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It's never an easy decision to have surgery. But then a transvaginal ultrasound revealed I had an 8-9 cm pedunculated subserosal fibroid on the fundus of my uterus & I knew something had to be done. My OBGYN recommended a myomectomy & sent me to meet with Dr. Groves that same week. We discussed my options & he advised me of the da Vinci procedure. Dr. Groves assured me of his competence in removal of fibroids via this method & his confidence in its ability to preserve fertility, which is extremely important to me because I’m 29 & looking to start a family soon. We scheduled a laparoscopic myomectomy; however, my partner & I felt it wise to get a second opinion. That doctor also agreed the fibroid should be removed so I continued my research into the da Vinci procedure & myomectomies via the internet as I awaited my surgery. My pre-op visit was mainly a Q&A session with Dr. Groves, urine test & blood draw to make sure I was healthy. Everything came back normal & I worried myself to “death” in the following 4 weeks. The day before surgery, I did a light prep with Miralax instead of their standard bowel prep because I have ulcerative colitis & did not want to induce a flare but also wanted to comply with all requirements to reduce infection risk. On the day of surgery, my mother & I arrived at the hospital at 6:30AM. I was admitted & we were escorted to outpatient surgery. A nurse called me back, took my weight & provided me with a cup for a urine sample to do a pregnancy test, a hospital gown & compression stockings, then started my IV. My mother was brought back into the room and after a short period of time, Dr. Groves came in along with the Anesthesiologist. Dr. Groves made me feel calm about the procedure & the entire medical team was very confident. About 15 minutes after their departure, a CRNA & surgical assistant came in, started antibiotics and a sedative in my IV, and wheeled me off to the OR. I barely remember anything after coming into that room except there were a lot of people & I was assisted in moving from my bed to another table. The general anesthesia I was given was Propofol & I was in surgery for about 1.5 hours. I woke up in the post op area with 4 incisions (2 on the right, 1 navel & 1 larger exit on the left). As I regained full consciousness, a nurse administered Morphine by IV & graduated me from ice chips to water & saltines to induce belly sounds. I was there for a few hours before my discharge nurse took me to my post OP room. I was given gram crackers and ginger ale (I was so hungry!), a Percocet (which reduced my pain to about a 4) & my mom came back into the room. We were given discharge instructions & after some time, I went by wheelchair to the car at about 3 PM. Overall, I was in much less pain than I ever expected & I am healing at a remarkable rate, which I attribute not only to the expertise of my surgical team but also da Vinci robotics. Of course, for the first few days I had to take Percocet on a regular schedule (I started my period 2 days post OP & caught a cold from my mom at 3 days post OP), but after I began taking extra strength Tylenol. It was difficult to move and walk but today, I had my two week post op visit & I feel GREAT. My incisions are healing beautifully; I no longer require pain meds & can gradually move back into my normal routine. Best of all, no more FIBROID! All thanks to da Vinci & Dr. Groves. I am eternally grateful & looking forward to continuing my journey to motherhood.
After about 15 years of suffering with chronic pain in my left leg and foot I went to see Dr. Moss. Some days I was in so much pain and had terrible muscle spasms I could hardly walk. I went to medical doctors, neurologists, and pain specialists. They did test after test, sent me to physical therapy and pumped me full of medications that did not work. They could not give me a diagnosis for my pain. I finally gave up on all of them and suffered through the pain. They almost had me convinced it was all in my head. The drugs they gave me made me feel awful. I asked the doctors if seeing a chiropractor would help me and they all responded negatively, which made me afraid that a chiropractor might do me more harm than good. They were so wrong! If I had gone for chiropractic treatment sooner I am sure now that I would not have suffered all those years. My supervisor at work told me how much Dr. Moss had helped her and she finally convinced me to go see him. I wish I had gone to him years ago. It took a lot for me to make myself go for treatment a few times a week. I was so reluctant at first. Dr. Moss worked up a treatment plan for me and I committed. It was not easy at first but after about a month I really started to feel a difference. He promised me I would and I did. He is so caring with his patients and passionate about chiropractic. I was very impressed when he called me at home after my first treatment to check on me. None of the other many doctors I had seen in the past ever did that! Dr. Moss explained to me what was causing my pain and started treating me. He told me up front that it was not going to be a quick fix, considering how long I have had my pain, but if I stuck with his recommended regimen my quality of life would improve. He was right!! I have stuck with my treatments and my condition is much better. I can now power walk and exercise when before physical activity for me was nonexistent. I will continue to see Dr. Moss for as long as needed, forever, if that's what it takes to keep me feeling good. I have also noticed that since I have been getting chiropractic treatments my overall health has improved - in the last few years, other than a stomach virus, I have not been sick. If you are hesitant about chiropractic please don't be. Dr. Moss will change your life! I will always be grateful to him for helping me when no one else could. Thank you Dr. Moss !!!! You are the best !!!! Laurie C.
Don't believe the negative comments posted for Dr. Atwood. He is an awesome doctor and has treated my family for 25 years. When my parents first started with his practice he went back to school at night and on weekends so he could learn how to treat my Mom's thyroid condition. Later he went above and beyond his call to take of my father when he was diagnosed with lung cancer and was even present at his funeral. If it weren't for him and his staff we would have never known my Mom had leukemia. Her specialist had known for a year and because my Mom couldn't pay the $40 copay they never called her to tell her. A YEAR!!! He also takes care of my daughter, my brother and his family and guess what? We are all still living. The reason he may not take a Medicare patient is because Medicare limits the amount of patients a primary physician can see also how would you like to spend an hour with someone and get paid $20.27? I work for a doctor and that is what Medicare pays us per patient... To address the test after test comment. Thank your insurance company for that one. They set the guidelines on how a doctor can proceed with HIS patient. That's why you can't be seen for more than one ailment at a time. THEY (insurance) want to tell the doctor how to treat HIS patient. Its unbelievable, yet we allow it because we have to have health coverage. Don't fault the doctor unless you have read his contract with the insurance company...
Buddy, you just had a bad day that day. We all have them. I have been with them since they moved from Providence Rd. They, even though my wonderful Dr is Santa aka Dr Marks, are great. Merrilee, Natalie, and the younger people Merrilee goes out of her way to give them a good, smart start. After all SMART young people working and learning make great Nurses and Doctors. In total complete honesty they saved my life. You know how? Never giving up. If I wasn't doing what I was supposed to be doing, Boom!!!! they (Merrilee) told me to get busy and do what Dr Marks had prescribed. To me they are the best. They all talked, scolded me and really really save my life TODAY. I am so thankful I have them and feel like part of the family there. Today I am healthier than ever, so get better. The Lady doctor or Lady doctor practioner are the best, Dr Marks is a straight shooter as Merrilee and Natalie are when they want to see you it's like the principal's office. So get better and don't give up on them.
I ABSOLUTELY enjoyed my time here. I transfered to this facility after having a not so very nice experience with a different chiropractor. The staff here are so welcoming. When my time ended here it was sad for me. They make you feel like family. Dr. McDowell is the most friendliest, gentle, down to earth and sociable doctor I have ever met. Hailee, who scheduled my appointments is as humble as they come, cute as a button and always smiling and laughing making you feel at home. Shannon, who is no longer there because she moved out of state, (sad day for me) was super funny. We were constantly telling each other jokes. I promise, not only will you get the care you need . But the feeling of family is so strong here. I can't wait to go visit them...WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!!!!
Dr. Harrington is warm, down-to-earth, intelligent, open minded man. He is not a Dr. God - he believes if chiropractic treatment or acupuncture helps then by all means, the patient should pursue that form of treatment. I was immediately at east with Dr. Harrington - he wasn't in a hurry - he asked a lot of questions but we visited too - it was more like talking with a friend than consulting a doctor. I was so delighted that he accepted me as a patient - I searched four months to find a physician who would accept Medicare patients. Dr. Harrington was the first one I found who did. I highly recommend this man - I feel that he gives the best possible care to his patients and more important, that he cares about their well being. He's terrific!
Care Advantage is wonderful, we loved Kelly Lugo at the Chesapeake Office. The company was a savior with my dad. We appreciated the employees, we only had a problem with one sent. We addressed the issue with Kelly and the person was replaced immediately with one that worked with my dad until his recovery. That person was really special. The service is invaluable. We were a problem client, because I'm really controlling. However, Kelly was alwaysright there, real patient, and always called right back. I never once felt abandoned. Kelly was super positive and I'm thankful for the work Care Advatage provided us. I would recommend them to anyone who needs out patient care long term or short term like our family.
Rude Office Staff Dr. Chad was nice; however the office staff here is incredibly rude and unprofessional. After a consultation visit and approximately 10 adjustments over the course of a month I will be going somewhere else. Scheduling appointments at an office that is closed from 10:45-2:30 everyday, as well as being closed Tuesday morning (until 2:30) and closed all day Thursday is ridiculous!! The front desk staff is unpleasant both in person and on the phone, the office manager only works part time 3 days a week and has lots of excuses for the staff's attitude. If anyone at my job acted this way with customers they would be fired.
I suffered for two years with chronic chest pain, shortness of breath and dysphagia. I would also experience occasional back spasms that would leave me immobile for hours at a time. I went through twenty-seven different tests all coming back negative and giving me no relief. Dr. Chad did what a cardiologist, gasroenterologist, ENT, allergist, and pulmonologist could not ; he found what was causing my debilitating illness. Dr. Chad goes beyond the call of duty to ensure his patients are on the road to good health. I can't say enough good things about him.
I've been seeing Dr. Adams for about a year now... He is absolutely amazing, I've never in my life ENJOYED going to the doctor.. Now I look forward to it, he's a very family-oriented person and an optimist. He actually cares about how his patients feel and what they want, so long as it's safe for them. He's always looking out for his patients and trying to give them all options for whatever their medical disorder is... He is a great doctor!! I've recommended him to my mom and my boyfriend... They both see him now and absolutely love him!
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.