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By: bdillondoyle
The Core Institute
THIS GROUP OF DOCTORS IS SO BIG, SO COMPLEX THAT IT IS LIKE CALLING A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. NOT GOOD.The Core Institute is has a very slick web page, fancy offices, and a great public relations company writing their ads.... they also have wonderful doctors. Where this Institute looses big time is in their inability to build a decent phone/message system to match the "World Class" image they have bought.Really they can get surgeries schedule faster than anyone. Really their doctors ARE SUPERIOR that the average doc you will bump into in the Ortho field. Really they do have very good support staff and the very latest x-ray, MRI equipment. So at it's heart the Core institute is a very good facility... but it is NOT a USEFUL facility because it takes, on average, 12 min. to get through the phone tree (the hold waiting is one long very pompous infomercial that will drive you crazy). Then you will get a call center person (yes they are that big an organization) - their call center people are very nice but wait there's more! After waiting 12 min. to get a call center person - they will then TRANSFER you to the department you wanted, then you get ANOTHER INFORMERCIAL that can take another 5 min. or more, and then you get -- VOICE MAIL - at which point you leave a message. Occasionally, you might get a real person to answer and they will take a message to forward when they can to the person you were calling. In other words, it's a nightmare. And they do answer messages - but only in an average way - sort of hit or miss. So You can't just call ask for the nurse of your doc, talk to her or leave a message, you have to Call the institute, wait about 15 min on infomercial, get a call center person who will then transfer you to either a "triage nurse" or the voice mail of the person you wanted to call, you then talk to the triage nurse who will leave a message for the nurse who works for your doctor - and maybe you will get a call back - L A T E R. So there are so many layers to get through to just have a simple conversation with your docs staff that you will need to be institutionalized after dealing with the Core Institute. It's a shame but the Core Institute is so big - it is like dealing with a Federal Government agency... and you know what it is like calling a government agency. My advice - find a nice local Ortho Doc and get to know his staff - you will be happier in the long run.
By: ellaa182
Dr. Thomas G. Kotoske
How do you put into a few short lines what a doctor has been towards you? Dr. K has listened to me and gave me some of the best advice towards the look I've been looking for & has performed many miracles for me. I trust Dr. K completely with my life, and any judgement calls that he feel he needs to make. I recommend him to anybody looking for the BEST plastic surgeon in Phoenix. My only regret is that I didn't find him before I became a "frequent flyer".. so to speak. Anybody would be VERY, VERY pleased.. oh yes.. the icing on the cake is the wonderful gals that he has working for him to make sure the office runs smoohtly. The absolute BEST!!!
By: J W.
The Core Institute
I had a great physician that did back surgery on me but he left and moved back east. The physician that took over his patients has not talked to me more than 5 minutes for the follow-ups i had with him. His bedside manner is terrible. The staff leaves a LOT to be desired. He just doesn't act like he cares. If my original dr had stayed i'd give it a 5 star. I am changing drs. and will never recommend this place to anyone.
By: alizaa236
Dr. Thomas G. Kotoske
Dr. Kotoske and staff were great to work with, especially since I live 2,000 miles away in Chicago:) It was well worth traveling to have my surgery performed by him. My results are perfect and even the other RNs + MDs at the hospital I work at agree with me. Will be coming back to him for other cosmetic surgery at a later date, Highly recommend =)
By: guadalupeg85
Dr. Thomas G. Kotoske
Dr. Kotoske is a very caring doctor and takes his time with you, making sure you know everything and leaves you feeling happy about everything. I have had 2 surgeries and I only go to Dr. Kotoske, he's the best. I have been very happy with my results and they always turn out better than expected. Thank you Dr. Kotoske for giving me my body back:)
By: honeybee22
Dr. Thomas G. Kotoske
This experience has been an amazing transformation for my son. He is typically a shy kid, but has shown much more confidence since the surgery. He has stopped wearing baggy clothes and has taken much more notice and care of his appearance. We would definitely recommend Dr. Kotoske! He is wonderful and truly changed my Son's life for the better!
By: fzsdfgsert3454
Dr. Thomas G. Kotoske
My experience was very positive, from my first appointment with Dr. Kotoske to all of my follow up appointments. My surgery results are beyond my expectations and I have had wonderful feedback from family & friends. Because of Dr. Kotoske's exceptional skills and a warm & caring staff, I would not hesitate to recommend Body By Kotoske.
By: mariannepitts240
Doctors Express
I had to take my girlfriend to doctors express because of some bleeding from her ear. Upon arrival the medical assistants greeted us and were very friendly and polite. They made light of the situation and the doctor was great as well. We will definitely be coming back in the future, and I trust you guys that you will give me the same quality.
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By: jerryjacque
Doctors Express
I recommend this ER/urgent care organization to all. Everything is fresh and clean. Staff are friendly, personable, professional, and get you in as fast as possible. The doctors are superb, especially Susan Eller. She is the kindness doctor, able to DX quickly, listens to you and solves the problem. Jacque Wright/Jerry Foster
By: Jill S.
The Core Institute
I've had several surgeries with CORE doctors, and they were always professional and I never had any problems with scheduling, paperwork, etc. I've never heard 'infomercials' while waiting, and if I needed to get a message to the doctor, I was put through to his PA or MA and got a response back rapidly.
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.

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