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Doctor insights on: Is An Arthrocentesis Done In The Office Or Hospital

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Arthrocentesis (Definition)

Arthrocentesis usually involves inserting a needle into the joint to remove fluid. This may be done to remove a hematoma or to investigate the fluid to see if it is infected or contains chemical markers that may be indicative of joint diseases (like rheumatoid arthritis). It's not uncommon for medicine, like corticosteroid (the proverbial "cortisone shot") to be ...Read more


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Is a methocholine challenge test usually done in a hospital or pulmonologists office?

Is a methocholine challenge test usually done in a hospital or pulmonologists office?

Usually: Done in the Pulmonologist or doctors office which could also be . It is kind of test to induce bronchospasm in response to methacholine expected in Asthma patients when the diagnosis of Asthma is suspected. during the test an aerosol of methacholine is given. Pre and post spirometer test are down. At the end of the test you may be given a bronchodilator to assess reversibility of the bronchspasm ...Read more

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Is blepharoplasty an office procedure? Is blepharoplasty done in the surgeon's office, or is it a hospital procedure? .

Is blepharoplasty an office procedure? Is blepharoplasty done in the surgeon's office, or is it a hospital procedure?

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Office or hospital: Simple upper lid blepharoplasty is commonly performed in the office. More complex procedures may be performed in either the office or outpatient center. Overnight stays are rarely necessary. ...Read more

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Had a pelvic ultrasound done tuesday at a hospital thats "out of network" for my drs office.Its friday.Im out of town, but wondering if they should have the results in yet?

Had a pelvic ultrasound done tuesday at a hospital thats "out of network" for my drs office.Its friday.Im out of town, but wondering if they should have the results in yet?

Should: That is always a hard one to answer. There are always extenuating curcumstances that will delay a report. But the long and short of it is they should. ...Read more

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Do many ophthalmologists do cataract surgery in their own office or does a person usually have it done in an outside facility or hospital?

Do many ophthalmologists do cataract surgery in their own office or does a person usually have it done in an outside facility or hospital?

Yes: As time passes and government/insurance mandates makes group practice more common, it is more efficient to build a surgery suite in your office. Perhaps 15% of practices do this currently. Most use a free standing surgery center for cataract surgery but may move to office based surgery in the not too distant future. Best wishes ...Read more

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Can laser liposuction procedures be performed at clinics and offices? I'm considering getting some fat removed from my hips. Hospital costs are expensive so i would prefer to go to a clinic or office to have laser liposuction done if it's an option. Of co

Can laser liposuction procedures be performed at clinics and offices? I'm considering getting some fat removed from my hips. Hospital costs are expensive so i would prefer to go to a clinic or office to have laser liposuction done if it's an option. Of co

Yes in an office: Laser liposuction is commonly performed in an office setting. This procedure is less invasive and painful than regular liposuction. It is generally done with local anesthesia in an office setting. Laser liposuction done properly in an office by an experienced plastic surgeon is actually more safe than having regular liposuction done with general anesthesia in a hospital. ...Read more

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Dr's ultrasound at office told me i had complete placenta previa. 3 others done at hospital said only anterior placenta.Is dr's ultrasound tech wrong?

Dr's ultrasound at office told me i had complete placenta previa. 3 others done at hospital said only anterior placenta.Is dr's ultrasound tech wrong?

Not necessarily: It's possible that you had a placenta previa early in pregnancy (this is common). As the uterus grows during the course of pregnancy, the placenta is "pulled" up and typically migrates away from the cervix. ...Read more

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Are office hysteroscopies as efficient as hospital ones? Had polyp removed april 2012 now might be back?

Are office hysteroscopies as efficient as hospital ones?  Had polyp  removed april 2012 now might be back?

Hysteroscopy: Yes. The efficiency depends on dexterity , knowledge , experience of your doctor for hysteroscopy whether done in office or hospital. ...Read more

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I have a tampon stuck, string broke so cant get it out. Is it best to go to dr's office, insta care or hospital? Been in for 1-2 hours.

I have a tampon stuck, string broke so cant get it out. Is it best to go to dr's office, insta care or hospital? Been in for 1-2 hours.

Either, but: The tampon cannot get lost in the vagina, if you are able to insert you fingers and feel the tampon, then you may be able to remove it with gentle traction. If you cannot get it to come out, then call your doctor or go the an urgent care - the ED at a hospital will be able to remove it, but that may be quite expensive. ...Read more

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Daughter saw hospital mental health person 1x released no problem found does this info get sent to state mental health office on record forever?

Daughter saw hospital mental health person 1x released no problem found does this info get sent to state mental health office on record forever?

Recorded somewhere: We live in a world of recordkeeping.I know of no one looking to keep track of everyone that sees a mental health counselor.However, you can be assured that an insurance company and/or the facility records the encounter by date and time with a related diagnostic label. It is how they justify paying for services or making them available. ...Read more

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Whom do I complain to when a public hospital based patient does not seem to get the necessary post op mobility services? Administration office?

Call the facility: If you have complaints for any medical facility your should call and tell them you have a complaint and ask to be connected to whomever handles that. Most hospitals would have some group responsible for addressing complaints and the operator would know where to route your call. ...Read more

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Are allergy shots administered in the office or in a hospital? Is it safer to have them in the hospital?

Are allergy shots administered in the office or in a hospital? Is it safer to have them in the hospital?

In the office: So long there is a waiting area with staff trained to deal with severe allergic reactions, and under the supervision of a doctor, following the graded schedule recommended, and knowing when to give or not to give the shot, good luck ...Read more

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Why should I go in to hospital lab if I can use the one in doctors office?

Why should I go in to hospital lab if I can use the one in doctors office?

???: Don't know. Ask your doctor or the lab office. Maybe the doctor's office lab facility cannot do some labs , and the hospital can. ...Read more

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I am trying to understand how billing works for m.D.S performing a service or for pharma prescriptions in different settings(hospital, dr's office)?

I am trying to understand how billing works for m.D.S performing a service or for pharma prescriptions in different settings(hospital, dr's office)?

E&M codes: Mds bill for their services using e/ m (evaluation and management) codes. The code used depends on the level of service and the location that the service is provided (office, hospital, er). Mds can also bill for medications (not a prescription) that are administered, or procedure performed in the office. Medications administered in hospital or er are billed by the hospital, not md. ...Read more

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Should I go to the doctors office or hospital to be tested for anemia?

Should I go to the doctors office or hospital to be tested for anemia?

Go to see your MD: Go to see your primary care doctor. She/he will be able to get a simple blood work for anemia. ...Read more