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Second Opinion or Worried About a Wrong Diagnosis?

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Why Do Patients Seek a Second Opinion?

When facing a complex issue or difficult treatment decision, sometimes it is helpful to get a second opinion. Some patients may believe that they encountered the "wrong diagnosis". I am a specialist in hip and knee problems that may be able to answer your questions that you felt were not answered. Many of my patients have had multiple surgeries in the past. Other orthopedic doctors have referred patients to me with difficult hip and knee arthroplasty problems.

How should you prepare for a second opinion?

Please collect all previous medical records available in relation to your problem surgery. Please bring the office notes from your prior treating physician. Our office can help you with making these requests. Please do this prior to our appointment. I am unable to make a full assessment of your problem without all of your history available.

You do not need to bring images or surgery if they were performed within the last 5 years at Queens Medical Center, Kuakini Health Center, Castle Medical Center, or Hawaii Pacific Health.

What should you do after the second opinion?

I may agree with your original diagnosis and treatment plan. This will provide you with the peace of mind that you are making the right decision for your care. However, sometimes I may offer you a different diagnosis or treatment strategy. We will place this in our documentation - which you may obtain after your visit. If you decide to return to see me for further treatment, please let me know.

I saw Dr. Morton and would like to get a second opinion.

I encourage my patients to talk with other physicians. Sometimes the problems we face are not easily solved. You do not need to ask my permission.

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Meet Dr. Paul N. Morton, MD

Dr. Paul N. Morton, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in hip and knee surgery, specializing in robotic joint replacements, complex joint reconstruction, sports injuries, and trauma. Reach out to him to learn more about treatment options for your problem.