For patients that suffer from chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, or other chronic sinus conditions, sinus surgery is often very helpful. There are also many conditions where sinus surgery is not beneficial or indicated. And, between these two extremes, there is a large "gray zone" of symptoms, diseases, conditions, and disorders where a physician's clinical judgment is used to discern and advise whether surgery is indicated. One surgeon may recommend surgery and another may recommend non-surgical remedies.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients undergo nose or sinus surgery. Many patients are advised by their primary care physicians, family, or loved ones to get a second opinion prior to elective surgery. Second opinion consultation has always been a part of good medical practice, and asking for a second opinion isn't second guessing your doctor, it is taking a very active role in your treatment and recovery. The decision to have surgery is a decision that should be made with all the facts, so don't hesitate to get advice from a second expert. Most nose and sinus surgery is elective surgery so there is time to get a second opinion. However the logistics of obtaining a second opinion are sometimes a barrier for patients.
At the University of Michigan Sinus Center, we like to remove those barriers to getting a second opinion about sinus surgery. If you have been advised to undergo sinus surgery, and you would like another opinion, follow the simple steps below to request an expedited surgical second opinion. We will give you an unbiased second opinion. We will explain the medical options available to you instead of surgery, and we will outline the potential benefits of surgery in your particular case.
Why are we offering this service? Over the past eighteen years, we have found that a substantial number of new patients that we evaluate have had surgery that may not have required surgery. And every month we see new patients who felt rushed to have surgery, and wished they had researched their condition more thoroughly. It's essential for you to understand your options. We want to help you make an informed decision.
Now is your opportunity to get an expedited appointment.
Who can apply? You must have already had an ENT doctor recommend sinus surgery for you to qualify for this program.
How fast will you be seen? We will work hard to have your opinion rendered within five to ten business days.
What do you need to do? We need a little help from you. You will need the following capabilities and materials:
- You will need an email address.
- You will need a copy of your CT scan on a CD-ROM. You can obtain this from the imaging center where your sinus CT scan was performed. It's easy.
- You will need to download and complete our sinus surgery expedited appointment request form.
- You will need to download, complete, and fax our Michigan Sinus Center New Patient Questionnaire. Please download these forms now. They are available in Adobe Acrobat format. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat, you can download it from this site http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Complete the forms and contact our scheduling coordinator Lidia at 734-936-7633 providing your name, telephone number and email address. If you prefer, you may email her at email@example.com and or fax your completed forms to her at 734-232-0802.
When you provide Lidia with your email address, she will email you an invitation to upload your imaging studies via the internet, using a service called MeAndMyDocs.com. There is no charge to you to upload your imaging studies.
Once you have completed these steps, we will gather your data, review your imaging studies, and call you to schedule an appointment with one of our three full-time nose and sinus specialists. We ask that you do not call our regular appointment scheduling line for this particular type of appointment visit.
If you have questions about this service, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call us at 734-936-7633.