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801 W 38th St Ste 100Austin, TX 78705
The procedure I received from them is really great! It didn't hurt at all and it is fast. For sure, I will be back to try other procedures in the near future. If you are looking for nothing less but quality results, this is definitely the place to be.
1600 W 38th StAustin, TX 78731
My first experience with SC was for a frozen shoulder. It was very painful. I couldn't tuck the back of my shirt tail in: it was impossible. Within 8-10 weeks, I was good to go. They work fast and I realized that I needed to take mental notes...think and remember what they said about the ex…
901 W 38th St Ste 401Austin, TX 78705
I had contemplated having breast augmentation done for quite some time, but was afraid of the complications that could come with it. I also wasn't very comfortable with the idea of trusting something so personal with total strangers. After doing some research, I found Dr. Dustin Reid at Restora …
3410 Far West Blvd Ste 110Austin, TX 78731
Dr. Maggi is detail focused and a true expert in this field! I did extensive research into plastic surgeons in the Austin area because I know I have a complicated surgery. He took the time in my very first consultation to explain in detail what he could do and what my expected results would be. …
901 Mopac Expressway South, Barton Oaks Plaza 4, Suite 350Austin, TX 78746
Just had Lasik done. It was everything that the team at Dell Laser Consultants said it would be. I knew exactly what to expect and they answered all my questions.\r \r I had been wearing glasses since I was 10 years old. Can't believe I can see clearly when I first wake up in the morning. Wo…
7756 Northcross Dr Ste 203Austin, TX 78757
I went to see Dr Bockmann first for headaches and upper back pain and then for shoulder popping. He adjusted me a couple of times which provided immediate relief and placed me on a work out and stretch program to help strengthen supporting muscles to alleviate the stress and provide stability. …
4006 S Lamar Blvd Ste 78704Austin, TX 78704
Feeling much better now thanks to the individualized treatment plan from Dr. Cynthia Schade and her team. They truly excel at providing comprehensive care. Active Life Chiropractic Center covers all the bases to get you back to wellness. They offer physical therapists, massage therapists, grasto…
8015 Shoal Creek Blvd Ste 103Austin, TX 78757
I have suffered from multiple chronic pain injuries and issues for nearly thirty years. There are no words to describe how fortunate I am to be under Dr Amasha's care. My increase in quality of life since finding Capitol Pain is imeasurable. Thank you Dr Amasha and staff for giving me a chance …
4202 Santiago St Ste 3Austin, TX 78745
Personal training with Leon Miller vastly improved the results I was getting at the gym. Each of the 12 lessons I took was geared to my ability at the time, yet they were flexible enough to be gradually increased as my strength increased. Each lesson was varied, working through different muscl…
4303 James Casey St Ste AAustin, TX 78745
I (53 yr. old) suffered from pain on my left testicle for about 5yrs and it kept getting progressively worse radiating down to my leg. I heard about Dr. Parviz Kavoussi and after consultation and a minor injection to see if pain was relieved. He decided to perform a procedure called Microsurgica…
900 W 38th St Ste 350Austin, TX 78705
I would like to take the opportunity to respond to the review by a former patient's mother, which was posted by blueeyes594 on 3/14/2012. As an employee of Dr. Cain's for over five years, I have never witnessed such a horrifying verbal attack on a staff at a medical practice or elsewhere until t…
4100 Duval RdAustin, TX 78759
I have had RSD or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome since 1994 due to a work related incident and after getting the run around from multiple ""Company"" Dr's I finally made it here and from day one with this Dr I was always treated like I should have been at all the other places I was sent to. This…
13110 W Highway 290Austin, TX 78737
Dr Steve Klayman cured both my asthma and acid reflux after seven years of medicine and stress of both. Went from cynic to true believer and continue to grow in my understanding of what's possible give our amazing blessed bodies mind and spirit; taking care of yourself and working with someone l…
8015 Shoal Creek Blvd Ste 103Austin, TX 78757
Dr. Desai is such a beautiful woman-her personal care and grooming attest to her understanding of self-image,self-care, and dignity,reflected in her attitude toward me as her patient. Consistently attentive and thorough, I feel heard, understood, & confident in her professional care and ability …
6101 Balcones Dr Ste 102Austin, TX 78731
I want to thank Dr. Swanson for all that he has done for me and my family. My son was having severe trouble with his allergies. He started to adjust my son who was about to have surgery for his allergies but dr. Swanson was able to adjust and help him get over the allergies and also helped his b…
12201 Renfert Way Ste 220Austin, TX 78758
OBGYN North is a wonderful medical practice. I have been a patient with this group for almost 4 years, including appointments for routine exams and, recently, the birth of my second child. The OBs, midwives, nurses, and front desk staff are all professional, warm, and friendly. I look forwa…
200 Medical Pkwy Ste 380Austin, TX 78738
I just had the best experience with Ally at Dr. Whitfield's office. She is amazing and so are my results so far from the Fractora treatments she's been doing for my skin. I look and feel so much younger.
4300 N Quinlan Park Rd Ste 225Austin, TX 78732
It's so refreshing to find a good doctor that's also easy to talk to. I've had many experiences where I had to trade one for the other. Dr. Lain has an incredible sensitivity to people's needs - both medically and personally. Going to the doctor has often be awkward when it comes to discuss…
6500 N Mo Pac Expy Ste I-1200Austin, TX 78731
I think Dr. Kaylen Silverberg is one of the great ones in his field. Not only is he really knowledgeable but he has very good bed side manor which I feel is very important, especially during this sensitive process. He was genuinely happy when my husband and I got pregnant with twins. Not only di…
1803 W 35th St Ste AAustin, TX 78703
Dr B is the best. She was able to help where no one else could to get me out of pain after an auto accident. I didn't believe in chiropractic care until she started to work on me. It's an added bonus that she knows and uses other techniques like acupuncture, tens therapy, and she has a rehabilit…
9828 Great Hills Trl Ste 450Austin, TX 78759
Dr. Bary is the balm, the best chiro I've known. He's very good on adjustments, gentle and knowledgable. When my lower back went out on the left side and the sciatic nerve had me virtually paralyzed, he knew how to fix it and without his care I don't know how I would have gotten better. He's als…
8518 Fm 1826Austin, TX 78737
Keith and his staff are expert and professional in every way. From the first phone call to make an appointment to Keith's on-site evaluation and Vincent's fertilization of my trees -- their service couldn't have been any better. Keith definitely ""knows his stuff"" when it comes to trees, taki…
5815 W William Cannon Dr Ste 101Austin, TX 78749
From the moment I walked into the office I was greeted by friendly staff and knowledgeable Doctors. The office wasn't gloomy like most but new and contemporary with state of the art equipment. They LISTENED to me and gave me choices based on my health goals. I have never been so impressed with …
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If you are looking for a Retinal Doctor, please come see Austin Retina Associates.Dr. Young is very caring and will answer any questions you have.
This bariatric sleeve surgery was one of the best things I have ever done for myself and family. It was Dr. Eric Acheson, my surgeon, that deserves the credit for my success. He really knows what he is doing with surgery. I had very little pain if any. His positive and sweet personality gave me the self-confidence to know it would all be ok from the very first visit in his office. All I can say is thank you, Dr. Acheson, for giving me better health, less pain, especially my knees, tons of energy, and feeling 15 years younger. You are the Rock!!! May God watch over you and give you many blessings! Karen Riley Cedar Park, Texas
Excellent staff and medical facility. Very professional and knowledgeable.Diagnosis and procedure explained thoroughly.
Dr. Lough was very nice and explained the procedure and possible results very well.
This place is the worst, and it's not the place but the people. I have been there twice and both times left without being seen by a provider. The first time I waited for over and hour (mind you I am a single mother and had to take time off of work), and then they came and told me that the doctor had to go to a delivery. The thing that really got me was how rude the staff was. This is a state ran Medicaid place, but the staff is very rude. The were gossiping about men, dates, and children. Clearly very unprofessional. I really did not want to go there again, but I got the Texas Women's health program, so I had no other choice. I went to my visit hopeful that maybe it would be better. Of course upon checking in the front desk associate tells me that it will be $170.00 plus whatever the doctor decides to do. Well, of course I am upset. I got the Medicaid program to help with these kind of visit (pap smears, etc.) If I had that kind of money I would go to a regular Gynecologist. There was no concern over whether I could pay for that or not. I am a medical biller and know how that could of been billed. I was there to get a pap smear. I will never go there again and I suggest (unless you want to be treated like crap), you shouldn't go there either. Sad this is how our tax paying dollars are getting spent. With rude people who should not be working for the public. Really did not want to give them even a star, but it seems I was made to do that in order to post my concerns.
Dr. Scumpia has been very professional, thorough, compassionate, and attentive throughout my medical issues. In fact, she figured out what I had, when others couldn't.
I Love Dr.Lough and his staff. I am 1 year out of GB surgery and could not be happier. Dr. Lough suggested a new facility to do my surgery and it was more like a spa visit then a hospital stay. Dr. Lough and I have had extensive talks about my results and what to expect that I feel like I will be confident on an excellent outcome! I was given Dr. Lough's name as a reference from my BIL that is a surgeon at the mayo clinic in Minn. Highly recommend him!!
Dr. Lough went out of his way to explain everything FULLY. I loved that he spared not details. I was able to compare the information he provided with my research to feel fully comfortable with my decision to undergo this proceedure. He was patient when I was annoying and kind when I was scared while being a wealth of knowledge. Nothing about him is typical. Do yourself a favor and meet with Doctor Erik Lough.
I trust Austin Retina Associates with my eye care. Fifteen years ago I experienced a critical retina separation in one eye. My vision was eclipsed as the retina was separating. Dr. Lyle Koen of Austin Retina Associates met me in his office on a Labor Day holiday weekend within 15 minutes of the time I called his office to report my symptoms. He acted very quickly to save me from blindness in one eye, and now I have 20-20 vision with my normal eye glasses in both eyes. Now, I see Dr. Ryan Young at Austin Retina Associates. At the time of my last two annual check ups Dr. Young took plenty of time to listen to my questions, answer them and to examine my retinas and to evaluate the health of my eyes. Dr. Young and all the staff are professional and helpful. I am grateful to excellent doctors and staff like those at Austin Retina Associates for my healthy eyes.
No stars! Don't even go to this doctor - he doesn't listen. Your in his office for 15 minutes - tops! He writes you a prescription and out the door you are. He is just about the money and how many clients he can see within the billable hour - even though all clients are charged the entire hour (whether it be through insurance or private pay). I do have insurance and my claims show an entire hour. My last appointment, I canceled to due a family emergency, then was hit with a $100 bill and letter from him stating he cannot see me anymore. Now, when I am trying to pay this stupid bill, I am unable to get ahold of ANYONE in the office - and this has been going on for 2 weeks now. I now will need to go into his office and hope this has not gone to collections yet. DO NOT GO TO THIS JOKE OF A DOCTOR. There are many other better doctors out there that actually sit down, listen to you and care. He quadrupled one of my meds within just 2 wks of taking it! He had me taking blood tests every week and seeing him every week - very unnecessary. And I was a patient of his for only 1 month! He didn't even send the orders to the lab one time and a Saturday morning of mine was completely wasted, then he got upset at me saying that I should have called his office --- on a Saturday? They barely answer during the week as it is. I am STILL trying to pay this bill so I can be done with his hoax of a practice.
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.