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Dieter Pohl, M.D.
Dr Pohl is an impressive surgeon and very nice. He has a great reputation, but I think he was impatient with me since my liver did not shrink to his liking. He mentioned that it was "very large". This bothered me as I had the stomach flu the week before surgery, and couldn't choke down the shakes. I survived on cream of wheat and soft boiled eggs. Apparently, that was not enough! Dr Pohl is a dedicated professional and many patients consider him one of the best!
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Like others, I've been on every diet ever invented. Scarsdale, Atkins, Weight Watchers, TOPS, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, various dietitians... I've tried them all over a lifetime of overeating, dieting, starving, and regaining more and more each time.
Recently, I started graduate school, and that is when the really scary weight started to pile on. I had no time for exercise, and spent every free moment studying and writing papers.
My weight ballooned to 213 lbs, very obese for a person with a height of 5'2". None of my clothes fit, even the size 16 WPs. Just prior to surgery, I could no longer wear those regular WP pants, but had to switch to wearing one pair of black work out pants over and over every day. Luckily, some of my old jackets still allowed me to squeeze into them, but it was so obvious I was popping out of everything... my blouses were groaning across the bust line, the stomach and arms....I couldn't hide the obesity any longer.
My sister had mentioned she was contemplating lap band surgery about a year ago, and when I realized this was a fight I could not succeed at alone, I attended one of the seminars presented by the local bariatric surgeons team. After six months, I finally had all the approvals and tests, and was given a surgery date of December 7, 2010. So far, progress has been positive, and I've achieved my first goal: surviving the bland, tasteless shakes.
I look forward to posting my before and after pictures, and can't wait to see what one year with the band brings!