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I have been going to the Swansboro office since last winter. I see the nurse practitioner there and she is great. She takes the time to listen to me and go over concerns/questions. I would highly recommend this clinic. FYI, I do tend to have to wait for a while even though go first thing in the morning, but all the ladies are really friendly.
My first visit and i saw dr. Megan Lambeth. She was do great. Very professional and made me feel very comfortable. I'm so glad i had the opportunity to use her services.
Dr. D'Andrea and the team at Carteret OB GYN are always welcoming and very professional.Cheryl Sensenich
I went to Carteret Ob-Gyn Associates for my entire pregnancy and they were wonderful. Everyone from the receptionists, nurses, to doctors make you feel very welcome. I would come with a list of questions and no matter the doctor I saw they were very patient and took the time to answer all my questions. Setting up appointments was very easy and they were always quick to see me. Dr. Lambeth delivered my son and she was AMAZING! I can't say enough great things about her, but she was very sweet, explained things very clearly, and her joy when she delivered my son really showed how much she loves her job. She even took my husbands phone and snapped pictures which are priceless! I would recommend this doctors' office to anyone - you'll be in great hands with everyone.
They were very professional and welcoming! This was my first visit there. I felt very comfortable talking with my doctor,asking questions about my health needs. The staff/nurses were also great, all of them seemed like they loved working there and had a great work family.
I give this place a 5 star rating. These people really care and listen. They do a thorough check on your health history. Plus, hardly ever a wait.Wanda Lockhart
Always have a great experience at Carteret OBGYN. Have seen many of doctors and trust them all equally. The front office is always pleasant and everyone I’ve encountered appears to be happy at work. Highly recommend this practice to anyone looking for an OBGYN
When I was pregnant with my now extremely healthy 3.5 year old, I began to have medium to high blood pressure during office visits. I was labeled a 'hypertensive' and by 36 weeks was told I had to induce my baby. The thing is, the blood pressure taking methods employed everytime I went in were done inconsistentally, often after walking to and from bathroom and getting height and weight, arm unsupported often while having to answer questions posed during the reading. I was sent to the hospital a few times for monitoring and every single time, the hospital sent me home saying my blood pressure was fine! I began to monitor it at home and it was normal. I agreed to frequent monitoring of my urine ketones and stress tests all of which came out normal. I was treated very condescendingly bc I refused to induce early. I was even told right out that bc of my decision to wait, my baby would likely die! I was forced to sign paperwork saying I went against medical advice, which by the way was not the same advice I received from all Drs. there. When my water broke on its own at 40 weeks plus 3 days I went on to have a perfectly healthy L&D with zero blood pressure issues (it was always normal at the hospital). While I disagreed with this particular Dr. & how I was treated by her, I was also thankful to her for successfully delivering my baby and especially for her stitching work as I tore immensely. Now, 4 years later, I am pregnant again and called to set up an appointment. I was told that it was noted in my chart that I had gone against medical advice with my first pregnancy and was refused as a patient by this practice that I have gone to since I was a teenager. I do not think that I was treated fairly or that my concerns about the inconsistencies of my blood pressure readings were heard. In my opinion, formed after a whole lot of research (which I was mocked by these Drs. for doing even though I read actual medical scientific studies), these Drs. have high induction rates.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to have found such a wonderful facility and wonderful medical professionals. For several years my husband and I have had problems conceiving and when we did, both ended in an early miscarriage. The treatment we were given elsewhere was heart wrenching. They never followed up, didn’t seem to care whether we became pregnant again or not, and sent us to the emergency room when there were complications-causing many medical bills. Carteret OBGYN has been everything but complicated. They have been a God-send!!! Their staff is unlike any other we’ve experienced, patient, kind, and understanding. The OB’s have a wonderful bedside manner and make you feel more like family than a patient. When we went in for our second ultrasound at 8 weeks, there wasn’t a heartbeat and we found out our baby was underdeveloped. Our OB not only gave my husband and I all the time we needed to process this information, but she was there every step of the way. She even went out of her way to do another ultrasound to confirm and put our mind at ease before our D&C which she scheduled for the day after we found out about the missed miscarriage. I think it’s important to mention too she scheduled the D&C during her lunch break so that we wouldn’t have to go through another miscarriage naturally. She ensured we knew everything that was going to happen well before it took place. She took a heartbreaking moment and did her very best to turn it into hope all while understanding in our situation hope seemed so far away. She wasn’t just our OB during another painful loss, she was our friend, a friend who wept with us, a friend who understood. I cannot account for every OB at this facility, but from the many staff members we meet to the OB we had our initial appointment with, I must say it is not common to find such a great group of individuals who really do care about the patients that walk through their doors. We are SO happy we found Carteret OB-Gyn Assoc.
The check in procedure was very professional and accommodating. Peaceful waiting time. I have always had excellent treatment from staff and professional members. I would highly recommend this office to anyone looking for a complete female experience and care.
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.