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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.
I had surgery yesterday on a severely broken collarbone, I also have two broken ribs from my dirt bike accident I am in severe pain and have been since before the surgery. I explained how much pain I was in to "DR Stacee Kessinger" and she said she did not want me to develop a tolerance for the pain meds and told me to deal with it20 Percocet. Ok I waited in pain all week for my surgery, now it's done and I am in way more pain and she will not give me more than Perc 5s two every four hours and it is not touching my pain,so I called her office as instructed and she told me to deal with it. This "person" has no place in the medical community. She has 0 compassion and 0 ethics, if she did take a hipocratic oath it was worth about as much as she is.
Drs. Cox and Kain tried to scare me into surgery. They lied about my back issues. They are abusive and rude as are the people at the front desk. I ended up going to the Univ. of Wash. Medical Center for the truth and to be helped!
Re: Hip Surgery. Dr. Watters is an outstanding surgeon. The whole experience was outstanding. At 4 weeks, walking without a cane. Very sanitary. No issues, I recommend his practice to anyone.
My last visit to westsound for a torn miniscus and arthritis of my knee, I was told to perform one thousand leg lifts a day for several years to promote knee strength. How is that realistic at all? Why the pain involved would be traumatic with that many reps, plus my hip joint would need to be replaced first! I've been to westsound 5 times and have received the 'bumb's rush' from them replete with outright denials of MRI evidence and advice that borders on negligence. I never got anything in writing either, most likely so they can avoid a malpractice suit. If you go there, be prepared to hear the statement's: "Everybody has back trouble." and; "Everyone has a torn miniscus." The facility there would best be served as a gym, daycare center and light retail. They could even keep their existing staff! It's obvious the are simply processing referrals enmasse, dolling out questionable advice, and getting rich off of everyones insurance by repeat visits with no eventual action or effective medical treatment. I was made to feel like a pariah and charlatan by them at every visit. The resultant inaction has created a sense of despair and depression that I now have to be medicated for, although I think that I really will end up crippled, homeless and broke thanks to 'practices' such as these. Also they are not on a busline, which is a disservice to all who are vehicle-challenged.
Too many options out there these days to be treated like this place will treat you. Avoid it at all costs!! Rude, disrespectful, inattentive, and obviously untrained and/ or not properly supervised front staff is as far as I made it into this facility. I turned around and walked out after reading some reviews, than finding news articles on wrongful death suits. No thanks! No idea why I waited for them to treat me like garbage before I actually started searching out reviews of this joint. I'll say this, there are a few ok reviews, none are current. That tells me something has changed. Bottom line, when a front staff this screwy, I can't even imagine how a doctor there woulda screwed me up. Don't go! It's a trap, batman!
I was referred here by my 6 year olds pediatrician for an issue with his ankle. From the very moment I said what we were here for and that we were checking in the receptionist had nothing but attitude, she sighed heavily when ever she asked me a question, like I was doing her an inconvenience by coming to my appointment. We waited 30 minutes past our appointment time, just to spend 5 minutes in with the doctor who said 'it's not bothering him now, so we'll just leave it alone, see you in 6 weeks. We scheduled a 6 week follow up, but I'm pretty sure we'll be going somewhere else.
At this point in my experience with WestSound Ortho, I am very disappointed. Dr. Watters came highly recommended so when I had to seek out a second opinion about some hip pain, I called WestSound first. The wait time for an intial consult was 6 weeks - far longer than I would have liked. But given the personal recommendations, I decided it would be worth the wait. The facility itself is quite nice. The staff was ok - not overly pleasant but not rude by any means... just all business. The appointment with Dr. Watters went fine, though very inconclusive. He requested an MRI before further evaluation. I was happy to be able to get it scheduled for 3 days later, only to have it cancelled the morning of. I was able to reschedule for the following day, it was just a huge inconvenience in my schedule and the short notice. The MRI went fine, the techs were very pleasant and sweet and were joking around with me. I went to schedule my follow up to review the results of the MRI. Another 4 weeks. Are you kidding me? So just to get any kind of answer is taking over 10 weeks. That is unacceptable in my book, considering the turn around when I went through Doctor's Clinic was x-ray results and a wishy washy diagnosis in a week. Granted, I didn't like their treatment options which is why I went to WestSound but at this point, I'm waiting for my follow-up with Watters, I've been in pain for 5 months and I'm getting cranky and fed up.
What a huge disappointment! The Doctors are unwilling to fix simple trouble areas, not worth their time,they do not return phone calls as promise! Bedside manners are very poor,The nurse asst. gives unwanted advice that you didn't ask for, the schedulers seems to not know how to make appointment, the time seems to change ,with out you knowing that they change the time on your appointment. This has happened twice. The over all appearance of the building is updated, and has a warming feel to it, but the inside of this book does not match the cover!Go look for a Doctor that wants to fix a problem ,big or small , go elsewhere !These Dr. Here don't want to help, just good at blowing you off !Why are you in buisness ,if you aren't willing to help people.
This place does not care about their patients ... its all about greed with them. First off their front off staff is rude and can't seem to understand if they can make an appointment on the top of the hour or at the thirty minute point. I had a 430 appointment and showed up at 405 and was told I was late ... they then informed me I had to reschedule (Hello some people work and can't do this time and again). After I showed this "kind" lady my appointment card an re-played my appointment verification voicemail which both clearly said 430 she continued to tell me that I had to re-schedule. After rescheduling and see the doctor then you see the type of "quality" care that they provide. The Dr's suck! Just look at the other posts, I've seen two of the Dr's they had differing diagnosis for my issue and neither took the time to further research my issue and "CURRENT" remedies. I took a weekend to look over information about my condition, wrote some emails to the leading Dr's doing research and found a Dr. Locally at to provide CURRENT and ACCURATE care. Stay away from these people. They are the epitome of BAD MEDICINE.
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.