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Rafael F. Capella M.D.
**last edited June 3, 2007**rnJan '07 Found the names of Drs. Capella and Iannace by searching on obesityhelp.com. rnFeb 6, 2007 – Attended “Informational meeting” - very disorganized. No one told us what do. Took a clipboard and completed a stack of papers. Then stood on a line to make an appointment for a consult. This was before we were given info. I was told I would see Dr. Rafael Capella because his name was under my insurance. We then saw a powerpoint presentation that boasted of all their successes and experience. They described all possible procedures, and the after weight loss surgery that Dr Capella Junior does. Lots of information about risks, complications, etc. At the end of the presentation they took questions. Overall, it was an informative meeting but I had the distinct feeling they wanted the open RNY for all patients. rnFeb 13, 2007 consultationrnI arrived early for my 3:00 appointment. It didn't take long for the nurse to call me to get weighed and have some pictures taken. There was a huge issue with my insurance coverage. Had consult and exam and was told they'd be in touch. Meanwhile, they still hadn't followed up with my insurance company so I called and got the information I needed. I got everything I needed together, and faxed it to them.. followed up 2 days later and was told that they hadn't sent it yet because they were trying to determine what they needed to send... grrr.. explained I did that and to please send it. Next communication was a form letter telling me when to go for pre-surgical testing and what my surgery date was. About 2 weeks pre-op a nurse called me to say that I had to come in to pick up prescriptions I had to fill. No contact with anyone else in the office. rnDay of surgery - Dr. Capella said hello and he'd be back soon.. Dr. Iannace was late and they were trying to call him. Then I was out. Post-op -- day 1 both dr's stopped in for about 45 seconds to say hi. Rest of the time, Dr. Iannace stopped in. He was very late on the day of my discharge - I had to wait at the hospital 4 hours longer than I planned. I was told to schedule next appointment in 4 weeks. rn1 month post surgery visit-rnSaw Dr. Capella for about 7 minutes for my 1 month appointment. I lost 25 pounds in 28 days and he was very disappointed saying that he would have expected me to lose 30 pounds.. then he tried to reverse himself because I was only 28 days out and had another 2 days to lose the rest.. I told him point blank that I'm not in a contest and that I was very happy with my progress. rnOverall, I think as a surgeon he is top notch and would recommend him for that part.. but bedside manner, realistic expectations, aftercare, etc.. all are way below what I'd want. I don't care to be treated as a statistic. rnrn