- HEALTH TRACKER
Before & After
There are currently no before and after photos for this member.
See these instructions if you wish to submit your own Before & After photos.
Anthony Terracina, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Terracina has helped me change my life, and I can't imagine any other doctor who I would want beside me while I take this journey. rnrnMy first impression of Dr. T was the level of compassion he has for his patients. I attended his weight loss seminar in July 2008 and was pretty nervous. His partner, Dr. Clark, runs a separate fitness/diet facility called the Center For Metabolic Health. I had been going to Dr. Clark for a year for weight loss the \"natural\" way and had seen no results. I had sought Dr. Clark's program because I did NOT want to have surgery. I had no success so coming to a WLS seminar was very ... nerve wracking.rnBecause of conflict of interest, Dr. Clark could not be my surgeon (think of it...I did not lose weight on his diet plan so now he has to do surgery on me...what a bad thing for HIS income). Even though I didn't lose weight with Dr. Clark , he DID teach me about healthy eating and what my body needs to burn fat and not muscle so kudos to his Center for the education they provide!rnrnSo I show up at the seminar with my loving and supportive husband. They take me to weigh me and calculate BMI. Turns out my BMI was 38 and the nurse tells me I probably won't qualify as my only comorbidities were hiatal hernia, GERD and high cholesterol. Feeling hopeless, I burst into tears. Dr. T. must have heard me because he came rushing down the hall and led me into an examination room with the nurse. He looked at my chart and said, \"You stay. I can help you.\" rnrnDuring the seminar, he took everyone's questions and explained the whole banding and bypass procedures thoroughly (took 2 hours!). He was patient and kind. He told us about how as a general surgeon, he had seen many of the problems he was treating be cleared up by weight loss and believe that if he could help people lose weight, they wouldn't have as many health problems and need other surgeries. He told us how he had been doing laproscopic surgeries since the early 90's. He gave us his stats (mortality, etc). He was open and honest, laying everything on the table. rnrnI debated with myself until October about whether or not to have surgery. Since I was surprisingly approved in ONE week, I had no time to meet with Dr. T before I was approved. However, I made an appointment for November. When he walked into the room he said, \"You look a lot happier today!\". He actually remembered me! All those people and all his patients and he remembered me! rnrnHe was late coming in to my appointment but I didn't care because I knew he had been with another patient. I was his last appointment on a Friday at 1130 and he sat with me for an HOUR and answered all my questions. He didn't rush me or talk over me. He actually listened to my concerns and made me feel as though he truly cared for my well-being. I have never felt so supported by a doctor outside of my PCP.rnrnAfter my surgery at my post op appointment he was warm and encouraging. I couldn't help but cry and thank him for helping me change my life. He told me \"You ARE going to do it! You will be great!\"rnrnI wouldn't recommend any other doctor for this procedure. He is the best!rnrnDr. T's aftercare program offers support groups and a nutrition class. Plus you get unlimited visits with the nutritionist. There are many opportunities for good aftercare but it isn't handed to you. You have to schedule yourself which I think is good. It is after all YOUR journey.rnrnI think he excels both surgically and bedside manner. He will not hesitate to tell you that he is the best at what he does and most likely the best in the state of Virginia. I kind of liked that about him, but I can see where it would turn someone off.rnrnThe only negative I would say is that I personally did not talk with him after my surgery. He spoke with my husband and made sure he understood about my home care but then I think he left. I wasn't upset though because I figured if there was something really wrong with me, I would have seen him following. Plus I was kind of drugged still so I don't even know what I would have said to him. Besides, the nursing staff at the outpatient surgery unit in Sentara Careplex is AMAZING! I was in excellent hands!rnrnFuture patients of Dr. T should know that he believes in the band 100% if YOU work it the way you are supposed to 100%. Any failure with the band he attributes to the patient, not the band (unless of course the band is leaking or whatever).
Stacy T.'s Journey
Click Here To View
Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I was the "thin" one out of me, my mom and my sister. My mom and sister were always over 250lbs and always dieting. I never had the problem. Until I turned 18 and my Freshman 15 was more like the Freshman 80. After that, it was impossible to lose it in a healthy way. My sophomore year of college had me losing all of it in 1.5 months...not good and not the greatest time of my life. It came back on steadily until I was about 26 and I was over 200lbs and working my way into the 2-teens. I was a size 20-22. I was depressed. I was 3 years married, wanting to have children and knowing that at this weight I would NEVER be healthily pregnant. So I started trying in earnest. I tried Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutri-System, South...
Latest Surgery Support Comments
My story is I never used to have a problem with weight. Then I turned 18 and went to college and it was downhill from there. My "Freshman 15" was actually a "Freshman 75". I went from 110 to 185 in two semesters (thats only 9 months). A year later I was really depressed and ended up dropping 55 pounds in a month and a half. I went from a size 18 to a size 4 in 6 weeks. I would love to say that I did this in a healthy way but I didn't. I worked out 3 hours a day after class and I hardly ate at all (my stomach was always nauseated from the depression). After that the weight came back, slowly at first, and then I was back up to about 170 before I knew it. I have been that way for the last 7 years (and have even gained more despite my dieting efforts) and have had no success with diets and exercise (even though I am an exercise fiend).
I was first introduced to the possiblity of WLS by my mother who had RNY in 2003. She was living with my husband and I at the time and saw how much I was struggling. I had been a part of a doctor monitored weightloss program for about 9 months and had seen no lasting results. I was frustrated because I was doing all I was supposed to and nothing was working. Even the doctor couldn't tell me why I wasn't losing weight (or even changing my body composition).
Going into this program, I knew it was the last step. My back was hurting much more from the weight I was carrying (I have pretty bad curvature of the spine). My husband and I wanted to start a family but could I afford to gain pregnancy weight on top of the 205 pounds I was already carrying? I could no longer clean my house without wearing supportive sneakers and taking breaks. Even getting in and out of the bathtub was becoming more and more difficult. So when my mother suggested WLS, my reaction was agreement right? WRONG
I freaked. How could I need WLS? I have been successful at EVERYTHING I wanted to do in my life. Grad school, sports, musical instruments, you name it, I can do it or I could do it. Surely I, of all people, could lose the weight?!?
Well it turns out I can't and coming to grips with that has been the hardest part of my WLS journey. I never identified with myself in THIS body so even accepting the fact that I am obese and need help as it is starting to hurt my body has been tough. These are the things I have been facing since April 2008. This is why I came to this board. Not only to get answers to my questions on gastric band, but to be supported as I come to understand that I am NOT a failure because I can't lose weight, that the cards are stacked against me in terms of genetics and that I am obese NOW but I won't be forever.