Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Second Opinions
Team members from the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are available to consult with you or your physician on second opinion requests. We work with families and physicians from all over the country and around the world to confirm diagnoses and provide second opinions on treatment recommendations so you can make informed decisions.
How to get a second opinion
Here are your options for requesting a second opinion:
Why and when to get a second opinion
When your child receives a new diagnosis — whether it's a routine or rare surgical problem — a second opinion will give you the information you need to make an educated decision about treatment that you feel confident in. Seeking a second opinion is very common. Families seek second opinions for many reasons, including:
Feeling uncomfortable with or needing confirmation of a diagnosis
When your child receives a new diagnosis you likely hope to make a treatment plan as soon as possible. You may find that getting a second opinion can clear up any doubts you may have or provide you with the confirmation you need to proceed with treatment quickly.
Needing help with a decision to start, stop, or change a treatment plan
It is common to seek a second opinion before your child receives any treatment, so you can feel confident in the path you are on. Another common time to get a second opinion is when a change in treatment has been recommended, or you are seeking additional treatment for a surgical problem.
Seeking the opinion of a specialist with experience treating your child's condition
While your child’s physician may have experience treating other children with your child's surgical condition, they may wish to obtain a second opinion from a pediatric specialist who is highly experienced with a particular diagnosis, especially when the case is very rare, or your child's care is complex. CHOP specialists may be aware of new treatment methods or clinical trials and can share that information during a second opinion.
Billing and insurance
Managing the financial matters related to your child's care can be stressful. Learn how to be financially prepared for your visit to CHOP and make the process easier.