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19296 Stone Oak PkwySan Antonio, TX 78258
RMA of Texas is without a doubt the BEST place to go if you are having trouble conceiving. They have the most warm, friendly, and competent staff--staff who will call you back for ANY question you might have--and within a reasonable time period, and Drs. Hudson and Arredondo are both awesome. …
109 Gallery CirSan Antonio, TX 78258
I've been going to this doctor for 6 or 7 years and the office staff have always handled my calls, questions, messages and the like with professionalism and ease. I get calls back same day or next. And I love that he's added an assistant to his practice. If he can't see me, she can. Wait time va…
2520 Broadway StSan Antonio, TX 78215
I switched to Dr. Gonzales afer my original Dr. kept giving me the run around conerning my back.The first visit she told me she would find a surgeon to take care of me.A month later I was in and out of surgery after a year of agonizing pain.She is knowledgeable and very friendly,and takes the ti…
19238 StonehueSan Antonio, TX 78258
A big shout-out for the staff of ABCD Pediatrics and Dr. Schlossberg for their amazingly calm, collected and professional performance in the mist of the technological difficulties they had to face. My son has a stubborn ear infection for which I was able to get an appointment on the same day (al…
11085 Bandera RdSan Antonio, TX 78250
I have to say, I love Helotes Peditrics. Unfortunately, i have had to take my kids elsewhere in the past but will now continue to take them to Helotes Pediatrics. Both of my sons see Dr. Wendy Gideon and we all love her. She is great, shows concern and talks to me as if my concerns are her co…
3740 Colony Dr Ste Ll102San Antonio, TX 78230
Dr. Esguivel is one of the best doctors I have ever met He’s honest he’s experienced and very professional he Cured me completely thank God from being diabetic with high blood pressure and cholesterol within six months using the natural path instead of taking regular medicines since November 20…
7323 Marbach RdSan Antonio, TX 78227
This place sucks, I never wanted do Damn long in my life. I got her at 230 with my daughter who appointment want till 300 just for a physical and I don't get called into the room till 537 & I an still waiting in the room for somebody. It has been almost 3 1/2 hours. I don't recommend this place …
5282 Medical Dr Ste 250San Antonio, TX 78229
I felt Dr. Porter's staff was extremely polite in answering all of my questions, and explaining whatever I didn't understand. My only complaint was the time having to wait beyond the time of my appointment.
150 E Sonterra Blvd Ste 220San Antonio, TX 78258
My whole family has been going here since it opened and I've never had an issue. Dr. Geralde has found less invasive ways to treat our ailments which were spot on. His network of associated specialist are the best in San Antonio. I understand that due to the staff and his knowledge and and co…
7950 Floyd Curl Dr Ste 300San Antonio, TX 78229
She is soooo easy going. She explains things so clearly. Her experience is wild...she can read what is going on by the sentences you start. She makes you laugh when you are feeling nervous, but does not come on too strong or "fakey". She is WONDERFUL.
7950 Floyd Curl DrSan Antonio, TX 78229
I've been going to Lone Star OB/GYN since my second pregnancy back in Feb 08 and have fallen in love with the doctors and staff. They are very punctual when it comes to getting you in close to your appointment time. (Obviously they will run late if your doctor had an emergency surgery or somethi…
5107 Medical DrSan Antonio, TX 78229
Dr. Akhrass has always been a great doctor and I've been coming to the clinic for about ten years now. But times and the quality of care have changed. The wait times for scheduled appointments are usually 1-2 hours. So if you're scheduled to be seen at 2:00 pm, you can almost guarantee that you …
1314 E Sonterra Blvd Ste 5201San Antonio, TX 78258
From Business: We are an eye care center for children and we specialize in children's eye exams. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are of the best in the state, and create the best possible experience for our children.
1139 E Sonterra Blvd Ste 260San Antonio, TX 78258
I originally thought that having a male doctor would be extremely awkward and strange, was not sure that I would be comfortable with the idea at all. However, Dr. Feinstein and his staff are above and beyond excellent when it comes to making you feel comfortable. All of the nurses and/or extra s…
502 Madison Oak Dr Ste 245San Antonio, TX 78258
When we moved to SA three years ago i asked a coworker for a pediatrician referral and she highly recommended Dr. Kaldas. We took her recommendation and have been impressed ever since. From flu to a surgery for sleep apnea, Dr. Kaldas and his team have been right there for our family. They a…
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I've been with Dr. Finnie and his staff for 2 years now and I am very pleased with their care. They have been great in making sure my care is top notch from my physicals and routine blood work to unplanned visits when I'm ill or need medical advise or attention. I had not had a general practitioner for years and have found a home at Shavano Family Practice.
Someone inside their facility informed me that the female doctor has a strong prejudice against ppl with tattoos and piercings. Disgusting! Someone responsible for ppls lives should not be this way!
Worst Nurses I've ever come into contact with. Extremely unprofessional and uncaring. Appear to be inconvenienced every time we needed to ask questions or decide on a plan of treatment. When family member passed away the nurse that came out was very rude and disrespectful. Her attitude was negative and sarcastic. She did not make the family feel comfortable at all. I am extremely disappointed that this type of Nurse could work for a company that prides themselves on easing the suffering of others. I would definitely go with another hospice company if you find yourself in need of their services.
My child was the last appointment of the day and Dr. Charles A. Moxin was in a hurry to leave. When I addressing my child health needs on her cardiologist he dismissed us and said it's to much to address and for me to make another appointment in a few weeks. As we were leaving he looked at my daughter and said your good to go. When she didn't respond he raise his hands and patted them against his chest and acted as if he was mentally challenged and mutter. " Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth". How dare he behave in such a manner when my daughter is a special needs child. Dr. Charles A Moxin lack professionalism, bed side manners, and compassion for human life.
Yup! Dr Williams sucks, he sucks so much they've permanently closed his office as of today. I've been an insulin dependent diabetic for over 15 years and he tried to put me on pills, what a idiot! And doing Botox in his office, doctor or a cosmetic spa??????
Extremely rushed and rude staff over the phone. Mentioned she was not very friendly and she hung up on me. Not how a doctors office should act.
I had an appointment with my primary care provider today for my yearly exam, which I booked 7 weeks ago. Last night I received a phone call asking if I had called to change the time. I had not. The person on the phone asked if I could change my appointment to 3:30. I said sure. I arrived at 3:20 to sign in for my appointment. I waited and waited and waited and finally at 4:10 p.m. I approached the front desk staff, who were all sitting around doing nothing, and asked about my appointment. One person says, "Oh, Dr. Estrada is running about an hour behind." Um. could they have told me that when I walked in? I walked out of the appointment. I am sure if I showed up an hour late, the doctor wouldn't take me. The front staff of this clinic is uninformed, unprofessional, and lazy. I would not recommend this clinic to anyone. This same clinic gave my daughter a WRONG VACCINATION and like an idiot, I have given them chance after chance after chance to redeem themselves, They have failed miserably every time.
I have been going here to see Dr. Coutinho since 2010. I have never had a problem with any staff member. Dr. Coutinho is awesome and takes time to listen and helpful in explaining things. I now have my husband, daughter and son in law seeing him.
I've been going to this doctor for 6 or 7 years and the office staff have always handled my calls, questions, messages and the like with professionalism and ease. I get calls back same day or next. And I love that he's added an assistant to his practice. If he can't see me, she can. Wait time varies; I've waited 5 minutes, I've waited 40 minutes. But I know that sometimes I'm the one making others wait due to my issues, so I try to be patient while others see him. I've heard the office staff handling difficult patients before and I can say I've never heard them be rude or careless with their words. I give the whole office and Doctor Ramirez 5 stars across the board.
Thank you Dr Velazquez for your professionalism you brought my life back thank you thank you thank you
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.