What is a Second Opinion?
A second opinion for medical procedures is a consultation from a second physician on a treatment protocol for added reassurance and quality of care.
Why a Second Opinion for Pediatric Surgery?
Pediatric surgery is an important decision – the outcomes can often be life-changing for the child and their family.
At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, our team of physicians and surgeons provide and encourage second opinions.
Second Opinions are a Good Thing
Families often hesitate to reach out to other physicians for second opinions fearing they’ll upset the relationship they’ve established with their current physician or surgeon.
In cases where procedures or surgeries may be sensitive, or potentially life-threatening, second opinions from trusted and recognized medical professionals can make a significant impact in successful surgical results.
A second opinion will allow you as a family to make an informed medical decision for your child by evaluating if the second opinion complements, or differs entirely, from the original treatment plan. In certain cases, a third opinion may even be advisable.
You Have a Right to a Second Opinion
In the state of Florida, patients are entitled to receive insurance coverage for second opinions for certain medical conditions and surgical procedures. In fact, Florida is one of the few states that protects patients in this manner. Learn more about FL 641.51 statute.
Second Opinion Appointments are a Little Different
When you call our Customer Care Department at 1-888-624-2778, our representatives will ask you what type of appointment you’re scheduling, and if your appointment is for a second opinion, they’ll promptly route you to the appropriate Department or Practice for immediate scheduling.
You can also request second opinion appointments by completing our online form.
What You Need to Bring
When rush appointments are needed, typically within 24-48 hours, it is vital that the following documentation, (if applicable to your child’s surgery or procedure), is brought to the appointment:
- Medical History
- X-Rays or MRI Results
- Lab Results
- Growth Chart
- Insurance Requirements such as prescriptions, referrals, or authorizations
- Any other information relevant to your child’s procedure or surgery
What to Expect During Your Visit
One of our physicians or surgeons will review your child’s medical history and all previous testing. They may recommend additional testing, or consult with a Nicklaus Children’s physician from a different specialty.
Why Nicklaus Children’s Hospital?
Whether you choose a Nicklaus Children’s Hospital physician for your child’s surgery, or you simply need a second opinion for added reassurance of your original treatment plan, our focus is superior patient experience.
We are South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians, including more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. Our 309-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.
We’re ready to be your trusted partner in your family’s healthcare journey.