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Raymond L. Capps, M.D.
My first impression of Dr. Capps is that he is very professional and knowledgable. He didn't try to persude me either way about making a decision. He said that it is a big decision and to think it through. That impressed me more than anything, that he seemed to care about me as a person. He explained every step throughly. He is an A+ doctor. I am very anxious to get the surgery behind me.
UPDATE (10/29/02): I am now home from surgery and wanted to add comments about Dr. Capps. In my opinion, he is the best choice for anyone considering this surgery. I have been so blessed to have had him perform my surgery. Surgery was on 10/25 and I had open RNY, of course the first 2 days were painful, but not unbareable and I owe that to God & his guiding Dr. Capps hands to perform the best surgery available. Dr. Capps has a wonderful bedside manner and doesn't leave any question unanswered. Thank you Dr. Capps for my new life!
Latest Surgery Support Comments
04/02 Consultation with Doctor. Dr. Capps is very nice but straight to the point. I think he is an excellent doctor, and after all the research I have done for months, I know I am ready for this. Just have to get all my medical test behind me. I am 48 years old and a grandmother. I want to be alive to see my grandkids grow up and to be able to really enjoy playing with them. I know this is the answer to better health.
7/02 UPDATE: I have finally completed my pre-op test and am anxiously waiting for the surgical scheduler to call me and set a date for surgery.
8/02 Still waiting! Spoke with medical assistant today and sounds like I will have a date soon. I am so tired of feeling like crap. I am ready to get on with my life.
9/02 STILL WAITING! I no longer have time to spare, I was laid off from my job on Monday and only have 9 weeks of insurance coverage left. Called the Surgical staff to see if we can speed up the process. Was told the Doctor would call in a FEW days, it's been a week and NO PHONE CALL. I know they are busy, but I am getting very desparate here and need to get the surgery behind me. It is very frustrating and depressing thinking the doctor and his staff are in control of your destiny. If they knew the feelings that obese people have, I think they would understand more. Everyday that goes by, something happens to make me realize having this surgery is my only option. Last night I went out to eat with my son and his family. They arrived before we did and the booth they were seated in was so small even for "normal" size folks. I had to squeeze in and I was uncomfortable through the whole meal, plus being embarrased. I'm sure everyone knows how that feels. I can't wait to be normal size and enjoy life more. Please pray that I hear something in the next day or two so I can be on the other side of life. God is good and I know he will take care of me, but it has been over 6 months and now with the job lay off, I have to get this show on the road!
10/02 SURGERY DATE!!!! 10/25. Pre-op test on 10/15! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! Thank you God!
10/15/02 Update: Went today for my pre-op (yes more) test before my surgery which is 10/25. My appt. wasn't until 11:45 am, so had been fasting since midnight. I didn't get finished until 2:30 pm. I was so thirsty and hungry when I left there, had a headache, feeling pretty yucky. All went well except they found blood in my urine, probably a urinary tract infection, so tomorrow I go to my regular doctor for a culture and medication. I will be worn out by the time I get to my surgery date. I am getting so tired of test and seeing doctors. I know it will be worth it, but today is just one of those days when you want to just curl up and hide under a rock. Got my grocery list that I will need to buy before surgery. Was told I can't lift over 5 lbs for several weeks and then only 10 lbs for several more weeks. I asked how much does a gallon of milk weigh and the nurse said 8.5 lbs. I guess they had heard that one before :-) I am getting anxious, but also getting very tired of all the stuff you have to do before hand. Just ignore, my complaining,(could be because I had a bad stomach virus this weekend) I am sure I will be better tomorrow :-) Bye for now.
UPDATE: 11/8/02 I am officially 2 weeks post op and doing well. I have lost 22 lbs and seem to be stuck at that. I didn't have any water weight gain, because as soon as they took out my cathader, I started peeing every hour on the hour. The nurses joked about I had broke their record with something like 4000 cc of urine :) I haven't had a problem getting in my fluids or protein. I am hardly sore at all, but I was doing so well in the hospital, I didn't expect to be sore long. The first week on the liquids was not fun, but I am on full liquids this week and next week and then start my pured food. It really hasn't been too bad. Of course you look or smell food you love and think you would like to have that, but it is so different in that you aren't hungry often and when you are a little hungry, it's time to have something. I have been amazed at how little I get hungry. Anyway, just wanted to update on my progress. Certainly is better to be on the other side! I pray for all you pre-op out there fighting trying to get everything done. Hang in there, it will happen.
12/27/02 It's been a while since I updated! I am now just past the 2 month post-op mark and have lost a total of 55 lbs. I am feeling much better and my clothes are falling off of me. I am down to about 3 outfits that still fit somewhat. Oh, what a terrible problem :-) I am enjoying life for a change. Yes, with all the problems you have getting prepared for the surgery, it is all worth the wait. Frustrating, but worth it none the less. Good luck to all you pre-op out there waiting. My prayers are with you and just keep hanging in there.
6/18/03 SHAME on me for waiting so long to post on here! You tend to forget where you came from and that there are others out there reading your profile. I apoligise to those who may have read my wonderful journey if I had posted more often. OH WELL, here I am and what a difference there is in me since the last time I posted. I have gone from a size 26-28 to a 14 size large/medium. I have lost 119 lbs in the past almost 7 months. I am down to 195 from where I started at 314!! I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful feeling it is to be normal. I still want to lose another 60 lbs, but I feel like a normal person even now. I do have the loose skin issues, but even that isn't as bad as I expected. Hey a spring chick I am not! I tend to carry my weight fairly well, so now I am experiencing the leture from my family that I do not need to lose anymore! I have to just smile and let them speak their mind and continue my journey. After all, even if I wanted to I couldn't eat anymore than I am now. That is the nice part about this. Your tummy will only hold so much and I love it! I proably don't eat anymore than 900-1000 calories per day and I am NOT HUNGRY! It is the most amazing thing to not let food control your life. I feel sooooooooo much better now, much more energy. I enjoy shopping now where as before I was miserable just trying to go buy groceries are necessity shopping. My back hurt, my feet, I was so out of breath it hurt and I sweated profusley. I have none of that anymore. I can actually shop til I drop now :) Those of you considering this surgery.......go do it! It will be the best thing you have ever done for yourself. I wish I had done it years ago. I wasted so many years of my life being fat. I highly recommend that you research extensivley before choosing your surgeon. I went to Dr. Capps at the Bariatric Treatment Center in Wylie Texas. He is the most wonderful doctor and the Center/Hospital was EXCELLENT. After all, that is all they do, so I figured they must have it perfected. Yes, it may be more expensive than a regular hospital, but WELL worth it, after all it is your LIFE, your HEALTH. I know you read horror stories from people who have had drastic problems, but I can honestly say, I have had NONE. I did everything by the book and listen to Dr. Capps and his staff. They were right about everything. I have NEVER once thrown up or even come close. You have to make up your mind that if you go through this major surgery, you do what they tell you to do and you will heal fast with no problems. Well, I have rambled on enough. Until next time........hang in there pre-ops and GO FOR IT!
9/26/03 Well one month to go to my first year anniversary. What a wonderful life changing year it has been. Would I do it over again?? In a heartbeat. Do I have lose skin......yep, but not near as bad as I expected and I am going to have plastic surgery when I have lost another 35 lbs. I have lost a total now of 129 lbs and feel incredible. I get a little scared somedays because I feel like I eat little snacks all day and then I will go for days when I am just not hungry and eat very little so guess that is part of it. I am going to ask my dietician when I go back for my 1 year check-up about that. Even on the days I feel I eat too much, I really don't, it is just in my head & I only crave healthy foods such as fruit and veggies anyway. I never have been a big meat eater, so that hasn't been a problem at all for me. I have eaten more nuts and other types of protien foods (i.e., lite yogurt, cottage cheese, beans) sort of vegitarian I guess. This thing really plays tricks with your mind. I still can't tell I am much thinner than I was except when I see my progressive pictures. I realize then, I am getting skinny :) Still going through the thing with family and friends telling me I need to stop losing weight, but I try to ignore them and continue my journey. I am running out of clothes again. What a terrible problem :) I wear a size 12 now and even those are beginning to feel lose. I bought a short skirt at Learner's the other night........geeze what fun but who would have ever thought this ole lady would wear a short skirt (don't get me wrong, doesn't come up to my butt or anything but short for me). Well I will stop rambling on. I wish I could hug Dr. Capps and I just may do that next month at my check up. He deserves all the credit for my success and alot of help from the man up stairs too. Take care everyone and Pre-Ops hang in there!
10/27/03 Wow, it's been a year since my WLS! I have lost close to 145 lbs now. When I think about one year ago weighing over 300 lbs and now weighing 170 lbs.......I can hardly beleive it. My size 12's are getting really lose now, so 10's are next. Weight lose has slowed way down, but that is suppose to happen, so won't worry about that. I went for my one year check up and Dr. Capps says I can now consult a plastic surgeon because he doesn't want me to lose more than 15-20 lbs more. My BMI is at 28, so he wants it to be 25 or a little below....normal is 18-25, and he says he doesn't want me at 18 at all. I called a plastic surgeon today and have an appt. on Friday! I am excited but worried about the expense and if I can afford it. Guess all I can do is go and see. Just thought I would update everyone. If you are considering this surgery......don't hestiate one moment.....do it, the rewards are priceless.
3/1/04 It's Been a few months since I posted anything here, but there have been some pleasant changes to my life now. I have now lost a little over 160 lbs! My final "after pic" is now posted on this profile. I had plastic surgery on January 27, 2004. I had a tummy tuck, butt lift and some thigh lifting. The results are remarkable and I feel like a normal looking person again. I have been very blessed without much lose skin except in those areas so I feel so fortunate. I think I am a "finished product" now and what a journey it has been! I wouldn't trade this feeling for all the money in the world. It is so much easier living life as athin person. I now wear a size 6-8. I never thought I would see that size. It still seems so strange for me not to go to the plus size when entering a store to shop. It's strange how it plays mind tricks on you. I still have "fat" days from time to time when looking in the mirror. I kept a pair of jeans like in my before pic to remind me when I have those days. I will be 50 in April and I feel as though my life has just begun. I feel like I am 20 again because I feel so good and am so full of energy. My husband and I have taken up dancing about 4 nights a week and I walk and do some weight lifting. I am in the best health I have EVER been in. I know I have said it many times, but if you are considering this surgery, don't hesitate, do it and begin living again. I am now in "normal weight BMI"! Thank God! Take care until next time!
6/30/04 Just a fast update.....don't really need to have lost anymore weight but have lost another 10lbs recently. I had some complications from my plastic surgery that were very bazzare even to my doctor. Three months after my surgery, I had a huge pocket of fluid to rupture and cause massive swelling around the surgical areas (tummy/butt). Had to have drain tubes put back in and spent 3 days in the hospital. I can honestly say I have never been sicker in my life. The gastic by-pass and the tummy/butt tuck was a breeze until this complication came up. I am fine now except I will have to have the tummy area repaired. Something seems to have pulled loose inside and I have a slight buldge in the tummy area. My wonderful Dr. Hughes is going to repair this for me. I don't blame him for this happening but I do think he is responsible for repairing it........he did nothing wrong but only 3 months after spending that kind of money, he agreed he should repair it at no additional cost. He is such a wonderful surgeon and his assistant is top notch too. Will write more about him after the repair is done and tell you all how good he is. Anyway to close for now, I have now lost 170 lbs and wear a size 4-6!! I still have more "fat" days in my mind than skinny ones. I have folks tell me that know nothing about my surgery how skinny I am or how small I am.........that sounds so strange to me even now....ME SKINNY??? WOW WHAT A GREAT FEELING.
11/12/2004: Sorry, haven't posted in a while, but I seem to post more on the message board than my profile :) I am doing great. Being at goal is wonderful. I love this new life of mine and recommend it to anyone who is considering this marvelous life changing surgery. My son had his WLS almost 2 weeks ago and is now on his journey doing well. He lost 27 lbs the first week!! I am so glad the surgery is behind him now and the best is yet to come. I guess the shoe will be on the other foot with me now. When I use to travel home to see him and my other family they would see me about every 2 months and be amazed at my weight loss......now I will see this with my child! I am so excited for him. I am still maintaining my weight loss and in fact started noticing I am losing again very slowly but I have been at goal for at least 6 months...wasn't expecting any more loss. I'm not complaining though......gives me a cushion for those dreaded fluctuations. I freak out when I show a 1 pound gain......I know, I know.....just water but dang it plays tricks on your mind. I hope that gets better with time and then again, maybe that is a good thing to keep me always on my toes! I have recently had my second and final plastic surgery (breast lift/implants & minimal incision arm lift) I am very pleased with the results, however I must say getting aquainted with my new "girls" has been a challenge....guess it takes time. It is fun to be able to wear cute little tops without bras. I will post more later as I get more chummy with the new "girls" :) Until next time, may God bless all of you pre-ops and new post ops.......well heck may he bless all of you :) HUGS
6/10/05 Loooooooooong time since I have updated. Seems I stay on the message board more than anything these days. I'm still doing great & still thank God everyday for my new life. Life is good but you do have to diligently work to maintain your goal........you can either lose too much or you can gain some back but it's all up to you to keep moving forward. WE must never forget how we felt being obese and always keep on our toes. My most recent news is I had a revision on my "boob job" I had some loose skin hanging on each side making them look more square so the doc did a revision to remove and tighten the skin some. I think I will still need a little more because it seems to me the skin he took off just made a little sag on the side under my arm now but I'm only 1 week since the revision so it may just be swelling. All I know is I want a finished product......tired of little surgeries although this one was a breeze because I convinced my surgeon to do it with local and not put me under......I wasn't at all bothered by laying on the table with them cutting me open, etc etc........LOL, I'm one tough cookie! The doc was amazed I could tolerate that. Going in today for my follow-up. Best wishes to everyone & again I have no regrets having WLS and would do it again in a heartbeat! Being thin is so much easier in today's world.
10/25/05 Haven't updated in a while! Today is my 3rd year anniversary or re-birth I should say. It has been a wonderful journey & a life changing event. I have become a different person both outside and inside. It's not the easy way out by any means but certainly worth the effort. I reached my goal around the year to 14 month mark (funny how you forget). Time flies by so fast. I'm 51 years old but feel 20 for the first time in my life. I felt 51 when I was 20 because I was obese even back then. I work daily on maintaining my weight loss and so far have kept it all off plus more at times (I tend to go nuts so I strave myself if I see a 1 lb gain, then lose too much). I know how easy it would be to fall back into old habits so I am determined not to fall backward. Sure I mess up at times but I get back on track quickly. As I said, it's a daily effort and I have my routine down. My Lord has blessed me with such wonderful success, I couldn't have even imagined ever being where I am today. I want to thank all my OH friends who have supported me. God bless each of you!