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By: bryantgattos
Wasylik Michael A MD PA
Jan 2001 I thought I had sprained my ankle it was a little swollen but being in sports for many years I didn't think much of it. A week or so later I ended up stepping forward and my foot didn't follow, I ended up tripping and felt much more pain but figured I had agitated my sprained ankle. A week later my shoes were not fitting on my right foot and the swelling was now close to purple. I went to Emergency room and was told I shattered my ankle and I needed surgery ASAP. I called my primary care doctor and he referred me to Dr. Wasylik. At my first visit he explained I need to have surgery immediately. My xrays showed my injury was in need of a plate and screws and crushed bone removal to repair the damage. I had small broken pieces of bone that had shattered in my right ankle. Dr. Wasylik showed me the parts he would use to repair my ankle. The plate was about 4 inches long about 3/8 thick and a little over an inch wide, both plate and screws made of titanium. I was scheduled at the hospital for surgery and was told, because of my injury I may never walk correctly or even run again. I was 34yrs old and in good health and was a personal fitness trainer at the time. My goal was to get my leg repaired first and worry about the recovery later. I was told Dr. Wasylik was one of the top Orthopaedic Surgeon's for my joint injury, that helped relieve my stress of having surgery. After I got out of surgery I was in the hospital for 2 more days then released with a cast up to my knee and was told to stay off the leg and use my crutches and come back in a week to take more xrays and see how things are healing. Over about the next 12 weeks I was in about every other week or so to get xrays & replace the cast and verify the plate and screws and bone were all healing without any negative reaction from my body or infection. Dr. Wasylik scheduled me to come in after he felt the cast needed to be removed and me to start my rehab. He told me I would need to use the crutches and not to expect much and be happy everything had healed and maybe by September I would be able to walk. I told him I would bring my tennis shoes to the appointment and walk out of his office without the crutches I went in for my cast removal and I did walk out with my tennis shoes on and carried my crutches out in my hand. (it was a little painful with a limp, but worth every step) By my next follow up appointment I was walking fairly normal, with a little limp from the pain and limited range of motion, but doing all my own rehab. By August of 2001 I had full range of motion and the equal strength of my left leg was able to sprint and walk as I had prior to my injury. It has been over 12 years since I had surgery and the only way anyone would know that I had been injured is the light scar on the outside of my right leg and the other scar on my inside of my ankle where Dr. Wasylik also sewed up my R inside ankle tendons that had stretched from my original injury. From the damage I had done to my ankle and the fear of me not being able to walk, run or have full range of motion was overwhelming to me at the time. I am happy to say, I am glad Dr. Wasylik was my surgeon and want to thank him for doing a great job on getting me literally back on my feet.
By: lillori
Dr. Michael Patrick Heim, DO
Doctor who listens to the patient, is kind and considerate. I appreciate this doctor for educating me on my hormones as we proceeded to decrease and put me on bio-identical hormone cream. 4 years ago I was on premarin 1.25 and had been for 18 years. Doc had a basket case on his hands, when I ran into him. He sent me home with homework, so I could understand better. I got the book HRT: The Answers. He also started me on supplements. I am a work in progress, we had many issues 4 years ago, today my quality of life has increased tremendously. Between the supplements and diet change, most my stomach issues are resolved. Through his guidance we have learned all the foods I am intolerant too.. I now "Eat Clean", improving my health drastically within just a few weeks. My body is still full of toxins and it will take time since I pumped toxic foods in my body for many decades. I was a soda pumping, junk food eating, hefty person, with stomach pains, nausea and constantly tired. My blood work and saliva tests were so bad in the beginning, today I am right where I need to be. This took us many years and we have had other set backs, like dental, harming my food consumption. I also have skeletal and muscular problems and once a month, Dr. Heim's adjustment does the trick. I am blessed to have him and his sweet office there for me when I am sick, and that is more often than I prefer. Dr. Heim is the most remarkable doctor I have ever met. My entire family goes to him, he is worth a try, you will not be disappointed.
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By: Anna S.
Bayside Physicians
I very much like Dr. Holland who I saw there once. She was kind and thorough and I will go back only to see her (she is the reason I give 2 stars instead of 1). On subsequent visits I was given to Dr. Andrea O. (she may be a nurse practitioner, not sure). She was the worst doctor I've ever seen. Unkind, unconcerned, not at all thorough, and comes off as arrogant. I came in with severe acute pain (to the point I was in tears in the exam room). She didn't even bother to examine the area that I was complaining about. I also told her I had had a fever of 101 for the last 2 days. She didn't bother to take my temperature (I took it when I got home and still had a fever). She sent me away saying my pain was "gereralized" and probably just a virus. I ended up in terrible pain for the next two days before finding out I had a severely infected abscess that should have had immediate care. I am very upset with the lack of care I got there and will only go back if I know I will see Dr. Holland and not this other horribe doctor. The nurse was friendlly but a bit distracted and the office staff is nice enough. The office itself is a bit old and run down.
By: Mary G.
Kindred Hospital Central Tampa
The only reason that I gave Kindred Hospital Central Tampa a 4 star rating is because of the look of the building. It could use some work on the inside and outside of it. Other than the look I have had a great stay. Something I loved was that EVERYONE introduced themselves upon entering the room! I knew who was working with me as soon as they walked in the door.Nursing staff was very helpful. The CNAs were like little angels with all the work they did. Respiratory therapy was so efficient with the care that they provided. I would like to give special recognition to Yalitza from housekeeping. Any time I needed something she went out of her way to provide me with it. I am so grateful for people like her. I would also like to say that Ryan and Rebeca from rehab make a great team. They are so gentle with the work they do. Ryan always remained professional (no matter how much I try to break his character). I enjoyed getting to know everyone here and thank you everyone for your efficiency!
By: Darion V.
Kindred Hospital Central Tampa
I came to Kindred Hospital Central Tampa for continuing care after devastating medical complications. The nursing staff was so kind and amazing. Rose was my favorite Nurse. She made sure on the days she worked that I was well taken care of. She is a thoughtful person who really cares. Michelle from R.T. was wonderful. Her, and the other Respiratory staff truly have a calling for what they do. The rehabilitation staff was beautiful. Ruth with Occupational Therapy and Tanvi with Physical Therapy help me through my recovery with great intentions. I would not be where I am without them. Julie, with lift team, is my angel. She does her job well and she puts her heart into it. I would recommend this hospital to any of my friends and family. The staff is great; I hope they don’t lose a single person. Each and every single one of them has their own qualities that make them special to their patients. I love ALL of them!
By: S S.
Kindred Hospital Central Tampa
5 out of 5 stars!I would like to give recognition to the entire staff at Kindred Hospital Central Tampa. Over the last few months I have had a lot of medical issues. After being brought back to life twice, at another area hospital, I was transferred here to continue my care. From the CNAs to the Nurses, the entire nursing staff was great. The respiratory staff helped me greatly get through my stay and time of need. The rehab team is excellent! Tanvi and Eugene got me on my feet, all while Eugene giving me the medicine of laughter! Julie and Rebeca with rehab are so caring. They motivated me even when I didn't want to do a thing! I have to say that Dr. Atigre really cares about his patients and he was exceptional! Thanks you all for the care you gave me!
By: Mabel S.
Kindred Hospital Central Tampa
5 star facility! I am writing this story on my road of success here at Kindred Hospital Central Tampa. I was admitted here on 3-15-2016 for further treatment with having COPD. I cannot express my gratitude enough to the staff here at Kindred for their kindness, support, and educational services they provided for me. Thank you Dr. Sailesk Shah, Pulmonologist, for your quality care and sending me here until I could move on to the next level. I received the best of quality care possible. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone. I would like to see more of these facilities throughout the United States. Once again, thank you to many of you here at Kindred. Sincerely, Mable Sidner
By: L P.
GMS Florida West Coast, Inc.
Great providers, great hours, out within an hour from check in to check out. They are really quick to accommodate an office visit, most of the time a day of visit is offered. I don't know many providers who will schedule you to be seen on the day of. The staff could be a little more friendly, but overall okay. The doctors and mid-level providers are all so sweet and knowledgable. They are informative and thorough in their diagnosis. I see some negative feedback on this office but it sounds like some of these other commenters are just disgruntled patients!
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By: Tera E.
Kenneth P. Pages, MD, PA
I have seen Dr.Pages for 8 years. Dr.Pages takes time with me and does not rush. He is not a physician that will throw a handful of meds at you. Very conservative which is appreciated. People have their opinions about Psychiatrists but he makes you feel so comfortable. His office staff is great and they have been with him for years. I see the same staff every time which is comforting. His office environment is also very comfortable. Reaching the office is also easy and Dr.Pages is always reachable. I can not say enough and would recommend him to a friend.
By: E K.
Kindred Hospital Central Tampa
I would like to thank the staff here at Kindred Hospital Central Tampa! I would absolutely recommend this place to my family and friends. The nurses and CNAs were caring. Rehab was perfect they did everything they could to get me back where I needed to be before leaving. There isn't a bad thing I could think to say about any one. Everyone was very conscientiousness of my needs. Thank you again for everyone being amazing people!
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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