Having annual physical exams and laboratories may screen for problems you are not even aware of. For example, a heart murmur may be picked up on physical exam and needs further work up. Blood tests may reveal abnormal levels requiring supplements and follow up. Preventative medicine is always the best medicine.
Gaurang C. Zala, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
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3700 W 203rd St
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
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Why do I need a doctor if I am healthy?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answered
How do I find the specialized surgeon I need?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredUse your doctor's referral as a starting point. Your primary care physician may recommend a surgeon that he or she has chosen many times for this surgery. There's a good chance he or she knows the doctor or that they're buddies. "She's excellent," your doctor may affirm, and in fact, this physician may be an excellent surgeon.
But you can't just fly on that alone, especially if the surgery is a highly complex one. Your smart-patient detective job is to find out if this is the most excellent surgeon you can choose for this particular operation. Ask your doctor for a few names, and investigate each.
Also, aside from asking your regular doctor to point you to the maestro of this surgery, doing Internet research can help you locate a hyper-specialized surgeon. You just have to hope that one works at your hospital, or you might be planning a road trip.
A good way to find a highly specialized surgeon is to look in medical studies.
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Is a doctor board certified in a specific field of medicine?
It is important to select a doctor who is board certified in the specialty they practice. Board certification does not assure you the doctor is excellent, but it does assure you he/she has had appropriate training by having completed at an approved residency of at least three years and passed an exam.
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