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Surgeon TestimonialRavindra Mailapur (COE)I believe things happen for a reason! I first saw Dr. M in 2008 when I was seeking to have Lap-Band surgery. He strongly discouraged me from having the band and all but said he wouldn't do it. He felt very strongly it was not the right surgery for me. That's not what I wanted to hear. I was terrified of RNY bypass & sleeve was not covered by insurance at that time. So, I went to another doctor who did the lap-band surgery. That surgeon came to a new hospital for my surgery, but then decided he didn't want to remain on staff there.... he continued my care in his office, but his hospital is out of network for me - meaning I had no coverage for band fills or coverage for revision. So, I spoke with him about revision - but that it would mean changing surgeons. I'm sure that was not his ideal outcome, but in the end, it was my decision. In the meantime, I had become a part of many of the support activities provided by Dr. M's program and knew Angie (nurse), so I contacted her for guidance & I found myself going back to Dr. M, along with my husband - who had decided to have VSG also! I think it speaks a lot of him that he took me back! It was a very awkward first meeting, since I had walked away from his advise years ago.... but I think we both took it in stride! It is clear that he knows his business and sticks to his convictions when he thinks someone is making the wrong choice. He is firm, but kind.
Angie, the bariatric program nurse & Linda, the dietitian are great! So kind and very helpful! When my pre-op weight was not coming off - they were both there to help me along the way!! Jessica, the nurse in the office got all of our stuff together and we were both approved quickly!!
I recently had my last pre-op appointment with Dr. Mailapur. He asked me if I would have changed surgeons if I had not had the insurance issues. The question caught me off guard & I had a hard time with the answer. I honestly said, "I don't know". I met several of his patients in the support group meetings, and at the yearly Christmas parties they SANG his praises!! Everyone seemed pleased with him. I talked to my band group friends several times about changing to him, even before I decided to have revision. I also know the amount of support and education I have received with this program vs. the one when I got my band - is night & day!! He wants his patients educated and ready for this life changing surgery!!! So, after having time to think about it, my answer is the same.... would I have still gone to him? I don't know.... I think so... but I can never be sure, as I never really had the option to choose!! But I can say with every certainty that I am glad I did!! Things happen for a reason!!
- Books & Literature - LOVE mysteries (Mary Higgins Clark, Lisa Gardner, Michael Prescott)
- Cats - Coda (11 yo domestic short hair tabby)
- Dogs - Pixy (13 yo rat terrier/chihuahua) & Ginger (17 mo Golden Retriever/Beagle)
- Music - Love all music
- Radio & Television - I Love TV: BB, House, SVU, CSI, many more
- Swimming - My DH got me a pool this summer!!
- Dancing - Love to go see local bands and get jiggy with my bad self!! LOL!!
Woo Hooo!!! I have a date!!! on September 29, 2008 8:27 pm
Finally.... today, I got my surgery date!! I am a nervous wreck!! A bundle of excitement and confusion - but I have worked long and hard for this so I will work through all that by the time OCTOBER 21 gets here!! WOO HOO!! Thanks to all the great people at OH who have been there for me through all the ups & downs and provided a shoulder to lean on!
You are all great and I look forward to hangin' out on the bench with ya!!
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Just a quick update! on July 25, 2008 8:25 pm
Well, in March 2008 I went to see Dr. Foreman to establish myself as a patient. He told me he wanted me to lose 40 pounds before I schedule surgery to get my BMI at or below 50. Four months later, I have lost very little and continue to try desperately to get the rest off!! I decided on July 15 to start the liquid MediFast diet. I have not been entirely perfect (far from it actually), but I have managed to lose a total of 22.4 pounds! Wow... I still have alot to go, but I am shocked I made it this far!
This has been a long, hard journey so far. Mentally, physically, emotionally, and I am getting to the point of exhaustion! I don't want to feel this way! I really want to get a second wind and GET THIS DONE!!!
Best of luck to everyone on this journey with me!!
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Things are looking up... God is *so* Good! on February 26, 2008 11:11 pm
After all that happening last week I really got serious about prayer where this whole thing is concerned. I was thinking maybe this WLS was just not meant to be… then I realized I had had this terrible experience and not once hit my knees (literally or figuratively) about it! So, before I made the decision to give up myself - I cleared my mind and really just gave it to God. If it all worked out, so be it… if not, so be it!
Feeling I should at least do my part to give it one more try, last night I posted on my state forum requesting info. on surgeons in my area. Well, I mentioned his name my original surgeon's name & today his associate READ MY POST!?!?!? He sent me a P.M. that although the original surgeon does not operate at the in-network facility, he *IS* able to perform the procedure at the covered hospital! I will just need to call his office tomorrow! I've met this doctor and think he will be great. WHAT ARE THE ODDS?? Plus, how great was it for him to take the time to give me that info.??
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That Didn't Go So Well... on February 21, 2008 12:00 am
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Well, I go to surgeon #2 today and the experience was a nightmare!!! After being tossed new paperwork at the receptionist’s window and being triaged by a nurse who looked terrified and hardly talked loud enough to have her voice recognized by dolphins, I was sent into a tiny, poorly laid out room to sit on a hospital mat and wait for the doctor. He rushed in spouting questions and instructing me on what I weighed, what I should weigh, and how much I need to loose to get to that weight. Then amongst the flurry of questions he asks if I have any.... ummmm, well, I did - but I have forgotten what now! So, I make reference to the fact that I am interested in the LapBand at which point he tells me essentially... I am too fat for a LapBand. He asks if I will be happy losing “15 pounds”. I say no - so he says well, you need gastric bypass then. So when I stick to my decision that I want the LapBand he asks if I know how much weight I have to loose to get to a BMI < 50. I say yeas about 50 pounds. So, he tells me to loose 50# and call him. After I find him (since he left the room and ran off without me while I finagled the maze of a treatment to get my jacket), he tosses me some papers as I leave and says this is the diet I can follow and turns to chat with the receptionist. WHAT?? Am I on candid camera??? This experience did not just happen to me.... did it?
I am still in shock & don't really know what to do at this point. However, I do know this… whatever it is I decide – this “doctor” will have NO part in it!!!!!
Starting Over on February 10, 2008 1:45 pm
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Well, it has been a while since I have posted here… and a lot has happened without much happening! In August, just hours before my initial appointment with Dr. Facundus, I received an unexpected phone call from someone offering me a job. The job was closer to home and more money, but meant a complete overhaul not only in my personal and professional life, but how would the change in insurance effect my WLS? I even *briefly* considered not taking the job, but in the end knew it was the best choice for me & my family. Well, fast forward to January 31st. I finally had another appointment with the nutritionist. I called United HealthCare to confirm everyone was “in-network”. The customer service rep. says I’m fine. Dr. Facundus and Crestwood are “in-network”. So, one nutritional consult and $175 later I find out that the hospital is NOT “in-network” and I have NO out-of-network benefits for bariatric surgery!
So… since the reps at UHC can apparently be clueless, I am out a total of over $600 dollars and now in the process of finding another surgeon. I have heard good things about Surgeon #2 (I'm removing Dr.'s name to show him more respect than he showed me, so we'll call him surgeon #2), and will be going to his seminar on 2/12. Please say a little prayer that this time around, things will go a bit more smoothly!
Moral of the story: Always, always, always make sure the information being given to you is correct!!!
My name is Tonya. I am now 35 years old... I have been overweight all my life. I have tried all there is to try that I could afford with no luck!! I am an emotional and impulsive eater and that has made weight loss very difficult for me. I decided to have LapBand surgery to help me control my portion sizes and get some control back into my life.