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John George Zografakis
My first impression of Dr. Z. was in 2006 when my partner was preparing for gastric bypass by Dr. Z. I met him during some of my partner’s testing and in the recovery room after surgery. He is truly a genuinely nice, compassionate person. His personality puts people at ease. He is always willing to explain a procedure or process.
As I began my journey, I sought out Dr. Z. He has only strengthened my opinion of him. He talks down to earth and gives you the facts straight up. I notice that he has good working relationships in his office with many talented folks.
He does seem to favor gastric bypass. However, he was willing to work with me and take me through scenarios to determine the best course of action for me. He listened and took my input seriously.
The Summa aftercare program is phenomenal. They really look at the whole picture in terms of weight loss. I have learned so much in this process. I so appreciated the exercise assessment. It got me started down the right path. The ½ day pre-surgery homecare session was great. All along the way, the staff and Dr. Z. make sure you are prepared for the surgery and help you be a success after.
I guess the only negative comment that I can make is the fact that he is extremely busy. Appointments are not always scheduled conveniently, and it is hard to reschedule them. I realize the center is growing. I think he is going through growing pains. I have noticed several new staff members that should make things go a little more smoothly.
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I was always a thin person until I approached my early 30s. I began traveling for work quite a bit and become more sedentary. The weight just seemed to snowball. By my early 40s I was well over 200 pounds. At age 51 I was 270 pounds and suffered a heart attack and had a triple coronary bypass. I have been on a roller coaster ride with all types of diets. No solution ever held for more than 2-3 months. I usually gained back more than I lost. I felt that I was destined to always be the fat man.
Latest Surgery Support Comments
I started life as a skinny guy and mid life caught up with me. You know the story, before you know it you are 250 pounds. My partner Brett is my inspiration for this journey. In October 2006 he had gastric bypass. Over the past 1 1/2 years he has gone from 365 pounds to 185 pounds... an amazing transformation! I have seen the success and am ready to be a healthier person.
Health is my primary concern. I had a heart attack and cardiac triple bypass in October of 2005. I suffer from hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. I need to lose the weight to have a longer healthier life. I am fortunate that my primary care physician, carioliogist and surgeon are completely in support of the surgery. I am also fortunate that my insurance approval was smooth and speedy.