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1111 S Irving Heights DrIrving, TX 75060
2420 E Randol Mill RdArlington, TX 76011
I'm so thankful for service I received at Patients Choice in Arlington Tx. The staff was beyond nice and very knowledgeable. I knew I was in the right hands once I spoke with them. Thanks again. I would not be where I am today without there care.
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.
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This was the worst experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I showed up for my 9:30am appointment. I was not even asked to come back to sit in a chair until 10:15...After I took some X-rays that took all of 5 min, I say in the chair until 11:00. At that point, I was overhearing a woman in a chair near mine on a call with her husband where she was describing how they had given her a shot over an hour ago, how it had already worn off, and the dentists were no where to be seen. What is going on here?!? I walked out when I overheard this as I was pretty sure I had just a small cavity, but there's no way I want a team as unprofessional as that working on my teeth. STAY AWAY.
This review is about Dr. Padmavathy Uppalapati MD. FACC. I find her to be a very caring and knowledgeable Dr. Not only did she take care of my Husband but now I am also a patient of Dr. Uppalapati. Dr. Uppalapati has a wonderful, bedside manner and I have the upmost confidence in her. Barbara Gentry-Schantz
This is a horrible place. Had an upper partial made here and a few months later the front tooth just fell off. Took it back to have it remade and received one with the tooth on crooked and it did not match my other front tooth in size or shape. The deranged dentist thought this was funny and said she did not have anything to do with it being poorly made. Requested a refund and was refused! Said I could go to another location and have it remade again. Could not reach anyone in Corporate Office. Dentist and office manager had very poor customer skills. I am filing a complaint with better business bureau and my attorney advised me to sue them.
This is a very bad place. Had an upper partial made here and a few months later the front tooth just fell off. Took it back to have it remade and received one with the tooth on crooked and it did not match my other front tooth in size or shape. The shady dentist thought this was funny and said she did not have anything to do with it. Requested a refund and rude uneducated office manager refused! Said I could go to another location and have it remade again. Could not reach anyone in Corporate Office. I am filing a complaint with better business bureau and my attorney advised me to sue them.
This is a new office with new, modern equipment. Staff is friendly, and price is reasonable. I highly recommend this place!
Dr. Cano is a super personable, passionate, friendly and extremely knowledgeable chiropractor and truly cares about your comfort and overall health. He asks detailed questions about your sleep, eating habits, and activity to get to the root of the problem. And he went out of his way to develop a real plan for my pain recovery. I have suffered from ongoing hip, lower back and shoulder issues that have remained unresolved for years despite efforts from other chiropractors, multiple pillow/ mattress changes, undergoing x-rays and regular massage therapy. After a few visits to this office for adjustments, consultations, and acupuncture, I have already noticed slight changes. I'm encouraged that by sticking to a regimen here, the results will be exponentially better compared to my previous experiences. So Glad I found him thank you so much for your professionalism and high level of care.
WARNING !!!! DANGER !!! KEEP OUT !!! DONT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY !!!! YOUR HEALTH COULD BE AT SERIOUS RISK !!! Ok I went to have a tooth pulled back in January of this year. Simple right? I mean we have all had teeth pulled before. The dentist trainee (not a real dentist) pulled my tooth, the root broke off, so they really had to get in there a dig around to get the rest of the root. They couldn't write a script for real pain killer so they gave me Tylenol 3 which did nothing. After 3 days they finally got a real dentist to write me a script for Hydrocodone, which worked but they only gave me 2 days worth. I returned in 2 weeks for my deep cleaning during which time I told them I was still in severe pain. They said well it looks like the area has healed up just fine but we may have to go back in and clean out the socket. So they did. Now the pain was so bad I had to go to a pain specialist to get real pain meds for more than just a day or two. That was an extra $100. Showed back up in 2 weeks to have the rest of my deep cleaning finished up and again I told them that not only was I in severe pain but that after they had cleaned out my socket my nose started running and there was a really foul odor associated with it. They punctured my sinus. So they did what they needed to in order finish up and said everything looks fine, you shouldn't still be in pain but we can set an appointment with our oral surgeon if you like? The nearest appointment was 2 months away so I declined. My nose ran like a faucet, the pain in my upper jaw was constant, I had the chills and couldn't get warm, and then I woke up one morning and my right eye was swollen shut. I had to pay a doctor to fix that. Jefferson Dental denies making any mistakes and are unwilling to fix this. Stay away.
Do NOT go to this company. Terrible customer service, absolute worst I have ever experienced in my life. I have never written a review on a company before, but I feel the need to on this due to the circumstances. My first visit was actually rather pleasant to be honest, but just went downhill after that. I was told I needed fillings and a root canal, which automatically put me in concerned mode and figured I would go through with it. To this day, I never received an explanation as to WHY I needed those procedures, nor did they make me aware of how the procedure went down. Two months later, I am still in pain and still have not been reimbursed my money they owe me (which is well over $1000 I might add). I had troubles getting ahold of the finance manager because they're "not allowed to let us know when they are working" for some reason. Once we finally got ahold of her, we were pleased. However after speaking to the "Finance manager" (Maggie is her name), we were extremely disappointed and somewhat shocked as to what happened. She let us know she couldn't give me information due to the HIPAA laws (even though she was talking to the patient) and that what we were discussing was "not relevant." I let her know that my money is, in fact, a topic of important discussion. Any question we asked she blamed it on the insurance and never actually answered our questions. She said the insurance would reimburse us after 30 days, and so I politely let her know it has been well over 60 days and she still didn't give a care in the world about my issues and was rude on top of it with her approach. She should not be in the position she is in with her lack of customer service skills. Will NEVER return to this location or company again. And I advise you guys not to either so you don't have to go through the terrible experience I did.
I absolutely love the doctor and assistants at this dentist office! They made my kids feel so comfortable!
I always get sound, helpful, and completely unbiased advice!
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.