Topic: Second Opinion

complex health problem
Oct 29 2019

What to do when you’re diagnosed with a complex health problem

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a complex health problem such as advanced cancer or organ failure that means you’ll need a transplant or a rare condition such as sickle-cell disease or hemophilia the right support can not only have a positive effect on the outcome of your treatment it can... Read More

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medical bills
Feb 19 2019

Can hospital pricing transparency help you make smarter healthcare decisions?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There’s a new rule that requires hospitals to list the price for all the services they provide and medications they prescribe for patients in the hospital. In theory, this should give you more information that can help you figure out what your care will cost and where it makes the most economic sense to receive... Read More

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back surgery
Jul 25 2017

What factors affect the success of back surgery?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If your doctor has recommended back surgery for chronic back pain, your next step should be to learn about the factors that may affect the outcome of your surgery. Understanding the potential risks and benefits of surgery and what you can do to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome are the keys to making... Read More

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complications after surgery
Jun 13 2017

Take these steps to lower your risk of complications after surgery

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re scheduled to have surgery, there are proactive steps you can take that can help lower your risk of experiencing complications after surgery such as post-operative infections and blood clots. Complications due to the surgical procedure, rather than a worsening of the underlying condition that caused the need for the surgery, are the main... Read More

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Calculator and stethoscope on financial statement concept for finance health check or cost of healthcare
Apr 4 2017

Can your health impact your financial wellbeing?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

You may not think about how your health and healthcare decisions affect your financial wellbeing beyond the issues of how much you pay for health insurance and what you have to pay out of your own pocket for your deductible and copays. But there are a number of other ways that your health can have... Read More

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New treatments for colorectal cancer
Mar 21 2017

Could you benefit from newer colorectal cancer treatments?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

When you exclude skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S. The American Cancer Society projects 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer in 2017. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colorectal... Read More

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Is spinal fusion the right choice for you?
May 17 2016

Questions you should ask before spinal fusion surgery

Disease Management  •  By Susan Walker

There has been a significant increase in the number of people who undergo spinal fusion surgery to treat back and leg pain, but a new study suggests that spinal fusion may not be the most appropriate treatment for many of these people. The goal of the study was to compare pain relief and the ability... Read More

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Protect your child from the wrong diagnosis
Apr 26 2016

Is your child at risk for the wrong diagnosis?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) study found that 12 million Americans receive the wrong diagnosis each year and that nearly every American will experience at least one misdiagnosis in his or her lifetime. The IOM study focused on adults who received the wrong diagnosis, but some researchers believe the problem could be just as significant... Read More

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Questions to ask before joint replacement
Apr 5 2016

Questions you should ask before joint replacement

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If your doctor has recommended joint replacement, there’s some information you should gather before setting a date for surgery. Whether your surgery is to replace your hip or knee, you should first get a second opinion from an experienced, fellowship trained joint replacement surgeon to help you determine if surgery is the most appropriate option.... Read More

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How to protect yourself from inappropriate medical treatment
Mar 8 2016

How to protect yourself from inappropriate medical treatment

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

In medical treatment, more is not always better. Each year, thousands of people receive inappropriate medical treatment for their health problems or too much treatment for a problem that doesn’t pose a serious threat to their health. But there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself from the problem of inappropriate... Read More

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