(HealthDay News) -- Before having major surgery, it may be helpful to get a second opinion on whether the procedure is medically necessary.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suggests getting a second opinion if your doctor says you need non-emergency surgery.
The agency suggests:
- Ask the first doctor to send your medical records to the doctor giving the second opinion -- to avoid having to repeat tests.
- Call the second doctor's office to make sure it has your records.
- Jot down questions to take with you to the appointment.
- Ask a loved one to go with you.