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J.K. Champion M.D. F.A.C.S
My husband and I met with Dr. Champion on Nov. 4th, before I had a surgery date but after I'd been approved.
We were both impressed with his straight forward, attentive and informative approach. He has a dry sense of humor, too.
That visit included watching an educational video & taking a quiz after [!].
Both his printed info packet, presentation, and in person meeting emphasized that this was a serious and life-changing step. The risks have been, literally, spelled out in the packet of info.
During the monthly support group meetings he has attended, there have been persons who have provoked Dr. C to some pretty no-nonsense responses about trying to "get around" the dietary demands of post-op; but that brusqueness comes from wanting to see all of us succeed and being frustrated with persons who appear to be sabbotaging themselves.
The office staff is all female and kind, considerate and helpful with info.
Mind you, I'd been attending his monthly Pre-Op support group since September p- it's free and (apparently) open to anyone even considering surgery.
Then I started attending the online chatgroup and seeing their before & after photos and learning all the helpful tips on preparing for and succeeding after surgery.
Total care is what this doc's office provides.
It is nonesenscialto ask, "Which is better, surgical competence, bedside manner, or both?" Without the competence we'd be dead!
Without kindness and consideration the likelihood of stress-induced complications is a real risk, I believe. Both are required.
My surgery date is Feb. 13th at 9am in Atlanta. My husband and I are so happy & excited about our new life together.
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Mon., Oct. 29, 2007 - Coming up on my 5th anniversary in a few months &
What happened to all the years of posts I had on my profile????
OK, the short version is:
I'm 5'9+"; immediate pre-op weight was 280lbs. = 3x clothes;
at 11 weeks post-op an endoscopy showed that my stoma had scarred almost closed & it was stretched back to original post-op pencil-eraser-size so I could keep food down!
at 12 month post-op exam I was 175lbs. = size 12;
at 24 mo. post-op exam I was 155 lbs. = size 10-8;
at 36 mo. post-op exam I was 154 lbs. = size 8;
at 48 mo. post-op exam I was 157 lbs. = size 8.
Began weight-lifting training with prof. trainer at LA Fitness in Roswell 4 weeks post-op (after getting OK at 3weeks post op exam) - 3 X weekly. continue 2-3x weekly; + cardio 4-5 x weekly, + walking my greyhound, Rhonda, 3-4x DAILY!
My headshot was taken 18 mos. post-op.
Changed my vocation from parish minister to life coach at 2yrs. post op!!
Had brachioplasty & lower facelift at 25.5 mos. post-op.