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Daryl A. Stewart, M.D.
New Surgeon: Daryl Stewart rnFIRST IMPRESSION: He is a very serious guy, but maybe he is really just shy, and I am NOT LOL I was impressed with his seminar, and I mean that. I have been to numerous seminars, and his was by far the best I have attended. Dr Stewart spoke, took questions, and never once rushed to finish \"on ti8me\" he was all about making sure folks had the answers to any and all questions they had. The longer he spoke, the more you can see his care and concern for people. Now we will see what kind of cutter he is LOL Actually I am fully confident to be one of his uhhh number 1-99 surgeries LOL. Dr Stewart is new to DS by the numbers, but has done 1000's of RNY ect. I know he is a capable surgeron, and humble enough not to take on something he has not mastered. I respect that in him. His staff are GREAT, KIND, SWEET, FUNNY folks, you just have to love em. Although I am betting Leah/corrdinator would like me to have lost her number LOL (love ya woman! )rnrnrnrnBELOW IS LAP BAND SURGEONrnrnFirst impression: knew he was a good surgeon. It was only recently that I really discovered I had made a huge mistake in using him. I really NEVER thought aftercare was of any concern to me. Heck I actually never even thought I would need it. I am here to tell you...that was a HUGE MISTAKE! Little Miss 10 foot tall and bullet proof NEEDS aftercare...lol as well as a support group. Dr Hamm doesn't seem to care much about his patients after the surgery is finished. His office staff are all very nice and friendly people. Some in the office are a little slow, and not quite as honest about what and when things have been done. That was disappointing. I would highly suggest that one thinking about this surgery really consider the fact that with the band, you have to have this doc in your life for a long time. Since that is the case REALLY interview docs & their patients and find one who REALLY CARES ABOUT YOU!! Not one that seems to care more about the \"cattle call\" and how many can get \"done\" in a week. I know this sounds very critical, and I am sorry but I have waited a few months before I would comment on this, in case it was just me being moody or something....lol. As far as telling you the risks of surgery he goes over it, lol almost the same as a police officer reading you your Miranda rights. LOL Now remember I am writing this from my OWN POINT A VIEW. Y'all may have another perspective on him as your doc. Best Wishes to y'all on your journey :)
Latest Surgery Support Comments
My name is Deborah , and I am a United HealthCare member. I am 48 years old, single, working in the financial industry. I live in Dallas, Texas I am approaching the second half of my life. I have two little grand daughters that I want to have an impact on their lives. The quality of my life is declining rapidly with increased health problems due to super morbid obesity. I am 61” tall with a current weight of 276 lbs and a BMI of 52.1. I currently have an excess body weight of 150 lbs.I have struggled with my excessive weight problems since I was 9 years old, nearly 40 years, I have tried every diet, health plan, eating philosophy, and life change suggested by doctors, books and healthcare professionals. I started many plans, followed them through for a few months, sometimes, more than a year. I would always loose weight, sometimes, large amounts of weight (25-65lbs), but I would reach a point when I would start gaining again. More often than not, I would gain back the weight I lost and more. About 10 years ago, this became a pattern that I could see and I was determined to change the pattern that had haunted me my entire life. I ate right, I exercised, I read the books, and I prayed. I lost weight, but never could break the pattern of regaining the weight and more.My motivation to lose the weight was always to get healthy and prevent medical problems. When I was younger and would fail at dieting, it didn't seem too bad and life went on. I always "had time" and would eventually try again. I was going to lose the weight before I was twenty, then thirty, and so on. Now, I am in my forties going into my fifties and those health problems are creeping into my life. I have chronic pain in my back, knees, ankles and feet from my excessive weight. Of late, my knees, ankles and feet are always in pain. When I get out of a chair, rise from the commode, and climb stairs, I find myself supporting my weight with my arms until my legs are extended. I am developing varicose veins appearing in my legs (a history of this in my family). I have high blood pressure, sleep apnea, reflux. I have tried to lose weight and get healthy many times, and for as many years.Examples of the many diets & programs that I have used to lose weight are as follows: 9 years old my parents had me taking I believe they were called Aids diet candy along with over the counter diet medications.12-16 years old diet pills & shots from a “weight loss doctor” Weight Watchers…used this program numerous times, Jenny Craig, Metabolife, Medifast, Nutri System, Herbalife, Atkins- several times, several liquid “fad diets”, grapefruit diet, cabbage soup diet, Slim Fast, just about any over the counter diet aid available as well as prescription meds: Fastin, Redux, Xenical, Meridia, Phen Fen, numerous kinds of amphetamines. Belonged to numerous fitness centers & exercise programs, I have had hypnosis, and even acupuncture.I'm tired of all the ridicule, prejudice, and discrimination I take from society on a daily basis. I have been down the path of feeling shame for being fat. I have overcome most of that by only accepting people into my life who accept me for whom and what I am.I have a family history of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancers. I have a brother that now has diabetes so severe he has been on dialysis for the past 3 years, losing his eye sight, and his healing abilities are poor which goes along with the dreaded disease. This, in conjunction to family medical history, was my "wake up call." Other family medical history facts to consider are as follows. My father had high blood pressure as well as type II diabetes, his mother had the same, and several of my uncles and aunts suffered from diabetes. My mother's parents suffered from heart disease & cancer and my mother's father had heart disease & strokes and they both died far too young.I began to research obesity and began to learn and understand this disease I suffer from. I learned that there are different stages of obesity: obese, morbidly obese, and super morbidly obese. People with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 45 are in a high-risk stage. My BMI is 52.1 and places me in the Super Morbidly Obese category. ( A label which definitely makes me fearful for my life!) Having a high BMI along with a family history of high blood pressure (something for which I am already being treated for), heart disease, and diabetes makes premature death just a matter of time. My risk of heart failure is far greater than a person with an average BMI. These aren't "light weight" complications. These are fatal diseases. I learned that my being Super Morbidly Obese is an immediate threat to my life. I also found through research, that the National Institute of Health (NIH) has recognized that only 2% of people who try to lose weight, will lose it and keep it off for a period longer than five years. The NIH has published that surgery is the only permanent solution to keep weight off and avoid death and disease associated with obesity. This was very hard for me to believe at first, but then the more I researched and educated myself, the more I accepted it as truth. After reviewing my 40-year diet history, surgery is the only permanent solution to prolong my life.The surgery I am requesting is medically necessary to aid in prevention of multiple diseases that would lead to more extreme medical expenses. I need to permanently get this weight off which will greatly reduce the high risk of premature death, and eliminate the co-morbidity's I already have. I have responsibilities and to think I could have a heart attack any moment is frightening to say the least. Death is inevitable. However, I would like to live for many more years and not in a state of declining health. I would rather have this surgery and enjoy 30 plus more years of happier health!Without this surgery, I could be looking at the possibility of multiple surgeries. Hip replacements, knee replacements ect. I have had a few surgeries in my life and it's not my favorite activity. I don't like surgery, but if I had to choose one surgery or multiple surgeries, I would opt for the one. I have already had the adjustable Lap band, which has failed. This is believed to be a mechanical failure. I do not want to risk this failure again nor do I have the time to waste in not getting this weight off my body.I have read and been told by my surgeon that this one surgery could improve and eliminate all my co-morbidity's and eliminate the need for other surgeries and medications. It seems much more cost-effective to have this one surgery instead of many. This surgery statistically has a 90% five year little to no regain in weight.My insurance approving this surgery will be saving my life, reducing their cost for my medical needs over the coming years, and will be giving me a quality of life that I have never known. I am well aware of the risks, the pros and cons of this surgery, the requirements for maintaining future health and truly have committed to all of the above. I can not tell you just how wonderful United Health Care has been to me. Not only have they approved my surgery, but they were the friendly and kind to me always. They really are incredible folks, and I have prayed for HUGE blessings in each of their lives!
Abundant & Exceeding Blessings be yours,Deborah