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Recommended Surgery for treatment? Make sure you are asking the right questions!!!

Surgery for treatment, Medical Opinion, Knee Replacement Surgery, Knee Pain, Arthritis of the Knee Joint, Orthopedic Surgeons

Being recommended for a surgery for treatment these days for a health ailment is very common. The usual questions that patients ask are: Is the surgical treatment cost effective? Is the doctor warm/welcoming in his approach? Is the hospital and/or the doctor a reputed one? Is the hospital located at a convenient distance from my home? Does the hospital accept the medical insurance that I am covered under? While these are the typical items that we pay attention to, there are other aspects that you need to be informed about before deciding where, when and how to go in for …

e-Second Opinion – How can it be leveraged?

Medical Opinion or Second Opinion from a specialist surgeon in India

A patient sitting in Bidar (A small town in North Karnataka) has been suggested a Knee Replacement Surgery by his local doctor. He is unsure of the diagnosis plan and intends to consult a specialist doctor from a city (typical of patients from rural India). He travels by train to Bangalore and consults a specialist who recommends physiotherapy/medicines for one year before a surgery. Another trip to Hyderabad lands him in a treatment plan which entails immediate surgery. He is now confused on what next!!! On top of it, he has spent a few days on his travel and close …

Second Opinion for health needs

Second Opinion or Medical Opinion for your health needs

As the term suggests, Second Opinion in healthcare is a practice to seek an additional opinion from a different doctor on a treatment recommended by the primary doctor. It is a common practice in India these days where patients get a treatment plan by their local doctor and then at times head to another city (probably a bigger metro or Tier II city) to get a Second Opinion. There are situations where the patient also switches treatment to the new doctor – a phenomenon known as ‘Medical Tourism’ (in this case travel within the country). This can be extended across …

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