I have had WLS and need to find an exceptional orthopedic surgeon.
One that is WLS friendly and sensitive to the needs of obese folks! I can basically go anywhere in Massachusetts.
I have been told for years by my PCP that all my pain was caused by my weight. Lose weight and I would feel better ... After fighting two and a half years with my PCP, insurance, losing the insurance appeal and hiring an attorney... I had my surgery. My bariatrc surgeon also agreed that once I lost weight, everything would be better health wise. He did put me on Vioxx, 25 mgs. pre-surgery to help with joint pain. About six months after my surgery I was doing well in the losing weight department but my joint were bothering me more than before my WLS. He increased my Vioxx to 50 mgs. and that still does not help ... but my surgeon and PCP continued to tell me if I could get under 200 pounds, my life would completely change ...
Anyway, at my highest weight I was 400 pounds and weighed 355 the day of my surgery ... I chose Lap-Band surgery! It was done in Feb 2003. I am weighing 225 today a 130 pound loss! That's the good news!
A couple weeks ago I went to my PCP and said I was hurting more than ever and could not take the pain anymore ... I want to start investigating why I am in so much pain ... I was FINALLY sent to have X-rays, and they revealed that my hips are GONE! The report said they were in bad shape, there appeared to be bone deterioration, possible old fractures, extremely severe arthritis and I was in need of total hip replacements! I asked around in my area of Massachusetts and a few people called the surgeon the BEST in my area, so I made an appointment. This jerk of a surgeon told me that he WOULD NOT CONSIDER helping me until I lost another 50 pounds! He was so rude and insensitive ... He said, he KNEW I was in terrible pain, but would not prescribe anything as PAIN would be a good thing for me ... A MOTIVATOR ... to continue to lose weight! He said that he would be writing my PCP and advising my PCP to not give me anything for pain and would not even agree to allow me to have a second opinion until I have lost 50 more pounds. I was SO discouraged, shocked and upset, even crying when I left his office.
If anyone has had a positive experience with an orthopedic surgeon in Massachusetts could you please write me ...
I really need a great one ...