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Dr. Robert M Valente has the following 2 specialties
A rheumatologist is a physician who has received extensive training in diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic conditions involve the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune system, vascular system, and connective tissues.
Some of the conditions that rheumatologists treat are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and lupus. These are all conditions that involve a lot of pain and make mobility difficult. Rheumatologists use medications, such as analgesics, NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs, infliximab, and adalimumab, as well as occupational therapy, in order to decrease pain and improve a patient's quality of life.
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Rheumatic Diseases
- Knee Osteoarthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
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My doc retired, same office, the receptionist said I had three choices. I told her I had severe osteoarthritis. When I chose Valente, she said good choice. When I saw him, he said he DIDN'T treat osteoarthritis, after taking (a lot) of bloodwork, x-rays and being very doctor like, giving me a folder to take home. Why did I see him????
Dr. Valente may tout his experience at the Mayo Clini in Rochester, MN, but I have seen doctors there, and Dr. Valente doesn't fit the caliber of doctors at the Mayo. The first hour of the appt is spent getting bloodwork and Radiology done-then your actual appt is an hour later. I felt Dr. Valente didn't listen, dismissed my symptoms, and basically told me that everything was all in my head. When I asked him a question, he gave me short, curt, pat answers. This isn't good enough for patients. I had no confidence in his diagnosis and came away with the impression that he has been doing this so long, he makes certain variations in the symptoms of each patient, but overall it is the same thing to him. I would not recommend him to any one I know.
Went to this man because of high white count and inflammation rate along with pain. He walked in and ask how long I have had this issue, I told him about 15 yrs and he said well it can't be to bad you're not dead. He then told me my smoking was causing my sypmtoms. I have arthritis in my back and hip that was causing a lot of pain along with fybro, he told me arthritis doesn't cause pain, weak muscle do and that I needed to exercise more without even asking if I have an exercise regiment. I explained what the other doctors had explained to me and he said they "were blowing smoke up my behind." Very unprofessional. He dismissed everything I said. Good luck to any poor soul that has the unpleasant occasion to have to see him.
I am very disappointed that I spent my time and money to see Dr. Valente. I have heard bad things about him before my appointment, but the other office in Lincoln had such a long wait time, I thought I would at least get started with Dr. Valente. I would have been better off waiting for the other Rheumatologists office. It was a complete waste of my time and I left with absolutely NO answers. He belittled me and snapped at my child within the first two minutes of him entering the room. He was upset that he could hear my son's game on the ipad (which was turned down VERY low...also remember we had already been there for going on 2 hours at this point before seeing the doctor, my son (who is only 6) deserved a KUDOS for being so patient and well behaved, not to be scolded). Dr. Valente could give me no reassuring answers on why I was having pain. He continued to exam my right knee joint, which had been the most painful. Upon ultrasound he discovered there was fluid on the joint. He proceeded to tell me he was going to aspirate the fluid. He not ONE time explained to me how it was going to work, what I could expect, etc. He called the nurse in and she got things ready and one two three BAM he was jamming a needle into my leg without any prior explanation on what was going to happen. I cried uncontrollably, given the fact that it was not numbed what so ever and he continued to jam it into my joint despite my sobs. Needless to say, after all of the trauma to my knee and the unbelievable pain, he was UNABLE to aspirate any fluid and finally gave up. Meanwhile, my poor son ended up walking over to the chair I was at and placed a hand on my leg and tried to comfort me (he was scared as well, as he had tears in his eyes). Once he was finished, he threw a bandaid on my knee and walked back over to his chair and got onto the computer to start working on his summary. He looked back at me and said "when you pull yourself together a little bit why don't you come over here and join me". As I tried to stop crying, the nurse handed me a Kleenex and tried to comfort me for a brief minute. I sat with him afterwards, and he offered me yet again no explanation for my pain except the fact that he didn't "think" I had Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus. He also didn't give me any explanation for why I had fluid buildup on my joint. No referrals were made to an ortho doctor for my knee issue, no follow up appointment was suggested with my primary care provider and he suggested I follow up with him again if I "continue to have swollen and painful joints"... which mind you is the reason I came in the first place because I deal with it DAILY. I went home and dealt with EXTREME pain in my knee to the point of almost not being able to bend it. He sent me with no aftercare information or what to expect information. I had no idea what was normal after that procedure and if there were things that I should be worried about or reasons to follow up with my provider (like increased pain unrelieved by NSAIDS and Tylenol). Absolutely no direction. I couldn't be more disgusted with a health care provider in my life. And that says a lot given the fact that I am a Registered Nurse and have worked with several providers who are less than friendly. Dr. Valente was the worst in my opinion and I wouldn't see him again ever. I would drive to Kansas City every other week if necessary if it meant I didn't have to see him. Not to mention, I'm sure the bill will be outstanding for this visit, where I ultimately found NO answers or relief and his main concern was the fact that I needed to stop smoking. Thanks Dr. Valente for a huge let down.
37 Years Experience
Mayo Medical School
Graduated in 1981
Mayo Clinic And Medical School
Dr. Robert M Valente accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
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- Coventry NE PPO
- First Health PPO
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Locations & DirectionsArthritis Center Of Nebraska, 3901 Pine Lake Rd Ste 120, Lincoln, NE
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