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Bradley Thaemert, M.D., F.A.C.S.
When Dr Thaemert walked in- here was this strong confident good looking man! Why would he care about someone like me? Would I be just another surgery for him? I realized that he wasn't just a surgean he actually wanted what was best for me and my family. He sat down weighed the options with me and handed me a tissue while I cried at my situation. He didn't leave the room until he knew I felt better. Before surgery he made sure I knew what was coming ahead! After surgery he made his rounds and actually spent time with me. He made sure my questions were answered and that I was taken care of! I had many visitors that had heard many things about me and my situations from his office and I feel I couldn't have been in better hands and I would refer him to anybody anyday! Dr Thaemert will never know how he changed my life but he will always be in my heart!! I wish him a continuance of success and would give him a high rating in surgical competence and beside manner!!
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Let me tell you a little about me. I am a 28 year old single white female. I have 3 children. I found myself over the years of being single and with daily stresses slowly gaining weight and so on and so forth. Last year in Feb I was hospitalized with blood clots in both of my lungs. I was told that they were from being on birth control. It seemed like after that everything just went down hill. I had a hard time breathing so my dr sent me to a pulmonologist (lung specialist) he walked in the room and said I would never guess why you would be in the health you are in but now that I see you I know why! I immediatly started to cry. My weight had never been a set back for me before. He made me realize that my weight was ALWAYS a set back but I had never realized it. In the mean time of all of this I had ordered differant weight loss meds online or off the TV. I tried walking 2 miles a day with a changed diet , I tried Weight Watchers and I even did the South Beach diet at the advise of my dietician. I slowly started doing less and less out of frustration. I almost completely stopped going out with my friends. I hated going out in public because I thought everyone was criticising me or looking at me. I would take my kids to carnivals but would just sit right away because the heat was always too much for me to handle or I knew I couldnt ride the rides because I was just too big. My right knee was bad and had already had a scope done on it but it was getting so bad that every day I worked caused extreme pain. I pass medications and do treatments in a health facility and I would come home almost everyday crying. It just hurt so bad. I felt worthless. I didn't want to see my family because I was ashamed of who or I guess what I had become. I went to see my dr at the beg of January and she was in absolute agreement with me that something had to be done, and everything was already exhausted. I was miserable. She set me up with Dr. Bradley Thaemart in Sioux Falls, SD. My initial meeting was Jan 27th. My friend and I went and i was a bit dissappointed he came in and gave me my options and said my primary dr would have to get approval from the insurance company, but they didnt' think it was likely because they don't like to pay ! Uhh emotions were flaring but I thought it is worth a shot if anyone needs it I DO. Of coarse my dr was agreeable to help. After about a month i got a letter from the insurance co saying that they needed a "certain" form filled out and more information about my diet history! I thought this would be hope but still had doubt. I finally got a call from my dr saying that I was approved! There were a few obsticles in that time but finally my surgery was scheduled for April 29th. I met with my Bariatric Dr on April 28th and then my surgery was April 29th. It was a tough day, I'm not gonna lie. It is a week later and I still have pain but I am making it. It gets better everyday! My Bariatric dr didn't make me go on a HUGE diet before surgery. I don't know if it is because I had gone through all the obsticles before. Ok so there is my story in a nutshell