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Getting a second opinion before back surgery

Doctors agree: getting a second opinion is important before having elective surgery.

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Getting a second opinion is easier said than done. People fear offending their doctor or questioning their expertise.

But the truth is, most doctors support their patients getting a second opinion when faced with a big decision.

If you’re considering back surgery, here are some tips to make getting a second opinion a bit easier:

  • Seek an opinion from a doctor at a different institution (but still in-network)
  • Find out if your employer has second opinion programs or arrangements with top quality doctors
  • Take a trusted friend or family member to help you remember information and make sure you get your concerns addressed

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