C.P. asks from Parker, CO on July 28, 2009
OB GYN Or GP??
I know this question has been asked, but in reverse. I'm wondering how many of you use an OB GYN as your general practioner or "family doctor." Do people actually do that? I wasn't sure if the OBGYN ONLY specialized in those types of practices, or would an OBGYN also be able to treat you for "everyday" type illnesses like a GP would. Thoughts?
V.W. answers from Salt Lake City on July 29, 2009
I use my GP for my GP stuff, unless I'm pregnant. Then I try to avoid my GP at all costs, too many germs there!!
R.M. answers from Denver on July 29, 2009
i have a little bit of a different view on things. i feel like a gp is that, tooo general. they seem to push things off till the next visit and that tells me $$$$$$ is all that is on his mind. well i guess i feel neglected because when i go in for my annual exam i have a list and they just tell me to come back !!!! who has the darn time. fix me and do it now! help and help me now! i am here now !!!GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS
J.H. answers from Denver on July 28, 2009
The more common situation is using your GP as an Ob. Its not very pratical to use an Ob for the family as they specialize in birth, and at that their true specialty is in surgical deliveries. I would definitly suggest a GP or a pediatrican.
C.T. answers from Denver on July 29, 2009
D.R. answers from Denver on July 29, 2009
Good question. I use my OB GYN for everything! I thought about getting a GP but haven't found anything my OB/GYN can't handle yet. I can call in with questions and issues that are non-GYN related, and usually she responds the same day. Same with prescriptions. I can usually get them the same day I call her. My OB/GYN has treated me for flu, sinus infection, and sleep issues, in addition to the normal girlie stuff.
K.D. answers from Denver on July 28, 2009
I have a friend who does that, actually has the OB/GYN listed as her PCP with her HMO. It's worked okay, but it makes it difficult if something arises and you need a GP. It usually takes a while to get in as a new patient, so it's better if you're already established.
C.B. answers from Provo on July 29, 2009
I did for 11 years until my OB passed away unexpectedly last year. He was actually listed as my husband's PCP too! lol He was a family friend, so it worked out well for everyone, and prevented us from having to find another dr, since we are very picky. He was always able to help with everything, including when I had pneumonia, and was the best source of referrals that I've ever had. The real drawback when he passed (aside from losing a good friend which was devastating), was that I was 32wks pregnant at the time, so I had to find a new OB, and have had to find a new GP as well. It had taken a year to find one that doesn't drive me crazy, but I finally have.
Some OB/Gyns are find with this situation, but there are some who will not do the crossover into general. It doesn't hurt to ask yours if you are interested. Another good option is to find an Internist instead of a Family or General Practice doc. They will be more likely to give you a referral for things pertaining to dermatology or gastro or things like that, but I've found that to be more helpful than hindering.
S.B. answers from Denver on July 28, 2009
I would not recommend this - an obgyn is not going to treat you for the flu or diabetes or pneumonia. I actually see a family practitioner and he does my pap smear and takes care of all my medical needs since I'm done with having kids. Why wouldn't you want a doctor that can manage all your medical needs, not just your gynecological ones?
N.B. answers from Salt Lake City on July 29, 2009
I see an Internal Medicine doctor for OB purposes as well as regular sicknesses. She's great. Her name is Dr. Rajani Katkuri and she's at Sandy Clinic 9500 South 1300 East in Sandy. Her number is ###-###-####.