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Dr. Blauer and the whole staff were wonderful. We had a great experience working with them. The only thing we would joke about was how realistic or sometimes pessimistic Dr. B seemed to be. He was always very nice but some of his comments and statements made it seem like we were a hopeless case and to not get too hopeful even when test results came back better than expected (we did have previous failed cycles at a different clinic so it's understandable). Even when we got our positive pregnancy result there was always a 'something could happen' type of feeling especially when he told us we had an increased chance of miscarriage, and 'let us make sure we see the heartbeat in a week', etc. Still, we appreciated him not sugar coating things but I would also appreciate some optimism about our success. Compared to the previous clinic we were at, Dr. B was more willing to be aggressive and prescribe medications that would help stabilize my levels, etc. which ultimately improved our results I believe. He also thoroughly answered any questions I had, he knows what he is talking about. All in all though I would highly recommend Dr. B and the RCC. It was clean, friendly, everyone was happy to help and the best part, we are now pregnant!
I have never had a Dr. and nurse spend time talking to me to get to know what is going on with my health like Dr. Blauer and Tammy did. In the past I have felt rushed out of the Drs. offices before I could even get a question in, and if I got to ask a question, I received an undetailed response. This experience was so different. My records were supposed to be sent to their office but never arrived, so Dr. Blauer asked me the right questions to get to know my history. He made me feel better about my current state (which I was emotional about), and refreshed my confidence that we are going to do everything to figure out how to fix it and get going immediately on the next steps. Tammy explained my medications and upcoming tests and wrote it down on a cycle chart so I do not forget what to do when. I left that appointment hugging my husband in the parking lot and said, 'He is going to help us!'. I am so happy Dr. Blauer is my Dr. now and that he has Tammy on staff. I also REALLY appreciate that they try to make things affordable. Thank you so much!
The whole process of infertility is very daunting. Often you are not quite sure what to ask and where to even begin. I think we had some hit and miss experiences. We had some great nurses and not so great. We had some that were extremely thorough and others that rushed through everything. For the most part we never felt we had a full explanation of what was wrong exactly. We never really had a diagnosis. After several failed attempts we did get pregnant with Femara. What would have helped is maybe more explanation. As a patient going through something so unfamiliar you really do not know what questions to ask. We are incredibly grateful for the help that is provided but often felt a little in the dark. Maybe because we were not an extreme case I do not know but either way it is a delicate subject that was pretty hard. We honestly though could not be more grateful to be pregnant. As a patient...ASK anything you can think of.
Dr White and his staff are phenomenal! I have seen him for over 10 years and get the best service and the most quality explanations I have ever received. My husband loves Dr. Capstick. She worked with him for over 30 minutes to get his eyes to be 20/20 this has never happened prior in his 28 years. He still cannot stop raving about the clarity and difference he now has. Lastly, my son suffers from PTSD and is incredibly nervous of medical procedures and professionals. However Dr. Sargent (sp?) Was amazing taking extra time prior to the exam to establish a good trusting bond, talk suprheros, and to tell about his children. My son has never been so confident in a Healthcare provider as he was here. Thank you to you entire staff for all that you do. Really your thoughtfulness and quality of care have exceeded every expectation I have ever had.
I really enjoyed working with Dr. Blauer. I felt like he was compassionate to our situation and he had a good sense of humor. When I first went to the office I was emotional and nervous for what he would say. We were previously told from another doctor that we had almost 0 percent chance of ever conceiving. We went to Dr. Blauer for a second opinion. I remember asking 'what if that does not work' and he replied 'you cry and we try again'. He made me feel hope that I could have a child where none existed before. We went to Dr. Blauer due to a friend's recommendation. The first fertility doctor we had seen had terrible bedside manner and made me want to quit trying. I now recommend Dr. Blauer to all my friends with fertility problems.
My doctor sas gone for my last exam. It was done by his Nurse Practitioner. Welsh or Walsh. I like her. I felt though that the staff who drew my blood did a very poor job of it. I had my blood drawn 2 times in the past 1 month. Each time the lab technician coukd not get blood the first time, and had to draw from another arm, or my wrist- which hurts. My doctor is out of town and i may need a surgery to remove a uterine growth. No one called me to schedule it. Also, no one called me about my thyroid lab results. I had to look them up online. And, I am not sure what they mean.
I was really nervous for my transvaginal ultrasound. Everyone seemed pretty busy. I am happy they helped me achieve my pregnancy. I maybe could have had a better experience. The nurse he was working with that day, did not seem friendly. ..at all. .it wasn't Jeanette, it was a different one. I was happy Dr. Blauer found the gestational Sac. But he also said something about a cyst and did not go into detail, which until now, terrifies me. Overall it could have been a more warming experience.
Dr. Blauer and his staff are super nice and very helpful. He spent a lot of time with me and never acted rushed. Dr. Blauer was also very thorough, which shows me that he really cares. When it came to making decisions, he gave me lots of great advice and many options and then let me choose the course I felt comfortable with. He never made me feel pressured. He is very positive, considerate, and is definitely a doctor who really cares about his patients.
We were not greeted when we arrived at our first appointment. I thought it was a little odd the receptionist was on the phone and did not acknowledge us and it took us about 1-2 minutes to realize we were supposed to just check ourselves in on the computer. We waited about 45 minutes in Dr. Blauer's office, as he was running late, but the care, concern and time he spent after that was well worth it.
Dr. Blauer was very thorough. I was pleasantly surprised at how aware he seemed to be of the realities of our real life situation, not just our physical presentation, as not all doctors seem to be (especially not specialists). He was very good to help us see all our options and give us a few pointers for making gentle changes. He was friendly and helpful and gave us guidance and renewed hope.
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.