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Had a great experience with Dr. Byron Long and the staff at Marietta Eye Clinic. I recently required an eye procedure that needed to be performed by an oculoplastic specialist and after much research and consideration chose Dr. Long as my surgeon. At my pre-op appointment he performed a thorough exam and then talked with me for an extended period to answer all of my questions and make sure I understood everything that was being discussed and recommended. Dr. Long’s staff then took additional time to review my pre-op and post-op instructions and gave me a clear overview of how the surgery center process would work on the day of my procedure.I won’t go into a lot of details about my surgical experience beyond saying that I am absolutely delighted with the results. I had been warned beforehand to expect bruising and swelling and even a moderate amount of pain after the procedure was completed. Instead, I experienced minimal bruising and swelling and only required Tylenol for a couple of days to handle some mild discomfort. I will say that I followed Dr. Long’s post-op instructions to the letter, with the key being regularly placing ice packs on my eyes the first few days. I also believe that Dr. Long’s precise and gentle surgical techniques played a large role in keeping post-op issues to a minimum. In addition, both Dr. Long and his nursing staff called me after my procedure to make sure that I was healing well and to answer any questions that might have arisen.At my post-op follow-up appointment, Dr. Long removed my sutures and again, took as much time as needed to discuss my procedure and outline what I needed to do over the next few days and weeks to ensure that I had an optimal outcome. I was very impressed with both Dr. Long’s skill as a surgeon and his warm bedside manner and would highly recommend him to anyone in the Atlanta area in need of an oculoplastic surgeon.
I have visited this clinic on two occasions the last time was just this week on 3/11/13. I have no problem with the doctor or the staff they are just fine. However; the clinic just needs to be more up to date with better equipment. When I went there the other day I was asked to give a urine sample and when I proceeded to do so, they gave me a little paper cup smaller than a Dixie cup. I tried to pee in it and the thing just fell apart and all the urine went in the toilet before I could catch it. In the corner of the bathroom on a stand were more so I grad three and stacked them so they would hold up better. Well by then it was to late and nothing more would come out. I sat there for about 10 to 15 mins then said for get this I will just have to come back another day for this. Also the toilet did not flush there was a sign saying discard paper in the waist basket over to the side. The first and second time I went there they could not way me because they have one of those old fashioned scales with weights you slide across and what looked to be a regular store bought scale beside it. That would have been fine if I weighed under three hundred pounds but unfortunately I don't. I had to just tell them what my weight was from my own home scale that is digital and can weigh people up to 450lbs. All I am saying is they need to update and upgrade there facilities so they can serve there patients more adequately.
I am very pleased with the service and improvement in my Vision from Marietta Eye Clinic. I can read, see and drive again with confidence.My story.Two years ago in the bright California desert sun, I had headaches and the signal from my right eye so interfered with the left that it was just easier to close my eyes. Soon after returning to Georgia, I set an appointment with Dr. Thurswell at Marietta Eye Clinic. I was referred to Dr. Cohen. I suffered from cataracts and Fuch's [be careful how you pronounce Fuch's] dystrophy in both eyes. I started eye drops and soon had right eye surgery to correct both conditions and wore a contact lens [thank you Dr. Russel] in the right eye. My vision went from two lines below the big E to better than20/60. An incredible improvement.The left eye had cataract surgery after the right eye healed. Within a few days my left eye I vision went from thebig E to 20/40, without glasses or contacts. I can read from inches away to far, far down the highway. With glasses the left eye can achieve 20/20. After wearing glasses for 26 years I am delighted to be done with them. No more fogging or rain drips Sight goes away slowly and the change from day to day is minimal, then one day you get out of bed and can't see much of anything. But it can be restored in my situation almost overnight. I typically don't comment on things but vision is so important. How could I not share?
I recently quit being a patient there. On my last visit I was denied service because they had instituted a new policy within the previous six weeks and not bothered to notify me about it. This new policy requires patients having certain insurances to provide proof that they have paid their insurance premium for that month. If you don't have written proof then you will not be seen. They tried to blame this on the Affordable Care Act but that is not true. I work in healthcare and know this is false. My insurance company was flabbergasted when I told them about it. I was told they phoned the practice to get an explanation but were spoken to rudely then hung up on.They also want you to pay a $25 annual fee to fill out forms. I never had any forms to be filled out. This fee does not cover the cost of transferring your records to another doctor. That costs extra despite the fact that all the "paperwork" is electronic and can be sent electronically to another doctor.
I received LASIK at Marietta Eye Clinic 2 months ago. I have to say I am very pleased with my results. The staff is very friendly and my experience was very pleasant. I was extremely satisfied with the level of attention I received from the actual surgeon. Not only did I see him at my first visit but every time after. He was always making sure I was satisfied with my outcome and showed excitement with my results. I thought it was really neat seeing him on my 1 day post op and having him “congratulate” me on my new set of eyes. I never thought I would have such crisp clear vision like a do now. I will ONLY return to Marietta Eye Clinic for my eyes. It’s hard to find Doctors that you can really trust… not only with yourself but with your eyes. I HAVE FOUND THEM! Highly recommend Marietta Eye Clinic for not only LASIK but every kind of eye care need.
A few weeks ago, I visited Marietta Eye Clinic for the first time and found it to be a WONDERFUL clinic. From the moment I walked in the door I was greeted with a friendly "Hello" from the front desk person. Then, after I filled out my new patient forms, I was escorted to the waiting area.The doctor was so wonderful. He was very friendly and did a thorough check of my eyes. (I had chronic pink eye that just would not go away... turned out to be a virus instead of pink eye.) I had been to my primary care physician several times and could not shake this "pink eye." Marietta Eye Clinic's doctor cured it with one visit! These docs know what they are doing.I am so sorry to say that I can't remember the docs name... but he is awesome! They are friendly and know what they are doing.
My husband and I are both patients at Gardner Dermatology and have seen both the PA (Mike Kelleher and Dr. Gardner). The staff is extremely friendly from the front office staff to the medical assistants in the back. After the first initial visit with Dr. Gardner, my husband had to schedule a surgery to remove a pre cancerous place. My husband was able to schedule the surgery quickly with Dr. Gardner. I am also a client in the spa (Gardner Med Spa) - which I love. All the ladies are very professional and knowledgable about their services and all the different products they carry.I would recommend this practice to anyone. I am very happy with them.
My experience has been terrific! I have been to many psychiatrists over the years and Dr. Banov has been the most thorough and progressive doctor I have ever seen. He offered traditional treatment options but also reviewed a number of natural treatment options I could try as well. I had to call on several occasions and he was responsive and empathic. Unfortunately managed care has forced many of these doctors out of doing therapy but he referred me to a colleague who I work with in counseling. I am so much better than I have ever felt and can recommend this practice without reservation.
I have been going to Dr. Proctor for years now. Dr. Proctor and Brandi Knight are the best. Since Ms. Evelyn retire it is very difficult working with the office staff. You can't get an appointment to see the doctor and because of office protocol I cannot get my medication. Last Friday I was called to inform me I have a UTI which I knew I have had for at least 3 months. Now the closest pharmacy to me that they will call my prescription into is 400 miles from my home. I pray the office staff never gets IC or a UTI and has to deal with people like themselves.
Dr. Espy is the reason I am still here today, and the mother of two beautiful children. I've never met such a caring, passionate doctor who takes so much time with his patients to help them understand the care that they are receiving. I cannot thank him enough for all that he has done for me and my family! I believe 100% that if it were not for his expertise and experience, I would not have made it through my second delivery.
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.