealthTap Prime?

Can I get a referral to a specialist from HealthTap Prime?

For what purpose?: Anyone can see any physician; referrals only a suggestion of someone believed to be of some assistance (on whatever basis). One best referral basis has long been from others who have seen several physicians. This now includes looking on the net for free-form written ratings of physicians. Conversely, referral sometimes refers to money/3rd party payer payment; HealthTap=no benefit for this purpose. ...Read more

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Can I get a referral to a specialist from HealthTap Prime?

Can I get a referral to a specialist from HealthTap Prime?

Sure: A patient on PRIME can get a referral to a particular doctor or a particular specialty, which means the PRIME doctor recommends that the patient go get evaluated by a certain doctor or specialty. Because PRIME is outside the commercial insurance system, there are no phone calls, faxes, or paperwork when the PRIME doctor refers a patient (insurers might treat a PRIME referral as a "self-referral"). ...Read more

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