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09/23/2012
By: oldfield
Azalea Orthopedics
It's the absolute best place to be if you or a family member are in need of any kind of Ortopedic expertise. I just love Dr. Raabe, he is upfront and to the point. He is a fine Christian that will ask to pray with/for you before performing any surgeries on you. He is professional in every sense of the word! Azalea goes out of their way to employ nothing but the best when it comes to all their Dr's. and Nurses as well. I also use Dr. McNeil for all my chronic pain needs, and his assistant Melissa Cobb is very thorough. Sometimes, the Nurses get busy and forget to call you and remind you your appt. has been cancelled because you've been there for injections, which means you just may be waisting time and gas going from Mineola to Tyler. This is really the only negative thing I have to say, other than sometimes theNurses forget to return calls and you end up having to call them again the next day.
09/23/2012
By: oldfield
Azalea Orthopedics
I wouldn't think of going anywhere else! You have the "TOTAL PACKAGE" @ Azalea Orthopedic!
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Orthopedic surgeons attend four years of medical school, then four to five years of orthopedic residency in a hospital. They must also be licensed and certified in orthopedic surgery by the state in which they practice.
The terms "orthopedic doctor" and "orthopedic surgeon" refer to the same profession. Related specialties include podiatrist, a doctor who works with the bones, tendons and ligaments in the feet, and a sports medicine physician, a doctor specially trained to treat athletes.
The cost of a visit to an orthopedic surgeon depends on the type of tests ordered and treatment given. For example, an MRI costs $500-$1,300. An initial consultation costs $100- $500, while anesthesia for a procedure generally ranges from $2,000-$4,000. Overall, an orthopedic surgery can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.
During a consultation or first appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, the practitioner will ask the patient a variety of questions to understand the situation. The surgeon might ask about the patient's pain levels, medical history, and any prior injuries. Then, the surgeon will administer a physical exam and possibly schedule tests to better understand the problem. Possible tests include a stress test, x-ray, or MRI.

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