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Dr. Yu and his staff are very nice and the office is run very professionally. Like many doctors, he tends to run late and, unfortunately, sometimes extremely late; I've waited longer than an hour for my appointment. My only complaint about Dr. Yu is that he doesn't listen as well as I'd like and seems to want to concentrate on one problem/symptom without being willing to, I don't know, believe maybe, that it's part of a fairly complex issue. It's frustrating when you have a long history of multiple issues that have previously been treated as interconnected and Dr. Yu treats them separate and distinct from each other.For example, I have migraines and a bad neck and back. The migraines got worse after a minor fender bender and I thought it was probably due to my neck but Dr. Yu only wanted to deal with the migraines with the usual medication I've always taken. When I returned with a complaint about pain in my arms he decided that it was an impinged nerve in my elbow and continued to dismiss my concerns that it was my neck. I'm still trying to get Dr. Yu deal with my neck after 10 months (but to be fair I haven't been as aggressive in getting him focused on my neck as I could have been).Otherwise, I think Dr. Yu is as competent as any neurologist as I've ever had treat me.
Dr. Grabow is awesome. I have needed his services on 2 occasions (broken wrist both times). He has a nifty x-ray machine in office and can tell immediately what the issue is. He cast the first break right then and there and I never had any residual issues. The 2nd break was much more complicated and required surgery (a plate and 7 screws) and extensive therapy. He explained to me in the recovery room that once he opened up the wrist & began the repair, he realized it was not going to produce the results he wanted, so he changed his procedure and took a different approach. I appreciated this information - had he chosen to just stay with his original plan - my wrist would probably not be as good as it is today. I can barely see what was once a 3 1/2" incision and there is nothing I can't do today - I lost a bit of grip strength in that hand and it is a bit stiff after a game of golf; but I'm 65 and have some joint stiffness in the right hand too, so they are about equal despite the left wrist being the "bad" one. Dr. Grabow is personable and pleasant and caring - I would recommend him highly.
In my experience I have found Dr Kastrup to be a gifted and proficiaent surgeon as well as a kind and personable man. My dealings with his staff have been professional, compassionate and efficient. I could not have found a better team of caring people to help me with my crippling pain and immobility. I am 55 years old and have been suffering with degenerative hip disease for the last 6 years. My wife and I like so many people in this economy had found ourselves without health insurance for nearly 5 years. By the time that we were able to get insurance and address my hip pain (which had gotten so bad that I was barely able to walk or stand) I fortuitously landed in Dr Kastup's office broken down and in need of prompt, carefully metered treatment. I was recommended to have both of my hips replaced and within 5 weeks from my initial consult I was able to have my right hip replaced. The procedure was flawless and my recovery has been fantastic. I'm looking forward to Hip #2 :)
It was my first time to see ortho doctor here in Henderson,NV. We have lived here now for 3 years, retired. I saw Dr Kastrup once and he knew just from an xray I needed a total knee replacement. I was so pleased because I have lived with bone on bone pain for over a year and I was very happy when he said he would do total knee. It was scheduled very quickly and Dr Kastrup was very polite and pleasant and the staff in the office were great. The hospital I was in was wonderful and the staff in the hospital were great and quick to respond to help buzzer. I was surprised to get out of the hospital so quick and went to outpatient therapy. I went to see Dr Kastrup at 5weeks post op and he said I was doing great walking and bending. I can't say enough good things about DrKastrup and his staff, all were wonderful and very helpful.
I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. Not knowing what to expect, Dr. Grabow and his staff were very thorough at what to expect and what the outcome would be. Of course, everyone heals differently and especially being an older person, I feel that the surgery went extremely well. Both surgeries were done within six months of each other and I am doing great. His surgical method is the most current and least invasive. After the first surgery I was apprehensive about the healing process but his staff was always very helpful and got me through it. I'm feeling great now that I'm able to do all the things I did before without numbness and tingling. It's great to feel normal again!
My husband has had Dupuytrens contracture for more than 20 years, Dr Grabow changed this in one day, well, 2 days actually as he had one hand done one day and the other hand the next day. We waited approximately 15 minutes to see the doctor, we used that time to fill out the forms. We found Dr Grabow to be professional, knowledgeable, and personable. He told us the various treatments for Dupuytrens and asked if we had any questions, we never felt rushed. My husband chose to have the needle release and the results are truly amazing, his ring fingers are now straight. We would highly recommend Dr Grabow, it was obvious that he is a very caring doctor. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Dr Grabow!
Dear Dr. Germin, I want to thank you and let you know how grateful I am for having had the opportunity to carry our my Neurology clerkship with your team at CNS. Not only have I acquired knowledge that I will carry throughout my medical career but now my passion for Neurology is more steadfast than before. Additionally, every day at CNS was educational and enjoyable! I deeply respect the professionalism, intellect and charisma of the entire team at CNS. Might I add, "what has four wings and flies?", is something I find myself contemplating with each new case. Thank you, Team CNS!
I switch to Dr. Gatlin during my third trimester, which I guess a lot if doctors don't do. I can honestly say that since I started going there I fell in love with him, his staff, and the hospital I delivered at. I never had a male woman's doctor but he made me feel more comfortable then any female doctor I have been to. He was always there to answer my questions and was his nurse, Karen. She is such an angel. They both have years and years of experience. I will continue to go to him for any derives he offers. When I have another child I will go to him for my prenatal care.
I had been suffering from Dupuytren Contractor for several years and my primary physician did not know what it was. After seeing an orthopedic surgeon, he told me what my issues were and recommended Dr. Grabow. I am so very glad he did, this doctor and his staff are downright awesome. I'll admit, I was afraid when he told me he had to do surgery, but between him and his staff, they were able to put my fears at ease. I have NEVER in my 56 years come across a medical team that actually cares about their patients, what a relief and thanks to Dr. Grabow, I have my hands back.
I had occasion to need urgent care here once, and my wife twice in the past year. The standard of care at Siena Heights is amazing. The communication among staff is subtle but effective, the medical staff gets to the point kindly and directly. In all, it is a laid-back friendly environment. The dates on the negative comments indicate SW Medical paid attention and fixed whatever was buggin' people. Either that or: "You most often get what you give in life." might apply. I'm just sayin' . . . .
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.