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407-1 N Zarzamora StSan Antonio, TX 78207
I am very pleased with this clinic. The staff is always so welcoming and friendly. The providers always take the time to address all of my concerns and I never feel rushed through the visit. Wonderful Clinic!
102 Babcock RdSan Antonio, TX 78201
From Business: We take a great sense of pride in the field in which we practice. Our focus has always been the overall health and well-being of children. They are our future generation, and providing them with quality care now can only ensure that they lead a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle later. We treat all of our patients as if they…
115 N Loop 1604 E Ste 1207San Antonio, TX 78232
Dr. Phillips has helped me with my neck pain and headaches after several other chiropractors have failed. His staff are second to noen and I would refer anyone to Dr. Phillips. "GREAT DOCTOR"
7300 Blanco RdSan Antonio, TX 78216
From Business: Our attention centers on you: how you feel, what you think and what your concerns are. We find this out by doing something practically unheard of in health care these days. We ask you to talk. Stranger still, we listen. This empowers you to participate actively in your own care. It also helps us treat you, not just “the pr…
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1248 Austin Hwy Ste 204San Antonio, TX 78209
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Back in 2001 and 2002 Dr. Ruiz misdiagnosed me and failed to realize I had hearing loss as a baby. He treated my mother like a paranoid parent and was unsympathetic to the whole situation. He misdiagnosed me three times in a row. Luckily my mother found a different, and competent, doctor and I was taken care of properly and can now hear, speak, and otherwise communicate on the level of a hearing individual. After him essentially telling my mother that I wouldn't be able to read or write or talk normally I, in 2nd grade, was tested and was found to have the reading comprehension of a 10th grade level. Most people I meet don't realize I have hearing loss because I speak do well. 17 years later I've graduated high school and am preparing to study law at UH. This doctor couldn't have been more wrong about me and never had an ounce of compassion towards my mother.
Good doctor with heart of gold for seniors. The doctor took every effort to help the seniors like me and went above and beyond for them
I have found that the personel are very nice, Clean rooms & waiting area, I have only had to wait longer than my appointment one time & I have been going there for awhile. I couldn't ask for any better Physician than Dr. Grewal.
Dr Mauffray really treated me with respect. He is very thorough and easy to follow his explanations. I'm very satisfied with the treatment I have received.
Worst bed-side manner ! Will criticize patient they are "dumb" if patient does not wish to have an internal spinal stimulator. Don't go ! Find someone else !
She's the best Dr ever she takes real.good care of me and my health.
All the staff is very friendly here. They always filled me in on what they were doing, they also explained why and what it does. Dr. Lewis and Dr. Brown always made sure I was comfortable and answered any questions or concerns I had.
I highly recommend Dr. Elizabeth Harris for anyone considering cosmetic surgery. I went to consult with Dr. Harris in May of 2017 about a possible reduction mammoplasty procedure, partly because of a back pain issue, and partly because I was unhappy with my unbalanced proportions. I was ready to finally consider doing something about it, but also extremely anxious. Dr. Harris has a calm, approachable and compassionate demeanor combined with high professionalism. Not only did she actually actively listen to and address all my questions, but she also brought up stuff that I didn't think about. Her artistic training in figure drawing is a bonus as she thus knows, far better than most surgeons, the most pleasing proportions for human figures. I had the surgery in December of 2017 and am utterly thrilled with the results. My breast’s new size (From DDD to C) and shape (From full tube-socks to round and perky) are exactly for what I had hoped. Post-surgical care (11 weeks in recovery) has been exceptional. I have followed Dr. Harris’s instructions for minimizing scarring, and the incisions are rapidly fading to thin lines. My appointments always take place as scheduled (No long periods hanging around the waiting or exam rooms) and when I am being seen, I don’t feel as though I am being rushed out to make room for the next patient. The support staff at her practice (IE Elizabeth, Mary Jo, Erin…) are all friendly and exceptionally helpful. I was forced, due to employment leave issues, to reschedule the surgery about a month out and Dr. Harris’s staff handled it efficiently and gracefully, reassuring me that it was no trouble. At this point, I’m happily anticipating being able to wear pretty brassieres (After a certain size, all choices are utilitarian) and maybe even a Bikini (Never had one – It’s been one piece suits of armor since I was 16). If I ever have another procedure, Dr. Harris is the surgeon to who I will be going.
I had a beautiful delivery thanks to dr. Ogogor. My whole family goes to her! She's friendly, honest and funny. Never question her expertise because she knows exactly what she's doing and what is best for you but best of all she listens to your concerns and makes you feel so comfortable.
I had a great experience with Dr Beck. He is a young doctor but took the time to listen to me and understand my medical problems and reason for my visit. He thoroughly listened to what I had to say and offered sound advice. Yes he may be young but he is up to date and knowledgeable and I have complete confidence in his ability to manage my care.
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.