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2011 Trade DrMidland, TX 79706
From Business: For over fifty years, Harris Acoustics of Midland has had the pleasure of serving the construction and general contracting industry in the Permian Basin and surrounding areas. Family owned and operated, we began in 1964 with quality resilient flooring and acoustical ceilings. Since that time, we have added complete commerc…
10 Desta DrMidland, TX 79705
From Business: As your personal Farmers Insurance agent located in Midland, I believe in keeping you informed of ways to protect what's important to you. Whether you're looking for auto insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, or specialty coverage, Farmers Insurance will help you select the right products to fit your insurance n…
2400 E 8th StOdessa, TX 79761
Dr. Raghuprasad is an amazing doctor. I was so sick and scared about what my body was going through I just didn't know what was wrong. A friend of mine referred me to him, she his a patient. He ran test, did skin test, and listened to my concerns. He found out exactly what was wrong with me. He …
500 Adams Ave Ste 100Odessa, TX 79761
From Business: Accepts Medicare, Medicaid & most insurance. Dr. Wong sees patients in the hospitals, also provides blood drawn service, EKG, pulmonary function test, doppler study, and exercise stress tests.
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…
6110 Eastridge RdOdessa, TX 79761
From Business: The Maria Cole Family Practice emphasizes wellness and self-care by providing information you need to make healthy lifestyles choices and healthcare decisions. We are committed to providing the best quality healthcare we can.
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.
I had my surgery done in Dallas because I felt the bigger city would give me the best service and best doctors. I couldn't have been more wrong and disappointed. I started having knee pain after I had my knee replacement. I called my doctor in Dallas they told me everything was good and there was no problem. I tried to deal with the pain until is was unbearable. I felt like my doctor in Dallas had abandoned me and I was referred to Dr. Borra by my friend who had his knee replaced by him. Dr. Borra was very friendly and compassionate to my pain. He took X-rays and after reviewing all the information told me that my knee was loose and needed to be replace. Dr. Borra did the surgery and now I have my life back. If you think you need to leave Odessa to get your knee or hip done your wrong. Go see Dr. Borra he is amazing and caring. I went from being in pain and feeling helpless to being able to play with my grandkids again. Thank you Dr. Borra!!
Dr. D have made mine and my family’s comments Spam. My very healthy, physically active husband of 32 years, father of two, special needs teacher, elder in his church lost 62 lbs after a routine hernia surgery he performed on him. Davenport refused to give him any after care after months of complaints, then my husband lost his job and was bed redden for 8 months, then he put a 45 to his head
Should have his license revoked. He refused to acknowledge my father's agonizing pain post surgury that was not getting better, my father wasted away before our eyes. He went from being a happy, active, healthy guy to emaciated, bedridden before he passed away. This was from common hernia repair surgery. My father was wheeled into all his follow up appointments because he couldn't walk 4 months after and Dr. Davenport refused to do anything or acknowledge he made a mistake. My father is gone now, so maybe he should LISTEN to his patients and get rid of his God conplex or better yet, stop practicing medicine because my dad wouldn't be the first person who died as a result of Dr. Davenport.
His "diagnosis" is not recognized by any medical board or manual, he uses outdated (by several years) terminology. Had me on medications that another doctor confirmed were very wrong for me/my condition but would just increase the dose if I brought up issues with them. No exams were ever done, finally did one test but refused to discuss it with me or give me any information, ignored family history of same/similar issues, and walked off/away from me because I said I had a question about my treatment. Office manager is extremely rude and condescending. I've overheard her yelling at other patients on the phone and she even threatened me when I called to make an appointment because I mentioned I had a question for the doctor. I called once about a problem I was having and was told "just go to the ER." Is it any wonder I changed doctors? Avoid this quack.
I've been seeing Dr. Small for two years now and I'm not easily impressed by "doctors" just because they're wearing a white coat. I need to feel they really do care about your ailment, they're actively achieving continuing education in their speciazation and what it's gonna take to get you well. Dr Small is one of the easiest docs to talk to; open, honest, interested, professional, most back pain experienced doctors I've ever run into. And just as important, he has meticulous skills in back vertebrae surgery. If you're in pain, had an accident or a flare-up, start with Dr. Small. See what he has to say about your pain. He's been managing my pain situation very well, and I like his style and commitment very much. That’s saying a lot since I've seen over 30 doctors in my small insignificant life. Like I said: if you have back pain of any kind, start with Dr Small: 432-617-7463, in Odessa, TX.
He was the best doctor and Friend that I had.May he rest in peace. He made my life much more bearable, now he's with the Lord.We Love you Jerry..Lisa
Didn't do a damn thing but had me wait for an hour, chat for 5 minutes, and still charge me an arm and leg.
Waited for ever On his iPhone the whole time
Listens to questions and concerns. Proactively helps to find root cause of problem/illness. Great with adults and children!
I loved working with Dr. Brown and his nurse Carol, but that is where it stopped. His office manager yelled out my personal information, account balance, and told me to get Fing over it you only have Fibro. If you can get past her you have a chance to see a great doctor, but do not expect your personal information to be kept seeing this was done to me while in the waiting room with other patients there at that time.
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.