Total Urology Care of New York
Urology & Uro-Gynecology
Second opinions offer a fresh set of eyes on a problem so that you can feel confident about the decisions that you are making regarding your health. Based on history, physical exam, prior testing and medical records, as well as any necessary testing that we may need in our office. Dr. Kavaler can offer you an educated, thoughtful opinion regarding your urological condition. As an independent private practice, we have no allegiance to a specific school of thought or point of view regarding any single person’s urological health.
Below you will find answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you don't find the answer you are looking for please contact us at (212) 218-3900.
When should I get a second opinion?
You should get a second opinion any time you face a difficult decision about your health care or you are not confident in what you have been told. You may have questions about whether treatment can wait, if the recommended test or procedure is necessary, or even if your diagnosis is right. It’s also important to get a second opinion when you’re told you need surgery. Doctors expect you to get a second opinion before deciding about something as major as surgery, and a fresh evaluation may provide new options.
You may also seek a second opinion if:
- You have multiple medical problems (comorbidities)
- The recommended treatment is risky or experimental
- You’re not responding to your current treatment
- You have a choice of treatments or tests
- Your health insurance provider requires a second opinion.
New treatments are constantly being developed and treatment protocols change. It takes a thoughtful expert in urology to keep up with the best options, to identify all the factors influencing your health, and determine when you may avoid treatment by making lifestyle changes.
How do I get a second opinion?
The first step is to talk with your current doctor and let them know you’d like a second opinion. Your doctor won’t — or shouldn’t — take offense because second opinions are routine in the medical world. Then you’ll need to request all your medical records and any test results, including diagnostic imaging and lab work, and schedule an appointment at Total Urology Care of New York. When you go in for your second opinion, Dr. Kavaler reviews all your information, then performs a thorough physical exam and orders additional testing if needed.
Our team at Total Urology Care of New York will treat you as a whole person. We treat people, not diseases. Dr. Kavaler listens well, is well trained and continues to grow in all fields of urology. If you need a second opinion, call Total Urology Care of New York or schedule an appointment online today.
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