A second opinion involves a patient being referred and assessed by another specialist with expertise in the condition that is being either investigated or treated.
Not everyone requires a second opinion for the management of their condition, however we feel people are entitled to a second opinion if they wish. Medical issues can be complicated and stressful. A second opinion can at times help with this.
Sometimes, we may refer you to a colleague if we feel that this will be more beneficial for your management and treatment.
There are many reasons to consider getting a second opinion. Some of the most common reasons are as follows:
Uncertainty over diagnosis
Sometimes the patient and doctor may not agree on the diagnosis or treatment plan. Medicine is often not black and white and sometimes the patient may feel more comfortable with an additional opinion, particularly in complex or unusual cases.
Wanting a second opinion doesn’t have to mean your specialist is wrong. It can be as simple as not having your desired rapport with your specialist or not fully understanding your treatment plan.
Your second opinion doctor in many cases will suggest the same diagnosis and treatment plan, however the costs may be different.
Out of pocket costs based on independent analysis can vary between surgeons and cost isn’t always related to quality.
If there more than one option
Some conditions have more than one very valid option for treatment. Exploring all options is sensible, and at Macarthur Urology we will often arrange a second opinion for you in this case.
A patient is under no obligation to seek a second opinion, and in most cases it isn’t required if communication, rapport, understanding is all excellent.
We strongly recommend if you do have concerns with any aspects of your treatment that often the best port of call is discussing with your original surgeon.
Most issues can be resolved with open communication.
However, if you do have concerns or questions in regards to your treatment and you would prefer a second opinion this is your right as a patient.
When receiving a second opinion, there is NO obligation to move your treatment to the new surgeon.
If you would like a second opinion with Macarthur Urology, or one of our surgeons in particular, please call us and we will help you arrange a convenient appointment.
If you are a patient of Macarthur Urology, please discuss with us and we can assist you in recommending some of our excellent and trusted colleagues.
Macarthur Urology has been providing outstanding quality Urological Care to the South West of Sydney, Bowral and Goulburn for over twenty years. We are active in clinical Urology but also in education, research and administration of the Public and Private Hospitals of our area. Our members attend Campbelltown Public and Private Hospitals, Liverpool Public and Sydney Southwest Private Hospital, Southern Highlands Private Hospital, Hurstville Private Hospital and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
During your consultation, your urologist will discuss in detail what to expect from different treatment options you may have. We have handouts and information sheets in the rooms, as well as a growing volume of resources on this website. Our experienced practises nurses will also...