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Surgeon TestimonialAlfonso Torquati M.D., MSci5/05 I have not met with my surgeon yet. I have met with a Dr. in his clinic to get released for surgery. The clinic was a great resource for people who are considering or not considering WLS. They also offer nutrition services and if you are not considering WLS, they have a weight reduction 3-6 month Dr. reviewed plan. The dieticians were very pleasant. There was never much of a wait time to get the appointment and get in. I would recommend this clinic to anyone. The only drawback I have about the Vanderbilt clinic is the lack of follow up and follow through with the nurses. I am sure that is mostly my impatience. It was always my responsibility to make sure they had everything they needed and if they didn't, I didn’t know about it and nothing would happen but wasted time. I felt I had to keep calling and following up. But I do understand how busy they are and how impatient I am. So, it could have just been me! :). I will know more if I do get approved and get to go back in to the clinic and meet my surgeon. I will follow up here more afterwards.rn6/06 - I have a surgery date and have met with my surgeon. I absolutely loved meeting Dr Torquati. He is wonderful. I have my surgery tommorrow and once I met him, I knew I was in good hands. rn3/7/07 - I just want to say that Dr. Torquati is the best Dr. I have ever met. He really does care about his patients. He wants to make sure they are taken care of and he will do what he has to so that they are. He has a great bed side manner but even without that, he is very detailed and caring about what happens to us. I had to have gall bladder surgery and he did that too. I had some complications because of my liver and he was very detailed and good to my family and was there for me everyday. He even postponed a buisness trip for a day to make sure that I was taken care of with this surgery. I could not ask for a better surgeon or Dr and I will recommend him to anyone!
- Travel - My husband and I enjoy jumping in the car and taking weekend get-a-ways
- Cats - I have a Spoiled 10 year old Calico Cat who is very much a part of our family
- Parenting - I have a daughter born post-op on 08/05/08.
- Running & Jogging - I learned I like jogging! Finished my first 5K in 11/07 jogging the whole time.
- Movies - Love movies. If we aren't at home with a rental, we're at the theater every week
- Football - Go Titans! I am a big NFL fan.
- WLS in your 20's - Having WLS young so I can have a family and live a long healthy life
posted on 11/5/07 11:44 am
I am finally normal - by doctors standards anyways. I weigh 155 pounds and I have lost 155 pounds. I have lost half of myself. I now have a BMI in the "normal" range. It is amazing to think about where I was and how far I have come. This past weekend I completed my first marathon. I finished the Susan G Komen "Race for the Cure" 5K marathon in 37:12 minutes. I have worked really hard over the past 4 weeks to get up to jogging that without stopping and I was able to accomplish my goal. I also found that I really like to jog so I plan to continue to do that. Although I have not been losing much weight anymore. I am happy where I am but I just can not believe with all of the jogging that I have been doing 5 days a week and really watching what I eat that I would not still be losing weight regularly. I guess it is my body's way of telling me I am where I need to be. Although I am not losing much weight, I know that I have lost inches because I went down in my clothes size. I went shopping this past week and I was able to wear a size 8 now - single digits. I used to wear a tight size 26 so that is crazy that I can wear a size 8. I do have a lot of extra skin. I am going to go to a consult in a week with a plastic surgeon to see what options I have. I am not sure if I will go through with it but I am going to check into it. I have worked really hard to get to where I am and I would like to look like someone my size. I also still have problems realizing that I am not overweight and I think that is because of the extra skin. For some reason, I still feel big. I guess it is a mental thing and I hope that will eventually go away. When I was clothes shopping ,the sales lady said the shirt I tried on was to cover up people "bad spots" in the stomach region but that I didn't need that. I was like OK. Thanks for saying that but you have no idea!! It is just still really hard for me realize I am that person. I am someone that can wear a size 8 and jog 3 miles and go to places and fit into the seats and I can cut my toe nails and tie my shoes without any problems. I am just me. And I have to say, I am very happy with who I am. And most importantly - I feel great.
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