SECOND OPINIONS FOR FAILED SURGERY
Having a surgical procedure fail to be successful can be disappointing and demoralizing. While there are several reasons that failed foot and ankle procedures may not “work,” one thing is sure: patients often wonder where to turn for help afterward. Are they supposed to “live with it?” Is it even appropriate to seek out care from a different provider?
At Newport Foot and Ankle Center, we have treated hundreds of patients who experienced failed surgery under the supervision of another provider. When foot or ankle pain, even if previous attempts have been unsuccessful in addressing it, prevents you from living the life you want, it is essential to have it resolved. No one should ever have to “live with” pain, other unpleasant symptoms, or deformity.
We Are Here to Help
What’s more, there is plenty of research to suggest that patients have better outcomes when they are under the care of a doctor they trust. Seeking out a second opinion may feel awkward, but it really shouldn’t. This is your life and your health. You get to decide. Here are some tips to help:
- Seek a second opinion from a provider who is a good listener. This isn’t about the quantity of time spent with you in the exam room. Instead, it’s about the quality of the visit.
- Ask questions. Is the provider annoyed by them? That’s a red flag. Seek out providers who have no problem comfortably answering whatever questions you’ve got. An informed patient is the best patient.
- Don’t be afraid to leave and try again. If the provider you’re visiting for a second opinion, or his office personnel (also necessary!) don’t feel like the right “fit,” you can keep looking until you find the right fit for you.
From complicated cases to those that needed a specialized foot and ankle experts’ approach, Dr. Haupt has vast experience as a second opinion provider for failed foot and ankle surgery patients.
If you or someone you care about needs a second opinion, please contact us today.