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First of all, the good: the reception staff are friendly and helpful. I couldn't have asked for more from them. Furthermore, the nurse who took my vitals - a European lady whose name I forget - was fantastic on both visits. She was professional, knowledgeable, friendly and had a great manner. Unfortunately the M.D. I was there to see, Dr. Debelen, did not even come close to matching the level of service that his staff provided. Indeed he offered a shockingly low level of service. Here is a summary of my two visits: 1) I was referred to Dr. Debelen by a local hospital, having undergone a non-surgical procedure there. At the hospital, the resulting wound had of course been thoroughly dressed. Obviously, in order for Dr. Debelen to examine the wound, I had to remove the dressing. I duly did so, and he examined the wound. He advised me to return in a week if there was no improvement. He then concluded the presentation - while the dressing was half attached and still needing fixing. He left the room. I wondered if I had made a mistake, and that he was going to return in order to apply a new dressing, or at least fix the one I had ripped off. I waited. And waited. Sure enough, it really was over, so I had to go and look for him in the corridors, to ask him to help me with the dressing (I had not brought any medical supplies with me, and the adhesive no longer stuck). He asked a nurse to give me some tape. This gave the impression of a doctor who doesn't care much for his patients, something I am not used to. 2) Dr. Debelen did not strike me as being very knowledgeable during my first visit and my expectations were low for visit No.2, but he somehow managed to fall below what I would term a basic level of care: before the hospital visit mentioned above, I had been prescribed anti-biotics, which had caused an allergic reaction. The hospital had then prescribed penicillin, but it hadn't had the desired effect - the wound was not healing sufficiently. I sat on a regular chair in Dr. Debelen's office . Instead of going and getting another chair and sitting down next to me, Dr. Debelen sprawled out across the patient bed with his laptop, in the same manner my cousin would if he was watching YouTube videos. He then decided to prescribe me the same drug that had caused me the allergic reaction in the first place! I was astonished, and told him, "No, that's what I was allergic to". Not only did he not appear to be helping, but if I had not been totally switched on, he may well has caused me some more problems. Overall, this is the worst medical 'professional' I have encountered and I certainly will not return.
If you can go to another hospital, such as St Rose, go there first. The building is beautiful, open-plan, spacious, architecture is very nice. I stayed there one night and was not pleased at all but for one nurse whose name I regrettably did not get. I do however, have the name of the doctor who saw me there, told me I "broke my toes" and could bear weight on my foot, and didn't give me crutches until my brother suggested we break the bones in His feet and see if he can bear weight on it. This doctor was rude, short with me, unwilling to answer my questions and either didn't know how to read an x-ray, didn't pass anatomy in the school he went to, or didn't bother reading the radiologist's report which stated I had THREE broken bones in my foot, specifically my number 2, 3, and 4 tarsals which even I know are NOT toes but the main, longest bones in a foot. Every medical professional with whom I've recieved care or therapy (p.t. or o.t.) have told me NOT to put any weight at all on my foot, it should be in a hard cast and to see an orthopedic surgeon A.S.A.P. the doctor's name is Muhammad Sabir. Steer clear of him, especially if you're a woman. I am sending a complaint to the hospital liason and hospital administrator as well. I hope if you end up at Spring Valley you'll have a better experience than I did. Also - the nurses and aides who were in and out of my room all day and night wouldn't stop long enough to give me even a sip of water (although they all had time to tell me I had a UTI and I need to drink more water! it was across the room, out of my reach!) only one nurse did, and only the one (same) nurse was attentive to the extreme pain in my broken foot. The others need to be a patient in their own hospital to see what it's like to not be ambulatory, to have to use the restroom, to be dehydrated and thristy with a water cup just out of reach, and to be in pain for hours and hours with no relief and no one telling you when relief was coming. It was the worst hospital stay of my life. I am a CNA and have a lot of experience with patient care, these people need a lesson in humanity and compassion - unfortunately those are things you can't teach a person....I almost forgot!!!! The Emergency Room doctor and other personell were fantastic, thanks guys! And the X-Ray technician and CT scan people. I was on the second floor (cardiology) where i had my bad experiences at this hospital. I gave it two stars because the E.R. and radiology dept. were awesome otherwise I wouldn't have given even one star.
Very impressed! I visited Bellavue Medical for their Genesis laser treatment. I had a consultation with Dr. Mirchou and Angela Cole regarding my options and what the expected results would be. They answered all of my questions thoroughly and I was completly comfortable with my decision to proceed. The treatment itself was easy and rather soothing. Angela performed the treatment and made the experience quite enjoyable. She is very concerned about your safety and comfort (taking every precaution) while striving to achieve the best results possible. As I mentioned, I found the procedure to be soothing and aside from a wee bit of tightness and a dry feeling that developed a few hours following the treatment (a normal and expected occurrence) I had absolutely no discomfort associated with the laser treatment. Angela had warned that it is normal to experience some redness following the treatment but any that I may have had faded shortly after I left. In addition, the dryness I felt was easily resolved by doing some extra moisturizing. I had absolutley no "down time" associated with my visit. Immediately following the treatment you will notice that your skin appears "brighter" but the real results show up several hours later. In my case, I felt that my face looked fuller and less tired. My make-up looks better now and I am very pleased with these initial results. I will be returning in a couple of weeks for a follow-up treatment. The facility is very clean and calming. The staff is courteous and pleasant to work with. Dr. Mirchou and Angela are genuinely interested in their patients as individuals and clearly take pride in achieving the best results. I wouldn't hestitate to recommend Bellavue to anyone looking to try the Genesis laser treatments or anyone who may want to maintain or improve their appearance.
Dear Dr. Dolue Ezeanolue (Dr. EZ) and Kind Staff: My account has been turned over to collections last week because I was billed (and rightly so) for injections that took place after my insurance had run out. I was not told this. Now I owe the office upwards of $1000 which I am willing to work on with monthly payments. However, the woman I dealt with in your collections was not the most accommodating person. I tried to work with her but all I can afford is $50 a month. I'm on a strict budget, I am HIV+ and on very expensive life-saving medications and all the costs that that entails, and I also see other doctors for that medical condition as well as have expensive blood work 3 times a year. So now I have to find a new pain doctor all because she (collection agent) refused to work with me). This pains me because I thoroughly enjoyed coming into your office and seeing people who I now consider my friends because they are so caring. I find it so hard and sad to think that I won't be coming back under my Health Plan of Nevada because of the actions of one woman. I will miss seeing the nice, professional people in the office who took such great care of me---not only my pain but always asked about my HIV status and genuinely cared. It's very, very sad to me to have to locate another pain office as Dr. EZ and his staff were always so kind and helpful. In the future, I will definitely recommend APEX but not after recounting this horrible experience with one collection agent in your office. So sadly and with a heavy heart, I say goodbye to APEX and my wonderful "family" of medical professionals there. Sincerely, Rick Grayson 702-376-9016 (DOB 11/1964)
If you are just browsing, I will get right to the bottom line: Dr. Seiff is a fantastic doctor and neurosurgeon. I give him my highest possible recommendation. If you already know you need to see a neurosurgeon, go straight to Dr. Seiff. Six months ago, Dr. Seiff performed a double laminectomy (and more) on my lower spine (L3 through L5 and below). Prior to the surgery I was having near debilitating nerve pain in both legs; bad enough that simply standing up was painful. Today I am pain free. I found everything about Dr. Seiff to be top-notch and first-class, including his wonderful staff and assistants, who constantly communicated with and calmed a very nervous patient, me. The doctor was extremely careful and detailed in explaining everything, before and after the surgery, allowing me to understand totally what was going on. I want to stress that, if you are having pain in your head, neck, back, arms or legs, you need to see a neurosurgeon first. If you have already received a diagnosis from a different kind of practitioner, especially if it entails surgery, you need to get a second opinion from a neurosurgeon. In my case, another surgeon had already scheduled me for both an anterior and posterior fusion when I hit the pause button and went to see Dr. Seiff. It may be the smartest decision I ever made. Neurosurgeons are medical doctors with extremely rigorous advanced training. Dr. Michael Seiff is well-qualified, well-trained and very experienced. But in the end, it is his skill in the operating room that makes him special. In my case, that skill has given me a new life and I thank him every day for his superior work!
It is a shame that Dr. Dewan, who is a great Pediatric Endocrinologist, hires such an unprofessional office staff. I would give him 5 stars, but unfortunately I have to deal more with the front office staff than Dr. Dewan. Never returning your calls in a timely manner, interrupting you while you are explaining what is needed, and claiming they never received faxed prescriptions from a pharmacy they always do business with all means that customer service is not a priority. I am sure they have many tasks to perform and probably deal with many people who are difficult, but at this point I would probably get better service at the VA. Unfortunately I can not tell this directly to Dr. Dewan unless I have an appointment or send him a certified letter in the mail. Dr. Dewan is great with my son and I highly recommend him. However, I wish he would put more effort into selecting quality staff who believe in customer service and doing what is right. It may not be fair to give him a low rating because of his staff, but ultimately he is responsible for the hiring of said individuals. I promise if the experiences improve, I will revise my review.
I had my second daughter here it was my second c section right away they were really nice and made me feel comfortable labor and delivery postpartum Nurses were all nice to me and took good care of me i was I alot of pain and they did everything they could to help me fell better and got me anything I needed when I was discharge my husband wouldn't be there to get me until 5pm and it was only 12pm so they put me in another room with a bed tv and gave me food to eat and it was right next to nicu where my daughter was and I got to be with her longer and have a room to wait in to go rest and pump till my husband came . The nicu nurse's are all so very nice and they take good care of the baby's and they let me stay and take care of my baby all day and help with anything its the nicu in level 2 I'm so glade I had my baby here my experience has been so great and they make me feel so comfortable and I know my baby's in good hands and that makes me feel better this is a great hospital
Over the past four years I have been receiving Testosterone treatment at the Ageless Men's Health at 2911 N. Tenaya Way #105. Every week I meet with the receptionist and nurses at this location and the treatment I have received has helped me physiologically and mentally as well. I've always been received at check-in desk with a happy and respectful greeting. After checking in, every nurse meets with me in the lobby cheerfully and escorts me back to a room where I get my injections. I feel welcome every time, as I am met with a smile and every nurse asks how my treatment has been helping me, and also checks with me on how life is treating me. Because of their caring welcome to me, I feel accepted, respected and very comfortable. Because of my weekly visit at this location, I have improved physically and mentally as well. I really enjoy being assisted medically, and I look forward seeing everyone at this facility as all of them have become friends of mine whom I trust.
I have suffered with sciatica pain for over 10 years. I love to take long walks, but after 20 minutes or so, I would be hobbling back home, in serious pain. I would have to lie down with my right leg elevated for 15 minutes until the pain subsided. Even after that, I would be limping around the house for the rest of the day. Then, I was referred to Dr. Francis. After only 2 visits, I am now taking long, brisk walks for 45 minutes with NO PAIN! When I get home, I don't have to sit or lie down at all. I am able to continue functioning normally for the rest of the day with no discomfort! I can't believe it! I feel like I have a new lease on life! I highly recommend Dr. Francis and have complete confidence in his ability to help me correct other medical issues that I have, as well. Thank you, Dr. Francis!
I went to Sneak Peek for my first pregnancy back in 09 and was very pleased with the quality of pictures and service. Terry is the owner and she is has been nothing but wonderful which is why I am coming back again to her. I recently went in there to hear a heartbeat but went in there a week or two too early due as I wasn't as far along as I had thought and Terry didn't not charge me for that one time since the baby was yet too small so a few weeks later I came back and sure enough she was able to capture the heartbeat and some great pictures!! The office is very comfortable and decorated nicely. My favorite part is the three flat screen throughout the room including one very large flat screen perfect for big families. From experience, I am happy to use Sneak Peak and would recommend anyone I know!
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.