- Username: Paula Hep
- Location: Windsor, CT, USA
- Member Since: 4/14/2005
- BMI: 30.4
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- Surgery Type: RNY (09/28/05)
- Surgeon: Jonathan Aranow
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Surgeon TestimonialJonathan AranowWhy did I decide to drive from Rhode Island, an hour's drive one way to have Dr Aranow as my surgeon? Read on to find out...rnrnMay 2005rnMy first impression of Dr. Aranow was a good one. He attended the seminar in scrubs and was very casual. I like that. He seemed young, but said, \"Yes, I'm old enough to be a surgeon! I'm older than you think.\"rnrnI knew that this man was the surgeon for me at that first seminar. His successful surgery rate, incidence rate and entire bariatric program (which he is the director of) is just top of the line.rnrnHe covered literally EVERYTHING about bariatric surgery, it's pros and cons, potential complications, positive outcomes, etc during the seminar. He has devoted 95% of his career in surgery doing just bariatric surgery.rnrnWhen I had my first meeting with him in his office, I was very pleased with both his bedside manner/personality, knowledge and overall time spent with me for that first visit. It was a Friday, and he was running late due to surgery, plus he was about to leave on vacation. He didn't rush our visit, and was very accommodating and answered all of my questions (though I didn't have many because he covers so much material in that informational seminar).rnrnFuture patients should know that Dr Aranow takes his role as bariatric surgeon very seriously and agrees to take you on as a patient for life once you commit to the bariatric program. But, he expects the same from his patients in return and demands strict dicipline in following the instructions that are laid out for you as a patient, for the rest of your life.rnrnHe is a busy surgeon with lots of patients, so, if you get frustrated with having to wait for your appointment once in a while because he may be tied up with a surgery, than don't bother with Dr Aranow. BUT, being a perfectionist in his surgeries is why he's so busy and successful. rnHe makes sure your surgery is \"perfect\" before he'll close you up. I would hope that he'd not rush my surgery just to get to office visits! It all works out in the end. Give yourself enough time to add in some waiting and to have your appointment and you'll be fine. This would be my only complaint about him, truthfully. rnrnDr Aranow and his staff highly emphasize the aftercare program. They make it known that they are a phone call, or email away with any questions and problems and are always very helpful.rnrnThe Middlesex Hospital staff are all very well informed and learned in RNY surgery and take good care of you while you're there.rnrn2006rnrnSince I wrote this review of Dr Aranow, I've lost 120 pounds and my husband has even had RNY surgery! I am still as pleased with Dr Aranow now as I was last year. I had a stomach complication (not WLS related) recently and Dr Aranow took good care of me. Though it's a bit of a pain to drive an hour one way to get to his office or Middlesex Hospital, it's the price I'm willing to pay to get the best care possible for someone like me who has altered insides!rn rnDr Aranow is always attending conferences and is learning new and improved ways to do RNY and LapBand surgery and how to care for all of us afterwards. I'm proud to say that \"he's\" my doctor!rnpjh
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I was not a fat child. I didn't gain weight until my 20's. And in my 30's after I had children, I was already obese, but got bigger as the years progressed due to poor eating habits and emotional issues. There was no stopping when I was "full".
August 2007 on August 9, 2007 11:41 am
Gosh darn it. Why have I been SO lazy to update? Well, it's been quite a hectic time these past 6 months or so for us here.
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Bob took a promotion to the management team at Bradley Int'l control tower in Windsor Locks and he was commuting from Westerly, RI to Bradley for five months. 186 miles a day, and hour and a half each way. It drained him both physically and emotionally. He's down 110 lbs in his RNY weight loss and looks so awesome. I've never seen him this thin in the 12 years I've known him. My hot man!
We wanted the kids to finish out the school year in Westerly, so, we put our house on the market, sold it in three weeks, and moved here to Windsor, CT on June 18th. We LOVE it here!! Bob's family is right in town and we love having our family so close. Why we moved away in the first place, I'll never know.
Bob's Mom is great. She is so active for her age and takes such great pride in her grandchildren. She picks them up, takes them to the pool, for ice cream, to the park, hiking and builds forts with them. It keeps her young, I swear. She doesn't look like she's going to be 70 this year. (shhh, don't tell her I told you!)
Bob's sisters also live in town. Having the cousins here is also great for our kids. Plus, the kids met new neighbor children that they play with. A lot better than the grief and strife they were put through with the Westerly neighborhod kids that were so mean to both Anna and Tim. What a difference!
As far as weight loss goes. I've not lost (nor gained) any weight for one year. I will admit that I could exercise more and sometimes make better choices in food, but I'm active enough with trail biking with the kids and running around with them and shopping for hours on end to furnish and attire my new home and newly svelte husband that has to now wear dress clothes to work! Oh, he looks gooooodddd!!!
I'm so happy, can you tell? My moods are even and except for some stress in the move and exhaustion from all the packing, keeping the old house spotless for showings, and then moving, unpacking, getting settled and having the kids home all summer...I'm tired and a bit stressed! But, Bob's commute is just 12 minutes each way now and 6 miles! Yee HA!
Haven't taken any new pictures of me in a bit. Gonna have to have Bob find the camera and take some.
No vacation this summer except 6 Flags season passes. New job and expense of moving didn't allow for one. That's ok. This beautiful home we were able to get is vacation enough to me. Finally I have a house (they've all been wonderful, don't get me wrong) that feels like "ah, I'm home". It's beautiful and we just purchased some new things to make it even better. The kids got new bedroom sets with bunk beds! They're SO happy!
I see Dr Aranow on Aug 29th for my much long overdue appointment. I skipped my last one and he tracked me down via certified mail practically ordering me to come in! He keeps me on his radar, that's for sure! I've had my blood done twice this year by another doctor, though and all was fine...but I"ll go...and let him slap my wrists when I see him.
Hope everyone has had a wonderful summer!
March 2007 on March 19, 2007 9:56 am
March 19, 2007
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WOW, it's been a long while since I've updated.
Well, no weight loss happening around here. I am maintaining, though and that makes me happy. I've never been able to lose a lot of weight and maintain it at that weight for a period of time. Always gained it right back.
I'm eating pretty well, sometimes too many carbs, but a decent well rounded diet.
Fats don't like me. I dump on them, so, that's a good thing.
I love pretzels and roasted almonds.
The big news on my front is that my husband was promoted in his job with the FAA, so, we're moving from Rhode Island to CT near Bradley, Int'l airport in Windsor, CT. We've already bought (contracted) on a beautiful home there and we're about to market our home this week. I pray that it sells quickly.
We will be close to family again and that's a good thing. Bob is commuting 3 hours a day now and it's a big drain on him. Can't wait until we get up there.
Haven't taken any new pictures, so, I haven't posted any of late. I don't look much different.
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