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I have been a happy patient of Dr. Prothro for at least 6 years. From our first meeting I knew that I was going to like him. He is kind, courteous and will listen intently to all you have to say as well as enjoy a good joke. He has a way of knowing what is bothering you and asks questions accordingly. He is very knowledgeable in all phases of his specialties as well as how to treat a patient. I have been in the operating room with him 3 times now starting with a defribulator installation and having replaced it 2 times, moving it to the right side on the 3rd procedure. I have nothing but good things to say about those experiences. He has presented several different things to help me with my CHF, COPD, High blood pressure and circulation issues. All in all I know that I am living a more productive and longer life under his care.Jerry Skinner
I had the pleasure of being under the care of Dr. Stephen Holroyd. His kindness and professionalism made it easy to talk with him. I highly recommend Dr. Holroyd if you are in the Reno/Carson City area.
Doctor Snow has always been extremely professional and able to explain my condition in laymen's words. His medical knowledge is astounding. I would recommend this physician to anyone.
I loved Dr. Farrimond but with other insurance I had to go elsewhere. I found out I could see him paying out of network costs and being ok with that I walked in to see him only to find out that a billed 29$ bill that wasn't paid by my former insurance company( that I never new about) wasn't paid and sent to collections I could never see him again. Ever if I paid the billed that I did not know about i could never be a be seen again this is wrong even if offered to pay it and not fight insurance. I was told it was policy.
The facility was clean and professional. The office members where very nice and professional. Even though we were late to my mom's appointment, the doctor saw her. Very nice!
The staff and doctors where all terrific! I was just a walk-in for an infected foot and was seen right away. All my questions where answered and everything concerning my situation and care was explained to me with great respect. I am so grateful for their team. Very comfortable atmosphere and welcoming staff. I'd give 10 stars if I could!
St. Mary's USED TO BE wonderful. Not any more since they have been taken over by a purely for profit group.I went ti the Urgent Care facility with a sick child, because we needed, well, care urgently. They said that since we had no insurance they wouldn't even see us without a cash deposit of $200. I asked if that amount was the actual cost. "No", they said, just a "deposit". I offered my credit card as security pending the examination. 45 minutes later a doctor did the exam. On exiting, I went to pay and was told that I had already been charged $200 even though the actual cost was less than that: $146. The receptionist said that they'd send me the overcharge difference "In about two weeks". I objected and asked for a receipt for services rendered, and the receptionist told me they "Didn't give receipts"; I insisted, saying that was not standard business practice. She said that if I really wanted one, I'd have to wait (with my sick child) until the end of the day when the doctor was finished seeing all her other patients, and get one directly from her. More than two months later, I still have not received the overcharge/payment they took from me. If this is not outright illegal, it's certainly unethical and discriminatory. Don't believe the nonsense below where they describe themselves as "committed" to patient welfare. They shouldn't even be called "Urgent" much less "Care" -- except about profiteering any way they can.
Dr. Netuschil has been my physician for more than a decade, and I've followed her as she has moved to a new practice. Her new concierge-style practice has turned out to be a blessing, allowing for more frequent visits to address overall health and also chronic conditions. She is an accomplished surgeon and GYN who continually avails herself of the latest medical knowledge, and I have absolutely no complaints. I've recommended her to close friends.
Doctor Bain did not perform common diagnostics as to UNR primary care Doctor’s w/PHDs said that an Ultrasound should be preformed to see the extent of problem on two occasions. Dr. Bain just jumped into surgery without proper diagnosis of the area (said it was probably just a small hole/no mesh/just stitch it) 4/30/14, Dr. Bain performed the surgery for umbilical cord hernia. Two days later after the surgery when the swelling went down there was still a hole (umbilical cord hernia just about a ½ inch away from the last hole). I saw him on a follow up and told him of this: Dr. Bain just asked me if it hurts and to call him if it does, it could just be water (very briefly he said, it may be another hole…). Basically, he gave me the brush off (we all know a hernia does not hurt until many month later when the intestate get strangulated and starts to die, basically). Went back to my primary care doctor (Dr.Bearfield) and we were back to square one. He asked me if Dr. Bain did an ultrasound to see the extent of the problem/umbilical cord hernia. I said no, he just jumps into surgery/ I think this is where the error occurred. Dr. Bearfield informed Dr. Bain’s office that he is ordering an ultrasound (received call from Dr. Bain’s office in which they acknowledged this just about 45 minutes before my Dr. Bain office visit). Dr. Bain decided to do another surgery (scheduled 6/6/14). Once again, he did not perform an ultrasound. I had to pay for two surgeries with the hospital. Doctor Bain would not use his malpractice insurance to wipe one hospital bill off as the Renown Hospital Advocate advised me to let Doctor Bain know (sent certified letter). Put it this way, if my credit line was not as excellent as it is that Doctor Bain would have left me with a “Umbilical card Hernia 2 thru 3 times bigger than the first noticeable umbilical cord hernia hole. Doctor Bain had some grandiose explanation that he did not state in his surgical notes (besides I could feel the intestate waste go through the 2nd umbilical cord hernia when I went number 2 on the toilet…He has no consideration for the well being of his patience’s while covering his tracts as direct result of his error. I found Dr. Bain to be a very out of touch reality doctor (just cuts into people without proper diagnosis/ he even stated to me, some people has 4 umbilical cord hernia’s and that 4 surgeries are required). Non-sense, I think it’s best just to find a better doctor to do a surgery (unfortunately UNR referred me to this “Quack”. If you can’t do it right the first surgery that I do not want anyone to cut into me; take care.
Dr. Streit is such a awesome doctor and person. She is patient, kind, and attentive. She took great care of me during my last pregnancy and I came with a lot of baggage. My first baby passed away at a few weeks old so I definitely needed some extra TLC. She actually listened to me and my needs. I adore her.
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.