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Dr. Gerson A Criste has the following 3 specialties
Anesthesiologists are physicians who are trained to administer anesthetics, which are medicines used to block nerve sensation. Anesthesia can be either local to one specific part of a body, like a tooth, or regional to block feeling to a larger portion of the body, such as during an epidural for child birth. It can also be more general to block sensation to the entire body, resulting in unconsciousness.
Anesthesiologists assist in surgery by determining how much anesthesia is necessary and by monitoring the patient's level of responsiveness and vital signs throughout the procedure. The anesthesia specialist will also bring the patient out of anesthesia and then continue to monitor his or her vital signs post-operation.
Besides assisting in surgeries, anesthesiologists may also treat patients suffering from chronic pain.
- Pain Medicine
A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.
Dr. Gerson A Criste has the following 10 expertise
- Chronic Pain
- Cancer Pain
- Primary Headache Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Migraine Disorders
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Acute Pain
Dr. Gerson A Criste has 2 board certified specialties
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Dr. Gerson A Criste is Board Certified in 2 specialties
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I had great experience with Dr. Criste's clinic all around. It is pretty obvious that patients who gave him negative feedback are addicted to pain medications and clearly Dr. Criste wants no part of that. If you are hoping to find a pain doctor who will keep you hooked on narcotics, Dr. Criste will disappoint you. But if you really want to get better without relying on addicting drugs, you wont find a more knowledgeable and compassionate physician.
I saw Dr. Criste last fall on three occasions. First was the initial appointment, when he agreed that epidural spinal injections were the best course of treatment after complications following a spinal fusion. I had been in so much pain I had difficulty walking. I'm in my mid-thirties and have so much living left to do but have the body of an 80 year old. The next time I saw Dr. Criste was in the procedure room. When I got off the table, the first thing I noticed was that I could walk easily and without a limp. It brought tears to my eyes. This doctor is a master of the needle! I had a second injection three weeks later. Afterwards I was able to do things I had not done in a couple years, simple things like shopping that I had once taken for granted. Doing household chores was once again on the list of things I could do. I felt that Dr. Criste had given me my life back! The injections have worn off and I have another appointment next week to discuss further options. Dr. Criste has been very kind and compassionate. His bedside manner was also gentle. One of the nurses told me to make sure to let her know if I needed more numbing medicine because Dr. Criste did not want anyone to be in pain. I was given as much as I needed and my second injection was nearly a pain free experience. I have not relied on this doctor for pain medication, that has been something my primary doctor has taken care of. We are very fortunate to have a doctor like him in this area. He has had excellent training and his needle skills are proof!
Patients' Choice Award (2018)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2018)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
18 Years Experience
University Of The Philippines
Graduated in 2000
Mcgaw Medical Center Of Northwestern University
Dr. Gerson A Criste accepts the following insurance providers.
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry Health and Life IL PPO
- Coventry HealthAmerica PPO
- Coventry IL PPO
- Coventry MO PPO
- Coventry PPO Platinum
- CoventryOne PPO Network
- First Health PPO
- HealthLink PPO
Locations & DirectionsCarbondale Clinic, 2601 W Main St, Carbondale, IL
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