Decisions regarding your health are important. I always encourage my patients to take charge of their own health and if necessary, to seek a second and even third opinion from other orthopedic surgeons in the community. Having confidence in your surgeon and the treatment plan plays a crucial part in the healing process. The most frequent reasons for getting a second opinion are:
- Hand and wrist problems may be misdiagnosed
- Current treatment not working
- Poor physician-patient communication
- Not sure if you are receiving proper treatment
- You simply need some reassurance
It is beneficial but not necessary that you bring to your visit any medical records and studies (X-ray, MRI, CT, nerve studies) with reports pertaining to your current condition.
During your visit, I will ask you about your symptoms and any prior diagnoses, examine and explain your condition, and discuss potential non-surgical and surgical treatment options. You should leave my office with a clear understanding of the opinion, whether or not it agrees with the recommendations of the first physician. If at any time you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to bring them up during our discussion.
I will examine you, however, I will not perform X-rays or other studies. I do not provide treatment to patients seeking a second opinion in order to avoid any perceived conflict of interest while providing the second opinion.
If you would like to schedule a second opinion appointment, please call my office at (402) 390-4111. In addition, visit the New Patient section for downloadable forms and instructions, which you can bring to your visit.