Alliance Medical in Big Spring, TX with Reviews -
By: Glenda T.
Smmc Medical Group
Although I have had occasional unpleasant issues and problems with SMMC regarding my husband and his health problems, I was willing to go to them for help when my pain became unbearable. On 09/08/17 I entered the SMMC ER presenting with chest pain, difficulty breathing, and abdominal pain. I was immediately taken back to a room & the hospital doctor arranged for me to have lab work and x-rays. When the results returned, it was determined that I was having an attack with my gallbladder. The hospital doctor arranged for Dr. Ladd Hoffman to come evaluate me. Dr. Hoffman explained what he saw in the x-rays and then asked me when was the last time I had felt really good. He jokingly asked if it was last week, month, year, maybe teen years ago. I had to tell him that the last time I had really felt good was about 20 years ago. He said he didn't feel he would be able to help me feel that good all over, but he felt he would be able to help me feel much better that I did right then. Dr. Hoffman arranged for me to have surgery scheduled for 07:00Am on 09/09/17. By lunchtime, I was out of surgery, recovery, and back in my room. The only pain I had was on the inside where muscles and such had been traumatized. I stayed thru Monday morning then was released to go home. Other than having inside pain when I coughed, or took deep breath, I had no pain. I feel Dr. Hoffman did as he said he would do. He helped me to feel much better than I have in several years. I appreciate the care he and the SMMC staff took of me.
Tips & Advices
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.

Just a moment...