Getting A Second Opinion

It is not unusual for patients to want second opinions. Often, patients facing a surgical procedure want to be sure they have done their homework to find the best surgeon, hospital and treatment plan.

The neurosurgeons, endocrinologists and radiation oncologists at the Swedish Pituitary Program are happy to give second opinions to patients who are considering pituitary tumor treatment at another hospital.

You may want a second opinion if:

  • You want confirmation of your pituitary tumor diagnosis
  • You have been told you have multiple treatment options for your pituitary tumor and you’re not sure which treatment would be best. Often, the best management for a pituitary tumor requires more than one type of treatment.
  • You would like to find a comprehensive program that has experience treating the type of tumor you have, and can handle both your surgery and your follow-up care

You may feel hesitant to get a second opinion because you don’t want to offend your surgeon. Please keep in mind that our physicians welcome second opinions. A second opinion can confirm the original diagnosis and treatment plan. It also can provide additional information that may help improve your proposed treatment plan.

What happens during a second-opinion appointment?

During your appointment, our neurosurgeon and endocrinologist will evaluate all of the information (medical records, images and lab reports) your doctor provided. They will ask you questions that will give them insight into your condition. They also may order additional tests to confirm the diagnosis and help him determine the best possible treatment plan.

This is a good time for you to ask questions, too, so you are completely comfortable with the information you receive. Some of the questions you may want to ask include:

  • Have you reviewed my images and reports?
  • Are those images and reports enough for you to make a firm diagnosis?
  • Would you suggest another test or procedure to gather additional information?
  • If you agree with the original diagnosis, do you recommend any changes to the proposed treatment plan?
  • Are there other treatment options you think I should consider?
  • Have you treated similar cases in the past? What results have you had?
  • What are the risks and benefits of the treatment you recommend?

How to get a second opinion

If you would like a second opinion from one of our neurosurgeons, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We will arrange to have your doctor send us your medical records, images and lab reports.