We regularly offer a second opinion on the diagnosis or treatment of shoulder problems or surgery.
“Second opinion” in medicine is when a patient – or a physician – has another physician evaluate a patient to determine if there is a different point-of-view on either the diagnosis of the problem (or lack thereof), or on the treatment to be performed. This is very common in medicine, and a patient should have no qualms about seeking a second opinion, or worry that it will offend the first physician, particularly if the treatment will involve taking drugs or having surgery. Very, very few physicians begrudge their patient getting a second opinion, and may be the ones to suggest it in the first place. Physicians commonly get second opinions from each other about their patients, either formally or informally. Think about the television show “House”, where the basis of much of the show is about the physicians’ debate about their patients’ conditions and treatments.
Second opinion services let patients obtain consultation in person, by mail, or online.
Patients are increasingly traveling across the country – and around the world – to seek out the best solutions for their injury problems. The solution to your shoulder problem is no longer limited by your location.
We offer a “Concierge Service” for our Long Distance (Out-of-Town and International) patients. Our knowledgeable staff will arrange for a long weekend or one-week visit, including a detailed consultation with a specialist and any additional diagnostic tests. We will work with you to provide a comprehensive and accurate diagnosis, and a treatment plan, and including surgery if needed, to allow you to return to your regular routine as quickly as possible.
To make the most of your appointment please bring or forward in advance:
- copies of any previous x-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans. Please bring the actual films and the report. These will need to be requested from your physician, and may be sent directly by them to us.
- copies of the operative reports and/or clinic notes for any previous shoulder surgeries.
- a list of your current medications, including dosages and frequency.
Although there is no replacement for an in-person clinical evaluation, you may benefit from an online or remote second opinion if you are unsure whether traveling to Phoenix for an in-person evaluation will be right for you. Dr. Agrawal will phone or e-mail you to discuss your case and for which – if any – surgical procedures would best benefit you.
Our knowledgeable staff will help you through this process and can answer any questions you have regarding your visit or a remote medical second opinion.
For a medical second opinion contact us.