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3245 S Wadsworth BlvdLakewood, CO 80227
From Business: Rocky Mountain Medical Equipment serves Lakewood and surrounding communities with medical equipment and supplies. Our dedicated team of experts will exceed your e…
2055 N High St Ste 340Denver, CO 80205
From Business: Our team of specialists in pediatric hematology and oncology provide care to youths.
2055 N High St Ste 210Denver, CO 80205
From Business: We treat children, adolescents and young adults for neurologic and sleep disorders.
650 S Cherry St Ste 1015Denver, CO 80246
400 Indiana St Ste 350Golden, CO 80401
From Business: Orthopedic leaders in care for musculoskeletal disorders, as well as common childhood injuries.
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.
The staff was friendly but Dr. Feldman was not. I went there to talk about my migraines and recent occuring symptoms of slurred speech/difficulty speaking and forgetfulness. He asked me a series of questions and was abrupt and rude. The most disturbing thing he said to me was that he thought those symptoms might be attributed to my Asian ethnicity and upbringing that caused my slurred/slow speech because Asians tend to be more introverted. One, I was born here and speak just fine. I've never had such a ignorant doctor before. He's Russian and a minority and should understand that it's not okay to say something so racist and ignorant. Basically the whole diagnosis for the headaches and slurred speech was I being Asian and he couldn't help me and recommended me to see another doctor.
Customer service was great until the recieved my 6500.00. Then it went down fast. I had the procedure done on my right hip 3 months ago. I was told it's 100% success rate. Maybe I should have clarified that. 100% successful at getting my money? Or what. I am in as much pain now as the day I walked in. Trying to talk to a doctor about it has proven to be impossible. GOOD LUCK
Great staff and doctors. Individualized care and experienced and friendly doctors who listen to your needs.
Dr. Park did not listen to my concerns and refused to collaborate. When I told him I wasn't comfortable with his suggested approach, he threatened me with a 72-hold. I told him that was a ridiculous, that I wasn't a danger to myself at all and wouldn't be bullied into his approach. He got up and called the police. Literally a worst-nightmare scenario for anyone truly seeking help. His aggression and unwillingness to listen is worse than poor bedside manner - it's careless and harmful. Stay away at all costs (which are hefty, not covered by insurance, and required upfront).
What an awful experience!! Dr.king did not smile,no bedside manner,very full of himself... Did nothing for my pain, said and I quote " you don't have any broken bones, so your fine!!" What doctor says that??? I have had to call out of work twice.. I will not be going back there!!!!!
I went in for a consultation (which was free) on December 31st and made appointments to have the service done on one knee. They charge a non-refundable $200.00 fee to hold your appointment slot with the doctor. After I arrived home I got a voice mail from the representative who had sat down to go over the payments with me, stating that she made an error in her calculation that was stated to me for the second and third payments. I cancelled the appointments and asked for the $200.00 back even though they specified it was non-refundable. I did not make the error, and they made no attempt to change the payments from 3 to 4 in order to spread out the increase of $1,000.00, and since I would not be seeing the doctor after cancelling, why do they need to keep the $200.00 in order to hold my appointment slot??? Do not give any money up front unless you are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that you will be coming for the service. A few days later the doctor called to apologize for the mix-up and offered a discount for the procedure. I'm happy with that and plan on having the procedure done next week. (Update 01/19/2016) I had the procedure done on both knees on 01/14/16 and I am at work today after the MLK holiday. The only pain during the procedure process was the anesthetic had a burning sensation to it that was uncomfortable. The procedure itself went amazingly well and Dr. Michael Cantor is a pro! I had one day of pain, one day of discomfort, and then I was fine. No knee braces, taking off 4 to 6 weeks of work or using crutches like the other clinics I checked into required. I am changing my rating to a 5 star! God bless you Dr. Cantor!!!
I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Rock at Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine. The staff was friendly and fast. Dr, Rock took time to go over all my options that were covered by my insurance. It was so very nice of him to answer the questions I had in terms that I could understand.To the staff and Dr. Rock you guys really ROCK!!!!! I will refer all my family and friends to Dr. Rock for there pain management or physical therapy needs. Thank you Rocky Mountain Spine and Sports Medicine for making my day and turning an appointment I was dreading into an experience I want to share with everyone. Dr. Rock you are the best Doc!!! 5 stars!!!!
I am ever so happy that I found Dr. Rock Navarkal. Being in pain and being hesitant about meeting a new doctor was a waste of energy, because when I met the staff at Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine I quickly realized that I had nothing to worry about. They were prompt and very courteous to me. The experience I had with Dr. Rock Navarkal at Rocky Mountain Spine & Sports Medicine was the way all my doctors appointments should be but rarely are. Dr. Rock answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns, and even went above and beyond by offering treatments that he could do in the same office. In my previous experience I would have to had seen at least 1 more doctors if not 2 or 3 different doctors and have to go to that many different places to them all. To all others a bit of advice, if your time is valuable to you then go to Rocky Mountain Spine and Sports Medicine, but if your time means nothing, then go to any other doctor.
Dr. Rock is the only place you need to go. At Rocky Mountain Sports & Spine Medicine in Denver, CO is a 1 stop shop. Dr. Rock took the time to listen to my ailments and came up with a plan to not only treat, but defeat my pain. Dr, Rock not only treated my immediate pain but used injections and physical therapy to defeat it. The best part was, its all done at Rocky Mountain Sports & Spine Medicine. I would have to say that Dr. Rock is the best doctor I have ever had in Denver! Thank you Dr.Rock!
Why dont all dr.'s value your time as much as theres? I finally found a dr. that does. He was prepared for everything. Dr.Rock blew my mind with his knowledge and readiness for it all. Went in with a pain that wouldn't quit, and not only did he know the right meds to give, but he was able to help this from not happening again by offering all kinds of injections and downstairs had his physical therapy office so we could start the healing process and not just bandaid the problem. My hats off to you Dr. Rock, you're 1 in a million!!!!! If you go anywhere else you'll regret it. Don't waste days or weeks of time being in pain, let the staff at Rocky Mountain sports and spine get you ready for today.
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.