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I think Dr Graber provides superlative care and expertise in bariatric surgery. I am extremely happy and feel lucky to have had him as my surgeon. His practice is 100% dedicated to bariatric surgeries. rnrnWhen I first met Dr Graber it is obvious he knows his business inside and out. He spends as much time as you need to go through everything and answers every question completely and makes sure you understand the good, the bad and the ugly. He has set up a complete program for his patients, tracking their advances and any health issues. He ensures that patients understand that this tool is of a limited time and that the individual patient has to be wise to use it to relearn their relationship with food and movement. rnrnHe is not a jolly person - but i wouldn't respect him as much if he was. He's intelligent, personable and caring in his way. He focuses on the mechanics of the surgery - and leaves the emotional stuff to other staff members. People look at my incisions and notice what a fabulous job was done. In the hospital, other doctors, RNs, etc. all respect and admire him. That's a good thing to know that his colleagues think highly of him.rnrnHe has surrounded himself with excellent staff. So far, they have all been responsive, helpful and knowledgeable in their specific areas. If they don't know something, they seek out the answers.rnrnThis is the best thing I ever did for myself - and I couldn't have done it without Dr Graber. He's a Godsend to me.
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I think I have a pretty typical story - fat all my life, tried most, if not all the diets, and still am stuck in a fat suit.
I'm 45 now - and I think I packed on the most pounds in my mid-20's to early 30's. I worked 100 hours a week, lived by myself, had erratic sleep patterns. You know where I got my meals? No, not McD's or Wendy's or whatnot. I visited a spectacular caterer twice a week and took home AMAZING food. I gotta say, I'm high-quality fat here. Stuffed this, with roasted that, pecan-crusted grilled, drool-inspiring food. All the time. Ok, and it wasn't just fabulous meats, veggies and grain .. there were some pretty scrumptious desserts I can recall too. I could wax poetic about their Viennese Opera cakes. Do you get it? Can you see it? Probably so. No surprise here that I became huge.
I did pretty well for a long time. Although I had a slight propensity towards higher blood pressure, I was able to keep it under control with water pills. I never exercised. My idea of exercise was to go driving at 3 in the morning, on winding roads near the river - music blasting - with the sunroof open and the wind in my hair. That's always a great cardio work-out, huh?
In early 2002, my lifestyle caught up with me though. I started having a great deal of knee pain in my right knee. Within 3 months I was using a cane, and even though I was going to physio, my right leg had atrophied quite a bit. I went to my first doctor about it, a specialist, and of course being only 40, I wasn't going to get any surgery. A year later, I killed my left knee while trying desperately to protect my right knee whilst going down the stairs. Since then, I go down stairs backwards as it's easier on the knees. By earlier this year, I couldn't stand for more than a minute, I have to have a special raiser on my toilet, I have a special tall bed, and any chair that I sit in has to be very high. Never thought I'd be in a high-chair at this age! I had injections of neo-visc in my knees, tried a few cortisone shots too just for good measure, continued with physio in sporadic attempts at getting/keeping mobility. Now I need a walker to walk, and can't even contemplate going out any where because no seat is tall enough. (At least before, you could sometimes find chairs with no arms to sit in! but try and find a tall chair in public!! )
No doctor will perform knee surgery on me because I'm too young and too fat. If I can get down to the obese-range, I did find one doctor that may fix my knees.
From a weight loss persepctive, I'm actually over 100 pounds lighter now than I was at my heaviest. I lost 140 pounds whilst on Atkins. I stayed at the induction phase for a couple years and did rather well. I ended up plateauing for a God-awful period of time and so wanted a piece of fruit ... I went off Atkins. I tried following the GI diet after that ... and because of the radical carb change, I promptly put back on 70 of the 140 pounds I had lost. Since then I've been coasting, more or less.
I had a Come-to-Jesus meeting with myself in late May 2007. I can't live like this any more. I'm trying to stay on around 1500-1800 calories per day and have so far lost 35 pounds. Getting closer to what I was when I quit Atkins. Because of my lack of mobility though, I called out for help to the Community Access Centre. I've had a visiting Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist to try and help get me more self-sufficient and mobile. The interesting story here though is my case manager at CAC ended up secretly conversing with Yoni Freedhoff at the Bariatric Institute here in Ottawa .. who in turn, after reviewing my case, recommended my file to a surgeon in Toronto for WLS. From there, because the wait is 150 weeks for WLS, they forwarded documentation to my doctor to prepare an application for me for OOC coverage for WLS. My doctor surprised me with all this in early July.
So, I'm still trying to get my head around all this.