Urgent Visits Specialist

Leo Kao, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Lakewood Ranch Health

Leo Kao, MD

Primary Care Physician & Concierge Medicine located in Lakewood Ranch, FL

Unexpected illnesses and injuries can’t wait for medical care, and now you don’t have to sit and wait in the emergency room. Instead, you can schedule a same-day or next-day urgent visit at Lakewood Ranch Health in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. When you arrive, you will experience minimal wait times before you receive personalized care from Leo Kao, MD. Dr. Kao is an experienced primary care physician who treats teens and adults for all of their pressing medical needs. To schedule an urgent in-person or telehealth visit, call the office or book online today.

Urgent Care Q&A

What are urgent visits?

The team at Lakewood Ranch Health schedules an urgent visit when you need immediate medical care, and your health condition is suitable for an outpatient setting. 

The purpose of an urgent visit is to provide acute care, which is active, prompt treatment to meet your immediate and short-term needs. Urgent visits at Lakewood Ranch Health ensure that you get the care you need without the long wait times and expenses associated with the emergency department.

What conditions are treated at urgent visits?

Dr. Kao provides urgent care for most illnesses and injuries that aren’t life-threatening. During urgent visits, he often treats problems such as:

  • Sinus infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sore throats
  • Abscess drainage
  • Pink eye
  • Lacerations (cuts or skin wounds)
  • Muscle pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain

If you have seasonal flu, you may get antiviral medication if you schedule an urgent visit within two days of your first symptom.

When should I go to the emergency room?

As a general guideline, you should go to the emergency room (ER) for: 

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Fractures
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Signs of a heart attack or stroke

Signs of a heart attack include chest pain or pressure, difficulty breathing, jaw or back pain, and sudden heartburn. The symptoms of a stroke include numbness or drooping on one side of your face, weakness in one arm, and difficulty speaking. 

What services will I receive during my urgent visit?

As a primary care physician, Dr. Kao has years of experience diagnosing and treating the many health conditions that affect teens and adults. When you schedule an urgent visit at Lakewood Ranch Health, you immediately have access to comprehensive, patient-centered care.

Dr. Kao reviews your medical history and symptoms. Then he completes a physical examination, runs diagnostic tests, and determines the best treatment to quickly ease your symptoms and take care of your urgent health care needs.

Depending on your diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Kao may ask you to come back for a follow-up appointment to monitor your health and see how you’re healing.

When you need urgent care, call Lakewood Ranch Health, explain your symptoms, and let the team take it from there. They can schedule same-day or next-day appointments, depending on your current medical needs.