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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.
9000 Executive Park Dr Ste 250Knoxville, TN 37923
From Business: Active at Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center Dr. Silver has been practicing medicine for over 25yrs; Remicade Infusion Suite on site; Also in office: Esophageal …
1928 Alcoa Hwy Ste 222Knoxville, TN 37920
From Business: A multi-practitioner group practice offering quality urologic care across the broad spectrum of Urologic diseases. We offer the latest in the diagnosis and treatm…
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.
When I came to Dr Ivie after I had already seen two other surgeons. I left both appointments scared to death and started questioning weather I could handle being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. I had worked 16 months to lose over 200 pounds without Surgical Intervention. I did this because I wanted my life back to a semi normal place. As I left Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinic, I knew I had found the surgeon I would trust with my surgery. What was different with Dr. Conrad Ivie is, he took the time to explain why I needed knee replacement surgery, He explained what could be done to help me and the realistic expectations that I could look forward to afterwards. He made it clear that we were in a partnership and I was expected to do my part as well. Twelve weeks later I am doing "AMAZING!" I am 100% sure I made the right decision. Dr. Ivie was has made it so I can once again enjoy my family again. My life has been changed and I have to say it all started when I decided to walk through the door of Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinic. The second I was there I was greeted by Katie Marten smiling and each member of the TOC team making everything easy to understand. I knew from start to finish what to expect because of the surgery class and the book I got to take home explaining everything from exercises to what to expect on the day of surgery! I am scheduled in 3 weeks to get my other knee replaced. I am not the least bit worried. I am being cared for by the BEST SURGEON in all of East Tennessee! Thank you Everyone at TOC for giving me more than HOPE! You gave me my life back! I love you all so very much!
Dr. Yau was great from the beginning. He listened to my daughter and was able to ask her questions to prompt her to be able to describe what was happening with her hip. He explained everything to us and the day of surgery gave us details of what actually was going on inside her hip. He was the same way on followup visits. He;s a busy guy but not too busy to answer questions. I highly recommend him. My daughter recovered beautifully and is back playing soccer!
His decision making& care at end of pregnancy questionable. Used Shirk for1st baby was 41 yrs old. Worked up until due date, started having contractions on scheduled due date, was dilated to 9 after 2 hrs yet he decided I should just have a C section? At time seemed reasonable looking back seemed more convenient for him/quicker. Worst experience came with 2nd child, now 43 yrs old. Life had become extremely stressful, spouse toxic/ unhealthy he had fits of rage & anger episodes regularly. I was working full time job bad hrs for taking care 2 yr old 4pm to 1am. My 2 yr old woke up at 7am every morning was extremely sleep deprived, blood pressure high due to stress & I am 43 yrs old.1 misally week before "scheduled" c section I called Shirks assistant, said was having very hard time with extreme stress, brutal hrs, no sleep, high blood pressure asked if could go ahead & start leave from work.His assistant was rude, said,"what are you just needing a vacation or something?" I was Shocked! She said no you can not take week off before c section. Shirk said same thing that this would be committing fraud? I was so stressed & in disbelief felt like I was going to have mental break down or stroke week went by, on the Thurs right before Sat surgery he said lets start maternity leave (for one day Was so distraught remember bursting out in tears in front of him. I felt miserable physically & mentally. During surgery he talked about golf & personal things with others around operating table, never spoke to me or asked how I was doing. 1 dayafter surgery another DR, in group came in to check on me, asked " ready to go home" I said, didn't think was supposed to go home so soon. UT was remodeling maternity ward had birth unit on other floor, uncomfortable bed, asked nurse why bed moving pushing on back, said was for old people/to prevent bed sores not best bed for after surgery. I left 1 day after surgery very bad decision had a hard time at home.Was worst experience of my life.
The office is clean and convenient to home here in Farragut. He spent a lot of time with us, which I like.
Dr. Brady performed rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder on January 4, 2018. I have very minimal pain with this procedure. He has been wonderful in explaining and assuring I understood everything the Surgery and recovery would require. His Assistant Josh Hawkins had also been as helpful in my recovery process making sure I know what motions I could not make or at least informing me when it would be possible. I have nothing but the upmost respect and confidence in both of these Gentlemen.
I’ve read so many negative reviews & all I can say is they are wrong! Why? I think these are the types out just for the drugs & ASP saw right through them! I have only had one nasty NP & hopefully that one won’t be there much longer! All employees have been exceptionally respectful & nice! You treat them respectfully you get respect! Period! These people aren’t stupid! They know what a lot of people are up to & don’t let them get away with it! They have very straight forward rules that they want followed to the letter or your out! It’s for their protection! Besides why should they have to go find you when your out side smoking?! If you can’t do with out a smoke for several hrs, you need to quit! They tell you it take several hrs! They don’t take as much time with the ones who are doing well because they help the ones that need extra care! If you alert them they will help you! I think this place is great! The negatives are just sore loosers who didn’t get what they wanted! I would recommend this place to any one! But you must be patient & willing to spend a long time there! Make other arrangements for your kids & other appointments! You need to save at least 4 plus he’s or more esp at your first visit! And for everyone’s info, “All” & I do mean, “All” pain clinics will give you as many urine tests as they can plus anything else they can think of because that’s where the money is! Testing labs make them millionaires w/kick backs! This place will work with you in your expenses! The only complaint is the place is very dirty!
Me and my daughter have been patients of Dr Kincaid for well over 15 years. He is one of the most professional Drs I’ve ever known. He delivered both my granddaughters and treated their mothers endometriosis for years prior to the pregnancy... Other than being all about your treatment and exam which is what we go for I can’t imagine anyone being uncomfortable. A very good Dr. just look on the wall at his credentials. I’ve always been impressed by his medical ability...
The fact that I say in the room crying and trying my Dr that I am in the worst pain over the past month than I ha e been in long time. The Dr had the nerve to tell me "No your not". I was in shock during the entire visit. I can not believe a Dr would say that.
The staff are very unhelpful, inconsiderate, and disrespectful to their patients. How can they leave a patient while doing nothing productive. Seems they have time to talk about everything and make plans for their weekend on company time while patients suffer for it.
My son did not have a good experience with Dr. Glover. He operated on him for a pilonidal cyst. He used the technique of wide open excision which left a wound 5-6 cm in length that was so deep it took almost 15 feet of surgical tape to pack it (that amount was in this surgeon's notes.) This procedure does not have a good success rate (some studies state a ~50% failure rate) but we were not given any other option. We were sent home with bottles of surgical tape with verbal instructions to unpack and repack the wound every other day because it had to heal from the inside out. We were shocked when we took off the dressing, saw the length of the wound, and then began pulling out the nearly 5 yards of tape. We fortunately had a physician friend who came over to teach us what to do. It took 4 1/2 months to heal with our physician friend's help but then would re-open every few months at the slightest provocation (sitting several hours for a month during summer school, etc.) After months of additional professional wound care (from a wound care center in Oak Ridge) we decided to look outside of Knoxville and discovered that there is another surgical procedure that has a success rate of as high as 97% called the Cleft Lift. This has been the answer for my son's healing. In contrast to Dr. Glover, the new surgeon showed diagrams and written explanations of exactly what would be done and why. We were shown pictures (anonymous) of the buttocks of others who had undergone this procedure so that my son would know the end result. We were given a video on exactly how to perform his wound care before his surgery and the wound care was demonstrated by both the nurse right after surgery and the surgeon on the next day's follow-up appointment. The new surgeon called the night of his surgery, after we got home, to check on my son and kept in contact during his entire recovery.
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.