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I'M A 47 YEAR OLD FEMALE WHO LOVES MOTORCYCLING. I'M ALSO A REGISTERED NURSE THAT LIKES TO USE MY VACATION/SICK DAYS HAVING FUN -- NOT RECOVERING FROM SURGERIES. MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH DR LEWIS WAS ON A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL -- ASSISTING HIM IN THE HOSPITAL WITH A POST-OP DRESSING CHANGE. WHAT IMPRESSED ME WAS HIS METICULOUS HANDS ON ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND THE PATIENTS NEEDS. HE KEPT THE FIELD AS STERILE AS POSSIBLE AND WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL WITH ME WHO HAD NEVER MET HIM BEFORE. (MOM ALWAYS SAYS YOU GET ONE CHANCE IN LIFE TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION AND HE SURE DID.) AFTER 25 YEARS OF NURSING I HAVE ASSISTED MANY DR'S WITH MANY PROCEDURES. MY FIRST AND LASTING IMPRESSION OF DR LEWIS IS: 1) FIRST HE IS AN ADVOCATE AND DEFENDER OF HIS PATIENTS (WHEN HOSPITALIZED THESE DAYS ONE NEEDS A DEFENDER) 2) VERY HANDS ON IN HIS CARE AND BEDSIDE MANNER. 3)GOOD DIAGNOSTICIAN -- WHO LEAVES YOU WITH KNOWING WHAT'S WRONG AND OPTIONS FOR PLAN OF CARE. 4) AN EXCELLENT SURGEON WHO USES NEW AND INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR OLD PROBLEMS -- WHICH DECREASE RECOVERY TIME. WHICH LEADS ME TO WHEN I NEEDED SURGERY ON MY FOOT DUE TO PAIN I KNEW WHO I WANTED. DR. LEWIS WAS KIND AND EDUCATIONAL. SHOWED ME THE PROBLEM AND WHAT WAS NEEDED TO CORRECT IT. AS MENTIONED ABOVE BEING LAID UP WAS NOT AN OPTION. MANY FRIENDS WITH SAME PROBLEM TOLD ME OF 6 WEEK RECOVERY AND WHAT THEIR SURGERY ENTAILED. DR LEWIS HAD A DIFFERENT APPROACH WHICH WOULD TAKE 2-3 WEEKS RECOVERY. DR LEWIS TOLD ME SPECIFICALLY WHAT TO EXPECT -- REPEATED IT TO HUSBAND IN PRE-OP. SURGERY WENT PERFECT -- HE CALLED TO CHECK ON ME THAT NIGHT. LATER SENT ME TO A SHOE STORE -- WHEN I WENT THERE HE WAS ASSISTING ONE OF HIS PATIENTS TO GET SHOES ON A SATURDAY. I WAS BACK TO WORK IN 14 DAYS AND BACK ON MY BIKE TOO. NO FURTHER PROBLEMS OR PAIN. THE NEXT YEAR I RETURNED FOR A MINOR SURGERY ON OTHER FOOT SAME EXCELLENT CARE. THANK YOU DR LEWIS FOR YOUR EXPERTISE.
My son had broken his pinky toe. In the whole aspect of things that would not be a very big deal. However, we were not aware that the toes was broken for several days, he had walked on it and also participated in outside activities that his feet were essentially covered in mud. ( racing four wheelers) Well when the toe was still giving him pain after 4 days we took him to his local physician.....at that point they said "there is nothing to be done, it is his pinky toe, it will heal on its own". So we went home, the next day his toe became enlarged and had a significant blister / discoloration to it. We returned to the doctor who in turn sent us to Dr. Lewis. Come to find out my son had contracted a very serious staff infection from the toe nail and since his toe was broken it needed immediate attention so that is could not get into his bone. Dr. Lewis immediatly set us up for my son to see an infectious disease specialist that he would work closely with to monitor the toe. My son had a "pic line" which is an iv that is installed into his arm that leads to his heart and had to have high doses of meds injected into his body three times a day for 5 weeks. We had regular check ups to monitor the infection with Dr. Lewis and he continued to make sure that everything was going according to plan. Because of his quick thinking and his ability in his feild my son recovered 100% from the ordeal. This was a wonderful outcome due to the fact that most people could loose their toe / foot to this kind of injury. We will definitely be returning to Dr Lewis in the future if there is any need what so ever. I am very confident in his practice and his ability.
I was referred to Dr. Gideon J. Lewis for treatment of a serious bacterial foot infection in August, 2008. I was seen almost immediately by Dr. Lewis, and was subsequently admitted to Florida Hospital due to the seriousness of my situation. Dr. Lewis from the outset was direct as well as confident about the procedures that would soon follow. He spent the necessary time to discuss what he was going to do, and what it involved. My wife, a registered nurse, was satisfied with his detail and professionalism. We were relieved to find that all of the florida hospital personnel we mentioned Dr. Lewis as my physician to, had only great things to say about him. We had moved to Florida only a few months before and had little point of reference for such a stressful situation. Dr. Lewis was able to have great success in my delicate procedures. Weeks later, I began a series of visits to his office for check-ups. I found his administrative staff to be friendly and helpful with contacting/working with my insurance company. The nurses/assistants were personable and did not have to wait long periods of time for my appointments. I would recommend Dr. Lewis to anyone as a skillful surgeon, a confident and knowledgable physician, and a caring person. My four year old son Devin would give the same recommendation, as they forged a friendship throughout this four month recovery. I am grateful for Dr. Lewis and his team of professionals for their role in my recovery, as well as my Savior, Jesus Christ for my healing. Thank you, and God bless.
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 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
When the VA clinic told me that I should have had foot surgery yesterday and by the way, there is a year waiting list, I decided to look for a doctor that was familiar with my type of problem. After searching the internet, I only found one doctor that described the problem with my big toe, and that was Dr. Gideon Lewis. I was very hesitant about having any kind of foot surgery. All I heard were horror stories from several people that had foot surgery. During my first visit with Dr. Lewis, he put my mind at ease by explaining in detail what my problem was. Being close to 70 years old and retired, Dr. Lewis proposed a couple of options. I chose joint replacement surgery in my big toe. As of now, I am on target and without pain. Many people asked if I would do it again, me reply to them was yes without hesitation. The professional office staff was very helpful at all times and answered any questions I had. I will not hesitate to refer all of my friends to Dr. Gideon Lewis.
I have suffered for many years from chronic ankle injuries and instability that became unbearable. Dr. J. recommended ankle arthroscopy surgery. During surgery, Dr. J. also found that my pereonal tendon was torn in half as well. He performed four procedures on me that day! Dr. Lewis did an awesome job. After several months of physical therapy, I was able to go on my annual ski trip to Vail. The surgery, recovery and reahb were exactly how he had described it to me. I must admit when I first found out the extent of my ankle injuries I wondered if I would ever be as active as I was again. But with Dr. J's skill and expertise I am able to water ski, run and snow ski again. He has a terrific personality and bedside manner. His staff and office are very friendly and make you feel comfortable and welcomed. I highly recommend him and his staff. - D. Wasche, business analyst, competitive waterskier, snow skier, runner, biker
I'm a 26 year old woman that has been riding horses since I was 10. I always had constant burning and intense pain in both my heels and arches while riding, jogging, and after standing for long periods. The symptoms subsided for a few years until they returned more acutely last summer. I was referred to Dr. Lewis by Florida Hospital's CentraCare doctors. I am so glad they recommended him! Dr. Lewis is approachable and very knowledgable. He determined that I had plantar fasciitis and an entrapped nerve in both my feet. I chose to have the surgery in the left foot first. Dr. Lewis released both the plantar fascia and the entrapped nerve. Six months later he did the same procedure in my right foot. While I am currently recovering from the second foot surgery, I can confidently say that while riding between surgeries, my right foot has never felt better! I highly recommend Dr. Lewis and his staff. You won't find a more caring and knowledge team in central Florida!
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.
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?"
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.