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By: Pauline T.
Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego
Dr. Bates is a very caring and thorough dr. I have already recommended him to friends with joint problems. I have no complaints at all so far. I actually thought it was going to be a piece of cake but I was wrong, knee's at best are tough but I am five weeks out, pain in control, and walking without a walker or cane. Physical therapy is very important to a good outcome. Dr Bates is very honest and encouraging and staff is also wonderful.
By: Karly O.
Marque Urgent Care
Professional, fast and friendly. I was down here on a work trip and came down with something. I found Marque and couldn't be more relived that I did. The doctor was knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable. The best thing is looks like they're updating their clinic in the future, so it will be so much nicer than it is already! Thank you again Dr. Kiskila for making me feel better and the rest of the staff.
By: Vince C.
Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego
Excellent job. Dr Ballard performed a complicated rotator cuff surgery. My recovery happened in a short time, considering the extent of my injury. I am now back to swimming 800 meters daily 5days a week. Since my surgery I have had no problems. I attribute this to the expertise of my wonderful surgeon. I recommend this surgeon to anyone having a similar problem. Do not hesitate, it''ll be worth your while.
By: Y B.
Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego
The staff has been very helpful and informative which is important with me being on workman's comp. The staff is always very kind, happy and inviting either on the phone or during my appointments. Dr. Ballard is excellent. She is obviously very knowledgeable. She is very kind and patient and willing to answer my questions and concerns. My experience so far exceeded my expectations.
By: Darren B.
Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego
Dr. Ballard is everything and more, of what you expect from your Doctor. She has great energy, very positIve, kind, and a true healer. My measure of success is kindness, and the amazing people that surround you, she has both. My experience from the very first day when I went to the front and met Michelle, ( awesome) to everyone on her staff, who are the best. Very greatful. !!
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By: Michele A.
Marque Urgent Care
I was referred to Marque through my insurance company. The check in process was clear &concise, wait time for doctor reasonable, diagnostic X-rays expedited, and I was given information for the nearest orthopedic clinic. I was in & out within 75 min. It was a very positive experience, especially considering I had broken my wrist and wasn't sure what to do or where to go next.
By: Jenn L.
Marque Urgent Care
I had a visit to Marque Urgent Care last week and everyone was very helpful and willing to assist. I was having an awful day and they all helped to make me comfortable and relaxed. I really liked that they offered water or tea while we were waiting as well. Hopefully another emergency does not arise, but if it does I will be sure to come back.
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By: Jerry B.
A. Shamani Inc.
I haven't seen this level of caring and personal attention from a physician since I was a child. Dr. Shamani is absolutely amazing. She returns phone calls and follows up just to see how you're doing. I've received calls from her as late as 7:30 PM. The level of care and concern she has shown my wife and I is unsurpassed.
By: Esther L.
Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego
My experience with Dr. Ballard was very positive. She is experienced and knowledgeable in her craft. Having the surgery made me nervous but she was kind and helpful throughout the entire process and made me feel very comfortable. Even my PT praised Dr. Ballard for her timely follow ups and post op procedures.
By: Romeo S.
Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego
Dr Brooke is very friendly and smiling all the the time thus way I am back to see her for the second time I will recommend her to my friend anytime. Even Michelle outstanding individual when I called for my appt she accommodating to schedule my appt THANKS.
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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