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I remember the first time I met Dr Cooper. I am a nurse at the local hospital, and he had just came to our facility. He was so nice, had an easy manner about him, and always showed the highest respect for his patients and their families, as well as the caregivers at the hospital. My respect for him has only grown over the years, as he has always maintained a calm composure, is respectful to everyone, and is always willing to teach patient, family, and hospital staff alike. His office staff is tops, very friendly and knowledgeable, and they never treat anyone like \"just a patient\", but like family that everyone is concerned about getting great care and getting better. I had considered bariatric surgery before he came to my area, but the surgeons in the next town didn't impress me enough to pursue it any further. Dr Cooper made me realize that I could have the surgery and learn to take care of myself again, in a healthy way. He made sure that I knew that this was a program, not just a surgery, and that this is a team effort, and not just me! I give him a perfect 10, as well as other patients of his do. If you're in Indiana and are considering any bariatric surgery, I urge you to talk to him and his team, they make you see the possibilities, while letting you know that the future is in your hands! So far my outcome has been excellent, but as a nurse, I knew the expectations, as well as any possible drawbacks. The only thing that some people may find lacking is that this facility is in a small town, and if you are not from the area, your support people may have a hard time finding things to do, although Indy, Louisville and Cincinnati are all within a drivable distance. Now, that being said, I prefer the small town atmosphere, although it's not everyone cup of tea.
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I ate for comfort, loneliness, boredom, stress, just because. I came from a family that believed (actually still does believe) that if you're not eating then somethings wrong with you!
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Once upon a time I was thin and in good health, except for smoking like a freight train. I was about 29, and had really been "underweight", according to my dr, by about 20 lbs. We were looking for ways to help me gain weight. I was 2 times divorced and had met a new someone who promised to help me with the weight gain in a healthy way. 1 year later we married and I had put on the 20 lbs, + 10 extra to boot. I stayed that way for about a year and decided to quit smoking. I gained 120 lbs in 3 months! I couldn't believe it. I'm a nurse, I was doing something healthy with my body, and this horrible thing happens! My doctor said that even if I laid in bed all day eating bon-bons, I couldn't have gained that weight, so something medically had to be wrong. After many months of labs, and no answers, I decided to switch drs. My first visit, labs were then done again, and within 1 week I found out that I had type 2 diabetes, and had been that way for years, apparently my old fashioned dr didn't pay attention to that particular lab, or chose not to deal with it . My new dr said that I should lose weight and the diabetes would go away. Needless to say, YEARS of yo-yo dieting, and many meds later, and I have co-workers that are having a new bariatric surgery that is helping them in amazing ways. Of course, skeptical at first, I worry about the malabsorption of RNY, and the foreign object containment of the lap band. They explain to me that these are not concerns, but that I should call the bariatric surgeon at our hospital and start researching on the internet. I started the research first and decided that I would either have the realize band or sleeve gastrectomy. After speaking with my surgeon, Dr Robert Cooper, of Seymour, IN, I decided on the sleeve, and embarked on a journey that is surely gonna change my life in good ways. I had surgery on 9/30/09, and the story continues.........