The Revolution: Cheating On Your Doctor
Dr. Jennifer Ashton said sometimes cheating on your doctor could save your life. Karen is a real life example of this. She learned she was pregnant, and the ultrasound did not detect a heartbeat. The doctor suggested that they immediately “clean out my uterus.” Apparently, abortion is a word you can’t say on daytime TV?
OB/GYN Second Opinion
Karen scheduled a followup appointment, but first she got a second opinion. The second doctor found a heartbeat in the ultrasound, and now Karen has “a beautiful daughter.” Dr. Jennifer said this can come up regularly in her practice as an OB/GYN. She asked Karen how she felt when the second doctor found a heartbeat.
“I was elated. I felt the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. I think the entire office cried,” she said.
Fear Of Getting A Second Opinion
Dr. Jennifer said you always have the right to a second opinion. Don’t be afraid to hurt your doctor’s feelings. A good doctor won’t be offended by your taking this step. “70% of patients don’t even think of going for a second opinion,” she said.
Good reasons to seek additional advice include pregnancy, uncertainty, or if a doctor immediately recommends an aggressive approach.
The Revolution: Hysterectomy Alternatives
The Hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, is one of the most common medical procedures for women. Unfortunately, it is also found to be medically unnecessary in many cases. There are several other less drastic treatment options and being told to get this procedure is a particularly good time to get a second opinion.
Alternatives to Hysterectomy including monitoring your progress, hormone therapy, and a less drastic Myomectomy procedure. Another alternative procedure is Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), which is performed by a radiologist.
Getting A Second Opinion Online
Dr. Jennifer said getting a second opinion can have many advantages, such as giving you the medical perspective of a third party. Rare diagnoses are another reason you should ask for a second opinion from a specialist.
These days, medical consultations can be done online, skipping the hassle of travel and appointments. Insurance companies will typically cover a second opinion, and it’s worth negotiating with the doctor or insurance company to get a competitive rate.