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Alfonso Torquati M.D., MSci
Dr. Torquati and his staff are really amazing and I would recommend anyone who is considering WLS to him. Dr. Torquati answered all my questions before surgery and explained how the surgery would be performed. They explained everything to me and made sure I felt comfortable about the procedure. Vanderbilt has a great WLS support groups that meet weekly and is a great knowledge to know if I need help or need to ask questions someone is always there to help
Latest Surgery Support Comments
October 25, 2005. was the beginning of my Journey. This is the day I went to a Seminar hosted by Vanderbilt Hospital and Dr Torquati was the surgeon speaking that evening. I had tried a year or so prior to this and went to a seminar at Centenial,. For somereason I did not get a good feeling and at Centenial and it seemed they required you to make all your appointments and do evrything on your own. I kind of gave up. I met someone at work who had surgery at Vanderbilt and recommended Dr. Torquati. So I though why not? I have nothing to lose by attending a Seminar. I went to the Seminar and listened to Dr. Torquati explain the procedure and answer everyones questions. I was very impressed and called the number to speak to a nurse at Vanderbilts Weight loss Clinic. The next thing I know all my required appointments were set up and all I had to do was schedule my Psch eval. It all seemed so easy and this time it felt like it was meant to be because everything just feel in place. The hardest part for me was waiting between appointments. Some were months sometimes weeks apart. I finally got everything done and had all my paper work turned in to my insurance company on 02/27. On 03/15 I recieved a letter to let me know all that was left was for me to do my nutrition consult which they scheduled for 03-29. On 04-13-2006 I recieved the greast call in my life. It was the nurse at Vanderbilt Weight Loss and she left a message for me to let me know they just got word that I was approved!!! She also let me know my surgery date had been set for May-11-2006 at 11:30a.m. I was so happy, scared, excited at the same time. I felt like I was on cloud nine all day.
During the time I was going through the requirements I ran in to a high school friend that I hadn't seen in over 12 years. I had always thought about her and wondered where and how she was. Imagine my surprise when she told me she had Gastric Bypass about a year ago. We were both convinced that we meet again at this time for a reason. She was there for me when I had questions.She was a real comfort to me during the process.
May 11,2006.. This was my big day. I was told to be at the hospital 2 hurs before my surgery in order to get signed in and preped. I was so scared that morning. I hardly slpet the night before. I keep thinking something might happen and I wouldn't wake up after surgery. I have two daughters to think about. Was I being selfish? These thoughts ran through my mind the entire night before and I was still questioning myself the day of surgery. My Dad drove me to the hospital that morning and We were in the waiting area waiting to be called. I hear the phone ring then the receptionist says " ms hunter?" you have a call. I pick up the phone and it is Amy my high school friend calling to make sure I was o.k. and to let me know she was on her way to be there. I can not tell you how much I appreciated having support and people who cared about me there for me. Well I was dressed in My hospital gown with the funky little blue cap they make you put over your hair. All of the sudden my little holding room is full of people asking questions trying to find a vein for an IV. Istarted to get overwhelmed..I got really nervous and they had a hard time finding a vein. I just wanted to cry..I have never been so scared in all my life..I look aorund and can barely see my dad because there are so many people in the room. I looked at him and could see hi fear as well. Amy my friend is there and she is trying to tell me to calm down and to breathe.. I felt like I had a 100 lbs weight on my chest and could not get enough oxygen. They gave me the knock out medicine but I was still awake think " Oh goodness I hope this medicine works cause I still feel and see evrything.. They wheel me into the surgery room and this is only seconds away and I am feeling really tired all of the sudden. The last thing I remeber is someone puting an oxygen mask on me and saying "Good night". The next thing I know I am waking up in the recovery room feeling a litlle groggy and quite skepical. My first thought was " Gosh, I guess they weren't able to do the surgery cause it felt like I had just feel aslep. Then I move and feel the soreness and look under my goen and see the incision sites covered with staples then think.. Well I guess They did do surgery... : -) My back hurt like crzy!! This was the first feeling that came to mind. I was uncomfortable so I asked the nurse if I could sit up or something because my back felt like it was on fire. The nurse looked at me kinda surprised that I wanted to sit up so soon. She told me they were trying to get my bed ready for my room and it wouldn't be much longer. In no time I was being wheeled to my room and we got ther and the poor nurses were trying to help me to my new bed..I mustered all the strength I could and lifted my self and scooted from one bed to the other. Again the nurses were surprised by my ability and willingness to do things on my own. After wards my dad came in to see me and I felt soooo tired all of a sudden and am fading in and out of sleep. My dad tells me he will be back later and the nuses tell me they are going to let me rest. I have never slept so good in my life.. The next day I am up and trying to walk the halls and feeling sore but wanting to move around. I am having to try and get all the liquids that they want me to eat and having trouble because I don;t feel hungery and when I do eat it doesn't take much until I am just tired of eating.