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What is a second opinion?

The second opinion means when a doctor other than your regular doctor gives you his or her expert opinion about your health problems and makes recommendations.

Dr. Kunde offers the second opinion consults that can help you better understand and manage GI illness of your child.

Making a decision about the health of your child can be extremely challenging and stressful. Pediatric GI is a specialty where, many times, diagnosis is not straightforward and needs a deep understanding of the child’s GI system. Many Pediatric GI conditions including Crohn’s disease and Colitis are long term and hard to identify or treat. Doctors’ opinions and treatment approach may differ. A different doctor may come up with a different diagnosis, or at least offer a different opinion as to treatment choices. Therefore, getting a second opinion and weighing your options is a very reasonable approach. Decisions regarding your child’s health should be made after you have been thoroughly informed about the diagnosis, prognosis and available treatment options. The second opinion can help you make a more informed decision about your care.

Will my doctor be upset if I get a second opinion?

This is a common practice in healthcare and many patients and families ask for the second opinion. While second opinions may be awkward for doctor and patient at times but it sometimes is in the best interest of your child’s long term care. Most doctors will welcome another physician’s input.

Second opinions don’t hurt and in fact, may help

It never hurts to get a second opinion. Keep in mind that doctors are human and they too can make mistakes or be faced with unusual or challenging cases. When the first doctor’s opinion is the same or similar to the second doctor’s, your confidence will be increased. There is nothing lost by consulting with one more doctor just to make sure that the first doctor’s opinion is correct. With chronic (long term) illnesses that may require extended treatment, you should feel confident that you have chosen the most appropriate treatment for your particular situation. A valid opinion and appropriate course of treatment is your best option for return to good health or grasping control of the chronic disease.

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