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E. Patchen (Patch) Dellinger, M.D.
Dr. Dellinger is one of the most wonderful people, not to mention surgeon, you will ever meet. He treats you with respect. He doesn't simply see you as obese. He cares about people who he helps. He uses techniques and procedures that are found to be most safe, and doesn't make up stuff he doesn't know. I have not had surgery yet, but I am confident he will do a great job. He has said I will probably qualify for a laproscopic procedure.rnrnHis after care program is wonderful. He emphasizes the \"team\" approach. The dietician, patient care coordinator and nurses are all there for you. He is one of the most experienced and skilled surgeons in the state, if not the best. rnrnHe is very clear on the risks for surgery, and even says he will try to talk you out of it when he first meets with you. rnrnThe only negative is the long wait for appointments, but this is getting better because there are 3 surgeons now.rnrnUpdate: I had surgery on May 19th, 2006. I had a lap that was converted to an open surgery due to a swollen liver. It appears my liver disease is directly the result of obesity. It should become better as I lose the weight. I have lost 80 pounds as of January 1, 2007. I was sewn up really tight after the open procedure, and Dr. Dellinger just said it was not safe for him to proceed lap. I am very pleased with the results, and continue to get excellent care from the University of Washington Medical Center team.
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