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Second Opinion 

(Medical Report for Health Care)

What is written second opinion?

Vanni VERONESI MD provides the "second opinion" service which is mainly dedicated to patients residing abroad.

You can get a comprehensive written second opinion from Vanni VERONESI MD without having to leave your home country. There are no telephone or video contacts: "Verba volant scripta manent." (Spoken words fly away, written words remain).

The second opinion will relate to pathologies of neurosurgical relevance.

Your written second opinion will be ready in 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the diagnosis.  Your report will be sent to you in English.

Note that the evaluation of radiological images is included only in two (COMPLEX and SIMPLE Category) of the three types of service offered.


Limits and advantages of the written second opinion

The final data of the medical examination is then the one that completes the evaluation but I am aware of the discomfort due to the remoteness of foreign patients. 

This second opinion service can mainly serve as a screening to identify patients who then coming to Italy for a medical examination have a high chance of having a surgical therapeutic indication. 

If the patient prefers, she/he can book the medical evaluation directly by e-mail with the undersigned, with the relative risks.
A single outpatient assessment has the advantage of allowing a medical examination but also of risks such as, for example, not having completed neuroradiological exams and therefore having to return to a subsequent outpatient visit in Italy or to have a pathology that cannot be treated surgically.


Written second opinion fee

From 400 € to 900 €. The final fee depends on the type of Medical Report requested (see specification below).

Terms and Conditions

  • Vanni VERONESI MD provides the "second opinion" service which is mainly dedicated to patients residing
    abroad.
  • The following terms and conditions should be carefully read.
  • By sending your request, you agree to our prices and terms and conditions described below.
  • These terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of Vanni VERONESI MD. We highly encourage you to review them regularly as you must comply with any changes made to the terms and conditions up to the day you request a second opinion.  

Stored Information and Transmission

When you request a second opinion, you consent that your medical reports / radiological images will be stored in the Vanni VERONESI MD information system. You agree that your second-opinion report will be e-mailed to you. You are aware of the risks of unsecured e-mail communication.

Personal Data

Be aware that any personal information provided on your online form, per e-mail or by mail will be used to respond to your inquiry. This information will be confidentially stored on the personal computer of Vanni VERONESI MD. It will not be transferred to a third party unless requested by you or required by law.  

SECOND OPINION: DESCRIPTION, RULES AND PRICES


The service provided through the Second Opinion Services of Vanni VERONESI MD differs from the diagnostic services offered by a physician on-site.
When the physician gives a second opinion, they will not be privy to some information that would usually be gained through an on-site examination of your physical condition.
This limitation may impact the physician’s opinion of your diagnosis.
Thus our physician’s recommendations will be shared with your local physician to minimize potential risks to your health.
When agreeing to use our service, you acknowledge this limitation and agree to assume the associated risk.
Consequently, you are aware that a requested second opinion is provided based on the medical records you provide us with, and you agree that the Vanni VERONESI MD bears no responsibility for the quality and content of these external documents.  
When receiving a second opinion, you herewith consent that:
·     Your involvement in the second opinion will be carried out in writing;
·     The second opinion will be based on the medical reports / radiological images provide;
·     The second opinion is informative and does not aim to replace a full medical evaluation or an on-site visit with a physician;
·     The second opinion does not provide relevant information usually obtained during an out-patient examination, thereby limiting the diagnosis of a condition, disease, or injury;
·     The recommendations resulting from a second opinion will be provided to your referring physician.
This agreement is subject to the law of Italy.


It is possible to request different types of medical reports, with or without evaluation of neuroradiological images.


Second Opinion (Medical Report for Health Care):


COMPLEX Category - Price 900 €
evaluation of Medical History, medical reports, medical records, and clinical symptoms questionnaire and neuroradiological images.

The COMPLEX second opinion is the most appropriate and that I recommend. 

It is preferable as it allows me to be able to provide indications on the basis of a lot of information, including previous diagnoses and interpretations of neuroradiological tests. There are no limits to the number of tests (MRI, CT, and X-ray), which, however, must be connected to the current clinical situation.

If then I think to suggest other neuroradiological tests, these always fall into the COMPLEX second opinion, and there is no need to activate the SIMPLE second opinion.


• MEDIA Category - Price 700 €
evaluation of Medical History, medical reports, medical records, clinical symptoms questionnaire.

The MEDIA second  opinion concerns patients who have only partially undergone the diagnostic process and who may not have neuroradiological tests, so it must likely be integrated with the second SIMPLE opinion in which I can evaluate subsequent neuroradiological tests.


• SIMPLE Category - Price 400 €
evaluation of neuroradiological images.
There are no limits to the number of tests (MRI, CT, and X-ray), which, however, must be connected to the current clinical situation.
Many patients believe that seeing neuroradiological tests (MRI, CT, X-ray) may be enough to be able to express a diagnostic or therapeutic opinion. Still, in neurosurgery, in general, it is not possible.

 The request for a second opinion of the SIMPLE category is generally used after having already received the second opinion of MEDIA category.

If you are interested only in Second Opinion of SIMPLE category it is necessary to specify that:

- The images support the evaluation of the anamnesis and symptoms;

- The old axiom that says that patients are operated, but images of tests are not operated, is still valid;
- In most cases, a medical examination is required to indicate surgical treatment.


For these reasons, it is not advisable to evaluate the images only because it does not lead to giving conclusive opinions. 

This option of the second opinion SIMPLE category is therefore to be reserved for particular cases such as, for example, a possible diagnostic completion subsequent to the second opinion MEDIUM category in which the evaluation of the exams is not foreseen.


If you are interested in Second Opinion of SIMPLE category follow these steps:
1. Fill in the request form. You will then receive instructions on how to send the exam images. Attach your current medical reports required for the evaluation of the images (in Italian or English).
2. Make sure that the radiological images sent are no older than 6 months.  If the symptoms have not changed and remained constant, instrumental tests (MRI, CT and X-ray) can be considered valid and evaluated if performed up to 6 months before the request for a second opinion. If symptoms have changed, new updated tests are required.
3. The Second Opinion will be ready within four weeks.
4. Image transfer is possible:
or with the free WE TRANSFER internet program;
or by sending us your CDs to the following address:
Ospedale "Degli Infermi," Faenza (RA), Vanni VERONESI, Neurochirurgia
Viale Stradone, 9 – Postal Code 48018, Faenza (RA), Italy
5. If you have further questions and send additional documents for evaluation after receiving the Second Opinion of SIMPLE Category, our medical center may charge you for these extra services based on the category of Second Opinion.
6. Your report will be sent to you in English.
7. Provide payment for the service ordered in advance.

List of data to be included in the message in the box below for requesting a Second Opinion

  • Patient's Name/Surname.
  • Gender: Female, Male.
  • Date and place of birth.
  • Telephone number.
  • E-mail.
  • Country and city of residency.
  • Current diagnosis.
  • Current medical condition/complaints.
  • Current medication.

Specify the chosen category of Second Opinion (COMPLEX, MEDIA or SIMPLE)

LAST UPDATE 31th MAY 2020

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