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This Acupuncture Center does an excellent job on putting the patient first. They are very, very experienced in the art of acupuncture. The've been trained in the orient. We are very fortunate to have this quality of care here in Houston. Highly recommend!!!!
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Dr Garges was Amazing. He knew exactly what needed to be done to alleviate my pain. I went from having pain in the 10+ range to having hardly any pain at all. The whole experience was worth the surgery.
Dr Garges is nothing short of excellent. He saved my back and quality of life. I have not been this pain free in over six years. He is Professional and Personable. His knowledge is beyond anything I could've found anywhere else. He always follows up and makes sure you are taken care of before and after surgery.
Dr. Garges is very Professional and Knowledgeable. Had time did not feel rushed. Very skilled surgeon.
My quality of life was consumed with chronic pain. He set the course for the solution to my problem. I no longer have to live with the chronic pain I endured. Dr Garges is the best surgeon I have ever had. I thank God for Him. I am now living my life.
The surgery I had this past June was my 2nd with Dr Garges all I can say is he knows his business . I feel blessed to have a doctor like Dr Garges.
While Dr. Hooker is a good physician, he has a seemingly incompetent staff when it comes to patient service. After following the pre-recorded instructions about re-filling prescriptions, the pharmacy has been trying to get clearance to refill her blood pressure medicine for almost 2 weeks!!!. No messages, no word as to the reason for delay. Is this the quality of personal attention you would want?
I had an ACDF I was so scared but Dr Garges explained everything twice so I could let it all soak in. He is so kind and compassionate. God his given him and his team much wisdom and I am so thankful for each and every person! God Bless you all!!!
This is a review of both pluses and minuses. On the positive side, Dr Morrison is both personable and impressively knowledgeable. Treatment in his office by his medical was good. This part of his ratings deserves an A. On the other hand, there are a number of other factors to consider. After a brief 30 minute in-office surgical treatment, my I required short term home healthcare nursing services along with the necessary medical supplies. A local visiting nursing service was selected by Morrison's office. That nursing service in turn then ordered 30 days of medical supplies, a large box valued at over $600, without my knowledge or permission. Two weeks into my post-surgical care his treatment protocol was changed, immediately rendering the remaining half of my medical supplies useless. Subsequently the medical supply company refused to refused to accept the return of the surplus. I found myself stuck with a nearly half full box of supplies and a $50 patient balance bill. As if this error was not enough, Dr Morrison's office, through its umbilical partnership with Clear Lake Regional Hospital, billed my insurance twice for the initial 30 minute in-office surgical procedure and a follow up tweaking of the wound site, something which lasted only about 15 minutes. There was no surgical suite used, simply a normal patient consultation room "enhanced" by the use of a literal tray of surgical instruments and a tiny tube of lidocaine. The cost of this improvised surgical suite? $1300 for each of the two surgeries. On top of this, Dr Morrison's office then billed my insurance over $500 for each of the doctor's two surgeon's fees. This is incredible greed. When Dr Morrison's administrative staff was contacted about this manipulative billing scheme they immediately refused any comments, immediately blaming and deferring to Clear Lake Regional's business office staff for any errors. In the aftermath, both Clear Lake Regional Hospital AND a billing company which claims to represent Dr Morrison's business interest are demanding payment for each of their unique services. Negative reviews go to both Clear Lake Regional and Dr Morrison's administrative staff for the highly questionable methods used in billing and their refusal to get involved with a legitimate financial concern. For this, Clear Lake Regional's billing office and Dr Morrison's administrative staff both receive a well deserved grade of "F."
I have been seeing Dr. Hooker since 1999, when he was originally in his Texas City office. He moved to Your Family Doktor in 2001, or thereabouts. He has always been professional and kind. Willing and generous to take the time with his patients and actually talk. Being of the medical industry myself, I appreciate all the small nuances that encompass the doctors and nurses regarding their each individual roles. I have also seen Dr. Bortollotti (sp? she is no longer with the group) and Dr. Hanson, both very professional and genuine in their field. All the staff has gone above and beyond for all of my family and I cannot say enough for how much I enjoy and have the distinct pelasure of being counted as one of their patients. There have been issues, somewhat ongoing, with front office personnel. They do have a high turnover rate. But, and this is not something bandied about, there is a high turnover rate period in the medical industry. That nurse who took care of your family a few years ago in the hospital? He/She has probably moved on to another facility, possibly another state altogether. We also cannot base our opinions on staff that has less than a year of vocational/technical education. We must deal in facts. And the facts are that the doctors and nurses are above par! To the reviewer who wrote that someone in the office stated that it takes 3wks for a new patient to get in....I would like to rebutt. I have it on authority that a new patient appt is only one week out, depending on scheduling, and sometimes seen that same day if severity warrants. And, if you have a verbal referral from another patient/doctor, they will move heaven and earth to get you in THAT SAME DAY! As you can see, I am a nurse. Have been in the field for 25+yrs. There can be some improvements in this office, mainly the front office staffing issues, but barring that, this is an excellent and amazing group of physicians who seek to better your health and care. That is all.
Dr Garges is an incredible Talent. Never I expect to walk without hurting and he made it possible. I have the upmost respect for him and i hope he never thinks about stopping his gift because I know I do not think I would be where I am at phsically if it wasn't for him, and are tons more people out there who hurt that need him as well thank you so very much for giveing me my life back.
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.