If you are totally comfortable with your first opinion you don’t have to get a second opinion. But if you feel even a bit apprehensive about that, we urge you to take a second opinion as it is your life, after all. While making major decisions about our life, don’t we rely on more than one source of information? Have we ever bought a car, a mobile phone without days of research? Being a good consumer of your medical care means seeking as much information as possible so you can decide what is best for you. Of course, if you feel totally comfortable with your first opinion you don’t have to get a second opinion.
Meanwhile, consider these questions:
- How serious is my condition?
- Should I get an independent verification of the information?
- Is there any chance that there is a better treatment for me?
- How would my decision impact my life?
- Do I have any doubts about anything I’ve heard?
- How do I feel about my doctor and my interaction with him?
- What do I gain/lose by seeking a second opinion?
The sooner the better. In fact, you could ask the doctor who says you need a surgery for a recommendation for a second opinion before you even leave the office. You certainly don’t want to wait until the operation is about to be done. Give yourself as much time as possible to collect the necessary information to make an informed choice. On the other hand, dragging on the process of getting additional opinions might be a way to postpone surgery you’re not exactly looking forward to—so be honest with yourself.
Not at all. It is a standard medical practice to get another opinion. Doctors do it all the time as part of their own process of diagnosing a problem. You should not feel any hesitation or guilt about stating that you want a second opinion. In fact, many physicians will give their patients the names of other specialists and surgeons to talk to without even being asked.
What happens after you have two opinions depends on whether the advice is the same or not. If there is a disagreement, try to understand the reasons for the difference of opinion. Specifically go through the arguments for and against each approach. Evaluate the pros and cons, follow up with your doctors, and discuss the matter with a friend or relative who is a reliable sounding board. Consider the options and the credentials of each physician. Be aware that it is a common phenomenon that the second opinion has a tendency to sound smarter than the first, when in reality it may or may not be better. In the end, you need to go with your instinct. Which doctor do you trust, which approach makes sense to you? If those answers point you in a direction, it probably is the right one for you.
After having two opinions, there is usually a lot of information to consider. But if you feel you still don’t have enough information to make an informed decision, then get a third opinion. Go back to the basics of your medical condition and honestly address your concerns to a third physician. You can also ask the doctors with whom you’ve consulted to talk to each other, with you present as well. Having an open, frank discussion of different opinions may help you make your ultimate decision
An independent appraisal means a different doctor, but does not necessarily require a different institution. There is no good answer to this question. A doctor from the same hospital should give an honest, objective opinion even if it challenges the opinion of a colleague, but if you are not happy going that route, then ask your doctor for names at a different hospital. For in-depth information about how to request and make the most of your second opinion consultation, please see the resource sheets provided in our Patient Resources section.
There is currently a trust-deficit between patients and doctors. This is due to various factors including unscrupulous healthcare providers, heterogenous training of doctors across the country and also due to patients who believe that money can buy them health. There is also a huge nexus in healthcare sector with second opinion providers with unproven credentials, themselves having conflict of interest in providing an opinion.
Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com bridges this trust deficit by having on board select AIIMS, Delhi trained doctors / ex-AIIMS faculty with impeccable credentials who promise to follow the code of ethics of Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com.
Our doctors provide opinion online to patients from across the globe without having conflict of interest in the treatment of the patient. This removes bias and offers the highest level of professional and quality second opinion for deciding further management.
As this is an online consultation, there is no physical contact with the patient. Hence, examination of the patient cannot be done. We therefore recommend that you schedule a physical visit with the doctor near you and come back to Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com in case you want a second opinion on the diagnosis or management.
You should be ready with 1 or 2 questions which are most important to you. Do not expect a detailed summary/ opinion. Our doctors are extremely busy and they will attempt to provide an answer to your questions. However, you should be aware that not everything has an answer/solution in medicine.
There is no allopathic treatment without side effects/ complications. It is the endeavour of Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com to provide a realistic picture so that you can take an informed opinion regarding the treatment.
Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com has only select AIIMS, Delhi trained doctors / ex-AIIMS, Delhi faculty who are trained in allopathic practice of medicine and provide only allopathic advise.
In case you are not convinced about the diagnosis, you may ask Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com if the diagnosis is correct or not. Our doctors may advise based on the material provided by you and give their opinion on further investigations (if required to confirm or refute the diagnosis) In case surgery/ procedure has been advised for your condition you may take second opinion from Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com
whether surgery is really required? what are the other options to surgery? How long you can wait safely before getting the surgery/ procedure done?
In case expensive medicines have been prescribed (anti-cancer drugs etc) or expensive investigations have been asked, you may take second opinion from Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com
whether drugs/investigation is really required? what are the other (cheaper) options to the drugs/ investigations?
what is the outcome of the drug/investigations (price/benefit)?
You can also ask Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com about the complications, complication rate and side effects of the treatment/ investigation
You can either go through the list categorised department wise and select a doctor or leave it to us by selecting 'choose for me'. We will assign a doctor and get back to you with the opinion.
Our doctors have decades of experience and many have headed departments at AIIMS, Delhi or have been director, AIIMS. They are have very busy practises and have decided their own charges. If you add the charges of travel and accommodation to visit such doctors of repute, as well as time spent in waiting, the charges are in fact economical. Add to that highest quality , unbiased advise which is in fact priceless!
This depends on the doctor selected and the type of consultation (routine or urgent). The turnaround time will be displayed while selecting the doctor and we will endeavour to provide the opinion in the time period specified. However, as the opinion is by acclaimed doctors who are very busy, there is no guarantee. In case you do not get the opinion within the specified time frame, you can contact us on our helpline number +91 8744080022 or email us at info@ex-AIIMSdoctors.com
Neither Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com, nor the volunteering doctors / hospitals who are giving you the opinion, claim that this is the best opinion, as best opinion can be arrived at, only after physical examination. For any adverse outcome resulting out of this opinion, Neither Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com nor the volunteering doctors / Hospital accept any responsibility. This service is with the sole intention of helping the patients with good faith. Precise opinion can be sought by meeting the doctors only. Please read the consent form and terms and conditions carefully before using the services of Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com.
No, opinion can only be arrived at, by seeing the patients in person. Neither Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com, nor the volunteering doctors / hospitals who are giving the opinion claim that this is the best or the right opinion, as best opinion can be arrived at, only after physical examination. For any adverse outcome resulting out of this opinion, Neither Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com nor the volunteering doctors / Hospital accept any responsibility. This service is with the sole intention of helping the patients with good faith. Precise opinion can be sought by meeting the doctors only. Please read the consent form and terms and conditions carefully before using the services of Ex-AIIMSdoctors.com.
Yes, you can provided you satisfy our strict eligibility criteria and agree to our code of conduct . For this you will need to send us your CV, medical license number along with expertise details to info@ex-AIIMSdoctors.com. Once we receive the same, your application will be evaluated by our panel and you will be intimated of the outcome within one week of the date of receipt of your application.
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