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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.
5333 Mcauley Dr Rm 2009Ypsilanti, MI 48197
706 W Huron StAnn Arbor, MI 48103
From Business: Albert C. Cattell, M.D., is a renowned dermatologist in Ann Arbor and Plymouth, Michigan. He treats a full range of skin concerns, with special emphasis on skin c…
14625 Telegraph RdTaylor, MI 48180
From Business: We have a very pleasent and courteous staff to help patients in making their first appointments and setting up any test that are needed. Our Physicin is a Patient…
950 W Avon RdRochester, MI 48307
From Business: Allergy & Asthma Physicians of Rochester Hills is staffed by an experienced multidisciplinary team. Board certified Dr. Bhavin Patel specializes in pediatric and …
13530 Michigan AveDearborn, MI 48126
After visiting several different cosmetic surgery clinics and never being completely satisfied I finally found Masri Clinic..They are definitely the…
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.
Very happy with this practice. They have taken care of my children over the years and I've come to trust them.
DO NOT go to her. She will blow you off and order tests that you know that you don't need. If you come from another doctor who has you on a medicinal regiment she wants you to start over. Why should some one "start over" after being diagnosed over 10 years ago with fibromyalgia bipolar and degenerative join and disk desease? I have done all the therapies and still do but I have also tried all the meds for these. I am very drug resistant and have tons of drug allergies. I can't afford to start over. It could kill me literally. Not to mention the heart attack I am still recovering from. She is truly in it hoping for ignorant patients And ALL the money. She doesn't care about people. I pray she nor her family should ever need to depend on a doctor that she doesn't find a doctor like herself. Besides her nurse Parm is a better doctor than her. If I had actually listen to the doctor I would have had a very messed up finger. Parm told me to go have it x-rayed the doctor said don't. Needless to say a vertical break and a chipped bone later Dr. Levine still doesn't care. Nice...
Absolutely horrible. If you like waiting in the waiting room for 2-4 hours like I did, schedule an appointment. The doctor is just ok but the customer service everywhere else is the worst I have ever experienced in my life.
Terrible place Dr.Falahee worst back surgeon in state just not what he done too me but many others
I’m taking the time to thank you so much for all you have done for me and my family. Words cannot begin to describe the thanks I have for your surgical expertise and the care you given to my grandma. You and your staff have been wonderful through all of this. You tried so hard to give her the best care and tried everything you could do. That has meant so much to me. I felt bad enough that it was my fault that she fell because I was the one pushing her and I didn’t see the crack in the sidewalk and then hearing how bad she hit her head. I’ve been staying with her, taking care of her and then she dies in my care. That was hard for me. You don’t know what you did for me. She may have died but your doctor gave me extra time with her so I could say goodbye to her and learn to know that accidents happen. That means everything to me. She was the most important person in my life. Your care was exceptional. You’re intelligent, caring, understanding, and highly skillful, so thank you doctor.
Dear Doctor Sabit, I feel compelled to express to you in a meaningful way, how much your expertise has affected my life. I’ve started letters, and then throw them away for fear of appearing gauche. I don’t know how to say this other than from my heart. I’ve had a plaque hanging in my home for several years that says: -just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly -proverbIt profoundly represents the impact your skill has had on my life. The long term deterioration of my health has taken me from long distance running, backpacking the Tetons, Glacier, Continental Divide and outdoor enthusiast to a shut-in.The T.I.A.s last September had me preparing myself and sons for the end of my life. My miracle started with finding Doctors A. Fram as my primary doctor and K. Fram as my neurologist last summer. Then you walked in my hospital room and put the cards on the table (figuratively speaking). You made me feel safe in a very frightening crisis. A week later you surgically corrected the problems with my cervix. You nailed a diagnosis and treatment that ended a long time suffering. My chronic weakness- GONE, and all T.I.A symptoms GONE... and I become a butterfly – well sort of. Thank you Doctor Sabit.Incidentally, U of M Ann Arbor could not find what you found. Also, over the holidays, I was at a scrapbooking place in North Branch. To my surprise, a lady started talking about the “incredible doctor” that performed a brain surgery on her daughter following an accident. It was you. Our community needs you. Bless you and everyone that brought you here.
I just wanted to say thank you for what you did for me, not only my surgery but finally giving me pain relief. I had been suffering with severe neck pain since 2006 and although I had a MRI every year since. None of my Doctors ever looked at my actual films or discs they just went by what the report said, which I never saw. They only said that there was nothing significant that they could tell me, I even went to a neurosurgeon and she said there was nothing she could do and sent a report to my family Doctor whom said makes him as comfortable as possible. So my comfort was aided with Percocet, Morphine, and Soma, but it also meant that I could not work with the meds I was on my pain; no one would hire me I was labelled a liability. So when I came in to see you and I described my pain you will never know how happy I was when you told me about my bulging disc in my neck was causing all the pain and you could fix it. I finally felt relief to know the pain wasn’t in my head like all the doctors were telling me, but I had an actual problem that could be fixed. The nurses and doctors were great at the hospital and my surgery went great. I am on the road to recovery and I will soon have my life back. Thank you will never express the words I want to say for all you did. Thank you again Dr. Sabit.
To Sabit, just want to say thank you for a great surgery you’ve done on me. I’m getting better and I’m sure it will continue.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday and many blessings in the New Year. I sure wish you were still here. You have been one of the only doctors that were very upfront with us.
Words don’t seem like enough to thank you for all you did for me and to my family last Thursday. You jumped into a bad situation you had no history in and literally saved my life. I truly felt like I was dying. I am still experiencing many of the withdrawal symptoms (Sunday) and I am very weak. I guess I just have to be.
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.