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Surgeon TestimonialManuel Martinez QuintanillaDr Quintanilla was quite friendly and seemed genuinely interested in my health and welfare in my initial consultation with him. I have had been to several follow up visits since, and I have seen nothing that changes my observation in that regard. I found his staff to be quite friendly and caring. The thing that I least like about Dr Quintanilla's practice is that things can be a bit disorganized there. My operation was originally scheduled for a Friday, but it was rescheduled at the last minute to Saturday because they did not have a needed tool to do the operation. I was told that it was, \"on the way\" and that I should go back to my hotel and come in the next day at around 3 in the afternoon. I did. Unfortunately, they were not yet ready for me even THEN. I had to wait a few MORE hours until one of the SURGEONS showed up. There was a surgical team of five people that worked on me from what I was told. Once everything was in place, the surgery went off without a hitch. I have had absolutely NO problems due to the surgery. I have had a few appointments that were missed due to the Doctor's staff not putting them down in his appointment book. They had to be rescheduled. I would recommend to anyone who has an appointment with the good Doctor to CALL in advance and CONFIRM that you have an appointment for that day before you make the trip. Fortunately for ME, I do not have too far to travel. rnrnDr. Quintanilla believes strongly in aftercare. The cost of your aftercare is INCLUDED in the cost of your operation. I have not had to pay a DIME for any of the follow up visits that I have had with the good Doctor. I am not sure what is meant by, \"a structured aftercare program.\" What I CAN tell you, is that I go BACK to see my Surgeon about once a month. At these visits I am weighed, Have a picture taken, and have a series of questions asked to determine how I am feeling regarding my Physical health. He also wants to know how my weight loss is affecting my mental health. After all of this, the Doctor gives me some recommendations for steps that he thinks I should initiate in my weight loss journey and then gives me some encouragement. He tells me when he wants to see me next, ant I am ushered out to the front desk to set up my appointment with the ladies at the counter. rnrnWhen we spoke of the risks of the surgery, Dr. Quintanilla explained that while there were risks involved, barriatric surgery had improved over the years so much that the risks were not much greater than those found in any other surgical procedure. I was told that the specific procedure that I was having, the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, was safer than most barriatric procedures. rnrnExcept for the missed target date for the surgery and the few delayed appointments that I have had, I have found Dr. Quintanilla to be an EXCELLENT Surgeon. I would have to say that at least SOME of those missed appointments were beyond his control and should not be held against him. I don't know that anyone else would experience the same problems that I have had. These things DO seem to happen only to ME. I can pick the shortest line in the grocery store, watch it move along QUICKLY, and just before it is MY turn to be served, the cashier has to cash out and a NEW cashier take over the register. This takes a few MINUTES to perform, of course, and it would happen while I was in a HURRY. This kind of thing happens to ME all the time. Murphy's Law, I guess. rnrnI found Dr. Quintanilla's bedside manner to be wonderful. He was kind and caring. After the surgery, when he found out that I was a Christian, he gathered a group of other Christians together, and they prayed over me while I was still under the effects of the anesthesia. My wife was there and joined them. I do not think he would have done this publicly had he not known and asked permission of my wife. He would have respected my religious preference and NOT have prayed publicly. I can only speak to the RESULTS of his surgical competence. I can only speak for MYSELF in that regard. In MY surgery, I have had absolutely NO complications. I have had no nausea, vomiting, cramps, or any of the typical side effects known to come from this type of surgery. I have not had to go back to the Doctor for any kind of repairs or problems regarding this surgery. I healed quickly. I would say that this surgery was a complete success, since I have lost 76 pounds in 3 months and 20 days since the surgery. Overall, I would highly recommend Dr. Quintanilla for whatever Surgical Weight Loss Procedure you are interested in.
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
At one point in my life I was able to lose over 250 pounds. I did this by a combination of hard physical labor and a very restricted diet. I was able to maintain the weight loss as long as I was physically active. When I was young, I had injured my back. After losing this great amount of weight, I went to college for the first time. I had been away from school for over 10 years. All the sitting at college aggravated my spinal injury. After 3 and a half years of college, I had to quit because my back hurt so bad that I could not walk. It took a year and a half for me to work my back back into shape so that I could walk again. During that time I had gained some weight. I was unable to be as physically active as I formerly was and my weight kept creaping higher. ...
One Year and a day! on March 2, 2009 12:12 pm
Today has been One year and a day, since I have had my surgery! I have lost 116 pounds since the surgery. I feel MUCH BETTER, and am no longer a diabetic. My last long term diabetes test was 5. Anything over 7 is considered a diabetic. The test checks for the blood sugar levels over a 3 month period. My physicians are astounded, and have changed their mind about Weight Loss Surgery. They were all against my having this procedure done BEFORE I had it, and NOW some are suggesting it for their OTHER obese patients! Every time I walk into my doctor's office, I am peppered with questions by both the doctors, and their assistants about the procedure. Of course, I have nothing but good things to say about the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. The last few months of weight loss have been slow, of course, but that has been because of the lowered thyroid hormone levels. My doctor lowered my dose of thyroid medication because it was too high, and the more weight that I lost, the higher it got. He could not keep up with the weight loss, and dropped the medication too much to try to get ahead of the weight loss. Unfortunately, he dropped the medication too far, and caused a stall that lasted for about 6 months as he gradually increased the dosage. I got tired of the rate of increase, and increased it, myself until I began to lose weight again.
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Interesting article online on December 29, 2008 9:27 pm
I found this article on line today. It is concerning the efficacy of bariatric surgery on the average patient's health. It is a fairly interesting read, although it is targeted at the average reader's level of comprehension, and does not get technical.
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Today was a milepost for me. I hit the 100 pound... on August 16, 2008 9:00 pm
Today I woke up and I hit the scale and I hit the 100 pound mark! I was SOAKING WET and right out of the SHOWER! I am SO EXCITED! I am now down to 249. It has only been 5 months and 15 days since my surgery! Thank GOD and my lovely WIFE that I have HAD this surgery. I am just GRATEFUL that I went THROUGH with it and did not back out at the last minute like so many people I have heard of. While I was somewhat trepidacious, I also knew that obesity WAS going to kill me EVENTUALLY. It was BETTER to DIE TRYING to regain my health than to SUCCUMB to the eventual CERTAINTY that was the MISERY that I was facing with OBESITY. I now have a CHANCE at a near normal life. I did not HAVE that before! All of this in only 5 and a HALF months! It is AMAZING!
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An Interesting Article in Yesterday's Paper. on July 16, 2008 11:26 pm
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I saw an interesting article in yesterday's paper that I thought I would share with everyone about a new procedure that is being cooked up for weight loss. It seems to be basically a pacemaker type device that tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full. I figured that I would share this with folks. The link to the article is here: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/23610179.html?location_refer=Health%20+%20Wellness:highlightModules:3
Update: on July 15, 2008 9:36 am
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It has been some time since I have posted to my blog and I just wanted to assure people that I AM alive. I have been QUITE busy of late. As of TODAY, July 15, 2008, I have lost 89 pounds since my surgery on March 1, 2008. have been MUCH more active lately being able to actually move about without the debilitating pain I had been suffering from while carrying the extra weight. I have even fixed up my bicycle and have been riding with the kids some. It is funny how the tires will go FLAT while you DON'T use it but seem to stay aired UP while you DO. There is some kind of sermon about SOMETHING concerning neglect there.
I have been promising some folks a study about some information that I have been looking at regarding Aspartame. I suffer from MIGRAINES. It appears that I am unusually SENSITIVE. This is NOT unusual for ME, since I seem to be unusual in MOST things! I am fond of saying, "The only thing NORMAL on me is my HAT size." It is almost a guarantee that if I go to see the doctor about something, he is going to tell me that SOME portion of my anatomy is abnormal in SOME way. The pulse in my foot is found in a different place than where it normally should be. The vein in my arm runs in a different direction than most people's and it is difficult for phlebotomists to draw blood unless they KNOW this. My stomach was twice as large as normal (empty) when it was removed which means that it could hold THREE TIMES the volume of food that a NORMAL stomach would. The list can go on. I can't. Unfortunately, this month has found me hit with the double whammy of being hit with computer troubles ( I have THREE computers down at home--YES, THREE--We DON'T share well) and pretty much CONSTANT severe migraines, PROBABLY brought on in PART by the computer problems (staring at the SCREEN all day trying to fix the damned things may be triggering them) and a possible SINUS infection. The SHORT of this story is that I AM working on the Aspartame research.
It seems that Aspartame is a Migraine trigger for me. While I do not have the time to go into all of the details NOW, I do promise that as soon as I get things sorted out with all three of my main computers (I actually have more than a dozen--most I do NOT use but I keep trying to SELL them or give them to folks who could use them--Seems that NO-ONE wants an 8088 anymore--Go figure) ;-) I will get the research and MY conclusions on what I found and what it means for the weight loss community as a WHOLE posted. In the meantime, for those who come looking for the information that I had promised: I ask that you be patient. I am sorry but it was only due to my OWN quick thinking that I was even ABLE to save the information on DISK before I had to wipe my hard drive. I now have to RESTORE my hard drive to FIND that information before I can even RESUME the research. That is to be done AFTER I repair my computer. I had a big fat drop of WATER from a leak in the roof land RIGHT SMACK DAB in the CENTER of my KEYBOARD on my little laptop! I now have to replace the motherboard.
I curse the former owner of this house on a regular basis. He fancied himself a handyman. I will admit, and READILY, that he was GREAT with woodwork. There are some wonderful cabinets in the house made out of common plywood. He was TERRIBLE with engineering, design, basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical! He added an extra room onto the back of the house; what is called a "Texas Room" in these parts and is essentially an enclosed back porch. He then added a NEW back porch. To COVER all of this, he stretched the back roof by tying into the back of the roof on the house. Instead of going to the PEAK of the house, at the main part of the house, he went to the peak of the attached garage and "Mother in Law's room" which then tied the back roof to the MIDDLE of the slope on the back of the house. This leaves the back roof with a split pitch with PART of the roof at a 45 degree angle (which is something like a 9/12 pitch) and part of the roof has a 3/12 pitch. What the 9/12 and 3 /12 pitch MEANS for those that don't know, is that for every LINEAR LEVEL foot of roof traveled, the roof DROPS so many INCHES. It is easily MEASURED by taking a LEVEL and a RULER or tape measure to your roof and measuring a foot out on the level while it is at level with one end resting on the roof and at the one foot mark, using the ruler or tape measure to find out how many inches the roof drops from level. To be truly accurate, you would need to use a plumb bob, but these are just ROUGH estimates and good enough for my purposes at the moment. Putting a roof on the house isn't exactly ROCKET science, for crying out loud. A 3/12 pitch is TOO SHALLOW for a shingle roof. It is too shallow for most METAL roofs. It is ALMOST a FLAT roof. A roof like that requires a SPECIAL type of METAL roof or a MEMBRANE roof. The IDIOT who built the addition, put on SHINGLES! When we BOUGHT the house, the roof was leaking like a sieve! One of the conditions of our MORTGAGE was that we had to RE-ROOF the house! I knew THEN that I need to do something OTHER than shingles, but I didn't have the MONEY to do the job RIGHT, so I did the BEST damned shingling job I could. It has lasted 8 years. That was longer than I expected. NOW, I need to go BACK UP on the roof and do it RIGHT. I would LOVE to do it in METAL! I may be forced to do it in MEMBRANE. It is HARD to find the right kind of metal roof where I live for the shallow pitch of this roof. I don't think my wife will let me take the roof OFF of the house and REDO the WHOLE THING! We could even add some attic ROOMS in the house by adding some room to the PEAK! I don't think I can sell THAT job, though. Alas, my cup is half empty. ;-) Oh, yeah, As I sit here banging away at my little damaged laptop using a USB Keyboard so that I can type this, I sit UNDER an umbrella that rests on some EAVES in my Great Texas Room where my laptop Lies at State. I have purchased a motherboard from eBay to replace the damaged one and await it's arrival with baited breath. In the MEANTIME, I am taking NO CHANCES! I am PROTECTED from stray drops of falling water!
Intil I I can come back again, Have fun, Be patient, and EAT HEALTHY!