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I had bunion surgery July 2014. As a teacher and grandmother (2 due in 2015) I am constantly on the go. I'm on my feet 15 hours a day & physically active. Dr. Lewis' bedside manner, compassion & expertise is awesome! I immediately scheduled to have the other foot done next month. I have referred numerous friends to Dr. Lewis.
In March of 2013, I started to get the pain from PLANTAR FASCIITIS in my left foot. in 2010 I had the same thing on my right foot. Three injections from a podiatrist did nothing for me, and I hobbled my way to healing in 18 months. So, I suffered it out this time, even though it was more acute. I tried massage, chiropractic intervention, some electric stimulation stuff, even acupuncture, but got no lasting relief. My hobbling was so bad and painful, I struggled to grocery shop. At my family's insistence I went to see Dr. Gideon Lewis and of-course, I refused the injections. BIG MISTAKE! One thing that had struck me on my first visit, was that he was very modest and gentle but also confident about himself. His front office and the other staff were also super nice and extremely helpful. So I went back to him thinking I will get custom inserts. However, having suffered some more months, in October of 2013, I relented and took two injections a week apart. BIG DIFFERENCE! Now I am pretty much pain free, just like that. I've got my life back. I used to struggle with walking even in between rooms in the house, my Plantar Fasciitis was so bad. By prolonging the hobbling and the limping, I messed up my ankles, knees and hips. BIG TIME! Dr. Gideon Lewis gave me a referral for Physio therapy, and that has helped me further. I'm able to walk (yes!) and stand for much longer. Sometimes you do need a Podiatrist. When that is not enough, you need Dr. Gideon Lewis. A very grateful and happy Veenu
I stand on my feet for 8 hours a day. I have never experience foot pain and never knew how bad it felt. I made an appointment with Dr. Lewis about this situation. After my first visit to Dr. Lewis my foot began to feel 75% better. His office had a very professional feel and it was nice and neat, I didn't even have to wait long! I was diagnosed with "Plantar Fasciitis" with the proper medication and clear care instructions, my foot has continue to feel a lot better. Although I'm not at 100%, I now know that when you stand as long as I do, you have to protect your feet with the proper shoes or special insoles to help support you back and legs also! I would reccommend all my friends to Dr. Lewis. Now that I have knowledge, I will help someone else. If you need a good pair of shoes or just want to try insoles, try Ascis and Spenco (Recommend by Dr. Lewis)! Good Luck
Having been a runner and biker for many years and having had more than my share of foot and ankle problems, I have relief.Dr. Lewis preformed surgery that I'm not sure he wanted to do because of my age (71) but it went well and though I do not want to run anymore I can still participate in what I like the best and that's biking.The recoup was no walk in the park but after eight months it is now behind me. Dr. Lewis was the first doctor (and there were many) properly diagnose my problem. I doubt anyone could find a more qualified doctor anywhere. I can not express enough praise to him.
I had bunion surgery in January on my left foot. Dr. Lewis did an amazing job and, as he promised, the recovery was quick and relatively pain free. . . n.o crutches, just a boot! Dr. Lewis is caring, passionate, very effective and knowledgeable. His attention and personal care are very rare in the medical community. I could not be happier with his care!
I was referred to Dr. Lewis by a family member in November of 2012. I had been dealing with very painful bunions on both feet for quite some time. The pain was really beginning to prevent me from being as active as I like. I was hopeful surgery would alleviate my foot pain and allow me to continue living a very active lifestyle. I needed to have both feet operated on by the end of the year. Dr. Lewis scheduled my surgeries right away and let me know exactly what to expect. My first surgery was for my left foot and was scheduled for the end of November. Exactly one month later I had my right foot surgery at the end of December. Both surgeries went very well and were a complete success. In a very short time I was back on my feet doing all the things I love to do plus a whole lot more! Now I'm able to enjoy going to the gym, swimming, hiking, etc. without having to worry about any pain caused by my feet! The pain is gone! I'm pretty tough when it comes to pain, so I wasn't too worried about the surgeries, but I was pretty nervous about the recovery time and process. Dr. Lewis walked me through the entire process and made the experience a pleasant one. I am confident he is the best in his field. He also genuinely cares about his patients and you can tell he is very passionate about their well being. You should not hesitate to put your faith in Dr. Lewis. I'm so thankful that I did. Thanks, Dr. Lewis! -Sarah
Being a runner, I have experienced my share of foot injuries. With each one I have gone to see Dr. Lewis. And with each visit I was treated with not only professionalism by him and his entire staff, but with compassion. Many doctors do not understand the mindset of a runner. Why do we do what we do to our bodies? Our feet? But Dr. Lewis "gets us." He understands that despite stress fractures, tears, strains, neuroma's, we still want to be out there no matter what. So, he gladly fixes us all up and then sends us on our way with a smile. I have personally had to see Dr. Lewis for several injuries, one even led to surgery. After my surgery, I was back out hitting the pavement in 3 weeks. He is an amazing doctor and an amazing human being. He is kind and generous. I told him recently, "I feel amazing from the ankles down...anyway you can treat me from the ankles up?"
Dr. Lewis is one of the best podiatrist you can find. Dr. Lewis actually had to send me to a neurologist. Dr. Lewis spent time with me and was extremely caring and concerned to get me properly diagnosed. There are not many doctors who are so compassionate and listen. His staff is also wonderful. I highly recommend him!
Dr. Lewis is an excellent doctor. He is very caring and spends a lot of time with his patients. He was very thorough while going over treatment plans for my condition. He made sure I was very comfortable with the procedure he was going to preform. His staff was very polite and informative. I was very pleased with the service I was provided.
I am a 60 year old female, who for years, suffered with aching bunions on both feet. My left foot was just a bit worse than my right foot. I am in law in law enforcement as a career, which means I am on my feet a lot. Putting on shoes often times proved to be painful, especially on my left foot. A co-worker recommended Dr. J. Lewis and the rest is history. The first great experience was the initial phone call. I received an appointment on the same day that I called. The staff was super, very professional and friendly. They really put you at ease! Dr. J. was extremely knowledable, professional and paid close attention to every detail. Each and every step is explained to you so that there is no doubt of what your experience will be. From start to finish, you are at ease and sure of your care at the hands of Dr. J. and his competent staff. I have no problems with my foot as a result of the surgery that was performed on my foot by Dr. J. Thanks.
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.