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Ranjan Sudan, M.D.
I am still sitting in the hospital (post op day 3) as I write this. I have been really pleased with Dr. Sudan and all of the staff at Duke Metabolic. Cathy, his Admin Assistant, called me even on Sundays to get my appointments straight and my questions answered; when some changes came up in Dr. Sudan's schedule she went above and beyond to get me a surgery date that would work with my insurance company rollover (saving me thousands of dollars) and everyone I've had to deal with in the office has been great. Patrick, the nutritionist, has been fantastic, and Barbara, Dr. Sudan's nurse, is very nice. Dr. Sudan checked on me every day and made sure I got all my questions answered very thoroughly, and was really understanding with things I was anxious about.
Update: 8 days postop: this has been the smoothest recovery of any surgery I've had-and this is by far the most major. I have five incisions that are healing beautifully (and look like there will be minimal scarring); the only bruising I have is around the JP drain site, which is also itself just about closed. I've not had any problems tolerating foods, no nausea, and really just the expected incisional pain. As an RN, I have to say this is turning out to be a five-star recovery and I'm looking forward to the rest of the process.
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I've spent my whole life struggling with weight, like most people who come to this point. Actually I'd thought about wls for years, but couldn't afford it. This past November I got a state job and when I discovered (by flipping through the health insurance policy book) that wls was covered, I was ecstatic and started working on it the next day.
I decided on the DS because after doing a lot of review it seemed to me like the best surgery for my needs and for a good quality of life postop. Being a nurse, I studied it in serious detail before I made any decisions.
Now that surgery's just a week away, I'm getting nervous, but not so much about the surgery itself as about what life will be like afterwards. I remember my clinical instructor in nursing school once saying that success can be very scary to some people. I didn't understand it then, but I'm starting to understand it now. How will I handle life in a little body? Do I even really believe I can ever be little at all?
I can't visualize it. I keep trying.