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3811 24th StLubbock, TX 79410
I have been seeing this physician for about 10 years for allergies and sinus issues. I have had great care, and my allergies are so much better since on allergy injections. I have followed his instructions, and continued to get better.
22nd Avenue BLubbock, TX 79401
The first time I saw Dr. Shami I could only wonder how the children in the concentration camps during WWII survived the torture and testing that was done on them. The bright light he uses caused severe pain. I did see his associate Dr. Vance while he was out of town and would highly recommend …
UMC Medical Office Plaza 3502 9th Street Suite 310Lubbock, TX 79415
From Business: UMC Health System is proud to partner with Texas Tech Physicians to offer the UMC Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Center of Excellence. Together, we give you expert physicians, medical resources and care to help you become healthier. Bariatric surgery, or weight-loss surgery, helps individuals lose weight by reducing the siz…
602 Indiana AveLubbock, TX 79415
From Business: The special healthcare needs of newborns, infants, children and adolescents are the primary focus of the UMC Children's Hospital. Housed on the second floor of UMC, the Children's Hospital treats patients using the most advanced technology available today. The Children's Hospital provides both general and specialized servi…
4642 N Loop 289 # 101-201Lubbock, TX 79416
All this is opposed to my previous review regarding our experience at the hospital our date there was I confused it was on the 16th of November we brought Judy Anderson to the emergency room not on the 22nd I apologize
10507 Quaker Ave Unit ALubbock, TX 79424
I have been using Dr. Zamaya-Tran for over a year as my General Practioner (Family Doctor). Dr. Zamaya-Tran and her staff are great! They are extremely professional, kind, and attentive. The facility is clean and they take appointments as well as welcome walk-ins which coming from Los Angeles…
5015 University Ave Unit B1Lubbock, TX 79413
From Business: Hope Urgent Care Clinic has a long-standing reputation for excellence in health care delivery. Our family practice, urgent care and occupational medicine facilities offer the best in medicine, health and wellness in the Lubbock, Texas area. Dr. Victor Chavez and our experienced Nurse Practitioners, Nurses and Office Staff …
5109 80th StLubbock, TX 79424
This was my 1st visit to WTE and i'm am sooo happy with the treatment I received as well as the procedure. The doctor and his staff are extremely pleasant and professional. This will be my place for all procedures required in the future! Thank you sooo much!!
4020 21st StLubbock, TX 79410
I have to say I had the exact opposite experience from kprien with the staff. They were friendly and helpful when it came to navigating my insurance. If you liked the doctor, why not ask him about the staff?
4802 N Loop 289Lubbock, TX 79416
From Business: Up-to-date experience. State-of-the-art technology. Unhurried, personal attention. When it comes to something as important as your health, the cardiologist you choose makes a difference. Trust the board-certified, fellowship-trained experience that many of the area's doctors choose for themselves, their families and their …
3601 21st StLubbock, TX 79410
From Business: Lubbock Spine Institute is committed to providing excellent care in minimally invasive treatment options for a variety of pain conditions. We are dedicated to providing cutting edge care in order to improve your well-being and quality of life.
4601 66th StLubbock, TX 79414
The doctor was a very nice gentleman. However, both sides of the nail he supposedly destroyed via acid are growing back in, creating a second toenail under the original and becoming ingrown again, and somehow feel worse than the original problem.
3715 21st StLubbock, TX 79410
dr mike is great...office is a back-stabbing zoo.My most recent experience: Mike told billing to bill insurance but not charge me a copay on my 3rd office visit for the same issue. the staff did both and most likely pocketed my $40 copay. my advice: ask to speak directly to dr. mike...other wi…
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I have been using Dr. Zamaya-Tran for over a year as my General Practioner (Family Doctor). Dr. Zamaya-Tran and her staff are great! They are extremely professional, kind, and attentive. The facility is clean and they take appointments as well as welcome walk-ins which coming from Los Angeles, CA is unheard of. Dr. Zamaya-Tran works directly with the patient to ensure that they have been diagnosed appropriately and if need specialty care always refers you to an excellent specialist. I 100% recommend patients to Dr. Zamaya-Tran and her care team.
exas Physicians Group was not a good experience for me. The doctor I visited and knew from before, Dr Zumaya, was great as always. She is worth seeing; however, the nursing staff did not think that the results of my labs were important enough to call me. I had to call 3 times after a week of waiting and finally, the receptionist had to try to help me by reading the nurse's notes from my chart. They had tested me for 9+ different things due to my symptoms so I was understandably anxious to hear the results. It turned out, I was Vitamin D deficient. Let's just say, maybe it wasn't important to the nurses, but for a mother who works full time and has boys to raise, that information was worthwhile to me. Furthermore, my insurance paid for the visit and labs. I have a feeling they expect me to receive what they are paying for. So...the doctor is great. The nurses need a serious wake-up call on patient care, promptness, and bedside manner. Sadly, although I do like the doctor, I won't be returning to this group for care because their nursing staff makes it difficult to access your own information and they do not communicate with patients well. Sad...they are friendly during the visit but that's where their job apparently ends.
She is a wonderful person and a great doctor that cares about you and your family
She is very unprofessional! As a nursing mother, I was appalled that she does NOT support breastfeeding. She does NOT allow mothers to breastfeed in the lobby and has requested(staff, whom she supports)that nursing mothers nurse in a bathroom or another room or discontinue nursing! If the patient does not do 1 of the options given, your appointment will be canceled!!! Which tells me that, power over her practice trumps the needs of her patients!
Terrible doctor. Definitely avoid her at all costs.
the single best GP in town...
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.