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For the last five years since being diagnosed with prostate cancer, I've been dealing with severe ED which the typical prescription medications were no help. I tried going to many different doctors and medical clinics, no one was able to help me.My marriage was on the rocks, and I was ready to give up. Until one day I heard Dr. Swartz on the radio and their guaranteed effective treatments. So I thought.. why not give it a try.. what do I have to lose?Prior to the visit I was given a clear list of instructions to prepare myself for the initial examination (very thorough). On the day of the visit when I first stepped into the medical center I was impressed by how clean and upscale the building looked. Shortly thereafter the doctor enter the room and took the time to listen to all of my health issues and medical background. He also performed an ultrasound examination which to my surprise none of the other previous doctor offices I have visited ever performed. Overall the examination was very pleasant and the doctor was very knowledgeable in this particular area, taking his time during the entire process and not rushing me like I've usually experienced with other doctor's officesI was given a trial dose of the treatment in the office to ensure that I responded to the prescribed treatment. The Patient coordinator told me that the treatment was guaranteed and that if it didn't work my visit would be completely free! Amazing!During the entire visit, I really wanted this to work... and wham!! I was hit with an instant sensation I haven't felt in years.. Their "special" treatment really worked as promised!! After all of these years of depression and despair dealing with ED. I cannot believe that I was able to see results on the same day of the visit!!Skipping to the end, all of their medical staff were very friendly and their patient coordinator helped me find the most affordable option for treatment despite my financial constraints. I am retired so I am on a fixed income. I signed up for a payment plan with guaranteed no cost adjustments to the treatment and free follow ups with the doctor. Bottom line: Their treatments really works as promised, and their payment options came out to be really reasonable and affordable.
Dr. Rincón has a new partner that works part time; Dr. Piovanetti. I heard he was born in the states and lived in Puerto Rico many years, so he is multilingual and multicultural. The day I visited the office I perceived that Dr. Piovanetti's arrival has alleviated the office's patient workload and concerns of some. Hearing and speaking to patients in the waiting room, their satisfaction with Dr. Piovanetti was 100%-plus, and so is the satisfaction with Dr. Rincón back to top-notch again.Although my doctor is Dr. Rincón, I heard that Dr. Piovanetti used to be a medical teacher and seems to dedicate time to each patient according to their needs and I heard patients say that he explains everything in an easy to understand way - like it used to be back when "all doctors" paid attention to "us patients". One problem though; getting an appointment with Dr. Piovanetti is difficult. First, he's at the office some days of the week only, and then, once patients are seen by him, they appear not to want another doctor. While I was there for my appointment with Dr. Rincón I saw and heard many patients, from other doctors, that said they wouldn't want to go back to their previous doctor. I haven't seen Dr. Piovanetti since I've been Dr. Rincón's patient for many years and don't have a reason to see another doctor. Therefore, all the above is what "I heard and spoke with patients" in the waiting room that day. Nonetheless, that day Dr. Rincón appeared to have acquired some of Dr. Piovanetti's "thing"; I spent more time with him than before and he was more detailed explaining and working with me.So the practice and patient experience are "back on top", according to some patients, beyond that of any other primary care physician office in the vicinity. It now appears it is again the place to go - if you can get an appointment though.
They told me on the phone it is 149.00 for the visit and theMeds I will need are around 19 or 20 dollars each. Arrived and talked to three nice young men about whatI needed and the the doctor came in. Never even introducedHimself ,until I said are you the doctor, I then shook his hand( a wet towel feeling) and he went over my medical history.I do not think he even wanted to be in the same room With me.had a personality like an old doorknob. PerhapsThings would have went smoother had he at least Smiled One time. After he left the room, i asked that he not return.I was given an injection two times as the first dose wasNot sufficient. I cannot tell a lie the injections workedExactley as they said it would. I was Very satisfied withThe results until the bomb dropped. Remembering thePrice I was quoted , I had brought 300 dollars with meFiguring that would be more than enough. I stated I wasVery happy and how much I owe so I can get started.The young man did some figuring and said a figure like5,300 dollars. I just knew he was making a joke, butGuess what,...he was not. That figure was for the yearsSupply....What happened to the previous quotes???Told him they should have given me these prices overThe phone and saved me the long ride from Cocoa BeachTo Orlando and saved his time also.The whole time involved was around two hours. VeryNice people (except doctor, Mr. Wet towel).Well I had a great erection for one hour anyways. BackHome alone with 5300 dollars still in my bank accountAnd no stiffie. Thank You
I found out the day I emailed the medical consultant at the Women’s Center that I was 23 weeks pregnant. I knew had little to no time to terminate the pregnancy after speaking to several abortion facilities in a three state area. None of them were willing to see me within the time criteria that I had and the fact that I needed the abortion process done before I was 24 weeks except for one. The medical consultant told me that the procedure that was used at the Women’s Center’s was the abortion pill procedure where the process is started and completed in 24 hours or less. The medical consultant told me usually between 10 and 16 hours the procedure is complete. The other facilities that I called stated that the process normally takes 3 to 4 days as far along as I was. Since this was something that I needed to be away from home the shortest time possible due to my family responsibilities I chose to go to the office. The staff and Doctor were extremely warm, good hearted and kind. The process was started and completed in 11 hours. I had no side effects. I am very thankful for the Women’s Center being there in my time of need. I suggest anyone who has the need of a late abortion contact them and have our procedure done at their caring and comforting facility.
I looked at all of the abortion facilities in the area to have my early abortion performed. I did not want to have surgery so I wanted to have the abortion pill procedure. The only place that offered the one day pill procedure was the Women’s Center on Lucerne Terrace. Other places I called said it may take 2 weeks or longer for the process to be completed. The Women’s Center said that 99% of the time, the process is completed in 24 hours or less. Everyone in the office smiled and was very nice. The inside was clean, modern and neat. The Doctor was very kind and took his time asking me questions and made certain that I was comfortable with the one day abortion pill procedure. I took the medications as instructed that day and had very little discomfort throughout the evening. After a little heavier bleeding and discomfort that occurred about 6 hours after taking the medication, the bleeding suddenly slowed down as the Doctor stated would occur after the pregnancy tissue passes. The following day I went back for the sonogram to make sure that there was no pregnancy tissue that was left and there was not. I was very happy with the results. The one day abortion pill is amazing! I recommend it to everyone!
I called the Women’s Center office early in the morning and spoke to a wonderful telephone counselor. She was patient in answering my questions regarding the same day abortion pill procedure and I made an appointment for the afternoon. I was 11 weeks pregnant by sonogram though I thought I was only 7 weeks along. The staff assured and completed in 24 hours or less. I was told that they perform the one day abortion pill procedure from 3 to 24 weeks in one day or less in over 99% of patients without the need of having to perform a surgical procedure. The medications were given to me and I took them as instructed. The pregnancy tissue passed approximately 11 hours after taking the last medication. I went back the next to make sure that the process was complete and it was. Everyone at the Women’s Center treated me well. I was happy with my service and I hope that anyone finds themselves with a pregnancy that is unwanted go to this office. They are absolutely wonderful.
I was referred to Dr. V and Advance Family Practice by a coworker and started going this year. Both Dr. V, PA Lindsay, and assistant Courtney have been amazing in helping me with my medical issues. The office is always very busy so make sure you make an appointment, but know the reason they are busy is because they are a great facility and have retained a very large patient base. The front desk team is always polite and patient, even when there is a full waiting room, and as long as you arrive on time for your appointment, the wait is never long (I have a problem with this as I am usually running late and they still get me in to see the doctor with very little wait). Overall, I am happy that I found a doctor's office that I feel comfortable going to. Every member of the staff is respectful and friendly, and for someone that has typically dreaded going to the doctor, in the past, I never feel judged or uncomfortable speaking about any medical concerns I have.
I have been going here for almost two years. They helped me get off pain killers. When it came to my psych medication I had my Psychiatrist send in a report of the medications that I take for my diagnoses, and then was able to transfer them over, so I no longer had to see two doctors for prescriptions. I was depressed and had been on an MAORI and only seemed to make things worse. They recommend I try and SRI and have not ever been as happy as one should. At any good practice they take your blood, but they take time to do it in house and send it out. (No Diagnostic Health facilities where people are chronically sick and usually bad cleanliness. That shows Mr fish oil does not know the ins and outs.) They are by the book and require an MRI or some proof that you need to be on any narcotics for pain. The blood test showed me exactly what I was deficient in and what foods would provide me to work as a complete human being.
Complimentary Letter -- Patient Services:After nearly three decades of “Dr. Patel’s father and son doctoring,” Connie and I can say that they are simply the best! “They” includes everyone at their office – Lindsay, the recently hired Physician Assistant, Office Manager Maxine (a heart of gold!), Medical Assistants Ralph and Christy (is there anything they can’t do?), Cisco, the Phlebotomist (“a good stick” every time) and Tanita, the Referral Coordinator (she gets it right every time). We are part of their family and they ours. They have always taken on our medical challenges with the utmost professionalism, patience, persistence, compassion and encouragement. We couldn’t ask for anything more.We know our futures are as bright as they can possibly be with Advance Family Practice!!- Mark and Connie
Dr. Cilbrith was our doctor for over 20 years. He was very knowledgeable and personally made sure my wife and I had the best care. He saved my wife's life with accurate and compassionate Care. We are looking for a new Internist since he has now retired and hope to find a doc with same kind of passion but since then have come to realize it is difficult to bond with a doctor who takes time to explain your labs and interpret them like Dr. Cilbrith. I don't understand done of the negative reviews. I know many of his patients and all if them are heartbroken to see him go but he deserves to be recognized as a physician who was passionate, advocating for the decency if his patients care and compassionate demeanor. He is sorely missed. Thank you for your understanding and compassion you consistently gave us.
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.