Getting A Second Opinion

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At the Swedish Cerebrovascular Center, we’re happy to give second opinions to patients who are considering brain aneurysm treatment at another hospital. And we support our own patients in seeking a second opinion if that will provide additional peace of mind.

You may want a second opinion if:

  • You have a complicated or unusual brain aneurysm.
  • Your surgeon suggests a particular treatment and you want to know if there are other options.
  • You want confirmation of your test results and more information about your condition.
  • Your aneurysm needs a complicated treatment such as bypass surgery, or a stent/coil treatment.

While you might feel a bit hesitant to get a second opinion because you don’t want to offend your surgeon, remember that the vast majority of physicians actually welcome second opinions. A second opinion can validate your surgeon’s own thinking and provide additional information to improve your proposed treatment plan.

Getting a second opinion

Here at the Swedish Cerebrovascular Center, we see many brain aneurysm patients seeking a second opinion. If you’d like a second opinion from us, call us at 206-320-3470 for an appointment. We’ll do our best to assure a prompt appointment with one of our surgeons. We can also arrange for medical records, images and lab reports to be sent to the right place.

What to ask

When getting a second opinion, consider asking these questions:

  • Have you reviewed all the reports and images related to my case?
  • Were the images and test results sufficient to make a firm diagnosis?
  • Would another test or procedure give more complete information?
  • If you agree with the initial diagnosis, can you recommend any revisions to the proposed treatment plan?
  • Can you reassure me that we have explored all options?