Our Orthopedic Second Opinion Service – MRI/X-ray Review
Whether you live in the Vail area or across the globe, you have access to the experience and expertise of one of the top complex knee surgeons in the world. Dr. LaPrade is also actively involved in cutting-edge research as the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, can provide a second opinion by reviewing your medical records, MRIs and/or X-rays.
It is very common for patients suffering from an orthopedic injury who want to make sure that they are making the best decision to maintain their active lifestyles to get second opinions from other physicians. Patients seeking an orthopedic second opinion can send medical records along with initial MRI and radiology results for Dr. LaPrade’s review.
Why do patients seek a Medical Second Opinion or MRI/X-ray Review?
Individuals affected by an orthopedic knee injury often feel confused by the initial diagnosis and prescribed treatment. With a healthcare system that continues to become more complicated, as well as various treatment options ranging from non-surgical to surgical, patients often question their diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. LaPrade may validate the existing diagnosis and treatment plan or may offer alternate approaches for treating the injury. In addition, Dr. LaPrade can provide information regarding expected outcomes, potential complications and recovery time.
What Can Our Medical Second Opinion Service Provide to Patients?
The orthopedic second opinion that Dr. LaPrade provides from reviewing your case history, MRIs and/or X-rays can help you:
- Gain more knowledge about your orthopedic diagnosis and treatment options
- Make more-informed decisions about your health care
- Compare diagnosis and treatment results between two physicians
- Confirm the diagnosis and treatment plan are correct
Most sports medicine physicians welcome an orthopedic second opinion from a respected peer. A good physician understands a patient’s right to be well informed. Some physicians will even encourage patients to contact a medical second opinion service because a different doctor may determine a different diagnosis and/or treatment plan.
How to Get an MRI/X-ray Review from Dr. LaPrade
You may feel concerned about offending your treating physician by obtaining Dr. LaPrade’s medical opinion utilizing our second opinion service, but you should feel comfortable. Be honest with your original physician, and he or she should not be offended because information is vital to all patients when it comes to healthcare.
To initiate an orthopedic second opinion from Dr. LaPrade, you will need to gather a copy of your medical records, MRIs and radiology results to give him a better understanding of the details of your orthopedic injury and then follow the instructions your will receive after submitting the below form for an MRI/Xray Review.
How Much Does an MRI/X-ray Review Cost?
It is always recommended that you contact your insurance company directly for a full explanation on the cost involved with a second opinion. With the ever-changing healthcare and insurance industries, it is important that you understand all costs involved, including physician office visit, new MRI and radiology tests, etc.
Dr. LaPrade’s fee for an MRI/X-ray Review is $300 which is payable by credit card or personal check.