The January 2017 To-Do List »
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 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.
First, I'm a RN and have been actively practicing for 32 years. I've been a patient of Dr. Sedani for over 10 years. I've been very happy with the level of service provided until recently. Today I made an appointment to see her about renewing some travel meds. I guess being able to get a same day routine visit should have raised some suspicion. I let the staff know specifically why I was making the appointment and no one said anything about not providing this service. I paid my co-pay on arrival. When I met with Dr. Sedani she refused to prescribe Flagyl and Cipro for travelers diarrhea. It's not as if it's a narcotic and I had expired bottles of the same medication so it's not as if I'm abusing it. The excuse was that "the insurance company doesn’t like that sort of thing ". Really?!!!The last sick visit for my husband had the same unsatisfactory results. I believe that it was the only sick visit in 10 years! Interestingly, as I was leaving another patient complained to the receptionist that she was very dissatisfied and wasn't coming back either. My family won't be returning to this PCP and I would advise others to search elsewhere!
Dr. Kayed is a wonderful doctor. He is very knowledgeable and caring. I went to see Dr. Kayed about a female medical condition. He explained all of my options, and I decided to have surgery. Dr. Kayed did an amazing job! I am very pleased with my experience, and I highly recommend Dr. Kayed.
I agree with the other two "one-star" reviews. The doctors are okay, nothing spectacular, but the office staff and (to a lesser extent) the nursing staff...they're just terrible. Everything you as a patient do there is just horribly inconvenient to them. I took my child there for routine immunizations and wasn't really impressed with the office staff. Today I called to ask a simple question, got put on hold, and after I was taken off hold was told they were too busy to answer my question today (Friday at 11 am) and I needed to call back on Monday. I called a different doctor, who now has my business. Save yourself the trouble of having to switch doctors and just don't go here in the first place. I suspect the review below must be an employee or husband of an employee...
Upon seeing Dr. Perez yesterday, from the 1st sentance out of his mouth, i was assaulted w judgements, called names, & beyond mistreated, which has led me today to file complaints w/many organisations for the cruel, crude, judgemental, name calling, and incredibly biased remarks. Before even sitting down for an exam that never even took place, I was immediately judged as an abuser. A junkie, a Liar, and his very 1st statement to me was "Don't expect I will write you any narcotic medication!". As a former patient of a Doctor that was pushed out, and made fun of for treating lyme disease, a disease most doctors in my area insist is not real, Dr. Perez made immediate assumptions i was there to get narcotic drugs. My office paperwork id even filled out said i was looking to be weaned and find a different avenue to treat me, but i did not even have one chance to complete a full sentance, as this mans voice kept raising until a shade of red came into his face, watching me cry, and begging him to know why he wouldnt listen to me, but moreso why he refused to even examine or treat me under The Hypocratic Oath. I'd waited one month to see him, he never even received my records from my prev. Dr, and still immediately made such horrid name calling assumptions like "you people", "You lie to me telling me one thing and telling me another", and the worse of that he assumed w out even looking at his office paperwork profile of what I was seeking., in which my main concern was the psychiatric side of deep depression from the pain, the bi-polar, and serious mood swings, and the Epileptsy I have that one of the psychiatric meds controls. I was specifically told he doesn't even write for Celexa, Trazadone, and Lamectal-the anti seizure that works w bi polar mood swings. BC of my former Dr, who has a valid liscence in Pa, but was ousted by a local pharmasist for his opinion of this Dr who was healing Lyme disease patients bc of the many antibiotics, and narcotics to control the pain whilst under treatment. (Similar to a cancer patient who must go under radiation or Chemo, with it's aweful side effects controlled by writing many, many medicines, with patients incurring terrible pain, psychiatric problems through the treatments). Dr. Perez told me that Lyme is a lie for Coo Coos, and if I get it out of my head that Lyme isn't real, I'll be all better. Chronic Lyme Disease- has stages - and if caught in time- usually 4 weeks of antibiotics are able to respond and treat the patient, but the Titer will always remain in the body in a remission state w the possibility of getting very ill. All of my medications are due to run out in less than a few days, and I went in for help, sat in a chair for approx 2-3 minutes, and was yelled at, and kicked out into an office filled with patients. Humiliated and severe, and unable to drive home until the seizure passed. BC of this extremely horrid- beyond inexcusable treatment, or should I say no treatment except for bullying words and being thrown out crying, today I have decided to report Dr. Perez, not only to Medicare/Medicaid, but also filing complaints of this unethical mans biased opinions, and lack of treatment. I had the chance to record about 5-6 minutes of him yelling at me to get out of his face. I'd never recommend him. I waited over 2 3/4 hours, watching patients whose appointment times were after my scheduled time, and I plan to pursue this to the State Medival Liscencing Board, The Quality Improvement Organisation of Medicare, and our State Senetor for no doctors, and pharmacists will honor any patients of this doctor that had been treating us, helping us to get well, only for many of us to go into very bad positions of health scares that could take our very lives away from us. BC of Dr. Perez's non treatment, I couldn't even get one complete sentence in lue of his accusations that we're preposterous.
I been going to them for years and there always friendly and attack the problems right away. There the best at what they do and i would never change my doctor even if there was a rude staff member i would just tell the doctors and let them handle it accordingly but in my experience the staff seems to be just like any other staff.. friendly and attentive. you might have caught someone having a bad day or something. We all have one of those ya know.
Ok Went to Dr. Katara back in 2011 and he was a horrible Doctor. I had a severe case of Bells Palsey and he told me that I might have a brain tumor then left for vacation on Memorial Day Weekend. Needless to say I was totally upset the entire weekend. So I switched to Dr. Vegari - who is awesome. Now since Dr. Vegari closed for health reasons, the only game in town is Neurology Associates of Monroe County. Was on hold with them for over 45 mins before I called back to speak with Dr. Katara's secretary and was told since its been so long now I am considered a new patient and they aren't accepting new patients. YUP DONT GO THERE!!! They don't wanna help anyone they only want the almighty dollar - They suck big time. Now I will probably have to drive over an hour to get help.
Please avoid this doctor. I had a very bad experience with this doctor and his staff!! This place is very,very unprofessional. Dr. Gupta got me for over $600 out of pocket expenses. After draining me and my medical insurance dry!!. Dr Gupta decides to just stop writing out my prescription refills. He had me on a very addictive medication for over 11 months. I call the office 5 times for a simple explanation as to why I was cut off?. Neither he nor his staff had the courtesy or decency to return a 1 phone call. Thanks Dr. Gupta for getting me hooked on a prescription drug and allowing me to suffer through these horrific withdrawal symptoms without even showing any sympathy. And you call yourself a doctor????
Dr.Degler has been my doctor ever since he replaced my old doctor who moved out of state, he's young & has the new up to date knowledge. He's been here a few yrs.now & I'm very satisfied with him,he's not one of those doctors who makes u feel like ur on an assembly line he takes the time to listen to me & never rushes me out he actually ask u if u have any questions which is getting rare now days.I have recommended him to family members & would recommend him to anyone looking for a good doctor.
Great physician. Caring, great bedside manner, genuinely nice guy.
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.