What should I do once I have the second opinion?

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Your second opinion will be a thorough report that addresses the specific questions you have asked. Potential outcomes include:

  • The Boston Children’s specialist may agree with the diagnosis and the treatment plan of your first opinion, and this second opinion confirmation offers you peace of mind that you are moving forward in the right direction.
  • The Boston Children’s specialist may agree with your local physician's diagnosis, but may offer a different treatment plan or additional treatment options.
  • The Boston Children’s specialist may have a different diagnosis and therefore suggest a completely different treatment plan to you and your local physician.

Once you have received the second opinion report, you should schedule adequate time with your local provider to review the recommendations and work together to refine your diagnosis, treatment plan, or care plan.

If you decide to seek treatment at Boston Children’s, it is likely your child will see the same physician who provided your online second opinion. However, we would recommend notifying the department by telephone prior to making any travel arrangements to ensure that the physician that provided the online second opinion is still the appropriate specialist for your case and is available.

Start your online second opinion now.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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