Familiar with Summa Bariatric Center - Akron?????
on 10/11/09 10:20 am
Is there anyone who had WLS through Summa Bariatric Center in Akron? If so, which doctor? Are you happy with them, the surgery, etc? I would like to know more, if you care to share. Thanx!
If you type in the name of the doctor in the search bar at the top, you can get to their homepage and there is a lot of patient reviews that you can read through and look at other patient's profiles. If you have any questions feel free to ask! or come to one of the support groups (the next one is October 28th).
on 10/11/09 1:40 pm
Also, thanx for the heads-up regarding the "search" bar. I will definitely use it. Prior to surgery, do you have to be on a specialized diet? Are you getting nervous? If you don't mind me asking, who is your insurance carrier? Sorry for all the questions? Thanx!
As for the diet, I did the 6 months with Dr. Wells and it was basically just a low-calorie diet. I didn't really measure or count anything- I just tried to watch what I was eating. Basically whatever kind of diet I could do to lose weight. I only lost 11 lbs in my 6 months but my insurance company (Medical Mutual) only required that I didn't GAIN any weight during the supervised diet. I was approved by my insurance on Friday (they cover 100% of the surgery) and I'm suppose to find out my date on Monday. I have to do 6 weeks of optifast prior to the sugery so I'll be starting that within the next couple weeks.
As for being nervous... I think I'm more excited than anything. I've had those 6 months to question and doubt and research everything that I could and I feel well prepared and trust Dr. Z. I'm just ready to get the whole thing over with so I can start my new life!!!
I had gone to Barix and St V's previously to inquire about the surgery but just was not comfortable at all.
Good luck with your decision!
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Good luck w/ your Optifast!
on 10/13/09 6:10 am
Thanx! And Best Wishes!
Today was pretesting, ekg and chest x-ray. Nothing too major just the normal round of questioning. I am more concerned about all the things I need to complete at home and work than with the surgery itself.
Good luck w/ your journey!
on 10/13/09 8:54 am
Dr Z is awesome and so is everyone in the office. You are treated with the utmost respect and given great care in the hospital. Dr Z wouldn't have it any other way.
Make sure you write down questions you may have so you don't forget any and you are always welcom to come to the monthly support group meetings.
I had my surgery on July 1st and feel great, down 78 lbs. You do not have to buy all of your Optifast at once, just get a couple weeks worth until you see what you like.
Good luck with your journey, you will have no regrets.
Sagamore Hills, OH
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on 10/16/09 5:37 am
Also, I received my paperwork for Dr. Perkins and the blood work prescriptions. In the paperwork it has a form of a three-day food diary to bring in. Did you fill that out just before your appointment?
You fill out the 3 day diet history prior to your appointment with Robin the nutritionist. You give the form to her for your nutritional consult. She is also the person that handles the optifast portion of the program and she'll talk to you about it during the consult.
Hope that helps!
on 10/22/09 5:49 am
I was considering the lap, but the bypass was recommended by Dr. Z. Did Dr. Z suggest the lap band, or did you already have your mind set on it? What made you decide to have the lap band? In the meantime, good luck with your surgery! I wish you the best!
I had lapband surgery in July 2008 with Dr. Z. He is an amazing person. I so highly recommend him. Over the past 16 months I have also had fill appointments with Dr. Dan. He is also a very caring and intelligent person. I find both of these surgeons to be personally interested in your care and success. The support staff is also top notch. The Summa program really includes a lot to help you be a success.
I have a friend who had surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. My experience is light years ahead of his. You are just a number there. They only look at the surgery as part of a profit center. If you want a personal touch and individual attention, Dr. Z. and the Summa program is for you.
If you want to know more, join us at our monthly support group on 10/28. There are usually 60-70 people present. I would say that the mix is 70% RNY and 30% band. The programs are different each month. The meeting also includes a 30 minute session where patients talk informally. Visitors are welcome. It is a great group of folks.
on 10/22/09 5:56 am
As my reply with Rollingstonemom above....what made you decide to go with the lap band vs the bypass? Did Dr. Z recommend one over the other to you? At what time is the support group meeting and where is it? I would like to come and listen. I began my supervised diet program. I initially was wanting the lap band, but was swayed to the bypass. I feel that I'm still teetering.
Also, I noticed you've lost alot of weight....CONGRATS! Are you diligent with your diet and exercise?
I believe that Dr. Z. has a definite preference for RNY. I think he sees it as the more proven path and the path that leads to more success.
I had decided that I wanted Lapband for a variety of reasons. I had a heart attack and triple bypass 3 years prior to surgery. My personal physician felt that Lapband was a safer route for me. On my initial consult with Dr. Z. he mentioned that RNY would lead to a high weight loss. We actually spent a lot of time chatting about this. Together we looked at the pros and cons. It came down to the fact that the typical RNY person loses 60-70% or excess body weight while the Lapband patient loses 40-50%. Applying that to my weight, Dr. Z. said I would maybe lose 15 pounds more with RNY. My health would not be altered with those 15 pounds. So, he agreed that Lapband was the safest route for me. He also cautioned that Lapband patients need to be more focused on their diet and MUST exercise for success. I left that meeting pleased and happy to see the surgeon was interested in a dialogue with me. I am so certain now that this was the correct solution for me.
I actually have lost 58% of my excess body weight. I have beaten the typical results. I think I could do better and still struggle to keep the weight loss going. I would love to be under 180 and closer to 175. My health is so much better and I am so much happier. More importantly, I am very happy with my weight and diet. I do pretty much follow the diet. With Lapband, as I suspect with RNY, you just can't eat a lot. I really have altered my grocery shopping and food I keep in the house. I am sure you are reading posts and see that WLS involves commitment from you for it to be a success. It is true tht it is easier to cheat with Lapband. Luckily, I am not a snacker.
Actually, I now exercise daily. I think that it is key for success. As you lose weight, exercise becomes much easier. I started 30 minutes each work day on a treadmill at the start of my 6 week Optifast pre-op diet and have been doing it ever since. It is now routine. I found a real love in bicycling and routinely bike 25-30 miles a weekend. I love it. I would have never dreamed that I would be doing this 2 years ago. I have posts in my personal blog, http://jokiescafe.blogspot.com/search/label/Bariatric , that detail my journey. Feel free to read them. They show times of frustration and times of joy. Looking back, I think it was a valuable tool for me to use.
I posted the details of the support group in another post here. Come to the meeting. You can float between the RNY and band groups during the open discussion and learn a lot. People are also willing to chat with you after or even another time. It is truly a good support group.
Best of luck in making your choice and the surgery that comes after. Just remember, this is a TOOL and not a SOLUTION. You have to commit yourself to change and transform yourself for this to be a long term success.
on 10/22/09 1:49 pm
So glad to hear of your rare success! I know what you mean when exercise becomes a routine. I call it the "runners high". I am not patting myself on the back, otherwise I wouldn't be here...but I have exercised and I do eat right (high protein, low carb--no sugar, no pasta, no white anything), but the weight will not come off. I've had tests after tests with all kinds of endocronologists only to find out that I have a "very slow metabolism". I burn 22% less calories (just by breathing) vs the average person. An example of my exercise...I worked out for 6 months with a personal trainer--3 x per week. On two days of that week, I would do the eliptical for 45 mins and a pretty good clip and on two of the days from the 30 min weight lifting with the trainer, I would go to step aerobics (I LOVE IT!) for 45 more minutes. In the matter of 6 months....I GAINED 6 lbs.!!! I've heard muscle gain, etc. Well, my clothes didn't fit any better. They were screaming at me! So, I just gave up! I simply gave up! I told Dr. Z when I see the scale moving to the LEFT instead of to the RIGHT, then I plan to go back to my routine of exercising because of the expected incentive. That's when he recommended the bypass.
Anyway...as you can tell, I am very discouraged right now and I want the weight to come off and I am more than willing to get it off and keep it off! Let the force be with me-----nanooo nanooo and all that! LOL
"AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE WE WILL SERVE THE LORD" NELDA
on 10/22/09 1:36 pm
Sounds like you are very pleased. Which surgery did you go for...band or bypass? Also, how are you feeling now? Are you still mentally and physically satisfied with the results so far?