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After a few minutes with Dr. LeBlanc, I felt very comfortable that everything would be fine and I had a top-notch expert. He has a funny quarkiness that makes him seem like he's existing in his own little biosphere -- nothing matters but his craft and his patients' health. My husband and I chuckled how colors in the room didn't seem to match and the meeting room seemed like a lot of thought haven't gone into decorating. rn
rnDr. LeBlanc was a lot like that room -- focused without a lot of snotty, useless decorations and attitudes. I could tell from the manner he explained the procedure that he had a teacher's zeal (and knowledge) of bariatric surgery. And being a teacher, he was a master.rn
rnHis self-less nature was best demonstrated when he expressed concern that I also get a hernia repaired. He told me that the hernia could cause problems and then said \"I do that.\"rn
rn\"I do that?\"rn
rnThat statement sounded like what the 'handyman guy' says about detailing cars: \"I do that.\"rn
rnLater, while researching the doctors and procedures, I found it hard to find anything (but here at obesityhelp.com) about Karl LeBlanc, the bariatric surgeon. Instead, I found tons of information about Karl Leblanc, the world renowned (really) hernia repair specialist. On two UK sites, I even read reviews of one of his two books on less-invasive hernia repair. His description of all that: \"I do that.\"rn
rnI immediately told my husband that I thought it was Divine Intervention that I would be sent to a bariatric surgeon who was also a hernia specialist.rn
rnDr. LeBlanc took an interest in my unique problems and needs, but also refused to push me into having the surgery when I expressed a 'wait and see attitude' about it. rn
rnHis staff is the perfect combination of professionalism and supportive. The office staff made me feel comfortable even when I was trying hard not to like them. Being both obese and egotisical, I'm always watching like a hawk for medical professionals who speak down to me or treat me like I have a mental defect. They did neither. When I couldn't fight it any more, I decided I just had to love them for all the support and information they gave to me. I applaud Amy, Genie and any others who helped make this as smooth as possible.rn
rnUpdate 2009: After six years, I've become a constant figure at the practice. Dr. LeBlanc has been a mentor, a confident, a business associate and a awesome friend. I was revised to the Sleeve May 26, 2009 and I'm seeing awesome results.rn
I am also the marketing and communications representative for Dr. LeBlanc's practice. I love my work and I love the awesome folks I work with. I am richly blessed!
Latest Surgery Support Comments
To say that I was a reluctant WLS candidate is an understandment. Recent advances in the field and health concerns led me to alter my position on WLS. I would like to be ultra healthy, but not ultra thin. For details on my surgery and progress, please log on to my blog/Web site.
Jan. 2, 2005
I'm four months post-op and I have lost about 46 pounds. It's been quite a journey. I haven't written much here, but I do have volumes written on my journey at my blog:
I've lost about 50 pounds with the band between the first two pictures. The last picture was the start of my locks (2006).