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Dr. Afram was the first face that I saw when I walked into his office. He was standing at the reception desk signing off on some paperwork. He called me over and showed me the reception desk, which is great....because I was really lost, his office was just that BIG.
His office staff was excellent, they spoke to me politely and did not treat me like, oh gosh, here comes another fatty trying to sign onto the easy way out of obesity. They were very cordial, no attitudes. The woman at the desk gave me all of the paperwork that I needed to fill out before the seminar.
There was nothing that I liked least about Dr. Afram.
I feel that future patients should know that he Dr. Afram knows his stuff. He has been doing this for over 20 years and has performed over 3,000 surgeries. He is very nice, friendly, knowledgeable, and also a little funny.
There were no bad feelings or uncomfortable feelings toward him, his staff, or his other two surgeons.
He emphasized aftercare as a part of his normal routine to all patients.
Future patients should also know that your surgery will be performed at George Washington Hospital in DC, which he is just a 5 minute walk from his office to the hospital.
He did address the risks of the surgery. Some things I knew and some I didn't, but I feel that I learned a few things that day. After the seminar, he took you into his office one on one (along with his other two surgeons) to see if you felt that the surgery would be something that you would want to do. Also to see if there were any questions that you may have had that you did not want to ask in front of all of the other prospects. In private, he asked you personal questions pertaining to your health, medications that you are currently taking, along with any allergies, etc. He asked me about all problems whether they were medically diagnosed or not. He even asked about whether you feel that you snore.
I would rate Dr. Afram, on a scale from 1 to 10, a 10. Finally a 10.
I think that surgical competence and bedside manner are both important, because you need to feel that your surgeon is able to be trusted with your life in his/her hands. Plus you feel great that IF you have a problem, that your surgeon would be passionate and sympathetic to your needs and concerns. Also, it's good to know that he will be willing to begin to look into ways to assist you in correcting them.
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
My behavioral and emotional battle with my weight before learning about WLS was very frustrating, fed up, and looking for an outlet. I went through a lot of emotional issues as well. I have been self concious of my weight and the way I look. I have very low self esteem. I think that everyone has something better to offer the world than I do, because of my weight. So, it has been rough, for sure.
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