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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.
This the worst Doctor on the earth she does not do a physical on a person when you for your comp hearing. The first thing she tells is you don't need the braces and the VA does not care about your. Then she starts the physical with out taking your braces off. Then she'll continue by bending backwards and then forward and says to bad. Then the finale insult by taking your money away. This doctor belongs behind bars doing laundry.
Procedure: I had bilateral inguinal hernia repair (supposed to be laparoscopic).Sarantos stated the procedure would be easy.Results: A) Two 3" scars to the left and right pubic area. Sarantos stated" there was too much blood to visualize the site so I had to make incisions. The bleeding was hard to stop and it scared us"B) Internal hemorrhage: 10 hours after discharge I developed sudden extreme pain in the right incision. It hurt so bad and happened so suddenly I fell on the ground. I crawled to the phone to call 911 for a EMS ride to the NFRMC emergency dept. My pelvic cavity had filled with blood and required emergency surgery to remove it.C) Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The blood in the pelvic cavity created a clot in my entire right leg. My entire right leg was enormous, cold, blue, and extremely painful.D) Extreme Pain: From my blood filled pelvic cavity and right leg with a DVT.E) Permanent Nerve Damage: I have numbness to the right side of the scrotum and have lost 90% of the ability to ejaculate due to nerve damage.F) To add insult to injury, North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) promptly sent me bills totaling $ 230,000 for the fiasco Sarantos caused.I went to Sarantos to have my hernia repaired, instead I got a near death experience, and several chronic health issues to remind me of Sarantos's incompetence. The healthcare system is the third leading cause of death in this country. With surgeons like Sarantos I can understand why. The thing that saved me was my excellent health before the surgery. That is what the anesthesiologist stated when I woke up.
Dr. Horseman and his staff are incredibly kind, caring, understanding and completely professional. I am grateful to be in their care. 😊
I give Dr Hipp 5 Stars. My initial consultation was in late January. He was wonderful and comforting during the initial consultation I had concerning the upcoming surgery being done in early Feb.. My major problem is the billing department. I paid upfront for the initial consultation and when my insurance company was billed they paid it also. I was looking at my insurance app in April and realized that I did not owe money for that consultation and contacted my insurance company about it. They said I would need to get a refund from the Dr. I contacted the office and told them I knew I owed the Dr for the surgery according to the bill I had just received in the mail and I wanted to have that portion taken out of the refund due me. They said they would do that. I have called them twice since then and they admit I am owed a refund of a little over a hundred dollars and billing is aware of it but I am still waiting and it is June now. I have received refunds from over payments from other Drs last month that took less than 2 weeks after appointments on both. If I had not been keeping track of what my insurance app said I owed I really would not have realized that they owed me money. How many more people is this happening to who are due refunds but have no knowledge? I am still waiting for my refund. I do not believe that I am the only person this is happening to. Maybe they should have a complete audit to see who is overpaying and not receiving their over payment refunds also.
These folk are dedicated professionals who know what they are doing! Have been a patient for the last 6 years and no matter the medical problem, whether locally or an associated clinic in another locale, they have always treated me courtesy, respect and the best primary care.
She caused my friend a hematoma under her eye while she was doing procedure in a hurry and charged her 1800 dollars .she had no courtesy to call her back and help her . She refused to refund her the money back . I guess this nurse has no ide of any m rival knowlege except making money
I chose Kim Cupp to do permanent makeup on my eyebrows even though she charges twice as much as everyone else because I had already paid a $50 consultation fee and she seemed to have the required credentials (except after 8 years of doing this, you would think she would have more than 3 before and after photos). At my appointment she did not even draw on my eyebrows. I asked her, "Are you going to draw them on first?" She said, "What for?" That should have been a warning for me. After my initial appointment my eyebrows looked VERY dark and I was a little concerned but I knew it would fade after the first peel. Well, one week later after my brows peeled, there was a navy blue color underneath! They also did not match because the right one was higher than the left and they did not start at the same place in the middle and the thickness was not the same and there was a dot of ink OUTSIDE of the brow line (clearly a mistake). When I talked to her on the phone I complained that the color did not even look BROWN and that it was supposed to be a medium brown but it looks blue. She said I had to wait 4 weeks before seeing the real result. I have had permanent makeup done to my eyebrows 3 times in the past and the color is darker the first week but brown is brown, I have never had the COLOR change. Just as expected, 4 weeks pass, my brows are still like a navy blue underneath. I return to her hoping she can fix it but not really putting a lot of faith in her because after paying $600, there were too many mistakes. I was willing to give her a chance but this time I was going to be upfront about the color and shape and MAKE her draw on the brows! After only a few minutes of going over colors, she seemed to think I was not happy with anything. I told her that I didn’t want to be stuck with something for another 4 weeks that I am not happy with. I asked her if she could fix the “dot” and she said no, the brow needs to be extended to the dot. I told her NO, the dot is a mistake and needs to be corrected (if the brow was extended any more, it would have been way too long). She got a little upset and said that I am just not happy with anything and she feels like if she gave me a million dollars, I still wouldn’t be happy. I told her I don’t think that is true. She said maybe we shouldn’t do this, or should try at a different time. She said this wasn’t working. I reminded her how she told me on the phone that she doesn’t just do one appointment and then that’s it, but that she is willing to do it over and over and over until it is exactly what I want, and here we are, only at the 2nd appointment, and she is already blowing me off! I thought she was acting very unprofessional. Clearly she is phony and was not telling me the truth on the phone. So I asked for a refund, and she said in 8 years she has never had this happen, and gave me a refund of $300. I guess I am “lucky” to get that.
Dr. Sarantos is a great surgeon. He saved my life and he is very humble about it. He is a pleasant, caring and thorough doctor. I have had many great doctors, but Dr. Sarantos is by far, my favorite. He followed me and cared for me as long as it took for me to get better and then rejoiced with me in my victories and was comforting with my insecurities. I believe in him and he believed in me.
I dont agreei went oin his website and the links for linked in and facbook etc. dont work.. the contact us page wont work either.. the last update was 2012?? this doesnt sound like someone who is activly bothering much. Most reviews these days are written by the secretary this ine is from a woman that couldnt even make an appointment through the website or even ask for prices!
I went to The Villages office and saw Dr. "Wayne" and it was the MOST horrible experience I've had out of the dozens I've had since my accident 2012. I've never been so degraded, talked down to. And disrespected in all of my experience. I left mid appointment absolutely disgusted.
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.