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The Value of Second Opinions

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Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 04:15 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It may seem like a cliché, but the truth is that second opinions are critically important to quality healthcare. Personally, I have benefitted from second and even third opinions on some of my medical problems. 
 
Once, after a course of steroids I was given at the end of a treatment for pneumonia, I developed aseptic necrosis — death of bone tissue due to lack of blood supply — in my hips. I saw a couple of orthopedic surgeons, and both of them recommended total hip replacements. 
 
The problem was that hip replacement was a new procedure at that time, and the complication rate was around 18 percent. 
 
As a third opinion, I saw Dr. David Hungerford at Johns Hopkins, who had introduced a technique called core decompression, which is drilling a hole into the bone and letting it revascularize through the operative area. Dr. Hungerford did this on my hips, and the results were very effective.
 
A few months later, after my hip pain went away, I noticed that I had pain in my knees. Once again, Dr. Hungerford performed core decompression on my knees — and 40 years later, I still haven’t had to have them replaced. 
 
Another example: Several years ago, my wife tripped over our poodle and ended up with a case of sciatica so severe that she needed crutches to get around. Her neurologist said that she would require six months of physical therapy and would probably have to undergo surgery.
 
But then we learned about a unit called a biomodulator, which provides electrical stimulation to the affected region, much like an updated version of acupuncture. It is very effective for treating back problems and injured joints.
 
After just two biomodulator treatments, my wife was off her crutches. After six treatments, the sciatica was completely gone. 
 
Other patients that have benefitted from my own second opinions. One such patient was General John Bruce Medaris, who supervised the placement of the first space satellite. As he was retiring from the Air Force, he developed prostate cancer, and shortly thereafter, developed a fairly extensive bone metastasis. He was given six months to live. 
 
He was referred to us by Wernher von Braun, who knew that we had been using radioactive phosphorus plus testosterone to treat bone metastasis with very good results. We treated General Medaris and he said that if he lived 5 years, he was going to become an Episcopal priest. He died 25 years after his original prognosis, and spent 17 of those years in the clergy.
 
As you can see, second opinions are a valuable part of healthcare. So make sure you get the right treatment by always seeking advice from more than one doctor.
 

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It may seem like a cliché, but the truth is that second opinions are critically important to quality healthcare. Personally, I have benefitted from second and even third opinions on some of my medical problems.
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