To Your Health: Second Opinion

To Your Health: Second Opinion

Dr. Alan Safdi is a world-renowned internist and gastroenterologist with encyclopedic knowledge of mind-body wellness and preventative medicine. He posts on Telluride Inside… and Out under the banner of “To Your Health, his blogs featuring the most current information in his field: health, wellness, and longevity.

This fall, Dr. Alan returns with his popular Live Longer Retreat wellness intensives. The start dates are Sept. 15 – Sept. 21, 2019. For further information, email or go to Safdi’s Telluride Longevity Institute website.

This week, Dr. Alan talks about the importance of getting a second opinion on matters of your health. A fresh set of eyes can be life-saving.

There are a number of compelling reasons why getting a second medical opinion makes sense. According to the Cleveland Clinic, a second opinion can help you:

Become a more educated healthcare consumer – By seeking a second opinion, you gain more knowledge of your condition and your options. You are more equipped to make informed decisions that can have long-term consequences.

Confirm that your diagnosis is appropriate – Have all of the appropriate studies and test been completed and interpreted properly? Are there other diagnoses that should be considered?

Confirm that the recommended treatment is appropriate – Is the treatment plan correct? Is it providing the desired results? Is the treatment plan complete? Have all of the treatment alternatives been discussed

Compare outcomes of the treatments you are offered – By obtaining a second opinion, you help ensure that you have been diagnosed appropriately and that you will receive the most appropriate and optimal treatment plan. A second opinion may recommend treatments that may eliminate the need for unnecessary invasive procedures or surgery.

And here is what Dr. Alan has to say on the subject:

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