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Los Angeles Times Recommends SecondOpinionExpert

Posted On : May 26, 2015,   Time : 3:04 pm

SecondOpinionExpert was featured prominently in a Los Angeles Times article about how second opinions can save a patient's life. The article focused on several patients who benefited from medical second opinions. One patient, Liza Bernstein, believes her life was saved by obtaining a second opinion after her first doctor suggested she did not need chemotherapy for her breast cancer. Another cancer patient, Thom Mrozek, sought five medical opinions before charting a course to fight the disease.  "By dumb luck, I know people who were able to hook me up with some fantastic doctors," he told the newspaper. In addition to listing SecondOpinionExpert as a resource for obtaining a medical seco read more

Second Opinions Are Critical In Properly Diagnosing, Treating Cancer

Posted On : March 24, 2015,   Time : 9:49 pm

If you have a diagnosis of cancer, you should get a second opinion. That’s the conclusion of Judy Smith, M.D., chief oncologist for Spectrum Health, one of the largest hospital systems in the Midwest. "When you shop for a car or a house, you visit more than one," Smith recently told the Grand Rapids Press. "With a cancer diagnosis, you need to take a big breath and step back. It is critical you understand your diagnosis, your treatment options and the risks and benefits of each. Getting cancer treated correctly is critical to survival. You don't get a do-over. You have to get it right the first time. You never want to look back and 'what if?” According to Smith, second opinions provide an additi read more

Patients May Be Too Reluctant To Get Second Opinions

Posted On : February 15, 2015,   Time : 10:31 pm

Do enough patients obtain second opinions when they’re necessary? Writer Jerry Gianciolo doesn’t think so. In a recent opinion article in the Boston Globe, he discussed accompanying a friend to visit a cardiologist who had complaints of pain in his chest. The cardiologist immediately recommended an angioplasty without seeing the results of an angiogram. When Gianciolo suggested the friend seek a second opinion, the friend declined to do so. “Regardless of education level, Americans instinctively trust the accuracy of their doctor’s advice even when, as in this case, the internist is a stranger,” he wrote. Gianciolo cited a study by the non-profit Patient Advocate Foundation concluding that when patients sought a second opinion, it was different from the initial diagnosis 30 pe read more

New Study Raises Some Questions On Performing Angioplasties

Posted On : January 6, 2015,   Time : 12:33 pm

Is an angioplasty always necessary? That’s one of the questions raised by a recent study that appeared in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study focused on how frail Medicare heart patients fare at 263 major hospitals during the two major annual national conferences for cardiologists. It followed 29,000 patients who suffered heart attacks, heart failures or cardiac arrests between 2002 and 2011. Although the mortality rates for the heart attack patients were unchanged during the conferences, those patients were less likely to undergo angioplasty procedures, suggesting that such an aggressive procedure may not always be necessary.   SecondOpinionExpert’s panel of physician specialists includes world r read more

Up To a Third Of All Knee Replacement Surgeries May Be Unnecessary

Posted On : October 2, 2014,   Time : 8:29 am

A new study suggests that as many as one-third of all knee replacement surgeries are unnecessary. According to Modern Healthcare, a leading trade journal, researchers studied the medical records of 175 patients who underwent a knee replacement surgery, assigning a number of criteria to determine whether they were good candidates for the procedure. The criteria included the extent of damage to the knee, the patients’ age, and the extent of any arthritis. But 60 of those patients -- a full 34 percent -- were not considered good candidates to have their knees replaced. “It seems reasonable to question whether (knee repl read more