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5959 Truxtun AveBakersfield, CA 93309
Dr. Bhaika pretty much let me die. The first time I was hospitalized for ulcerative colitis my colon was so inflammed that a thorough colonoscopy co…
2619 F StBakersfield, CA 93301
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9870 Brimhall RdBakersfield, CA 93312
3812 N 1st StFresno, CA 93726
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7335 N 1st StFresno, CA 93720
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
Doesn't care at all about his patients, just insurance payments. ... awful. If he has any "expertise" it's certainly not with patient care!
After 18 months of my husband going there for stage 3 Copd and severe emphysema we needed a refil on a emergency inhaler and our pharmacy and us contacted them 4 times! They kept saying they never got it we kept telling them he needed it. Never did get it! Girls in front office always RUDE, call you a few hours before your appointment to say we want you to come earlier because Dr Mehta wants to leave earlier! Always something! No longer go there
Been with Dr Jose Soto about 3 years. He has been my doctor since I had to be on kidney machine. Since I have a graft in my arm since he found out I could not use my vein. Every time I had to see him he informs me if he sees a problem and informs me what has to be done. He had to open up my graft 5 times do to problems of glotting. Not his fault just my make up of my blood. I've talk to a lot of patients that there doctor don't even see them after there procedure, that's sad! But Dr Soto sees me every six months since 2015 or sooner if I have a problem. One this year I had a problem of bleeding and Dr Soto was not available and had to see a different doctor and all I got was his name and will see me later. That's before I had procedure. When I was in operating room they prep me and covered my face. This doctor came in and left after procedure was done. Never did he see how I was or tell me what he did. Dr Soto has always informed me what he was going to do and how I was feeling before he started the procedure. In fact he has always informed me what he was going to do since I was not completely under. After procedure Dr Soto has come in and seen how I was after procedure. I'm glad that he found someone for front desk that he had to not tell what they had go do. It took 3 persons to make him happy and to smile. In fact he had to bring Jan back to train each front desk person. The 4th person finally was able to do her job and Dr Soto doesn't have to tell them what he needs them to do. I would strongly recommend Dr Soto to anyone. I'm very glad that Dr Soto can smile and laff again. Dr Soto great job!
The worst, most unprofessional drunk of a doctor in bakersfield..stay away if at all possible!! He almost killed my mother after a hip replacement and subsequent 5 or 6 (lost count) unsuccessful surgeries to fix his initial crooked implant in her hip.. less than 1 week after 1st surgery, her femur snapped while walking across living room as instructed by physicAL therapists..dr.tivinon was a coward when addressing medical issues and complications with family, sending in his assistant surgeon to speak w/ us and avoidng contact at all costs..when we finally did corner him and we're able to talk with him, he was more concered with his sons then, up and coming wedding than he was my mother's blood clots, 10 day hopitalization with a dislocated hip, and infection..finally he quit and abandoned her as her doctor after about 6 weeks of useless treatment, and life altering and a permanently disfiguring disability..that leg is roughly 2 to 3 inches shorter than the other..she has a severe limp for life, depression and pain still 3 years later..this doctor is a total hack and more concerned with happy hour, than happy patients..terrifying! !
Excellent location in the heart of Bakersfield with prime beautiful one story garden offices that provide a wonderful business environment call (661) 703-9999 and see the nice offices.
This place is a joke. Their hold music is rap. Their staff is rude and unprofessional. They treat you like crap and are disrespectful. Then, when they refer you out they won't supply X-rays or anything for you to take to see a specialist, OR they'll want to charge you $100, CASH only. They called our PCP dr pathetic for asking for the records. So they refer you out but won't cooperate and stoop to name calling.
This Dr likes to pump you up on lots of pain pills, then decides to tell you that you are taking to many pills and are going to die. Then he will force you to rehab saying that you are the drug addict when he's the on prescribing and monitoring each pain medication he gives you. He will then call you a liar about the comments he said to you. This Dr. Needs to be reported to the Medical Board and should not have a license to practice or deal drug to the public.
I am a SEPTIC SHOCK SURVIVOR. I will FOREVER be grateful for Dr. Mehta. She help save my life. I had emergency surgery in May 2015 and Dr. Mehta was part of my surgery team. I was so impressed with the level of care I received, Dr. Mehta is now my primary Doctor.
Dr. Bhaika pretty much let me die. The first time I was hospitalized for ulcerative colitis my colon was so inflammed that a thorough colonoscopy could not be given to me. Dr. Bhaika (who was my GI doctor while in the hospital) sent me home a few days later with no further testing and advised me to take several different prescription meds. Well a few weeks later, I ended up back in the hospital more worse than the last stay. My abdominal region was severally bloated and this time I had to get a blood transfusion due to all the blood I had been losing due to ulcerative colitis. Again no major tests were given to me, but he did up my dose of prescription meds and sent me home after a few more days in the hospital. Finally, a few weeks later, I had to be rushed to the ER because my ulcerative colitis turned into toxic mega colon. I had to be cut open all over my torso to have my life saved and my dieased colon removed. Dr. Bhaika only came to see me once after my surgery while I was in ICU knocked out from getting out of surgery. After that, he never came to see me the whole two weeks after surgery while I was still in the hospital. I was later discharged from the hospital with the wrong prescription meds because he never came back to advise the hospital staff on what to prescribe. Almost a year later, I no longer choose to let this doctor treat me. I now see a colorectal doctor in LA. After my LA colorectal doctor took a look at my medical records from the past year under Dr. Bhaika's care, he was shocked that I wasn't recommended for surgery from my first hospital stay which would've prevented me to have a horrible surgery due to toxic megacolon.If you have crohns or ulcerative colitis, stay away from this doctor. You're better off seeing a colorectal specialist down south in LA who will recommend surgery when it's in the early stage for it to be minimally invasive. In my case, surgery was prolonged almost to the point where I lost my life and had to be butchered on the operating table.
My first visit Dr insisted that I needed to deliver a week early because labor was NOT safe and could tear my scar and kill my baby. He insisted this up until 37 weeks, even after the ultrasound to check babies health and gestation, until he needed to go to New York a week before my due date. When I insisted he still take the baby before he left he said he would not because it wasn't safe. Man lies to suit his schedule and does not care about the safety of your baby. If anything happens to my baby you can bet I will sue him with everything I have. I have had 2 previous bad pregnancies and never felt the way I do about this doctor. He is dismissive and senile. Remembers what is convenient for him and makes up the rest along the way to suit his memory not actual events. I will not use him for my next child and if I could get another Dr this late you can bet I would. Stay away from this man.. he is not respectful of his patients and will treat you like an idiot in the end even if he didn't make you feel that way to begin. All an act to get you until you have no choice but to stay and endure his nonsense.
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.