The decision to get a second opinion or not for a hysterectomy is always a tough one for various reasons. Firstly, it depends on whether you are getting a radical hysterectomy or not and second, it depends on whether you are getting a total hysterectomy or a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Most importantly, it depends on your preferences and conditions. Here are some factors you should consider before making your decision:
- Do you plan to conceive?
This is a very crucial question. In most cases, the cervix or ovaries are removed; or sometimes even both. However, it takes both, the cervix and the ovaries to give birth. Therefore, if you need to give birth, it is advisable to check if your doctor can give you the assurance that neither your cervix nor your ovaries will be removed during the hysterectomy. In such a case, you need to visit another doctor to take a second opinion and find out if he/she can perform the operation without removing the cervix or ovaries. However, it is necessary also to make sure that the second doctor is not compromising on the quality of the operation just because you do not want to remove the cervix or ovaries.
- How much does the second doctor know your medical history?
Most people underestimate the importance of this aspect. Almost all complications are caused because the doctor does not know the patient’s medical history. Also, sometimes, it is very difficult to study a person’s medical history. This may be due to the various complications it involves. Therefore, it is advisable to visit a doctor who knows your medical history thoroughly.
- How large is the incision?
Sometimes an incision can be performed laparoscopically. This means that the cuts will be smaller. Therefore, you must know if this option is available to you. However, if your doctor is unable to answer your questions regarding the incision and the process that is suitable for you, it is advisable to take a second opinion.
- How serious is the progression?
If you have cancer, it is very important for you to trust your doctor and not consult another doctor for a second opinion; as opposed to fibroids along the wall of the uterus. This is because your time it must be used wisely and you cannot afford to delay your operation. However, this is not the case with a few fibroids, which do not have too many symptoms or cause harm. A radical hysterectomy, however, should not be delayed.
- How comfortable you feel?
Sometimes it is impossible to say whether you want a second opinion or not and the decision is completely yours. This happens especially when you need to consider factors like the cost and personal information, which you do not want to reveal. Such information could include the effects of it on your daily life. If you do not feel like revealing this information, then do not consult another doctor.
- How stressed are you?
Stress levels are very important when it comes to whether you want a second opinion or not. This is because if you feel stressed by not getting a second opinion, not only will you have regrets later but also you will not be able to function in the time till the surgery. This may also cause the preparation to go wrong. This means that you may feel even more stressed when you are not supposed to. Therefore, relieve your stress and ask for a second opinion.
Make your decision to take a second opinion based on these main factors and do ever not take a second opinion due to fear of enraging the doctor.