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210 W Cano StEdinburg, TX 78539
I hired Mrs. Williamson, to protect me on a child custody case. I was very badly represented by her, that now has costed me thousands. The staff is also very rude. My 1st visit I was amazed by their knowledge and willingness to help me and be on my side. Once money was paid it was a complete opp…
1200 E Savannah Ave Ste 10Mcallen, TX 78503
“Miracle Worker in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine”It has been an honor and privilege to have worked as a RN with Dr. Viswamitra for over a decade in several medical facilities in the RGV. In June 2014, I had a Total Left Hip Replacement performed by Dr. R. Bassett in Harlingen, TX and rec…
1519 E 6th StWeslaco, TX 78596
From Business: Our focus is to help patients enjoy a lifetime of the best possible vision. After Dr. Thurmond established the first location in Weslaco, we have since grown and you can now visit us at locations in Harlingen, McAllen, Mission and Rio Grande City. Call us to schedule a comprehensive exam.
404 Lindberg AveMcallen, TX 78501
From Business: Do you have any of the Following Symptoms? -Back pain -Headache -Muscle Pain -Hip Pain -Arm or Leg Pain -Numbness or Tingling -Burning Pain -Problem Sitting -Other Joint Pain -Difficulty Walking -Weakness of any cause Michael M. Leonard, M.D. can HELP!
801 E Nolana Ave Ste 13Mcallen, TX 78504
From Business: Ashley Pediatrics Day & Night Clinic is composed of experienced and compassionate pediatricians. We have 12 convenient locations throughout the Valley, allowing us to provide families in the community with prompt pediatric services. Call us at today or visit any of our clinics for quality health care from dependable pediat…
316 Lindberg AveMcallen, TX 78501
Short wait to get an appointment after referral. I was seen within 10 minutes of arrival. His questions were pertinent and his manor was professional. Staff was friendly and helpful. 5 Stars
110 E Savannah Ave Bldg A #202Mcallen, TX 78503
From Business: The taxonomy code for F M Borland Md Pa's main specialty, Surgery, is 208600000X. A general surgeon has expertise related to the diagnosis - preoperative, operative and postoperative management - and management of complications of surgical conditions in the following areas: alimentary tract; abdomen; breast, skin and soft …
1022 E Griffin Pkwy Ste 108Mission, TX 78572
From Business: From regular check-ups to more complex health issues, our office is equipped to take care of your health from head to toe. We have years of experience treating medical problems of every kind, for every member of your family. Our comfortable office will put you at ease during every visit. Our highly qualified and educated s…
1506 E Griffin PkwyMission, TX 78572
From Business: Shah Eye Center is the Rio Grande Valley’s and Laredo’s total eye care center that is “Founded On a Vision of Excellence®“. Today, Shah Eye Center remains committed to achieving excellence by specializing in the treatment of medical eye conditions including cataract, retina distress, diabetes eye care, glaucoma eye care. W…
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.
Dr. Yee refused to see us although we had an appointment, good insurance (that was verified by staff) paid the co pay up front and filled out the paperwork needed. We waited over an hour & were told by Isabel in the exam room, that this office doesn't see people who have lawyers. I don't have a lawyer & explained 4 times that we just wanted medical attention. I am concerned for my identity because they refused to give us back copies of our medical cards & ID's. Be careful when seeing this office
If there was such an option for zero stars, I'll gladly put it. The wait seemed eternal. The consultation was worse. I'm pretty sure that any person who knows how to work WebMD can do a better job or someone who just binge watched Grey's Anatomy. Please excuse my sarcasm but I'm really aggravated that such a dunce can exist.
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Dr. Steel is great...Dr. Steel is a great listener and he focuses on keeping the patient involved in the goal of better health. he is empathetic and works to make the patient comfortable about medications and treatments. Front office staff and assistants were fantastic. The office is always very clean, beautifully decorated, and comfortable. I'll never go to anyone else.
This Doctor, Doesn't seem to care about her patients,only that they get their treatment, almost seems like she dont care what the Patient has to say, not too friendly either like my other Doctors. Staff is also at times rude. I Do not Recommend this Dr. Khabbazeh
Very rude Doctor. His nurse was being super nice to compensate for her boss's rudeness. I will look elsewhere when looking for a doctor.
was seeing Desi.canals in mission wanted to switch to this Dr Flores. Called asked if they accepted Medicare. Was told by crystal they DID. THAT I NEEDED TO HAVE ME MEDICAL RECORDS TRANSFERRED AND SHED THE DR. FLORES WOULD REVIEW THEM. THAT IF I WAS REFERRED SHED ACCEPT ME AS A PATIENT. I SAID IM NOT REFERRED BUT I WAS HOSPITALIZED AND THEY GAVE ME A LIST OF DRS WHO ARE WORKING WITH DHR. SHE SAID OK JUST HAVE YOUR RECORDS SENT TO US. I DID AS CRUSTAL SAID. CALLED THE FOLLOWING WEEK TO SEE IF THEY GOT THEM. SHE TRANSFERRED ME TO DR FLORES NURSE THEY CONFIRMED THEY DID HAVE MY RECORDS. CALLED.A FEW DAYS LATER TP.SEE IF SHE MADE A DECISION. THEY TOLD.ME THEY HAD NO MEDICAL RECORDS AND THAT I CANT BE SEEN BECAUSE MY INSURACE. ALL.THIS TO HAVE NO PRENATAL CARE!!!! Because Desi canals office transferred my.records to Dr Flores I'm not a patient of either offices. In Dr canals eyes I'm being seen from Dr Flores because they said for me to send.my records over. IS THIS HOW DRS AND THERE STAFF ARE SUPPOSED TO TREAT PREGNANT WOMEN OR AMYONE AT ALL. IM 30 weeks pregnant and without medical care.
My visit was really wonderful. Dr. Steel was friendly and knowledgeable, and he displayed a real care for my personal situation. One of the best experiences with the medical profession I have ever had.
Dr. Rios is a caring and compassionate physician when it comes to his patients. He takes time to explain and educate his patients when it comes to their healthcare needs in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Please visit and like his Facebook page to help us grow at: Https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Rios-Womens-Health/621398311309553?ref_type=bookmarkRecommend us to your friends and family.
Dr Almaguer is such an amazing doctor. He's compassionate and understanding. Excellent bed-side manners! I thank God for putting him in my path to take care of me during my health issues and surgery. Thank you Dr Almaguer and thank you to your staff who really reflect who you are. They always treated me with respect, compassion and understanding. I have recommend you to my friends and family and will continue to do so. May the Lord continue blessing you always!
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.