COVID-19 Update

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta offers second opinions, because we understand that when your child needs orthopedic treatment or surgery, a second opinion can help ease concerns and help you make an informed decision. We also welcome patients from other orthopedic practices who would like a second opinion.

There are several ways to provide second opinions for families, including:

Make an appointment at one of our locations and see a pediatric orthopedic specialist in clinic.

A virtual visit allows you to connect with one of our doctors in real time using video through your computer, smartphone or tablet. Every visit is unique, and some visits need to happen in person—your child’s doctor will help decide if your child can be seen virtually. Talk to our schedulers about setting up a virtual visit for your child.

Expert pediatric orthopedic care from anywhere

Our team is now offering virtual visits to make appointments easier. Talk to our schedulers about whether a virtual visit is right for your child.

Our spine second opinion document review is the only service of its kind in Georgia. This review allows patients to have access to the only nationally ranked pediatric orthopedics program in our state without traveling. Unlike other second opinions, this service allows patients to have their medical records and imaging reviewed and assessed by our spine leadership team of experts. Having these additional opinions can help ease concerns and may provide alternative treatment options.

How does the spine second opinion document review work?

If you live in Georgia (outside of the Atlanta area) and have a child or teen who has been diagnosed with a spine condition, such as scoliosis, you can submit their medical records and documents for review. You will submit your information to our spine second opinion coordinator and will receive confirmation from us once your records have been received. Three of our spine surgeons will review your child’s documentation and discuss the case amongst themselves. Our coordinator will reach out with our comprehensive opinion within seven to 10 days after document submission. We may either agree with your child’s previous diagnosis and care plan or offer a different path for treatment. Getting a second opinion from our team does not mean your child automatically becomes a Children’s patient; it simply helps you make an informed decision about your child’s health and treatment. We also welcome you to meet us in person for a consultation and further treatment discussions.

How much does it cost?

The second opinion document review service is not covered by insurance. There is a flat fee of $500 for this service. Payment is due at the time of request. The fee is collected over the phone by our spine second opinion coordinator using a credit card (we accept all major credit cards).

Next steps

Contact our spine second opinion coordinator to request a spine second opinion document review. Our coordinator will walk you through the process. You will receive an email from our coordinator with links to complete health history information, as well as a link to a secure portal to upload your child’s documentation for the review. You will be asked to complete and provide:

  1. Medical history questionnaire
  2. Financial consent form
  3. Referral from pediatrician
  4. Medical records, including any imaging like X-rays