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My first encounter with Dr. Dennen was at the information meeting all bariatric patients must attend. Dr. Dennen impressed me as a straight forward, no BS, but caring and compassionate surgeon. He knew what he needed from his patients and was very direct about it. I liked that and requested that he be my surgeon. I am so glad I did.
At my first appointment with Dr. Dennen asked me many questions about my health and weight history and then answered all my questions. Once my questions were answered he made sure I understood all the risk involved with surgery. At the end of our appointment he concluded that I would be a good candidate for either RNY or VSG and that the decision was really up to me. I chose the VSG. At my next appointment Dr. Dennen explained in detail how he would construct my new sleeved stomach and the reasoning behind his techniques. He also gave me a thorough physical exam and referred me for various tests that needed to be completed prior to surgery.
My surgery went very well. I woke with excellent pain management - in other words no pain at all! The nursing staff was generally excellent. There was one nurse I didn't particularly like and her care was only adequate, but the rest of the entire nursing staff was absolutely fantastic. I was really pleased by the complete care I got in the hospital. I was surprised, too, that I got a private room. The room was very nice and I was very well cared for while I stayed in the hospital.
I did have a bit of a scare just prior to surgery. I had gained a pound and a half over Thanksgiving and had not lost it. I came very close to having my surgery cancelled by Dr. Dennen. He is absolutely to the point about the weight loss he requires prior to surgery and I came within 8 ounces of his upper limit. Whew, by the skin of my teeth. If you are lucky enough to have Dr. Dennen, be sure and keep your weight off once you lose it!
I'm just over a month out from surgery and have had absolutely no complications. I have been very pleased with my progress and my after care. I think the pre-op and after care program at Kaiser Fremont is great. Patients have access by phone or email to a psychologist and a NUT and the surgeon. Follow up appointments are scheduled well in advance, too. Also, the program coordinator, Nancy, is fantastic. She is always friendly, accommodating and direct. She is very easy to work with.
I don't think you could have a finer WLS surgeon. Yes, Dr. Dennen is direct and to the letter clear with his patients, but he is also kind and understand a patient's concerns and spends time with his patients. He also will go to bat for his patients when needed. I know he went to bat for me when it came to scheduling my surgery and I will always appreciate that! Does Dr. Dennen sound to good to be true? Perhaps. Yet, this is my honest, albeit biased, review. I would recommend Dr. Dennen to anyone considering WLS.
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