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Jim Valentine, M.D.
I had seen Dr. Valentine when my friend had him do a gastric bypass two years ago, so I knew he was nice, but was surprised when he came in all business, barely introduced himself, & did not shake my hand, either coming or going! rnNot a great first impression, & I started second guessing my choice! They do an open informational seminar with a video of an actual surgery though, & I wanted my husband to see & hear what I was going to go through, so we went. What a change to get the doctor out of the confines of the office! He was personable, but the icing on the cake came when my husband actually walked out of the room and FAINTED in the hall during the surgery video! Dr. Valentine and his nurse Annie got him juice, monitored his pulse, iced his face & neck, treating him kindly - assuring him this was not unusual, & had him laughing at stories of other things that have happened at various past seminars. When we got back in the room Dr. Valentine pulled out pictures of his daughter's track meet! Absolutely different from the office visit, and I imagine the \"all Business\" tone was in regard to the seriousness of what I am about to undertake. In subsequent visits he has been relaxed, and fun to talk to. I am THRILLED to have him as my Doctor! Every one of his office staff is awesome, too! It is obvious they work well together, and each add their own unique personality to a helpful and pleasant office visit. I highly recommend Dr. Valentine!
Latest Surgery Support Comments
I am a 53 year old who was slim as a child, but started gaining weight after I left school and got a sit down job. With my first child there was a divorce for both myself and my parents, and I turned to food for comfort, a journey that has continued through a 2nd marriage, three kids and one grandson. I went into menopuase early in life (age 38) and from then on the yo-yo dieting has been a never ending battle! I've tried every diet plan out there, did the medically supervised Opti-Fast twice, lost and regained over 100 lbs, and put my self- esteem in the toilet!
In 1991 my mother and I sat in the hospital and watched my grandmother fade away from a stroke, and we both vowed that would never happen to us, because we were gonna beat this overweight /high blood pressure issue! On Feb 28th, 2006, my mother (who did not lose any weight afer watching her mother die) had a stroke just weeks after her 70th birthday. For weeks I helped the nursing home feed her, change her diapers, and get her up for PT, before she had a 2nd stroke March 17th and died. I was shocked and so hurt that she did not live to be 100 like we both said we would, but more than that, my son made me a grandma this year, and and it really hit home that I am in my 50's, and in the worst shape of my life...
Two years ago a friend had a Gastric Bypass, and I have watched with envy as she went from 365 to 240 lbs in less than a year! I finally bit the bullet and went to see Dr. Valentine in May of this year for a consult. Blue Cross/ Blue Shield just approved me for surgery, and I am going in on Sept. 11th. I am looking forward to gaining this tool for a permanent new lease on life!