When you’re dealing with health issues, especially orthopaedic issues, it can be hard to know what to do. Not only can all the medical jargon get confusing, but there can be a lot of factors involved, depending on your condition and treatment options.
At Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Vasili Karas, MD, specializes in hip and knee replacements as well as reconstruction surgery. If you’re treating an orthopaedic condition, he’ll be happy to offer a second opinion and help you find the ideal treatment.
Here’s when and why you should consider getting another opinion when you’re looking into orthopaedic treatment.
Getting a correct diagnosis
Whether you have a new condition or have struggled with chronic pain for a long time, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis. If you’ve been evaluated, a second opinion can confirm — or contradict — the findings so you can make an informed decision about your treatment options.
Understanding your treatment options
Working with a doctor you can trust is crucial when exploring the available treatments. If you don’t understand your diagnosis and treatment options, including the risks and side effects, a second opinion can provide the information you need to make the right choices. Similarly, if you don’t feel comfortable with your doctor’s recommendations, a second opinion can help.
Treatment involves surgery
If your doctor recommends surgery, it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion. Even the most minor and least invasive procedure can carry risks, so it’s essential to make sure that the recommended treatment is your best option.
Understanding the risks and side effects
Many treatment options come with risks and benefits. So, if your doctor suggests a therapy that comes with adverse side effects, you should always get a second opinion to make sure that the benefits outweigh the risks. Remember, just because a doctor recommends a procedure doesn’t mean you have to do it, especially if it has lifelong consequences.
Your doctor says there’s nothing they can do
If your doctor says they can’t help you, or that you’re not eligible for a specific treatment, it’s time to get a second opinion. Try to find a doctor who specializes in your particular condition. Taking this step can ensure that you get the treatment you deserve.
You still have pain or other symptoms after treatment
If you undergo medical treatment, especially orthopaedic surgery, but you still have pain, discomfort, or loss of motion after your procedure, get a second opinion. It’s important to act as your own advocate when it comes to your health.
If your doctor recommended orthopaedic surgery and you’d like a second opinion, book an appointment online or over the phone with Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine today.