Second opinion for urologic surgery
Referral and Consultation
Second opinion elective surgery programs provide a mechanism to obtain consultation from a board-certified specialist by patients to whom an elective operation has been recommended. We focus on a second opinion program for urologic cases. Of 931 individuals who received a second opinion for urologic surgery the need was confirmed in 692 (74.3 per cent) and was not confirmed in 239 (25.7 per cent). The most common procedure not confirmed was transurethral resection of the prostate. Common reasons for nonconfirmation were the need for further testing, medication preferable to an operation and symptoms not severe enough to warrant an operation. Of patients confirmed for the need for surgery 28.2 per cent did not undergo an operation, while 33.0 per cent of those not confirmed did.