Second opinion?

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ejc61

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Well I got a second because I was interested in the different techniques available, i.e, right thoracotomy via port access or robotic. Otherwise, how comfortable were you with the first? Did something concern you for example.
 

jeff406

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I've am comfortable with the first and the facility. I have had several friends suggest that I get a second opinion. Just looking for this group's feedback.
 

Rapidman

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I was able to get a virtual second opinion from the Cleveland Clinic before my procedure 4 years ago at the Mayo Clinic. I forwarded my echos, CT scans and notes, it was an easy process.
 

rich01

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I got 3. Part of that was I wanted to be in the TAVR trial, but the 2nd cardiologist over-reacted after my cardiac cath and I quickly changed to a different cardiologist. I had complete faith in the 3rd cardiologist when I met him.

All in all, from the 1st time my echo indicated a valve problem to 3 years later when it was replaced, I saw 6 different cardiologists. The 1st 3 never took the time to explain that valve replacement was in my near future.
 

tom in MO

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I got three opinions on the need for surgery. First from my cardiologist, second from my surgeon and third from my general practitioner.

Never ever ever let someone cut you w/o two opinions from doctors who know what is needed for your condition. Three is even better. Never ever ever let someone cut you w/o researching it yourself. Back in the dark ages, I actually went to the library and got books :)
 

angiedavis

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I got a second opinion and ended up changing doctors. I ended up going to the Cleveland Clinic after my heart doctor just wanted to do a heart cath on me instead of open heart surgery. My original doctor made me go through all types of unnecessary tests, including a test to see if I had alzheimers ( I am 49) and repeated other tests that even the insurance company didn't charge me for later after I talked to them. It was a very scary time for me. The second doctor didn't want to say anything bad about the first doctor but I could tell he thought his practices were questionable.
 

angiedavis

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I've am comfortable with the first and the facility. I have had several friends suggest that I get a second opinion. Just looking for this group's feedback.
My dad wanted me to get a second opinion because he is a "praying man" and thought my heart would heal itself or go away. I think maybe that might be what your friends are hoping for.
 
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