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The office visit: Getting a second opinion

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Should I get a second opinion? How do I find one?

Obtaining a second opinion is a personal choice. If you feel uncomfortable with the diagnostic or treatment plan of one surgeon and wish to have another expert opinion, it is certainly your right to do so. You should be confident in your treating physician and have a good working relationship. This will help you handle any difficulties around the time of your diagnosis and treatment.

Your primary care doctor can give you an idea of who to ask for a second opinion. Also, if you live near a teaching medical center, such as a university or medical school, you can find specialists on their faculty. The internet is also a good source of information as long as you seek reputable websites, such as government websites, university medical school websites, or professional associations (such as the American Thyroid Association, or the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, or the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, etc.).

Selected websites for information regarding experienced practitioners include the following (these are only examples, it is not a comprehensive list):

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