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My 1st impression of Dr. Hargroder was great. He is very confident and personable. He is not afraid to take on high risk patients and people with special requests. Not to mention really nice on the eyes. He don't look nothing like the picture in here. Anyway, I was very impressed but my DH was impressed too. That was a shock, it really takes a lot to impress him. My impression of him did not change it only got better. He was and is a great surgeon, with an excellent reputation. I absolutely love everyone in his office with one exception. I'm not to keen on his assistant. She didn't do anything wrong, just didn't impress me much at all and has no bedside manor at all. I guess that is what I liked least about him and his staff. I really think he can do much better. I didn't like the fact that in my post op visit he did not see me, his assistant did. I asked his Adm assistant (my girl - Christy, absolutely wonderful person) about that, she said all I have to do is request to see Dr. H and he has no problem seeing his post ops, he lets his assistant do it to speed up things while he is seeing new patients and since post ops usually have no problems, its quicker that way. I personally feel I paid for a Dr. not a PA. His practice offers excellent after care and wants to follow us for 3 - 5 years. This is included in his surgical costs, which are great!!! 11,900 total for everything!!! He offers a support group with classes every Wed. night in house, website support group and much more. I was informed of all risks of surgery beforehand, but I was very informed before I contacted him. He had no problem spending time with me answering any questions I had. On a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being the best, I would rate him a 1000 or better. Everything about my experience was great as far as he is concerned. I highly recommend Dr. Hargroder and his office staff. I would tell anyone, He is the greatest!rnTammy Spitchley
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your pathways straight. Proverbs 3 : 5-6
Me July 8th, 2008
Take a look at my new grandbaby, Justin Matthew born July 8th 5 pounds 9 oz, he is so sweet.........
Some of our Dec. Cruise pics
Beliez City, I wasn't impressed here, to busy, to many people......
Next two are Isle of Rotan Honduras I was very impressed here. It was absolutely beautiful but a very poor city.
Look at the water. It is so beautiful
Me pooped out after a long day in Beliez
Rick and I in the photo studio on the ship
My daughters Susan to my right and Rebecca to my left
Me, Rick and Susan in Cozumel
Next 3 are Rick and I with a sting ray at Sting Ray city, Grand Cayman. If you get the chance do this!!! It is a blast!
Me, my girls and there husbands Mike and James in Cozumel
Me and Susan
All of us trying to figure out weather to go to the comedy show or karoke or bed
my belly incisions 11/25/07
Me 11/20/07 158 pounds and then Me 1/28/07 272 pounds What do you think? Am I happy or not. PS....., my hair is not fixed and no makeup but Oh well.......
Am I happy with my sleeve? Dang Right-------Down to 174 pounds - loss of 94 pounds so far and counting!
Me 9/7/07 in Florida
Pre Surgery at 268 pounds in Feb. 07
My honey and me in Florida
10/21/07 162 size 5 to 7
OH MY GOSH!!!!!, Look at that. It is June 2nd......Less than 2 days!!!! Its almost here!!!!! How do you scream on the Internet??????? SCREAM !!!!!!!!Did that work, HEHEHEHEHEHEHE I'm so EXCITED!!!!!
I'm in my hotel room at the Days Inn in Denham Springs, (I don't recommend it at all) trying to sleep, but I'm so excited I can't stand it. I have a sleeve sister - Lauren. Her surgery got bumped up and were having identical sleeves less than a day apart. YEA ! I also have to have my gall bladder out too though. Well, I have pre op in the morning at Vista Surgical Center. Don't know what I am in for but I really don't care. I have been waiting for this for so long, I really don't care what they do to me. Stick, probe whatever......HEHEHEHEHE Wish me and my new sister luck! We are going for it! God Bless!
I have a date!!!! You can't see it but I have a cheezy grin on my face... I am so excited. I went to the support group last night and met the greatest group of people. I was so amazed. It is so funny, thoughts that have ran through my mind most of my life, that I thought were only mine....were spoken out loud by the others that were there. It was so strange. You know how we hate to go places sometimes because you know you will be the biggest person there, or you hate to go out and eat by your self because you know ever one will be staring at you, thinking she don't need that. And being looked over because of your size for jobs ect... It was really neat. We talked about successes, slow downs and milestones. Everyone was so positive. Everyone wanted everyone else to succeed. It was none of that I'm better than you or I'll beat you. It was... this is what worked for me and lets see if it will help you too. What will make a difference for you. Lets do it together. Call on me if I can be of any help.Things like that. It was truly a great experience. I go for pre op next wed and I can't wait...not because of pro op but because of support group wed. night. It was so great meeting all of you at group. Just please excuse my crazy husband. He has no cooth, he is a true nut. Tammy
Well, I just got news from Sue at Dr. Bellanger's. Not sure how to take it but it is very, very upsetting to me. Dr Bellanger is now refusing to do my sleeve and gallbladder at the same time. He says the risk of infection is too great. In all the research I have done, I have found it is common for Dr's to do both at the same time when there is a history of gallbladder disease. Same as repairing a hernia or other issues you may come up with. When I was in for my consultation I was talking to Dr. Hargroder's nurse said Dr H does it all the time and it wouldn't or shouldn't be a problem. I wonder if I can change to Dr. Hargroder. I really do not want to have to have 2 surgeries. And I really do not want anyone at the clinic upset with me. If I understand the risks, and am willing to take the chance, shouldn't it be partly my decision. Multiple surgeries also increase the risk of infection and even death....... Anytime you are dealing with being intubated and put under you have a risk that is far greater than an infection. That makes no sense at all. Has anyone else run into this before? It kind of makes me feel he isn't sure of himself, or that may be me just being upset and my mind running a little crazy. I was told he was very conservative. Tammy
May 17th 2007
Well it’s been a while since I've been here so I better update. I will be having surgery in June, hopefully the 1st week, but no exact date yet. I will be going to Dr. Ballenger in Baton Rouge and I will be having the sleeve. His price is the same as most places in Mexico and he is close to home. I am having severe gall bladder problems right now and I have been told it is because of the rapid weight loss that I have had over the last few months while doing the 6 month weight loss program (Phentermine) that insurance requires. It is so funny, they make you do 6 month program and it drops you below the BMI marker and you are now disqualified for insurance approval, knowing all the while when you get off the diet pills in the program you will gain it all over again. I will still be paying for the surgery myself, but since I had started the 6 month program and it is working I just kept going. I only have 3 months left that I can go and get the pills so hopefully this is a good jump start on my future. Prayers to all. Tammy
March 13, 2007
Here I go again, I have done messed up. I started calling and talking to a few other Doctors (and assistants) and I like them all, how do you choose. I was approved for my loan thanks to my daddy cosigning for me and now I need to figure out which way and where to go. There are so many people out there that just love there bands but I don't personally know any one of them. I work with 3 people that have had RNY. They have mixed feelings about there experiences. Some would do it again and some wouldn't. I've even seen posts about the gastric sleeve and it was actually recommended to me by one of the doctors, but I just don't know what to do. Please give me some advice. I'm praying God will lay it on my heart which way to go.March 3, 2007I have applied for financing for my WLS but I don't have high hopes because I have had some credit problems a few years ago when I had cancer. It has caused me many problems in financing my home and other things. I figured nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I tried. Anyway I still want to use Dr. Rumbaut or Dr. Kelly. Dr. Kelly is less expensive but it seems Dr. Rumbaut is more experienced. I will keep everyone up to date. God Bless us all! Well Dr. Rambaut's assistant sent me the cost estimates and he is several thousand dollars more than most of the others I have looked into in Mexico. For RNY with him I was quoted $14,600 plus I pay for the hotel for 7 days after surgery and the round trip flight to Monterrey and back home. It also says the cost may be more depending on if you have had previous abdominal surgery. I have had other abdominal surgeries. Tubal, exploitation surgery, and hysterectomy. The total will be just a little less than what you can have the RNY at Weight Loss Surgical Center in Baton Rouge, LA. They quoted me 18,500 as a cash price and they are close to home. I don't know what to do now. Why can't this be easy? Oh well......Have a great day!
Feb. 27, 2007
After reading so much great stuff on Dr. Roberto Rumbaut at the Obesity Surgery Center in Monterrey, Mexico. I think he is the man for me. This is subject to change. It has several times over the last month. I was leaning towards Dr Kelly until I started reading so many things on Dr. Rumbaut. The one constant is that I want this surgery bad. I am tired of being fat and tired of my knees hurting so bad all the time. Now all I have to do is work my butt off to save the money. No pun intended. Late last night I requested information from his office on the cost of RNY and I hope to hear from them today. Keep me in your prayers and I will do the same.God Bless
Jan. 31, 2007
Hi, My name is Tammy and I have been married for 26 years to a great guy. We have 3 daughters, 2 son-n-laws and a sweet (most of the time) grandson. I am here to find out some information, get advice and help in my struggle to obtain my health back. I am a Paramedic and have been in emergency medicine for 15 years. I love helping others.I started gaining my weight with my 1st pregnancy, 24 years ago and every year since I have gained a little more each year. Now that little more is alot more. My Health is getting bad. I have tried every diet out there and the only thing that helped in a temporary way was redux. I gained it all back once I got off the redux plus a little more. I know my story sounds just like so many others out there.Anyway, I have no insurance so I will have to pay for my surgery. If anyone has any advice, please let me have it. I have been looking into having surgery in Mexico because of the cost but I am afraid not knowing the conditions ECT. I am not afraid of the surgery and would have it today if given the opportunity. It is a shame that WLS can help so many people but it is so expensive. Our wonderful country has so much money to send every where to rebuild this and help out here and there but I can't find any help financially to improve my health and continue to work so I can pay more taxes. LOLNice to meet all of you!