Jefferson University Hospitals

Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience

Neurosurgery Second Opinion Program

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Expert Consultation When You Need It Most

A diagnosis related to a brain or spine condition can be unnerving, and that's why the neurosurgical experts at Jefferson Health are here to help you when you need it most. The Jefferson Health Neurosurgery Second Opinion Portal allows you to upload your medical records and imaging via our secure online portal. Once the appropriate documents are submitted, you will receive a written treatment recommendation from a renowned Jefferson Neurosurgeon within 72 hours (3 business days).

What is a Second Opinion?

A second opinion is an opinion made by a physician other than your initial doctor regarding a diagnosis or proposed procedure that you have already been given. A second opinion is not intended to replace an in-office consultation or full neurological examination.

Second opinion programs* are available for the following neurosurgical conditions:

  • Brain Cyst/Arachnoid Cysts
  • Brain, Spine and Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Chiari Malformations
  • Hydrocephalus/Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy
  • Surgical Treatment of Movement Disorders
  • Surgical Treatment of Spine Conditions
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia/Facial Pain
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Other Neurosurgical Conditions

No insurance required. No referrals needed.

*The Jefferson Health Neurosurgery Second Opinion Portal is for surgical second opinions only. If your condition does not require surgery, we will refer you to 1-800-JEFF-NOW to make an appointment with the appropriate specialist.

How Does the Jefferson Neurosurgery Second Opinion Program Work?

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Tell Us About Yourself

  • We need your contact information and the main reason or indication for contacting us
  • Provide your symptoms and medical history

Our doctors can only base your second opinion on the information provided here along with your diagnostic imaging.


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Show Us What is Wrong: "Gathering Phase"

  • Complete some initial information
  • Enter our secure upload site
  • Upload diagnostic images from a CD provided by the imaging facility or from a flash drive provided by your imaging facility

The images will be shared only with our neurosurgeons and clinical staff at Jefferson Health.

Please Note: Current diagnostic imaging, corresponding radiologic reports and any additional information depending on the diagnosis, is required for you to be eligible for our Second Opinion Program. The list of items that are required will appear after you choose the diagnosis/reason for your consult.


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Get Your Recommendations in 3 Business Days or Less

After we receive your request, diagnostic images and any additional information required, we will assign your case to a neurosurgeon for review and they will provide a second opinion. We will add your report with the physician’s recommendations to your account using our secure second opinion portal and notify you that the report is ready for viewing.

You are not obligated to pursue our recommended course of treatment at Jefferson Health or any other institution. However, if our physician offers surgical intervention and you are interested in scheduling a consultation with that physician here at Jefferson, the contact information will be provided in the report.

Please Note: Turnaround time is from the time we receive the required documentation and diagnostic imaging.


What Will My Second Opinion Look Like?

Your second opinion will arrive in a PDF file. It will contain a short statement from one of our neurosurgeons with their recommendations. The surgeon will state if they recommend surgical intervention, any other form of treatment, or if they believe you are not a surgical candidate.

What Not to Expect

Our surgeons will base your second opinion on:

  • your diagnostic images
  • radiology reports
  • your symptoms
  • any additional information requested

Their opinion is based solely on the materials you provide.

You should not expect an in-depth and lengthy explanation of your diagnosis as you would during a face to face consultation. Rather, our neurosurgeon will express his or her opinion on your diagnosis or proposed treatment and offer some brief guidance regarding what your next steps should be.