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29750 Us Highway 19 N Ste 207Clearwater, FL 33761
Dr Swanson is not only very handsome like Bon Jovi, but he is very kind & funny! He does cosmetic procedures all day, every day, not as a sideline b…
9332 State Road 54 Ste 302New Port Richey, FL 34655
1932 Drew StClearwater, FL 33765
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.
She was my Dr. for many years she is very thorough and never rushes you. She makes sure that everything is explained and that you understand everything she talks to you about. I just love her.
Went to ER for debilitating pain in my ovaries and upper abdomen. Dr. Thompson came in my room and sat on a trashcan while talking to me. He asked what I expected from the ER which I thought was an unusual question. I told him I wanted an ultrasound done, but he insisted they didn't have an ultrasound machine there and even if they did, he wouldn't order for me to have it done, because he seriously doubts there's anything wrong with me. Umm seriously?His whole demeanor was nasty and unprofessional. He didn't even examine me! He wasn't going to order any tests, but I forced him to, so I had a CT scan. He insisted my cat scan and blood test results were normal, but when I read them over at home, there were abnormalities on both. Plus it said I had sky high blood pressure, which I find hard to believe, but the nurse didn't tell me. I wasn't given anything by IV for the pain, which made me furious. Oh and it says on my ct scan that my gall bladder is normal, which is not possible since my gall bladder was removed 5 years ago. I called and complained about that and about how I was treated by the doctor and not being told the truth about test results and BP, but no one seemed to care.This place is a friggin joke. I wouldn't recommend it to a dog.
Went in with serious abdominal pain and instead of running tests they do a pelvic exam assume what it is and treat me for that, then days later test results come back negative and a week later I'm still in just as much pain with no answers. Called them they told me i can come back and beSeen again but of course I have to pay my huge insurance co pay again which in my opinion is COMPLETE bs they should be paying for their negligence not me!!
The phone only rings You can never get ahold of anyone to set an appointment
Terrible experience with Dr.MILOE at Adora clinic.Dr. Miloe did lipo and made my legs uneven and lumpy,now I end with legs that don't look alike, one is thinner then the other.Dr. Miloe took to much fat from one leg and not enough from the other leg, I paid him to destroy me.He also used fraxel machine that created very deep pores on my face, I looked worse after fraxel then before. Do your resurch, don't make mastake like this.M. M.
Doctor listed as accepting new patients onhelathgrades.combcbs websitempmprimary.comvitals.com and others however IS NOT accepting new patients. Very disappointing after doing so much research trying to find a trustworthy physician :( Please update your info Dr. Jenkins
This is the worst doctor I have ever had the displeasure of meeting. He misdiagnosed me and left me in pain with no hope for getting better. DO NOT waste your time or money on Dr. Alan Graves. He is more interested in his personal golf game than knowing about you and your symptoms. Dr. Graves is unprofessional, unkind, and completely without empathy. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE doctor. This doctor could never diagnose his way out of a paper bag. For an orthopedic doctor he should have admitted he knows absolutely NOTHING about spines and spinal injuries and should stick to the broken bones he can easily diagnose with an x-Ray. I wish I could give him less than one star.
I had an eye condition that was misdiagnosed by a civilian institution. I met DR. Shur at the VA clinic in New Port Richey, Fl. He explained to me just what the problem was, and what needed to be done in easy to understand terms. He saved my eyesight. If you are under his care you are in good hands.
I purchased a Groupon for laser hair removal. I did not begin treatments at the Palm Harbor office until after the summer and did not finish the treatments. Suddenly I was told they bought a new laser machine since the original one wasn't working well. Then I received an email that they were suspending all laser treatments in all their offices due to the summer and risk for burns. I was scheduled for after the summer and a couple days before my appointment they called me to tell me they are completely stopping laser hair removal at all their offices because too many people were getting burned. They obviously didn't know what they were doing to be burning so many people. I was then offered two other services that I didn't need. After pressuring them they agreed to give me a refund. I have been given the run around ever since. The Palm Harbor office is closed until January 2014 and now I'm dealing with the Tampa office. We are almost in October 2013 and I still haven't received my refund. I have called and and emailed. I was told to speak with Greter who said my refund was $475... which doesn't sound right but guess I have to take what I can get at this point. Each time I call I get a different excuse to where my money is. I ask to speak with a manager but get, "no one is available" or now I have to speak with Mike instead of Greter. Just last week I called and spoke to a girl in the Tampa office with a British accent who said she would email Mike and make sure he will call me. Still haven't heard anything. Called today and told them I was advised to contact myFloridaLegal.gov and the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services. I gave them 30 minutes to call back and it's been almost 2 hours!
I paid $3,900 for liposuction of the midsection to ADORA CLINIC. before the surgery I spoke with the scheduler (Carol) and asked more then a few questions one of which was if there were areas that were missed and need to be touched up I would be able to get a touch up after the area was healed. DR. ROBERT MILES performed my surgery and on completion my right side came out fine but the left was totally uneven. After several follow up visits over 6-12 months, showing my concerns & frustrations about this unevn mess he made. He finally told it was in my head and it could barely be seen. During our last conversation he continued to shrug his shoulders while telling me their was nothing he was willing to do. DR. ROBERT MILES told me that the ADORA CLINIC has a ultrasound treatment that melts fat ($200-$400) he would recommend. A week later Carol with scheduling called me and wanted to know if I was willing to do the treatments, I told her how dismissive DR. ROBERT MILES was towards me while I was upset about the mess he made and would not even consider correcting his work. I have looked into Ultrasound treatments, but I would not pay ADORA CLINIC to do anything else. They are unprofessional liars and cannot be trusted.
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.