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.
For the last two years of my professional running career, Dr. More has helped me overcome several running related injuries. Injury is never something a runner wants to deal with, but Dr. More has worked with me to create a recovery/training plan that fits my needs. Dr. More's support and advice has been tremendous and helped me get to the starting line of US Track Championships healthy.
I was extremely disappointed in this practice. At my first visit I told the midwife how nervous I was about miscarriage. She told me, "it happens" and to just hope it wouldn't happen to me. Four weeks later I returned for an ultrasound and found out I had lost the pregnancy, about the same time that I went to my first visit. I think if they had done simple bloodwork they would have been able to tell me this much sooner. During the ultrasound the tech did not show us anything so I knew something was wrong. After I got dressed they had us sit in the waiting room while we waited for a doctor. I sat there crying while other pregnant women sat around me. No follow-up blood work was done.After my D&C no one called to check on me and I was told to call when I was pregnant again. I had no idea what to expect. I found out that I have hypothyroid which can cause miscarriages. A simple blood test would have discovered this. Better care may not have changed the outcome of my first pregnancy, but I did not receive the support I needed. Even though this happens all the time for them, it does not for me, and I needed a lot more support through this process. Other doctors are much better, and I would recommend visiting somewhere else for sure
I saw Dr. Pollack when I broke my foot. He was a fantastic physician! He reviewed my diagnosis and treatment clearly and efficiently. Extremely personable and professional. Would recommend to anyone seeking great medical care!
I would like to start by thanking Dr collalto very much . I was in pain for over 15 years I tried the cortisone injections temporary fix they help for a while for about 3 years one day all I did was bent over I was done I was introduced to Dr. Collalto he was very sure about doing the surgery on The L4 and L5 herniated bulged discs that it would be a major Improvement Dr Collalto but he also told me if I did not do it that I may have end up in a wheelchair October 3rd hey did the back surgery it is now November the 15th I am 100% pain free no drugs at all I haven't felt this good in over 15 years I cannot thank Dr.Collalto enough and his staff and everyone at hundred Orthopedics for what they did for me thank you again everyone Robin Woolf
Dr More was fantastic and helped me overcome my injuries quickly and allowed me to get back healthy to continue with my running. His expertise was greatly appreciated.
I would not, in good conscious, recommend this practice to anyone.This practice's staff members are definitely not patient or service minded. The front of the house staff is in sore need of soft skills training to improve their compassion and empathy. Completely indifferent and gossipy. They will talk about patients on the phone to patients standing waiting to pay or make an appointment. They gossip about them to each other in front of other patients. Not professional at all.Another example is that on more than one visit I was in the waiting room for over an hour with no explanations, let alone apologies. What's the point of an appointment time?In general, the focus is not on service to patients but on just getting through the day and making sure they don't harm anyone. That's the bottom rung of basic healthcare. Very very disappointed.
I would not recommend this practice to anyone. I wasted three years with them. If you are not pregnant they don't care. If you have a problem they shuffle you around from doc or doc and nobody communicates so nobody ever knows what the other has done. I had tests done over and over with the same outcome and they never gave me the results -- for three years! Found a new doctor and practice that figure out was wrong and fixed it in 2 months. Absolutely disgusted and in disbelief of what I have gone through. I wasted three years trying to have another baby when it wasn't physically possible and they new it and never told me. All of my tests had it right there in black and white but they neglected to mention it to me the patient! Everything was always fine. Well it wasn't fine. If you are pregnant you are golden but forget it if something goes wrong.
Find another orthopedic unless you don't mind being one of the herd.This practice represents the single worst experience I have ever endured from any medical office.I was in a motor vehicle accident and was referred by my GP to see a doctor in this practice. To summarize this horrible experience; when I called to make the appointment, I was rudely interrupted during the description of my injuries and informed that I could only be seen for "one body part per visit" and to "pick the one that hurts the most and we'll schedule you when you come in for the others". It took three weeks and two doctors to be seen for only two of my injuries. When you arrive at this office you don't speak to a person, you communicate via a touch screen terminal in the waiting room to announce who you are and what doctor you're there to see. Eventually you will be called to fill out paperwork and asked to wait again. Once in the examination room, you will spend time with a medical assistant, who asks questions and writes down what hurts and how. They immediately take you off to have an x-ray whether it's needed or not... without the doctor ever laying eyes on you. More unnecessary insurance money for them, I suppose. You will be escorted back to the exam room to wait... and wait... again. The assistant will come and hang the x-rays for the doctor to review and eventually he will make an appearance.The doctor reviewed briefly what I said to the assistant, poked a few times and told the assistant to write a prescription for physical therapy and then disappeared... see you in six weeks. An hour and a half of being herded like a sheep to spend three minutes with the doctor. I was shocked.My second visit was with a different doctor as this part of the injury was located on a different part of my body. Repeat exactly what happened above except this time the doctor made it clear to me he did not care for the doctor I saw the first visit and that there would "be no reason to see that doctor again, I can handle all your follow-up". Nothing like doctors within the same practice showing professional courtesy to one another... When I told him my injuries were becoming more painful as time went on, not better, he informed me that "Motor Vehicle" won't cover an MRI without a course of PT first. Bear in mind this is MY vehicle insurance covering this accident. He didn't even bother to ask the insurance company or recommend the MRI's I might need. More PT... see you in six weeks.Now it's three months later. My physical therapist has written notes to my doctor recommending MRI's. She fears making the injuries worse by forcing the therapy, so while I'm doing stretching and strengthening the areas around the problems we wait... and wait... Now I have left six messages over a three week span with the one and only person in the practice who handles the billing for motor vehicle, only to have ZERO of my calls returned. When I try to speak to someone else in the office, they're rude and abrupt and honestly don't seem to give a damn that I haven't been able to get any help for THREE WEEKS. Most of the time when I call, regardless of the time of day, I am sent to an "answering service" to leave a message to make an appointment. Ridiculous. I am upset that a practice can get to be so large that patient care and common courtesy no longer apply. I have to stay with them until this ordeal is over with, but I will tell anyone I know who's looking for an orthopedic about the terrible treatment I received.
I can not say enough great things about this practice! As I am petrified of needles, doctors, and proceedures, I was shaking in my boots when i was found out i was pregnant! Thank goodness for this practice - every single doctor was amazing, and I could not have gotten through it with out Dr. essando! She is amazing! If you want a wonderful practice with great patient relationships, this is your practice! All women all the time!
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.