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Second Opinions

Gail Zimmerman, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Gail Zimmerman, MD

Internal Medicine & Preventative Medicine Specialist located in Bay Head, NJ

If you’re worried about a recent diagnosis and want to get a second opinion, turn to Gail Zimmerman, MD, a compassionate board-certified internist in Bay Head, New Jersey. At her private practice, she helps men and women confirm or overturn their diagnosis and customizes treatment options. For a thoughtful second opinion with a caring provider, call for an appointment or use the online scheduling option.

Second Opinions

What is a second opinion?

It’s likely that at some point in your life, you receive at least one medical diagnosis or treatment plan that you question or doubt. That’s when you want to get a second opinion from another doctor or health care provider. 

Dr. Zimmerman specializes in second opinions and partners with you and your other physicians to understand the diagnosis and to craft a treatment plan that suits your needs and goals.

When do I need a second opinion?

A second opinion is useful when:

  • You want to consider more than one treatment option
  • You’re not sure if a treatment plan will work
  • You want to see what another doctor thinks about your risk
  • You received treatment for a diagnosis, but you still have unresolved symptoms
  • You’ve been diagnosed with a problem that many doctors don’t know much about
  • Your treatment plan has extreme risks 
  • You dont understand your diagnosis or prognosis

Dr. Zimmerman helps you understand the diagnosis and offers comprehensive testing to help validate it.

How do I prepare for my second opinion appointment?

When you call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zimmerman, let the front office know that you’re seeking a second opinion. Be sure to make a call to your insurance provider to make sure they cover second opinions or be prepared to pay at the time of your visit. 

It’s also important to gather up all of the health records pertaining to your diagnosis. This includes X-rays, urine tests, blood tests, MRI reports, CT scans, and any other medical records that can help Dr. Zimmerman discern your diagnosis.

What if the second opinion differs from the first opinion?

It can be frustrating to get two different opinions about your health. That’s why Dr. Zimmerman uses her strong professional network to advocate for you. 

If necessary, she works directly with the doctor who gave you the initial diagnosis to understand how they arrived at their findings. In addition, she encourages you to ask questions, research your diagnosis, and take an active role in your treatment options. 

As an internist, Dr. Zimmerman is specially trained in working with other physicians to solve opposing medical opinions. 

For a comprehensive and compassionate second opinion, call the office or book online.