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From my first consultation with Dr. Moeinolmolki back in September of 2010, I was confident that I was in good hands. From the first meeting onward he has always been very encouraging and supportive, but also very adamant about the work that I had to put in to achieve my goal of a healthier happier me. My parents and I were a bit nervous about me having surgery of this kind so young (I was only 20 years old when I had my VSG on 1/11/2011). But Dr. Moeinolmolki helped put our fears to rest. One thing I really like about Dr. Moeinolmolki is that he never shies away from the fact that although the surgery is what helps get the ball rolling it is merely a tool, NOT a magic fix. You have to be diligent in maintaining healthy eating habits and exercise! exercise! exercise! My experience going through the pre-surgery testing and classes as well as the actual surgery was stellar. Dr. Moe and the bariatric team at GBMC were all very attentive, extremely thorough, and exceptionally pleasant and friendly. After surgery, Dr. Moe came in to check on my progress frequently and in my follow up visits always made sure to ask after my well being and progress in my health as well as my life in general. Every time I have a visit with him I always feel very comfortable and confident that I can share my concerns or questions with him and receive helpful and nonjudgemental feedback. I also really love how much he seems to care about his patients and takes such pride in our personal accomplishments. He has always been very optimistic about my progress (even when I had my doubts in my own abilities) but has always been realistic about what my expectations should be and encouraging me to not try and chase an unrealistic ideal but to simply strive for attaining the healthiest "me" I can. I've learned a lot as a patient of Dr. Moeinolmolki and even now at 152lbs lost and 20 months post VSG, I still appreciate and enjoy his feedback and company when I come for my follow ups. Even now as I have progressed to the point of looking into plastic surgery to remove some of the excess skin I've been left with, he has been extremely helpful and eager to see me move on to this next phase of my weight loss surgery journey. He has recommended me to plastic surgeons to look into getting the skin removed and has even expressed interest in being there when I finally have my firs surgery done. I don't know what I would have done without such an involved and supportive surgeon along with me on this journey. My parents and I are very grateful for everything Dr. Moe has done to help make this major life change a little easier to navigate through. I'm quite happy with the quality of care and service I have received working with Dr. Moe and if any of my friends or family ever expressed any interest in considering some type of bariatric surgery I would recommend him to them for a consultation.
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Ok Well, I'm Alison and I'm 20 years old. I've been obese pretty much my whole life and probably have been dieting since elementary school. I've tried all kinds of work out programs and eating programs (like Zone diet, Slim fast, Curves...) as well as lots of diet pills but nothing has ever stuck. Then the summer before my senior year of high school I went on a new very strict diet and exercise plan (which included appetite suppressants) and lost almost 70lbs in the course of 4 months. I was extatic. But then I started to slip as I entered college and as I entered into a very long and emotionally stressful relationship (which ended a few months ago). By the time I was entering my 2nd year of college (at a new school now) I had gained over 100lbs since that first major lost and by the begining of 2010 I was at an all time high of 327lbs. Not only was this yet again an embarrassing failure to lose weight but all the added weight started to take a tole on me. At 20 years old just walking up a couple flights of stairs to get to my classes would have me sweating, gasping for breath, dizzy, and sore. My health was on a downward spiral.
Apparently I wasn't the only one noticing how troubling my weight gain was becoming. In August of this year my dad came to me one day and asked me if I wanted to look into weight loss surgery. I was shocked to say the least. But I guess at this point it really didn't seem anymore drastic than going on the way I am. I didn't want to die young, I wanted to be happy and healthy and live a long life. So that August I began my journey. When I first met with Dr. Moe I was interested in the band but after a couple months of researching I was leaning towards the RnY. Then after having a discussion with my doctor we agreed upon the Vertical sleeve gastrectomy and I'm very happy with my decision. So now here I am,I got my surgery date, it's 1/11/11
Now I'm just waiting to embark upon my journey to a healthier happier new me! But until that day comes I'm doing my best to start implementing healthier habits and dropping some pre-op weight. I hope that the OH community will be a key helper in my journey to better health.