Second Opinion's are a mechanism for patients to have another specialist evalaute their condition and provide further insight. Many times this results in confirmation of the diagnsois and recommended treatment, which can give patients a sense of satisfation with their treating physician, or even a sense of peace of mind. Sometimes this results in further education of other options that may be available based on advancing medical science, higher level of specialist expertise, or to define patient suitability for a given treatment and expected outcomes.
These have become far more common over the years, and now much easier with modern technology. STANFORD has recently developed a specialized service for those patients interested in obtaining a second opinion WITHOUT the need to set up a clinic appointment. This is especially beneficial for patients that may either be living out of the area or unable to travel readily to our office for an initial consultation or second opinion, but wish to have our expertise. This has proven to be a very useful tool for people who simply have a few types of questions:
- "Is my diagnosis the correct one?"
- "Are the treatments I have been offered the only ones available?"
- "Is it worth travelling to meet with Dr. Vaughn, or am I receiving adequate care locally?"
- "Am I making the right decision?"
It is mostly designed for those patients that have ALREADY had a consultation and have been offered a diagnosis and treatment options, and wish to know if they are being lead in the right direction or wonder if there are alternative options to those already explored.
If interested in learning more about this process, please click on the link above!
Dr. Vaughn does as well provide 2nd Opinion consultations in person, which can be made by appointment by contacting the office directly at (408) 866-6651.