Online PR News – 08-April-2013 –Chicago, IL – Dr. Steven Koos, an oral surgeon in Chicago, was recently featured in the cover story of the April 2013 issue of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Journal. The cover story, titled Operation Green – Implementing Sustainable And Eco-Friendly Practices In Your Surgery Center, showcases the environmentally responsible practices employed by the Chicago oral surgeon within his practice and ambulatory surgery center (ASC).
An ASC is a facility that provides same-day surgical care and offers a more convenient alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures. Dr. Koos’ oral surgery practice in the Chicago Loop, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, is recognized as an ASC. Within his ASC, Dr. Koos performs oral and jaw surgery procedures, as well as dental implants in Chicago.
ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio was highlighted in the ASCA Journal article due to the fact that the ambulatory surgery center diverts about 7,500 pounds of refuse from landfills each year, conserves about 3,000 gallons of water annually, has created a patient care facility that is free from the effects of mercury, lead, PVC, latex, BPA, BFR and DEHP, and has substantially reduced its carbon footprint. As Dr. Koos explains in the article, this is achieved through practices such as the use of a paperless digital charting system, reusable clinical textiles, autoclavable alternatives to single-use plastic items, routine waste management and recycling procedures, standardized instrument kits, the use of an on-site biohazard waste processor, and by partnering with companies that repurpose the ASC’s medical waste into reusable products, such as those used for roads and bridges.
As the Chicago oral surgeon mentions in the article, “It’s our corporate social responsibility to do things the right way for our patients and the surrounding community.” Dr. Koos and his staff are continuously looking for ways to improve the “greenness” of their practice. As Dr. Koos explains, “protocol focused on social responsibility should be infused within the fabric of how every corporation is run, whether through the use of simple campaigns or complex initiatives.”
ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, as well as Dr. Koos, have received a number of awards for their environmentally responsible and sustainable medical practices in recent years. The practice has received the Greenest Business Award by the Alliance for a Greener South Loop Chicago, has been recognized by CleanMed as a Partner for Change with Distinction Award and with the Making Medicine Mercury Free Award, is the recipient of Green Health Care Program’s Gold Star Award, and is a Gold-Certified Charter Practice of the Eco-Dentistry Association.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association is a national membership association that provides resources to assist ambulatory surgery centers in delivering high quality and cost effective services to their patients. The association also represents ambulatory surgery centers in connection with other organizations, insurance companies, government programs and the public, and provides advocacy services. The ASCA Journal is a monthly magazine published by the organization.
Chicago Loop oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Koos, and his practice ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, have been recognized by numerous organizations for their environmentally responsible medical and dental practices. Most recently, the Chicago oral surgery practice was featured in the cover article of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Journal, the organization’s monthly magazine. For more information about the green practices employed by Dr. Steven Koos and the staff at his Chicago Loop oral surgery practice, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, visithttp://orasurgery.com or call 312-328-9000.
Online PR News – 09-January-2013 –Chicago, IL – Dr. Steven Koos, an oral surgeon and implant dentist in Chicago IL, and owner of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, is pleased to announce that he is the first oral surgeon in Chicago to utilize dual OsseoCareTM Pro units, each being an innovative iPad® operated dental implant control center created by Nobel BioCare in partnership with Bien-Air Dental SA. This unique implant delivery system is the first of its kind to be operated by an intuitive iPad® based interface.
The OsseoCareTM Pro offers numerous benefits to both clinicians and patients, including innovative and intuitive features such as pre-programmed drilling protocols, storage of patient files and operation reports, customized sequences, and secure multiple-user entry with personalized settings. The OsseoCareTM Pro App, which is available from the Apple® App Store, allows users to customize many options in association with the drill’s use.
“Precision is an important feature when operating a surgical drill as an oral surgeon and implant dentist,” explains Dr. Koos, “and the new OsseoCareTM Pro allows for extremely precise drilling parameters, such as speed, torque, light intensity and irrigation flow. Using advanced, precise and innovative equipment in my Chicago oral surgery practice, like the new OsseoCareTM Pro drill, helps me to deliver the highest standard of patient care.”
The features of the new iPad® operated dental drill provide for the utmost in efficiency, reliability and safety, while also offering customization opportunities. The drill is pre-programmed with protocols set for all of Nobel BioCare’s dental implants, allows for settings to be saved specifically for each practitioner, and is designed to let practitioners easily switch between multiple sites and utilize guided as well as freehand drilling options. Additionally, all data is stored by patient for each operation, and the data can easily be exported to patient files or printed as needed.
Dr. Koos is the first dental surgery practitioner in the Chicago area to utilize this innovative new dental drilling system. The Chicago Loop implant dentist and oral surgeon strives to continually remain at the forefront of innovative and advanced techniques, tools, materials and protocols. He is well recognized within his profession for offering cutting-edge treatments, combined with compassionate and patient-centered healthcare.
Chicago Loop oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Koos, is the first dental professional to utilize the OsseoCareTM Pro dental drilling system to perform oral surgery procedures and dental implants in Chicago. The new drill, created by Nobel BioCare, is integrated with an innovative iPad® app that allows for precision operation, guided protocols and advanced data storage. For more information about Dr. Steven Koos and his Chicago Loop oral surgery practice, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, visit http://orasurgery.com or call 312-328-9000.
Online PR News – 16-October-2012 –Chicago, IL – Dr. Steven Koos, a maxillofacial and oral surgeon in Chicago IL, was recently recognized as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors by Vitals.com. Dr. Koos offers oral surgery, jaw surgery and implant dentistry at his Chicago Loop oral surgery practice, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio. Compassionate Doctor Certification is part of the Patient’s Choice recognition program on Vitals.com, a program that allows patients to rate and vote for their favorite physicians.
Recognition as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors is based on reviews written by hundreds of thousands of patients on the Vitals.com website. Vitals.com provides information on physicians nationwide and offers what they refer to as a “360o View” of physicians that includes factual information on a doctor’s background and expertise, office information, peer recommendations and awards, and consumer reviews. Only a select group of physicians in the U.S. receive the type of praise from their patients that lands them in a category recognizing them as one of America’s most compassionate doctors.
Of the 720,000 physicians in active practice throughout the United States, less than 3% were awarded recognition as a Compassionate Doctor from Vitals.com in 2012, an elite group that includes Chicago oral surgeon Dr. Steven Koos. This recognition is granted to physicians based on scores that rate the overall compassion of the physician, as well as their bedside manner. Only those physicians that treat their patients with the utmost in kindness receive distinction as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors.
“It is an honor to be recognized formally by Vitals.com as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors,” states Dr. Koos. “In my Chicago oral surgery practice, I was always make it a priority to treat my patients with compassion and to promote a patient-focused atmosphere. Knowing that my patients have sensed my commitment to providing compassionate care, and seeing that they have gone out of their way to share their opinions and praise on Vitals.com so that others can see how I treat my patients, means a great deal to me. It means that I am succeeding at what I set out to do each day.”
Dr. Koos offers an array of services related to maxillofacial, oral and jaw surgery in Chicago at his practice, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio. From wisdom teeth removal to jaw surgery, and from traditional dental implants to cutting-edge All-on-4 implants, Dr. Koos and his staff utilize state-of-the-art techniques, materials and procedures coupled with a commitment to exceptional patient care. From the design of the office, created with an eye towards sustainability, to his chair-side manner, Dr. Koos puts his patients first in how he chooses to operate his practice. Receiving Compassionate Doctor Certification in 2012 places Dr. Koos in a select group of physicians across the U.S. that make compassionate medical care a priority in their day-to-day practice.
Dr. Steven Koos, an oral surgeon in Chicago and owner of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, is the recipient of the 2012 America’s Most Compassionate Doctor award by Vitals.com. This recognition is based on patient feedback on the Vitals.com website as it refers to the overall compassion and bedside manner of the physician. Less than 3% of the nation’s 720,000 physicians were designated as Compassionate Doctors in 2012. For more information about Chicago oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Koos, visit http://orasurgery.com or call 312-328-9000.
Online PR News – 08-October-2012 –Chicago, IL – Dr. Steven Koos, a Chicago Loop oral surgeon, is pleased to announce that his practice, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, has received accreditation by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) at an “A” rating. ORA® offers a broad spectrum of oral and jaw surgery, including wisdom teeth removal, facial and dental reconstruction, dentures, All-on-Four and dental implants in Chicago.
A business can become accredited by the BBB only by meeting a series of stringent eligibility standards and passing a review process before being approved by the BBB’s Board of Directors. Not all businesses can meet the BBB’s eligibility standards, and only a handful ever receive an “A” or “A+” rating.
“Accreditation in the BBB is by invitation only”, explains Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving the areas of Chicago and Northern Illinois. Not only is it difficult to become accredited by the BBB, but according to Bernas, “to maintain their accreditation, a business must be transparent, honor their promises, be responsive to their customers and safeguard their privacy.”
ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio in the Chicago Loop neighborhood has committed to the BBB Code of Business Practices at the highest level. This code includes a comprehensive set of policies and procedures and outlines a set of “best practices” that relates to how businesses should treat consumers. These include practices such as being truthful and building trust with customers, embodying integrity in everyday practices and advertising honestly.
“We are very proud to have been recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an ‘A’ rating as an accredited business,” says Chicago oral surgeon and implant dentist Dr. Koos. “We realize that it is an honor that is not bestowed on all businesses, and that receiving such a high rating from the BBB is only achieved by a small group of businesses. We take our commitment to excellence very seriously at ORA®, and receiving this accreditation is an indication that we are achieving our goal of putting our patients first.”
Dr. Koos, along with the staff at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, provides a full spectrum of oral, maxillofacial and jaw surgery in Chicago within a patient-friendly environment. The Chicago oral surgeon utilizes cutting-edge techniques and procedures and is committed not only to excellence in patient care but to operating his practice with an eye towards environmental responsibility. ORA® has received numerous awards in the past for their commitment to environmental and patient excellence.
The Better Business Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to promote an ethical and responsible marketplace. The BBB reviews businesses, advertising claims, customer complaints and other avenues and makes that information public in order to ensure that consumers are aware of the ethical standards and commitment to “best practices” of any particular company or business.
The Chicago Loop oral surgery practice of Dr. Steven Koos, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, recently received accreditation by the Better Business Bureau at an “A” rating. This achievement is a testament to ORA®’s commitment to excellence in patient-centered care and high ethical standards. Accreditation by the BBB is an honor that is not offered to all businesses and only a handful receive a rating of “A” or “A+”, putting ORA Oral Surgery in Chicago in elite company. For more information about the BBB-accredited Chicago Loop dental implants and oral surgery practice, visithttp://orasurgery.com or call 312-328-9000.
Downtown Chicago oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Koos, has recently been appointed as a Hu-Friedy Thought Leader.
Online PR News – 03-August-2012 –Chicago, IL – Dr. Steven Koos, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in oraland jaw surgery in Chicago, is proud to announce that he has been appointed as a Hu-Friedy Thought Leader. Hu-Friedy is a global company that is a leading dental surgical instrument manufacturer and dental solutions supplier worldwide. National Thought Leaders lecture regularly at major conventions and their names are closely associated with their field of expertise throughout the dental and medical community.
Dr. Koos, owner of the Chicago Loop oral surgery practice ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, will be featured within Hu-Friedy’s “National Trendsetter” category in both the “implants” and “surgical” sections. A National Trendsetter is a Hu-Friedy Thought Leader who is well recognized in the industry with engagements across North America.
“Dr. Koos joins a select group of opinion leaders at Hu-Friedy who help influence new innovations and the development of dental products within the industry,” explains Ken Serota, President of Hu-Friedy. “The individuals who we have chosen to partake in our Thought Leader community have names that are very recognizable and their work is renowned. They are, after all, the leaders of the dental community. Hu-Friedy is honored to be in close association with these individuals.” Since 1908, Hu-Friedy has been putting high quality and innovative dental products into the hands of dental professionals worldwide and is one of the world’s leading dental instrument companies today. They are committed to advancing dental performance by supporting their products with world class service, support, education, and peer communities.
“Hu-Friedy, and all of the individuals that comprise the company, has created an amazing presence in the dental industry,” explains Chicago Loop oral surgeon Dr. Steven Koos. “I am so fortunate now to be a developmental contributor to their organization.” This nomination as a Hu-Friedy Thought Leader is not the first time Dr. Koos has been recognized by a company or organization for his outstanding contributions to the field of oral surgery. The Chicago oral surgeon has also received numerous accolades for his expertise and his commitment to the practice of environmentally conscious and sustainable dentistry and medicine.
Dr. Koos offers a broad spectrum of services related to oral surgery and jaw surgery in Chicago at his practice ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio. Within his dental clinic, he performs procedures such as dental implants, All-on-4 implants, wisdom teeth removal, corrective jaw surgery, bone grafting, implant dentures, TMJ therapy, treatments for snoring and sleep apnea, and facial and dental reconstruction, among other services. All procedures are performed in a patient-friendly environment that has been designed with a commitment towards environmental responsibility and patient comfort. He consistently adopts the most innovative techniques, procedures and materials and is recognized as a premier Chicago oral surgeon.
Dr. Steven Koos, a Chicago Loop oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is proud to be one of Hu-Friedy’s Thought Leaders and has been named by the company as a national trendsetter in the areas of implants and surgery. This nomination recognizes the Chicago oral surgeon’s commitment to staying at the forefront of the dental and oral surgery fields and will allow Dr. Koos to influence the development of new dental products and innovations within the industry. For more information about Dr. Koos, or to learn more about his Chicago Loop oral surgery practice, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, visit http://orasurgery.com or call 312-328-9000.
Online PR News – 11-June-2012 –Chicago, IL – Dr. Steven Koos, a Chicago Loop oral surgeon and owner of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, is pleased to announce the introduction of an exciting new promotion being offered during the summer of 2012. The Chicago oral surgeon is offering a free Apple 16GB iPad® (with WiFi) to any patient undergoing a wisdom tooth removal procedure in Chicago at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, as long as the patient meets the basic eligibility criteria.
ORA® is proud to offer the new Apple iPad® to patients having their wisdom teeth extracted. The offer is revolutionary and the new iPad is “resolutionary”. This is the first promotion of its kind for those considering removal of their wisdom teeth in Chicago. There is no fine print to this promotion and the details are simple. Any patient that has all four of their wisdom teeth removed with sedation by Dr. Koos following a consultation and diagnostic films, and does not utilize dental or medical insurance for the procedure, will receive a new third-generation Apple iPad® (16GB WiFi model).
The offer is good throughout the entire summer. Patients do not have to have the procedure completed by the end of the promotion, but rather must simply schedule an appointment for the procedure by the end of the promotion period. Once the wisdom tooth extraction procedure is complete, eligible patients will have the opportunity to specify a color preference (white or black) for their new iPad®. Then, all that’s left to do is to wait for ORA to receive delivery (which may take up to four weeks) and patients can pick up their new iPad® from ORA®‘s South Loop oral surgery office in downtown Chicago.
“We are proud to offer such an enticing promotion to our patients,” explains Chicago oral surgeon, Dr. Steven Koos. “We understand that many patients get busy over the summer months and tend to put aside their dental health, or other procedures or appointments that they would rather not deal with until a later time. But our new promotion now offers residents of Chicago needing wisdom teeth removal a win-win scenario. They no longer have an excuse to put off a procedure that needs to get done and by addressing their dental health needs sooner rather than later, they are rewarded with a brand new Apple iPad®. What could be sweeter than that?”
Dr. Koos practices all types of oral surgery in Chicago at his practice ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio. In addition to wisdom tooth removal, Dr. Koos offers dental implants, bone grafting, TMJ therapy, jaw surgery, dentures and All-on-Four, as well as sedation dentistry. All services are provided in a patient-centered, tranquil atmosphere focused on a commitment to exceptional care, patient comfort and environmental responsibility.
Apple’s third generation iPad® has been called “brilliant in every sense of the word”. The newest version of the device features improvements in the display, camera and wireless connection features, enhancing the hands-on experience even more than previous versions have done before. Apple® and iPad® are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. Apple, Inc. does not support or endorse any portion of this promotion or the services of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio.
Dr. Steven Koos, an oral surgeon in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, is owner of ORA&® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio. The promotion offered by theChicago Loop oral surgery practice is good throughout the summer of 2012 and is based on a patient having all four of their wisdom teeth removed without utilizing dental or medical insurance to cover the cost of the procedure. If patients meet eligibility requirements, they will receive the newest version of the Apple iPad®, the 16GB WiFi third-generation model in either black or white. For more information about ORA®’s Chicago wisdom teeth removal promotion, visit http://orasurgery.com or call 312-328-9000.
ORA Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, at 1827 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL became a congregating point where NATO protestors gathered on Saturday. ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, WGN News, and the Chicago Tribune have all covered the scuffle that occurred outside where the Chicago oral surgery office of Dr. Steven Koos DDS, MD is located on 18th and Michigan Avenue between police and protesters. One individual was arrested and the rally continued peacefully. The Chicago Journal relayed the event in their report “Protestors and police clash at Michigan Avenue and 18th Street”Besides some arguments between cops and protestors, the march was peaceful and relatively quiet. Although after the arrest some protestors yelled at cops, asking “Is this what you signed up for? To protect NATO? Or the people you supposedly serve?” and “We’re all the same people, badge or no badge!”
ORA, on the other hand, directly showed their support by proudly displaying the sign “Make Love Not War” which sparked the interest of protestors. ABC News reported on the event and commented that “protesters vigorously rallied around the South Loop Oral Surgery office cheering that even local businesses were sympathetic to their cause and supporting them.”
– Dr. Steven Koos, owner of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, a practice specializing in oral and jaw surgery in the Chicago Loop neighborhood of Chicago IL, is among a group of oral and maxillofacial surgeons nationwide that are promoting National Facial Protection Month.
Online PR News – 12-April-2012 –Chicago, IL – Dr. Steven Koos, owner of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, a practice specializing in oral and jaw surgery in the Chicago Loop neighborhood of Chicago IL, is among a group of oral and maxillofacial surgeons nationwide that are promoting National Facial Protection Month this April. This promotional campaign is sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Orthodontists on a national level, with more localized promotion by regional oral surgeons such as Dr. Koos, as well as other dental professionals.
The primary focus of Facial Protection Month is to make more people aware of the dangers that can result from not wearing helmets and mouthguards while engaged in sports-related activities. Injuries sustained when this protective gear is not worn can result in issues that send children and adults alike to emergency rooms or straight to the offices of oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Some of the most common injuries result in the need for these surgeons to provide treatment of facial bone trauma (such as treating broken noses – nasal bone fractures, broken cheek bones – zygomatic fractures, facial fractures –LeFort fractures, broken jaws – mandible fractures), facial soft tissue trauma treatment (such as lacerated tongues and lacerated lips) and dental trauma treatment (such as treating broken teeth, avulsed teeth, displaced teeth).
Dr. Koos is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon that is regularly called upon to perform facial trauma repair and oral surgery in Downtown Chicago due to injuries sustained while patients are engaged in sports without the proper protective gear for their head and face. “Many people think that they’re immune to the types of serious injuries that people warn them about if they don’t wear a helmet or mouthguard,” explains Dr. Koos. “They take an ‘it’s not going to happen to me’ attitude. Unfortunately, there’s no predicting when an injury is going to occur and who it will affect. Oftentimes the results of an injury are even more devastating when you realize that the injury could’ve easily been prevented. I completely endorse a proactive injury prevention approach. Traumatic injuries occur in an instant, but can be devastating and take weeks to months to heal.”
The statistics on the effectiveness of an effort as simple as wearing a mouthguard or helmet are hard to ignore, and it is up to oral surgeons in Chicago such as Dr. Koos, as well as medical and dental professionals nationwide, to spread the word and make people more aware of the effectiveness of this protective gear. And, there’s certainly good reason to heed the advice being promoted by Chicago oral surgeons and others across the nation. The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguard usage can prevent over 200,000 oral injuries per year, while the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety claims that athletes are sixty times more likely to sustain tooth damage when protective mouthguards are not worn. Unfortunately, however, only about a third of children engaged in organized sports wear mouthguards and only about a third of those that wear mouthguards in games will also utilize them during practice. Yet, over 60% of sports-related injuries happen during practices.
When it comes to helmet usage, a properly fitted helmet is estimated to prevent up to 45,000 head injuries and up to 55,000 facial injuries per year from bicycle accidents alone, according to Safe Kids USA. And wearing bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head and brain injury by almost 90%. In addition to promoting the usage of helmets, medical and dental professionals are providing information to the public about the proper way to wear a helmet, including sizing, the fit of chin straps, and more.
While Dr. Koos’ focus tends towards promoting the importance of mouthguards and face protecting shields in contact sports, since those are the primary injuries he comes into contact with as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, he also makes sure to remind parents and kids alike how important it is to wear a good-fitting helmet. Even when it comes to mouthguard usage, the Chicago Illinois jaw & oral surgeon explains the importance of a proper fit. He explains that the most effective and comfortable mouthguards are custom-made to fit well over all teeth and cover gums, while allowing for normal breathing and speech. Store-bought “boil and bite” mouthguards do not offer the same level of protection or comfort, he further explains, although they are preferable to wearing nothing at all. Interestingly, custom performance mouth guards also have scientific research behind them demonstrating improvements in endurance, speed and strength.
“This spring, I will be sure to remind patients that visit my office about the importance of facial protection when engaging in sports,” says Dr. Koos. “While it seems like it should be common sense, the statistics show that it is an uphill battle to keep these kids as safe as possible, but we’re working on changing those statistics the best that we can.”
Dr. Steven Koos is an oral, maxillofacial and jaw surgeon serving Cook County Chicago and is owner of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio. The Chicago Loop oral surgeon is committed to educating the public about the importance of facial protection during sporting activities and is proudly promoting the information put forth by national dental, orthodontic and oral surgery organizations during the month of April for Facial Protection Month. For more information about how you can prevent facial, oral or dental trauma through the use of properly fitting mouthguards and helmets, or to find out more about Dr. Koos and his Chicago oral surgery practice, visit http://orasurgery.com.
Online PR News – 14-March-2012 –Chicago, IL – Dr. Steven Koos, a Downtown Chicago oral surgeon and owner of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, is uniquely offering patients an oral HPV screening test at his Chicago Loop oral surgery practice. The test, called the OraRisk® HPV Salivary Diagnostic Test, screens for the presence or absence of the human papillomavirus within the mouth and throat.
Human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is among the most common of all virus groups worldwide. Specific forms of HPV can pose potential health risks and are considered to possibly increase a person’s chance of developing both cervical cancer in women and oral cancer in both women and men. With early detection, monitoring and treatment can be performed with the aim of preventing subsequent health risks that may result from the presence of an HPV infection within the mouth.
The OraRisk HPV diagnostic test is extremely accurate, quick, easy and non-invasive. Dr. Koos can administer the test in only a few minutes when patients visit his Chicago oral surgery practice. In addition to determining if HPV is present in the mouth, the diagnostic tool can also identify the specific type of HPV present, making it easier to determine what the proper course of action should be. Dr. Koos recommends this simple HPV screening test to all patients. This especially includes patients that are considered at risk for oral cancer, have a family history of oral cancer, exhibit signs and symptoms of oral cancer, have suspicious looking oral lesions or are sexually active. Certain strains of HPV (HPV 16 and HPV 18) are among the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States and can be transmitted through oral or genital contact. Approximately 6 million new cases of HPV are identified each year.
“We are strongly recommending that all our patients consider being screened for oral HPV in much the same way that doctors encourage women to maintain regularly scheduled pap tests or suggest that men obtain PSA tests,” explains the Chicago, Illinois oral surgeon. “Certain types of the HPV virus can lead to potentially serious health risks, including oral cancer. As with other types of screening tests, if the virus is identified early monitoring and treatment can be initiated.”
Up until now, many patients have been unaware that a screening test exists for oral HPV and have not understood the potential risks that the virus can cause if it goes undetected. Patients are also unaware of how prevalent oral HPV infection actually is and Dr. Koos is trying to change that. ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio is unique in offering the OraRisk HPV Salivary Diagnostic Test to patients, and Dr. Koos is actively encouraging patients to consider the quick, painless and easy-to-administer test. This initiative is in line with the Chicago Loop oral surgeon’s general philosophy of running his practice with a focus on individualized patient care and a commitment to staying up to date on the latest advances in the fields of medicine and dentistry.
“It’s worth a minute to identify potential health risks,” says Dr. Koos. “As a medical and dental professional, I feel it is my job to make patients aware of the fact that a risk does exist and to inform them of the steps they can take to detect any potential threat to their health. That’s why I am encouraging all of my patients to have the oral HPV screening test performed when they visit my office.”
ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio is owned by Dr. Steven Koos, an oral surgeon in Downtown Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Koos is unique in offering the OraRisk HPV Salivary Diagnostic Test in his office, a test that can detect the presence of the human papillomavirus in the mouth and can identify the type of virus that is present. This diagnostic tool offers early detection of a virus that is believed to potentially increase the risk of oral cancer. For more information about the oral HPV screening tool offered by Dr. Koos, or to find out more about the other types of oral and jaw surgery the Chicago oral surgeon offers, visit ORA®‘s website at http://orasurgery.com.
Online PR News – 18-January-2012 –Chicago, IL – Dr. Steven Koos, a Chicago Loop oral surgeon and owner of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, was recently honored with the distinction of earning a Patients’ Choice Award for 2011.
The Patients’ Choice recognition is determined based on an extensive analysis of online reviews submitted by patients throughout the year. Only those physicians earning near perfect scores from their patients are presented with this coveted award, and only about 5% of all physicians nationwide receive reviews that are deemed exceptional enough to designate them as Patients’ Choice winners.
The honor awarded to the oral surgeon and implant dentist in Chicago was determined based on a variety of satisfaction levels of his patients’ experiences, as reported by them directly through credible online sources. Patients of Dr. Koos and ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio that took the initiative to rate various components of their experiences gave him unanimous rave reviews. Ratings and reviews related to aspects of their experiences with the Chicago oral surgeon, such as the quality of the doctor’s bedside manner, degree of follow-up, the amount of doctor-patient “face-time” offered to patients, and the overall courtesy of the office staff, were combined to come up with an overall rating for the doctor. Reviews were compared and analyzed from a selection of sources, including Demandforce, Healthgrades, Vitals.com, Wellness.com, Yelp, Yahoo Local, Google Places, Yellow Pages, Dex Knows and Dr. Oogle, in order to determine the final ratings.
“I am honored to have received recognition as a Patients’ Choice Award winner,” explains Dr. Koos. “This distinction is a testament to the patient-centered environment that I have made a priority in how I run my Chicago oral surgery practice. Knowing that I have made such a positive impact on so many patients, and realizing that they were compelled to leave very positive reviews on websites related to their experiences with me and the rest of my staff, makes me feel like I am succeeding in my commitment to making my patients my top priority.”
Dr. Koos has received numerous awards and honors in recent years for his dedication to patient-centered care, as well as his commitment to protecting the environment. He is the first oral surgeon in Chicago as well as the Nation, pledging to adhere to sustainability and eco-friendly dentistry practices. Dr. Koos and his staff incorporate environmental responsibility in all aspects of how they operate their practice. In addition to his focus on Green Health Care, Dr. Koos has also created a patient-centered atmosphere within his practice. This focus on creating a positive experience for his patients, combined with his expertise in the field of oral, jaw and maxillofacial surgery, has earned him high praise by his peers and community, resulting Patients’ Choice Award.
Dr. Steven Koos is a Chicago oral and maxillofacial surgeon that operates his practice, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, with a commitment to patient-centered care and environmental responsibility. The Patients’ Choice Award bestowed to Dr. Koos in 2011 is one of a number of awards earned by the oral surgery specialist during the year. To find out more about Dr. Steven Koos or his Chicago oral surgery practice, visit http://orasurgery.com.