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I chose Dr. Alvarez on the basis of his fine reputation and he lived up to every word. He was warm, friendly, and funny. He took his time to review the process with me and answer all questions. His staff is knowledgable, informative, attentive and delightful.rnrnThe hospital building was OLD and smelled of bleach (a good sign). I know many of the rooms had been updated, unfortunately, mine was not one of them and I was happy to get out of there. On the other hand, the hotel rooms were comfortable and beautiful. Could not have asked for more.rn rnAside from all this, 'the proof is in the pudding', as they say. After surgery, I had one instance of nausea which was resolved immediately with meds. After that, felt no pain, no nausea, almost no bruising, and minimal gas. I was up and made one lap walking the hall the same day. The language barrier was not an issue.rnrnDr. Rosales went to great lengths to ensure the aftercare requirements were fully understood. Next day, I was touring the San Antonio Riverwalk.rnrnNow, one week after surgery, I could not be happier and already feel lighter in my step. I would do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat. Dr. Alvarez is definately a most skilled and competent surgeon and rates a 10 out of 10 in my book!rnrn
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Well to continue with my story…The only time that I did not struggle with weight loss was over 4 years taking Phen/Fen (or just Phen when Fen was taken of the market) between the ages of 40 through 44 at which point, I was back to my 20 something weight of 120-128 lbs. It was glorious! Over the past 5 years, I developed chronic gastritis, severe psoriatic arthritis (disabled for 3 months), depression and anxiety disorders, sleep apnea, and topped out at 198 lbs. All of which, except for the weight and sleep apnea, is well controlled with medication. Also, had my gall bladder removed and have been post-menopausal for the past 2 years (yahoo for no more menses!). After having tried and failed at every diet known to man, I pretty much lost hope until I stumbled upon this OH website last year (May 08) and immediately started FEELNBETTER. Decided on VSG surgery, and have a 05/28/09 surgery date with Dr. Guillermo Alvarez based on the generous and invaluable sharing of all those on the OH VSG message board. THANK YOU!! I can’t wait to follow you on this wondrous journey and hopefully help to pass on the hope I discovered here to those who are still searching.