Obtaining a Second Opinion

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 advice you have received from 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. Experienced surgeons will be not be offended and will be supportive of your decision to seek a second opinion.

Your endocrinologist, primary care doctor, or the surgeon you initially see can give you an idea of who to ask for a second opinion. 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 (American Thyroid Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Endocrine Society, the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, etc.).