Whether you are a caregiver, a patient, or a referring provider, our department is equipped to handle your requests. Our physicians are happy to see new referrals as well as patients desiring a second opinion. We offer physicians who refer patients with high-risk pregnancies the option of co-management, with the Yale team coordinating care directly with the referring practitioner. A care plan can be developed with the community obstetrician whether a case requires intensive oversight by the team or consultative guidance alone.
Second opinions are your right as a patient, and our doctors encourage them. Your insurance company or health care plan may even require a second opinion for certain conditions or procedures.
Here are some important reasons to seek the opinion of a second doctor:
You've been diagnosed with a serious illness or condition, or a rare or life-threatening disease.
You have multiple medical problems and could benefit from easy coordination of care among different specialists.
Your doctor is recommending major surgery and you are wondering if there are other options.
You are interested in minimally invasive options that your surgeon cannot provide.
You want more complete answers to questions you have about your condition.
A doctor has recommended treatment that has serious potential risks or side effects, or that is excessively expensive, and you need help evaluating alternative approaches.
Your diagnosis is difficult to pin down, and you need an additional opinion or access to more sophisticated technology to be certain.
Your current treatment is not working.
You may want to bring the following list of questions to your second opinion consultation:
Is there any chance that my diagnosis might be different?
If the second opinion differs from the initial one, what is the reasoning behind the second physician's opinion?
What alternative treatments are available?
How long can I put off treatment, and what will happen if I don't pursue treatments?
What risks or side effects are associated with any recommended treatment?
How is the treatment plan expected to improve my health or quality of life?