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Dr. Thomas L Heil has the following 2 specialties
- Pain Medicine
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.
- Acute Pain
- Cancer Pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
- Back Pain
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I think our whole Community should understand more about the opioid problem we have in the United States. It's not fair, so many patients were probably in the same boat as myself. I needed them, however, I will say I was on to large of a dose for to long. Now the FDA is cracking down on all Doctors. And they should, for good reasons. With this said I truly believe most Dr.s at SE Pain know their patients and who is truly in pain. And in all the news it's always saying opioids are the start of all heroine addictions. Maybe for some this is right, but I really think most of these Drs know before you walk in the door your history, etc. I am really glad that I am one that has sacrificed my pain in reducing pain medicine about 90% less than I was taking. And I'm with some of you on the idea of throwing shots out there as 1st treatment. When you think this through, the Drs can not push pain medicine to all patients. You have to start some where in treatment. Rather it be shots, PT, or pain medication in lower doses. Dr Heil does come across as being possibly rude, or not showing empathy and I agree. Sorry Dr., however not all Drs are Howdy Doody. We are all different and if you feel you can't get passed this then he is not a Dr. for those looking for a great bedside manner, best to move on. I'm writing this because I've been on both sides of this fence. And I now spend a lot more time at home, or laying down, getting bored to tears because I no longer take opioids and hydrocodone in such high strengths. And at some point they will stop working for you as well. I think a lot of pain patients, that truly live with pain are being grouped with all the dopes that turn to a needle. And we are losing so many lives to all the crazy folks that shoot dope. And that's not fair as well. It makes me as angry as the next person to think anytime I'll need something for pain, another Dr. could look at my chart and put me in this category. I've put off procedures for this reason and it's not because of Drs, it's just my personal fear. I never got a high from my pain medicine so stopping was never a problem. When I was cutting back every month I did not like the physical part it was doing to my body. I tossed everything down the toilet and trust me, I had no idea what was to come. Two horrific weeks, and another 2 weeks of my body and mind still adjusting. Worst part was I threw out xanax! Holy Moses, had I known how valuable those little pills could have been. I'm only trying to help some of you understand what's going on in this World as I had to learn the hard way. I still believe in taking pain medicine when you need it but please, hear me out. Our Doctors are being forced, some taking it to far for those of us that really need it. But we have an epidemic and real crisis going on right now. I hope all of the people that are looking for pain meds don't end up like I did, taking such high doses in the beginning and having no wiggle room. You will end up back at the place you started, when you first came looking for pain medicine. And especially if you are living with chronic pain for the rest of your life. I still live in pain and always will. I don't know the answer to this however I will say, pain treatment centers should be the only Drs to be able to give out any medicine they think the patient needs. It's one place where it's controlled. Also no one should be treated ignorant or with rudeness. Be kind to others, and if some Drs don't have the best bedside manner, you should ignore this. Maybe there's a reason we don't understand and it's our right to check out Drs before we pick one. My final word is that I think everyone out here will suffer because of all the people who start with pills and move on to dope. I don't believe this because most went looking for pills to get high with and not for pain. So I'm right behind all those with pain. We will see big changes and the good folks will suffer. And for any parent to blame pills for their kids turning to junkies I firmly believe those people would end up exactly where they are, shooting drugs! Just like alcohol, some can drink casual, others become alcoholics! It's a chance and professionals that are trained should not deny help for this reason .,,
I have never seen a doctor so quickly and had less communication and walked out not knowing what to do or how he was going to help me. He didn't say what he thought what could be wrong, just said schedule for a steroid injection. I called the office when I got home, the office would not answer any of my question..just repeated to schedule the injection. I will never go back there bc he was rude, didn't listen, just came in said to schedule something and walked out. Didn't ask do I have any questions or concerns..the only way I was able to know why he wanted me to get the injection done was the paperwork his nurse gave me. He was completely arrogant and acted like he could not be bothered. It was really disappointing and sad to see a doctor that just lost all bedside manner. I read bad reviews before I saw him but I though oh I will give him a chance. Don't see this dr!! The staff was nice..
I saw the Dr. for literally 1 min, he said to schedule an injection and that there was no medication that would help you. I spent more time with NP and that was about 3 minutes and I felt that I was not heard nor given a plan of actions. I stated that my pain in constant throughout the day and I literally ended up walking out of the office in tears. This is exactly why I did not want to go to a pain management dr was the last resort for me. Don't even bother. I'm not an addict, haven't even been on any medication in over 6 months but was treated like my pain nor my day to day struggle didn't even matter. I have never spent less time with a dr or have ever dealt with one so rude in my life. And I work in a medical field.
Dr. Heil didn't shake me or my daughter's hand. He was very short. He spoke to me about my condition like I was ignorant and I didn't know what was going on with my health. When he was through he said he would be right back and he never returned. The office itself was terrible. They were rude and unprofessional. I will never return there again. Terrible horrible service. He doesn't need to be a doctor and he needs to get some people skills. Unprofessional all around.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015)
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.
26 Years Experience
West Virginia University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1992
Allegheny General Hospital
Dr. Thomas L Heil accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry Carelink - Carolinas HealthCare System Tier 2
- Coventry Carelink - Duke Medicine Tier 1
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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