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Manuel Martinez Quintanilla
Dr 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. ...
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