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Dennis C. Smith, Jr., MD, FACS
My first impression of Dr. Smith was that he's quiet, reserved and very serious. The staff is very helpful and curteous and did not mind helping me as long as I handled your part. Dr. Smith is very big on after care and I am so greatful and appreciative of that quality in him. If you are not serious about wanting to chnage your life, don't bother stopping at his office! Over all, my experience with Dr. Smith has been a pleasant one and I would use him again if I had to do it over.
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
With all the pains I had, I thought I was doomed if I did and doomed if I didn't. I was in constant pain, my joints, my back and knees. I never over ate. I did let everybody too busy and meals got skipped. I know if I am to succeed, I have to feed my body and give it the fuel it needs to help me do me.
Latest Surgery Support Comments
Hello, I have been battling with the decision to have surgery due to fear/concern. I am not fearful of death in general because GOD has my back but I do not want to die due to my weight and leave my son alone. I have no worries now because He would not do that to my baby because I am all he has and no one else will do for him like me. God has truly blessed me in my 29 years and brought me through some very trying times. Times when I thought I would not make it, He brought me through. No matter what my enemies threw at me, God let me shake it off. He is good all the time.
A little about me: I am a 29 year old single mother. I weigh 399 pounds and I stand 5 feet and 4 inches. I used a BMI calculator on-line and it said I was "super morbidly" obese not just obese but super. I was dumbfounded & horrified to see that result. Each day the pain I bear is both physical and mental. Being overweight not only effects me but my young son as well. I do not have the stamina necessary to play and run with him. I have not had that pleasure since he was an infant. I have not had the pleasure of having him to be able to hug me completely. I have to sit on the sidelines and watch him grow and play outside sports because I get winded so quickly. He is in the 2nd grade an age where other kids tease him about his "FAT" mom. I then have to go to God to find the words to calm and comfort him. It hurts to see him suffer along with me when it is not his fault.
I have tried to lose weight on my own. Exercise is difficult, tiring and painful. I came to the decision to have surgery to improve not only my life but the life of my son. I did not know where else to go......Until NOW!!!!! As I continue to follow God on this life saving journey I will update my page.
Hello,everyone...Just decided to write a few lines. I applied for new insurance on Monday. I was told it should take about 2 wks to hear anything. I would like to say Congratulations to all those who have made it through their journey happy and healthy. I wish you all the best. I will be able to join you soon for God is good and has been so all my life. Again, Congrats....