The January 2017 To-Do List »
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.
2207 Delaney AveWilmington, NC 28403
From Business: Coastal Family Practice and Internal Medicine provides patients throughout Wilmington, North Carolina, with personalized medical care and medical services. Philli…
1729 New Hanover Medical Park DrWilmington, NC 28403
From Business: Patients from Jacksonville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern and all of eastern North and South Carolina rely on our team of LASIK surgeons and cataract, glaucoma, and gene…
2215 Canterwood DrWilmington, NC 28401
From Business: A good annual physical can go a long way toward ensuring your future health, and while physical exams are part of the excellent service available at Wilmington In…
1809 Glen Meade RdWilmington, NC 28403
Wonderful experience on all fronts. I totally disagree with any rude staff comments below. They are very sweet. This is my second baby and I feel li…
2131 S 17th StWilmington, NC 28401
From Business: New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system serving southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. A teaching hospita…
1602 Doctors CirWilmington, NC 28401
From Business: When you have problems with your feet, you need to turn to a podiatrist who listens and responds … an experienced doctor who knows the field and can effectively d…
1305 Physicians DrWilmington, NC 28401
From Business: COFSC offers a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including routine tooth extraction, wisdom teeth removal, corrective jaw surgery and dental implant p…
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.
So today after an hour of getting two little ones ready and myself… Driving from piney green... I show up to an appointment that was ***confirmed for today with Dr. Rockwell, only to find out at CHECK IN that Dr. Rockwell would not see me any longer. Granted I had missed two appointments back to back. I'm January 31 my grandmother who is in hospice was given hours to live... being I'm from Pennsylvania we immediately hopped into the car to try to get back for last goodbyes. Unfortunately we did not make it. My grandmother had passed. I did explain on the phone to his care coordinator what had happened and I rescheduled another appointment. It just so happened that morning I had got a call from my eight-year-old sons school "silverdale Elementary" that my son had fallen off the monkey bars and broke in his humerus. I immediately went to his school and we were taking to an ambulance to the Naval Hospital which we spent seven hours there. Again, I have let my care coordinator no and she scheduled me for today March 8 at 8:30 AM. I explain this to the woman at check out… Who then try to explain it to dr. Rockwell... she came out 10 minutes later only to tell me he still won't see me. I could not believe the lack of sensitivity, compassion, understanding, and lack of just being a decent human being in general. Things happen in life… I did not plan for my grandmother to pass on a day I had scheduled a very important ortho appointment, nor did I plan a couple weeks later for my eight-year-old to break his arm at school. I think Dr. Rockwell completely heartless and I would not recommend him to anyone. I am going to try to push this issue further to whomever is in charge at Ortho Wilmington or Emerge Ortho, what ever it is called now. I am in a great deal of pain and have been waiting for this appointment. Like I stated it was confirmed and no one even have the decency to to tell me this before I had arrived. I can barely walk or lift anything… And I left this office in tears. Shame on you, Dr Rockwell. You just proved you are not out for the patient, just for the money making. ���� I am completely hurt and disgusted. Melissa Morgan
Rude power hungry doctor on February 2017 I went in to establish myself as a new patient. The nurse and the rest of the staff was great. When Dr. Evans entered the room I extended my hand to shake hers and she hesitated like I was contagious. I have had MS since 2001. I brought in all of my medications including pain meds I had left over from an oral surgery I had in August just to prove I do not abuse medications. I told her the two medications I am on to control my pain was working well and also told her what types of medications I had bad reactions to. I have lived in this body for 51 years and know how my body reacts to medications. She flat out told me that I was not going to tell her what she can and can not prescribe. She also told me she was not going to rewrite one of my medications even though it worked well for me and I take under the prescribed dosage. She wanted to send me to a pain management center when she has the authority to write the prescriptions I need. I am not made of money and have to pay a $50 co-pay every time I see a specialist. She did not listen to me at all and told me that she was there to treat my MS. Well since there is no cure her job is to treat my symptoms which she apparently doesn't want to do. She wanted me to to get another MRI and I told her I didn't have $2500 for another MRI. She flat out told me in her holier than thou attitude that "I guess we're done here". I had an MRI done two years ago. Since I pay my insurance premiums and my co-pay she works for me and she did not provide the service that my insurance company and I paid for.
This Dr. is not concerned about the overall health of his patients. Instead of looking out for his patients he is all about how much money he can get. Do not ask him to prescribe you a few (non-narcotic) pills to hold a patient over for a few days until they can come in for a visit he says" If you die it is your own fault" This is not professionalism at all. Dr. James P Egerer apparently has no sympathy for his clients.
I've been going to Dr. Knab for 10 years now and he is one of the best Doctors I have. Dr Knab has a heart of gold and he is very caring and respectful about his patient. He is the reason why I don't give up on myself since I been dealing with my back for 11 years. He is not only a awsome Physician but a very awsome man in general. I would highly recommend him.Janice,
I have been going to WHA for more than 30 years. I've seen quite a few of the the doctors there. I can honestly say that I have loved them all. I have a primary, a rheumatologist, a cardiologist, a dermatologist, and more. They are all very patient and informative. It's so convenient to have all my information in one place. If there is ever a problem, they do have a Human Resource department but I've never had a need to speak with them.
This facility is a disorganized mess. You get seen by a different resident each time you go in, none of them talk to one another, each one has a different opinion, no one knows how to use the computers properly so miscommunication occurs regarding tests and referrals needed. Many of the individuals are nice people, but the overall disorganization and lack of communication has made the overall experience very unpleasant. Looking forward to my due date so I can go elsewhere.
Extremely disappointed, especially since Dr. Cooper had such a good reputation. Outdated practice, outdated building, outdated equipment, outdated staff, but most of all, outdated methods. I am sorry that you are being forced into retirement because of failing eyesight, but it's time. Seems like you couldn't let go of the door knob long enough to listen to us. We were glad when Dr. Cooper referred us to Glenn Mead Center for Women's Health. What a difference. I would recommend them too like Dr. Cooper did, especially now that they can handle all needs from infertility to birth!
Horrible hospitality and care their pediatric offices are also a nightmare. Don't do it
My experience with Dr. Arora was great. He tried several injections to alleviate lower back pain, fitting me in at least once. He told me my first visit that surgery would be needed at some point. Unfortunately, although the injections resulted in some relief, surgery was eventually required. I am in my mid sixties with arthritis and will continue to see Dr. Arora in the future. I see him, and his staff, as compassionate and competent.
The Best there is !!! Fabulous bedside manner, kind, caring, not money hungry, devoted to his patients, and every nurse, etc. in the whole hospital system loves him too! I have had many, many doctors - he is no. 1 !!
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.