Children's Hospital Colorado

Getting a Second Opinion from Children’s Hospital Colorado

Providing expert second opinions — and peace of mind.

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If your child is sick or dealing with confusing symptoms, it can be hard to know what the best next step is. Our pediatric experts are here to provide answers and give you confidence in your treatment decision. As the best children’s hospital in our region, Children’s Hospital Colorado provides second opinions for a wide range of conditions to ensure your child receives the best care.

Find the specialties that offer second opinions, schedule an initial informational call or learn more about each specialty below.

What is a second opinion?

A second opinion allows our world-class specialists to review your child’s diagnosis, symptoms or treatment plan and offer their expert opinion about your care options. We collect your child’s health history in an initial informational phone call.

Then, your family has an in-person second opinion appointment with one of our doctors, or team of providers, who review your child’s medical records and examines them in person. We give you a thorough assessment of your child’s condition or symptoms, including treatment recommendations.

Request an in-person second opinion

Select a department from the drop-down menu to schedule your initial informational call.

Why you should get a second opinion for your child

Medical knowledge and treatments are advancing every day, so it can be very helpful to seek guidance from more than one doctor or hospital before starting treatment. This is especially true when the diagnosis is rare or complex — or when the treatment could be life-changing. Different hospitals have different capabilities and those that conduct research, like we do, sometimes offer treatments that aren’t available elsewhere.

A second opinion about your child’s condition can help you:

  • Determine, confirm or clarify a diagnosis
  • Discuss treatment options and compare the risks, benefits and results of these options
  • Understand why symptoms persist despite treatment
  • Find and evaluate new or advanced therapies
  • Consider opportunities to join clinical trials

Why request a second opinion from Children’s Colorado?

If you’re uncertain about a medical issue your child is facing, you need the best experts to provide answers. You’ll find them at Children’s Colorado.

We see more and treat more kids than any other hospital in our seven-state region. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks us as a top 10 children’s hospital in the country, with all our specialties highly ranked. Our specialists have been providing second opinions for families for years and serve as the most trusted pediatric experts in our region. We also have access to the most advanced treatments through research and clinical trials.

No matter what your child is facing, we have experts who can provide answers and a clearer path forward.

When should I ask for a second opinion?

We’re here to provide clarity any time you have questions or feel uncertain about a known or potential diagnosis. Our providers offer second opinions in many situations, including:

  • After your child receives a diagnosis but before treatment, so you can feel confident about your child’s treatment plan
  • When you’re seeking answers about your child’s symptoms
  • If your child has a rare condition and you need the expertise of a children’s sub-specialist, such as a cancer or digestive specialist
  • If you’re considering changing or stopping your treatment plan

How to get a second opinion from Children’s Colorado

  • First, schedule an initial informational phone call with the appropriate department. This call will take 15 to 30 minutes and is free of charge.
  • Before the call, our team may request certain information to help them.
  • During the call, a friendly team member will collect basic information about your child. We’ll ask a series of questions to help us choose which program(s) and provider(s) we recommend for your in-person visit.
  • If you decide to proceed with an in-person appointment, we’ll help coordinate the details for getting medical records and discuss insurance or self-pay options ahead of your visit. We’ll also help you schedule an in-person appointment at a convenient time.
    • If your child needs procedures or tests, we’ll help you coordinate the details before your in-person visit.
    • We’ll also help you navigate logistics including lodging options, transportation, parking and local restaurants.
  • At your visit, we’ll provide a comprehensive review of your child’s care and symptoms, and you’ll have the chance to ask the doctor any questions. Our team will provide their expert opinion for your child’s care options and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Frequently asked questions

We’re here to help you find answers and get advice about your child’s health. Expand the windows below for additional information and answers to FAQs about second opinions at Children’s Colorado.

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