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One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
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We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
After reading the reviews about Dr. Sheikh I was very hesitant to keep my appointment. I was referred by my family physician so, I decided to see him When I walked in the office I was immediately greeted with a warm smile and a heartfelt hello by a competent, organized receptionist. After a short wait I was taken to the back and was asked questions about my health history. I had never experienced such a thorough discovery of my past and current health issues ever in a doctor's office. After about a 15-minute wait Dr Sheikh entered the room and also asked me questions and did a physical examination. Afterwards, Dr. Sheikh explained to me what his professional opinions were of my health issues that was followed up by a clear explanation of what tests he wanted done to confirm his suspicions . Dr.Sheikh answered all my questions and I found him to be a genuinely caring, easy to talk to and I felt his passion for helping his patients to feel better. Two of the tests were done in his office by his staff that were also professional, comforting and thorough. That evening after leaving Dr. Sheikh's office it was the first time in weeks that I had a good nights sleep now knowing that my care was in the hands of such a knowledgeable, professional physician. Everything that I had read in the reviews is so unfounded. It saddens me to think of all the people out there that are missing Dr. Sheikh's ability to make them better because of untruths reported by disgruntled patients. Perhaps these are patients only looking for pain medications for their addictions. Lastly, the office is not dirry as what i read in a review alrhough, the office could use some redecorating but honestly I could care less about the color of the walls! I want to thank Dr. Sheikh and his entire staff!!!!
I've been going to Dr. Joseph for 8 yrs. I find him to be honest, prompt, and he is extremely intelligent. He was the only doctor who was willing to help me figure out why I was having certain symptoms. As far as his staff goes. They are dependable, hard working, and to the point. Would you rather them to work like the employees at the health department. I have missed and changed appointments many times and they still showed me respect by moving quickly in order to help solve my problems. I'm so sorry that some of you do not understand that Dr. Joseph is one of the most respected Doctors in his field and he has many years experience in his practice. Therefore, he doesn't have need to baby sit and pretend that he is listening. He is a very smart man, and if you would really listen to what he says, even as little as it may seem, you would actually think about those comments he makes and you would understand what Dr. Joseph is trying to say to you. Don't make life harder for people than it needs to be. All the reports I'm reading about easy access to medication is absurd. What's really sad, is the fact that there are people out there, who actually go see Dr. Joseph and waste HIS time with their false intentions.
I RECENTLY JOINED GOWANI MEDICIAL AS A HEART PATIENT. I HAVE ALOT OF ALLERGIES TO MEDICINE SO I WAS VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT TAKING HEART MEDICINE AND HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION. DR. GOWANI MADE SURE I HAD THE RIGHT BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTROL MEDICINE FOR ME. SO WITH THE RIGHT HEART MEDICINE I GOT MY CHOLESTROL DOWN TO 84 EATING ALOT OF CHEERIOS AND EXERCISING ALOT. WHEN I HEARD IT WAS AT SUCH A GOOD LEVEL THEN I SLACKED OFF A LITTLE AND NOW I'M BACK TO SQUARE ONE AS FAR AS CHOLESTROL. I AM BACK ON TRACK EATING CHEERIOS AGAIN AND DRINKING LOTS OF WATER AND EATING ONLY WHITE MEAT AND NO RED MEAT AT ALL. I WILL GET MY CHOLESTROL DOWN AGAIN AND THS TIME KEEP IT DOWN!!! I WOULD HIGHLY RECCOMMED GOWANI MEDICAL TO ANYONE WITH A HEART PROBLEM. THE STAFF AT THE OFFICE IS VERY NICE AND MY FIRST APT I HAD TO TAKE MY TWO CHILDREN WITH ME I DIDN'T HAVE A SITTER AND THE STAFF UNDERSTOOD AND TREATED MY TWO CHILDREN VERY NICELY. MY KIDS BOTH TOLD ME AFTER THE APT IT'S A VERY NICE OFFICE AND THE STAFF IS VERY NICE. DR. GOWANI IS A VERY SWEET CARING DOCTOR AND CARES ABOUT ALL OF HIS PATIENTS!! SO IF YOU WANT TO BE IN THE BEST CARDIOLOGIST CARE DEFINITELY GO TO GOWANI MEDICAL YOU WON'T BE SORRY!!! SINCERELY, NANCY BOLTON
I had a small spot on my shoulder that would sometimes bleed after a hot shower, I just thought it was dry skin. After doing a bit of research on my own I decided I needed to see a dermatologist. I asked friends who they saw and several recommended Knight Dermatology. I don't normally post things like this but felt compelled to get the word out about this place. The entire experience for me was like nothing I had previously experienced with medical practices. Everyone there seemed to take their jobs seriously and make me feel at home. During the examination I was educated on many topics, I felt as if they took the time to explain everything to me and I consented to a biopsy of the suspicious spot. The biopsy came back as basal cell and I scheduled to have it removed. I was nervous going in but the staff and the Dr took such good care of me. I told them that I was worried about scarring and they did a special closure for me that left a tiny pink scar. I can't tell you how happy I am that I chose this practice and this Dr to take care of my needs. I would highly recommend this practice to everyone.
My wife and I have only been Dr. Salzman's patients for a couple of months, but we have found our favorite. We haven't had any luck with our Family Physicians in the past. Usually because of greed or lack of interest. On our first visit to Ignacio Salzman, MD, he made us feel as if we were important to him even if we had never met him before. During the 2nd month after we made our physician change, I caught some kind of an intestinal virus. I almost died but Dr Salzman made time for me to come into his office to see me. He spent more time with me than I know he had scheduled. Being off schedule didn't seem to be important to him as a physician. Things like that means a lot to my wife and me. He knew exactly what to do to make me feel better. Within another day I was good as new. Another good thing about him,,,he's not a "prescription writer" type physician. He only gives you what you need to treat your medical conditions. If I had the opportunity to speak on his behalf, I would speak for him and give him recognition he deserves as a Great Physician.
They were so kind and attentive to me. I didn't have to worry about them arguing with me, or contradicting what I had to say, which has been a problem for me at other places. The one thing that I really enjoy about this place is their high level of customer service. Their full attention is always on me and they never take personal calls during my appointment. I've been to other places that answer their phone and it just drives me crazy. They were absolutely amazing and make others in the same field look like beginners. I was so impressed with the progress I was able to make after visiting them. All my questions were answered, and I feel a lot more confident and hopeful about the future. I've never seen anyone who is more respected by their staff. The entire staff only had great things to say about working there, and it made me want to return all the more.
In the many years I have been under the care of both Drs. Sherali and Yasmeen Gowani; I have always been treated with the utmost of care. They are oth very professional in their care, concern and love for their patients. The times I was hospitalized, their bedside manner is as professional as in the office; they both go over and beyond the call of duty. Every now and then, you may have a delay during an office visit; but, that's understandable, when there is an EMERGENCY situation and the doctors and staff are busily trying to assist. The office staff has been nothing but, caring, friendly and professional. I have recommended many others to this office and will continue to do so. By the way; they will work with and assist you with financial concerns. They are VERY understanding....
I was nervous when I first started this journey but that went away as soon as I met Dr. Silva... he made me feel comfortable and hopeful; he was not only professional but also very caring and positive and made me feel good about the whole process. He answered all my questions, removed all my doubts, and eased all of my concerns... as promised and by the grace of God, he made our dream come true... I became pregnant on my first IUI cycle. I highly recommend Dr. Silva to anyone who needs help conceiving their little miracle.... the staff was also amazing, the nurses were all very sweet and always returned my calls and answered any questions I had. I have absolutely no complaints. Im eternally grateful to dr silva and his wonderful staff.
I am new to Dr. Raley's practice, I left my old doctor because I didn't feel like he was listening to me. Dr. Raley listened to my symptoms and wa able to diagnose my proble in one visit. She is the first doctor I've been to that actually listened! There was a bit of a wait but once she came into the room I understood why, she spent as much time with me as I needed. Considering she was obviously running behind I never felt rushed! The staff was pretty nice too, the phones were ringing like crazy so the girl who was checking me out was having a little trouble getting me out of there quickly but remained friendly and apologetic! With a Doctor and staff like that no wonder the phones never stopped ringing!
The Dr. You Are Looking For I am a patient of Dr. Hitchcock going on several years. She is superb! Love going to her office. Her prices are reasonable (I don't have insurance right now). She has helped me make strong progress in reversing my diabetes, blood pressure and identified that I had hypothyroidism--common in women 50+. She takes time with you, seemingly as much as you want, i.e., you don't feel rushed. Rarely kept waiting. The couple of times I have been kept waiting for too long, it was due to patients that truly required urgent care (if it were me, I';d want her to take time too). I can say enough about her! She is my hero as a doctor and a mother! Debbie Deland
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.