Advertisement

Why would I need to see a medical specialist?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
A medical specialist is most important when seeking care for a specific systemic illness or health issue. For example, cardiac abnormalities should be treated with the care of a cardiologist while seizure disorders may require the management from a neurologist. Medical specialist often work hand in hand with surgical specialist for monitoring, evaluation and management of complicated patients. 
Dr. John J. Connolly
Healthcare Insurance & Policy
 You should see a specialist when your primary care physician recommends it. Most health issues can be initially managed by primary care physicians. When it gets more serious or complicated, diabetes, ulcers or colitis, etc., a referral to a specialist could be appropriate.

Continue Learning about Healthcare Basics

The Major Health Risk You Take Every Day
The Major Health Risk You Take Every Day
Most people think smoking is the worst thing they can possibly do for their health. But in reality, perhaps the worst thing of all is something most o...
Read More
How is genetic testing used in concierge medicine?
William H. Baer II., MDWilliam H. Baer II., MD
Genetic testing may be used in concierge medicine to create more personalized care. As an example, g...
More Answers
10 Things Nurses Wish Their Patients Knew
10 Things Nurses Wish Their Patients Knew10 Things Nurses Wish Their Patients Knew10 Things Nurses Wish Their Patients Knew10 Things Nurses Wish Their Patients Knew
Be honest, speak up and don't forget to stop in and say hello
Start Slideshow
What Are Most Health Applications that Gather Patient Data Missing?
What Are Most Health Applications that Gather Patient Data Missing?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.