The January 2017 To-Do List »
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.
8715 Village Dr Ste 418San Antonio, TX 78217
The office is fast and most of the staff is nice. However, because our doctor didn't schedule my wife's surgery when she said she would- she has now wrecked Christmas for my 3 year old and 6 year old, plus because we had a planned c-section I put in for my vacation accordingly- now because the D…
18707 Hardy Oak Blvd Ste 230San Antonio, TX 78258
New building, very nice office, waiting room is comfortable. I see Dr. John Adams and am very pleased. The staff is friendly and best of all, I’ve never had to wait a long time to be seen. It seems to be an upscale practice and they don’t allow children under the age of 12, so that keeps the env…
1303 Mccullough Ave Ste Gl70San Antonio, TX 78212
From Business: Institute For Women s Health offers a range of specialized health care solutions for women. The institute provides menopause management, bone density scanning and facial cosmetic surgery services. It has expertise in the areas of obstetric and gynecology care. Institute For Women s Health offers screening and treating serv…
540 Madison Oak Dr Ste 450San Antonio, TX 78258
Staff mis-scheduled my appointment or they rescheduled without notifying me. Person at desk couldn't explain and was very unapologetic. There address has changed to Hardy Oak by the way.
502 Madison Oak Dr Ste 230San Antonio, TX 78258
614 S Business Ih 35New Braunfels, TX 78130
Horrible front desk...they don't even great you while you stand there at the window. The girls talk to each other. When you call you can't even understand where your calling. No help whatsoever. I wanted to change doctors big mistake. I would rather drive to the medical center.
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…
1200 Brooklyn Ave Ste 220San Antonio, TX 78212
From Business: Central Women's Health Care is a full-service medical facility that offers a range of health care services for women. It provides gynecology, obstetrics and cosmetic services. The facility also provides the treatment of infertility, breast and bladder problems, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, menopause, osteoporosis and ur…
7430 Barlite Blvd Ste 101San Antonio, TX 78224
From Business: Al-Hakeem Houmam MD, FACOG Offers Obstetrics and Gynecology, Womens Care, Pregnancy Care, Normal and High Risk, 4D Ultrasound, Infertility and Family Planning, Well Women Annual Exams, Gynecological Surgery, Laparoscopic and robotic surgery, menopausal disorders, and urinary incontinence care. Experienced Board Certified P…
7430 Barlite Blvd Ste 105San Antonio, TX 78224
From Business: Finding a doctor you feel comfortable with that offers the services you need and has proven success rates with other patients can take some time. Trusting the doctor you see for gynecological treatment, anti-aging products and services, and other women’s health care services means everything. If you’re looking for a reputa…
9086 Vista VerdeSan Antonio, TX 78255
5534 Rogers RdSan Antonio, TX 78251
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.
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.
Horrible communication from the staff members. I went to refill my prescription when I noticed I was out of refills (my fault, I know, I made a mistake). I immediately made an appointment to see the doctor and then tried to get a single refill until the appointment. I was denied my medically necessary prescription refill that has severe consequences if not taken. When I tried calling I got no answer, sat on hold for 50 minuets! I drove down thinking the phones were down and the "manager" said no, we were just busy and aren't answering calls. Ummmm...okay, this is a doctor's office right? God forbid anyone needs medical help. I've been taking this medicine for over 15 years, 5 with this doctor. It's nothing new or abusable and I don't see why I couldn't get a few days worth until my appointment. I asked for a refill and appointment on Monday and it took a week just to get a response. Now I'm out of medicine on Friday and I have to figure out an alternative. I have never met a more greedy un-compassionate doctor and staff and I'm done. I will be finding a new doctor ASAP. The convenience of seeing a doctor close to home is not worth the awful service.AND when I asked for my medical records so I could see another doctor, they just handed them over. No ID check or anything....stupidity or negligence? This office is full of both, come at your own risk.
My patience ran out. I have been with them for a few years (avg annual check up) and every appointment is delayed despite me arriving early for check in. The average wait is 30-45 min after appointment time. The front desk does not tell me in advance that the Doctor is running behind I have to ask and ask and ask. I schedule in the morning on various days the wait time and customer service is the same.The Doctor is nice and answered my questions to my satisfaction, but looking at the whole picture this is not a place I would recommend. For the amount of health care we pay should be able to get quality care and respect without hidden fees and the run around.I tried to get my husband (who hates making apts).since this would be his first visit they require we pay a deposit before giving any available appointment time. Really? Even after the deposit they offer no walkin appointmentsI'm looking for a new PM who cares more about their patients.
The Doctor's are probably fine; I had a good experience when I made it to one. But they must be taking on waaaaaay too many patients. I was really sick one day and sat on call waiting for 30 minutes (listening to the same message over and over when all I wanted to do was sleep since I was so sick). I finally gave up and went online to submit a form that promises they will call back in 24 hours. They never called. I scheduled an appointment online but the nearest appointment was a week and a half away. I figured I should still go since I had some residual symptoms. They called and said the Dr wasn't actually available that day (after I had received email confirmation he was). So they left me a message asking to move it up; which was frustrating cause I thought those times were not available. So after spending over 15 minutes waiting on the phone again I finally got through to somebody and told them my frustration and cancel the appointment. They just said thanks and hung up. No apology. The very first time I had tried to make an appointment they told me as a new patient it would be several weeks before I could see the doctor. I told them I had just been to the ER and the ER doctor told me to seek follow up care in just a few days. They did not care. I was not allowed. When I did get to see that doctor I waited a long time in the waiting room and there were several other very angry people in there because of how long they had to wait.Perhaps they play favorites? I've seen people post mixed reviews on FB groups before and I am very tempted to post as well since I don't wish the same fate on others. Anyway, I am finding a new Dr as I will not allow somebody to treat me so poorly; especially when I am sick.
This is the second time I have been there. Both times, I was seen relatively promptly. The staff was nice enough and I was pleased with the quality of care/diagnosis (each time was for something completely different.) The only reason I gave four instead of five stars was when I needed medication, the doctor told me she couldn't phone it into the pharmacy because it was a class II (?) medication. Yet, the pharmacist told me she could easily have called it in. That way I wouldn't have had to wait for the pharmacy to fill my prescriptuon while I was sick.
Do not use this place. The staff is not friendly and communication is terrible. They never return your telephone call. This is the most horrible experience i have had concerning health cate.
I was a patient of Dr. Lopez for a while until today which was my 3mo follow up. The staff who was not even at the front desk as I arrived, told me I wasn't 15 min early so Dr. Lopez would not see me. I was in fact on time however, she wasn't at her desk. She was in the restroom. So now I have no doctor because he won't be practicing there past September. The girl argued with me continuously. Awful customer service. I will make sure none of my friends use that office from now on.
Did not update the health insurances that they accept with the providers themselves, so my provider gave them to me as a PCP when they don't even accept the insurance. What a waste of time.
This place made my mother very upset to the point of where she does not want to return. I am a military mother away from my son, and my mother went to this office to see Dr. Fikes, and she refused to speak to her because my son was crying.She then told her that she would call her, and that never happened. The receptionist was very rude to her and a nurse made a comment about the discipline of my son. This office was very unprofessional and I am sickened to think medical professionals would make such unnecessary comments. It is not always easy for a child to be away from their mother.
Had a bad experience here. After bleeding for 4hours from sutures in my mouth, and unable to locate my dentist the staff at my dentist told me to contact my doctor. I called them three times,(per hour) with them telling me they would call back. The third time I said I am just coming in because I was really scared they said fine- they had a 1:15pm open. The staff personal that greeted me informed me that it was 1:30, I said what ever, then she Oh he can't see you if you are bleeding from the mouth. I said I was bleeding when I called three times earlier what is different now? She said Oh he doesn't see dental problems. I said Look am not going to argue with you I am in pain I need help and I want to see my doctor. She said well don't yell at me- I said I want to see my doctor! Then she called me up to the window again and said this is the person that works with the doctor all the time. This person told me that Dr Kellum could not work on dental problems maybe they could help me locate my dentist or perhaps I should go to a minor emergency, I asked where one was that I could go to as I just moved to Schertz in June. She gave me detailed directions to two and I left. I am not complaining about Dr Kellum not treating me I am complaining about being dismissed when I need medical help! The Doctor did not even look at me let alone help me! I expect my Doctor to help me when I have a medical problem, with advice if not with physcial help! This doctor is suppose to be my PPO with Humana and Medicare! needless to say I am going to look for a different doctor!
I am 24 years old and I was feeling exhausted and had to sleep 14 hours and I was still tired. WCT Medical helped me to get back on my feet again and feel AWESOME!I would suggest to anyone that this place was the best thing I ever did.I was way too young to feel that way I was feeling and it was because of very low testosterone.
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.