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Leslie McClellan, M.D.
My surgeon was Dr Leslie McLellan. My first impression of her was that she is a very intelligent and skillful person. As I have had appointments over time, my impressions have been proven accurate.rnrnHer office staff are very helpful and friendly. They are just a phone call away. They treat every question seriously. They do not seem to mind what time of day that you call. rnrnI have not encountered any negative things about Dr Mcclellan. I highly recommend her. rnrnI have had excellent after care. It is highly structured. I have been given excellent handouts to follow and at my visits we talk about my progress and any questions that I may have. My eating plan is on the very conservative side but I think that is good. I have not had any issues with dumping or vomiting.rnrnDr. McClellan made sure that I understood all the risks of this surgery as I was considered a high risk patient. But every thing went without a hitch. rnrnI would highly recommend her and her staff. Her bedside manner and surgical competence cannot be matched.
Latest Surgery Support Comments
I cannot believe that I am now 3 months post op. It took me two years to get to this point. After the initial consult and seminar, I got my preapprovals, psych evaluations and hit a brick wall. I got a new job and new I could not take time off from work for a year. Meanwhile the weight kept piling on until I got to a 55.5 BMI. So I dragged my heels for a while. Then I found out my insurance required a 6 month supervised diet. OK started that with my doctor and got to month 6 only to discover he had not kept good enough records every month so had to start all over again!
Finally got my 6 month diet done. Then I herniated 2 discs in my neck and took 3 months FMLA leave. So much for time off for WLS surgery. I waited a few months and then submitted my papers for approval. I had to get another round of cardiac clearance, a clearance from my pulmonologist and then they discovered that I was 4 units short of blood! This almost delayed my surgery. So after 2 eight hour days of getting blood and many talks with my surgeon's office I finally got the "go" approval two days before my surgery was scheduled. I had already been doing my liquid diet and was so psyched I did not want to cancel at that point.
I was so psyched for this surgery. I was like a kid at Christmas. I could not sleep the night before surgery. I got to the hospital April 7 to check in and when they weighed me I found out I lost 40 pounds on my preop diet! I had to get on the scales twice to believe that one! I had surgery on Monday. It lasted only 2 hours. 1 hour preparation and 1 hour for the actual surgery. When I woke up in recovery I could not believe the pain! Finally it subsided after they loaded me with pain meds, wrapped me in a binder and gave me a pillow to hug. I was up and walking later that day.
My neck was killing me and I wondered how they had me positioned during surgery. It was only a few days later that I discovered the more I walked the less my neck hurt that I realize the gas had settled in my neck and was causing it to hurt!
I left the hospital on the morning of the third day. I went to my sisters house. She only lives 30 minutes from my surgeon where I live 1 1/2 hours away. I stayed there a few days. One of my great nieces really pulled my heart strings when I arrived at my sister's house. When I sat down, she came and covered me with her favorite blankie! She is 4 years old. Maggie also loved helping me eat my jello. I had found 1 ounce containers and my sister had made jello in them. Maggie had 4 containers to every 1 I struggled to get down. My sister had a hard time keeping jello made!
I came home 6 days after surgery. I was so glad to be home. I could not wait to sleep in my own bed! It was good to see my babies (cats). But I did not realize just how much it hurt to bend over and cleaning litter boxes was a huge challenge! So was getting food bowls filled and placing them on the floor. A chair in the kitchen has become my best friend.
I have done extremely well since surgery. Only one minor complication. My largest incision got a seroma (fluid pocket) under it 5 days after surgery. That incision leaked for 6 weeks before it closed up. Such a nusciance. So far I have not dumped. My surgeon is really strict so I think that is part of it. I am still on pretty bland foods ... cottage cheese, yogurt, soyburgers, shrimp, mushed veggies, soup, beans, canned fruits, deli meats and sf popsicles which I cannot live without. I have been really good and not tested the waters. So far so good.