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My first impression of Dr. Whipple was that he was a very nice looking doctor, but also very professional and caring. He seemed to know exactly what surgery would be best for me right away. He is a very busy doctor and doesn't spend much time visiting with you, which is ok as long as he answers all your questions (which he did).
The staff of Memorial Bariatric Center was great! No problems and very helpful. The only little problem we had was with insurance, payment person, she really didn't understand how our insurance and suplimental insurance all worked together and tried to get us to pay some up front and we are 100% covered. That was not a huge deal though because we paid a little and that covered the deductible which we would have had to pay anyway.
Memorial Bariatric Clinic has a patient portal but it is not really that beneficial becuase it is not updated that frequently.
All in all the experience was good. I felt like I was well cared for and was very happy with Dr. Whipple and his staff.
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My story is like so many others on here.. I am 42 and have been overweight most of my life. I had always been able to do what I wanted and never had been affected too much by my weight until the past year or so. I was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and a few more things that really got me thinking I should seriously think about loosing weight NOW! I want to be around to play with my granchildren one day.
I started my journey to loose weight at the beginning of 2010. I told myself I would really try to do it on my own. I researched what weight loss surgery patients ate after the surgery and decided that surely I could loose weight by eating the same things and quantities... Well, needless to say I about STARVED. Or at least it felt that way. I could not do it. I excercised and cut calories and was left feeling hungry and depressed because I could only loose about 5 pounds. The "straw that broke the camels back" was when I went to see the doctor about the pain and swelling in my knees. I live in a 2-story home and going up and down the stairs was kicking my butt. My knees creaked everytime I would climb the stairs. The doctors said I would probably have to have knee replacement surgery in the future and there was "really nothing they could do for me right now" so they prescribed me darvocet and sent me home. I WILL NOT BE ADDICTED TO DARVOCET AND FOOD!!! So, I started reading up on weight loss surgery. It is March 26th 2010 and I have an appt. with the surgeon on April 15th 2010. I have my letter of necessity and clearance for surgery. I have met with the Pyschologist (approved) and taking the triple therapy for the H. Pylori. I am committed and ready. Here I go! More updates to come.
I am so excited, but scared at the same time.