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He didn't rush anything. He tells you the risk and benefits. The aftercare with Mercy is very important to him and his staff. You have to do a lot to get thought there program but it all is for your health and safety. I would rate him a 10. The staff are really nice and they even have the chairs with the wide arms.
I have now had the surgery and want to up date that Dr. Smolik did a great job. My scars are very little and I might be able to wear a bikini. LOL I had no problems at all. He is very nice and I'm glad I choose him as my surgeon. His staff is great and very nice everytime I go to the doctors office. I really like there program that they have there.
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My name is Melissa. I had my first appointment with my pcp, it was 01/06/05 she gave me a referral to the surgeon. Her nurse called me on 01/11/05 and told me I have an appointment with Doctor Monte Schwartz on Jan 27 in Grinnell IA.
I have been married for 4 years and have a four year old daughter. I have been thinking about having this surgery for over 2 years, but I was too scared. I went on the Atkins diet and lost 50lbs. Then I stopped losing for 2 months and started gaining. I have gained all of it back and 30 lbs more. I haven't told all my family yet just my 2 sisters. My older one doesn't want me to do it. She says it is the easy way out. I tried to explain this is far far from easy. I don't want to tell the rest of my family until my insurance has approved me, and from reading other posts it seems really hard. My insurance is Coventry and they told me it wasn't covered under my plan. My husband has Aetna and they said it has to be medically necessary. So I don't know what will happen. I know my family is going to be mad and tell me not to do it, but I have been over weight all my life. I played Soccer and basketball growing up but was always overweight. I don't want to be overweight all my life.
This is my before and most recent after pictures
Surgery July 12th weight 337 BMI 48.4 Height:5'10