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Denis Halmi, M.D.
When I first met Dr. Halmi, I thought he was very quiet. He is very direct, which I like in a doctor, and very compassionate. It's like he can look into my eyes and see my pain and frustration with weight loss. His staff is very efficient and friendly. His receptionist helped me push my primary care for the necessary referrals the same day I first appeared in his office. I would have liked for Dr. Halmi to be a little more talkative in the beginning. I always got the impression that he wants his patients to know up front the risks and that he takes this whole procedure and its process very seriously.
I would like for everyone to know that Dr. Halmi is a very considerate doctor. He actually comes to the support group meetings and follows up with you immediately if you have a concern or question. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate him at this point (pre-surgery) as being a 9. I physically watched this man come to a meeting and whip out his palm pilot to make sure that he rescheduled a patient who had the misfortune of scheduling her labs on the same day as her pre-surgery visit with him. He didn't leave it up to the patient to call the office the next business day. He took the initiative to write her name down in his palm and inform her that he can work around her schedule. I'd say that both his bedside manner and his surgical competence are both great. I look forward to the future with him as my doctor.
Latest Surgery Support Comments
Well, I am upon my 3rd year anniversary. I currently weigh 182 lbs. Am I happy with this...not really because I was smaller. I enjoyed being 170 lbs. But my husband thought I was too thin. I was finally happy because I had a "cushion" to play with and clothes that fit. In hindsight, I figured out that 170 lbs isn't really me. It is too thin for my frame.
A review of the last three yearsof my life reflects both personal ups and downs. I have been able to maintain my weight loss much easier than most people I have spoken to. BUT in saying this, I have to say that those who haven't been able to maintain their weight loss were not taking their vitamins and not eating in moderation.
For those of you who don't know, this surgery really is about a lifestyle change. You make a commitment to changing your past habits. It doesn't work if you think the surgery ALONE is the answer to your prayers. This is a tool, that if used properly, can help you. But if you don't make changes, you fall back into the former bad habits and you end up back at square one. It's easier to fall back than most think.
I have been true to taking my vitamins and getting moderate exercise. I never have liked to exercise because I truly don't like to sweat profusely. I know it's because I was self-conscious of being large and sweating. In a lot of ways I still carry these phobias with me. It was a part of me just like the weight for such a long period of time. I do a lot of walking in my daily commute to work. I still drink the IsoPure protein drinks. I have to admit, when I first began drinking them I didn't like them. They kind of grow on you.
A final thought, it's true that the more protein you get in, the more weight you lose. Take this with a grain of salt because the protein builds muscle and muscle, we all know, weighs more than fat.