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By: Ma V.
Smith, Gregory S, MD
Dr. Gregory Smith truly cares about my health. Excellent customer service from the staff and quality health care.
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By: Patrick R.
Athens Orthopedic Clinic
My experience with this business has been absolutely horrible. I had s TKR 2 yrs ago, a sciatic nerve decompression 18 mos. Ago and a cervical fusion a year ago. Still can't walk and don't have very good control of any body functions below the waist. I insist the knee was not done right but the surgeon ins ists it was. If it was done right, I would be walking now. Instead, I can't even put my full weight on my left leg. Hate to say it, but after having had five previous spinal surgeries with no complaints, this is absolutely the most horrible experience I've ever had with any of my thirteen major surgeries, including open heart. Am in constant pain, morr do than prior to the surgeries. Would not recommend to anyone
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By: Melissa P.
Athens Orthopedic Clinic
HORRIBLE CLINIC!!!!! If I could give this awful place less than one star I would. My husband waited here over 4 hours to be seen, only to have them injure him worse than he was to begin with, and the staff was RUDE and HATEFUL. Go to the ER or another clinic before you waste lots of time and money on this AWFUL facility.
By: gbosien67
Mercy Health Center
I'm a patient and I get great care.
By: gbosien67
Athens Nurses Clinic
I loved going here and knowing the staff, they took good care of me.
By: hurtalot23
Athens Orthopedic Clinic
Athens Orthopedic Clinic basically has a monoploy in the Athens area because the other doctors are not that good and it is scary to go to them. I have been going to AOC for 3 years and have been pretty good at keeping my bills paid. You would think after this much time there would be a trust level built up. However, I am having a dispute with a bill and because of that they refused me treatment. I am a working mom, and economy is not that great here. I make poverty wages but still I pay my bills. It does not seem right that I go in and possibly have a fracture in my arm and Athen's Orthopedic Urgent Care sends me away. I have one question, where would they be with the
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This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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