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Erik Wilson, M.D.
Dr. Wilson was referred to me by a close friend who had bypass with him. He and his staff are incrediblly caring and attentive. I have had to call several times with post-op questions and I always received a kind reception and prompt answers. I like that they spend time with me when I'm there - exhausting every question and issue that I have. They provide a great aftercare program with groups and nutritionists available to all patients. rnrnThe only downside of Dr. Wilson's practice is that you will have to wait extended amounts of time when you go for appointments (2 and 3 hours for me). I guess that is because he spends so much time with each patient - allowing us to ask and share all that we need to.
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I had my lapband put in on my birthday - Nov 14 - 3 years ago. The first 6 months were okay but then I began having more unfills than fills - and often the unfills were long after a fill so something wasn't adding up. I was then diagnosed with AutoImmune Disease with an Arthritis that flared in my esophagus and GI tract. VAVOOM!!!! Now we understood why I kept having to get unfills on the edge of death and inability to breathe! Man, I just figured I was a faiure and would never succeed. I started researching the Sleeve and decided to switch but then came another diagnosis - I had cancer. I knew the surgeries and chemo that lay ahead meant I would have to completely empty my band. that was a tough day because I felt helpless. I've had my band empty for a year and am halfway through the chemo. Internal swelling got so bad that I got caught even with an empty band. So...time for that sucker to come out!! I had a marathon surgery with the band and port removed, my gall bladder removed, a little hernia repaired, and ...wait for it... MY SLEEVE created! I was so thrilled at the thought of a permanent tool that will work well with my cancer, Arthritis, and weight loss to keep cancer from recurring. Skinny people do get cancer but the info I was reading was clar that obesity plays a major role in the rate of recurrence. It also causes a higher liklihood of infection and after spending a week in ICU with one of those this summer, I'm scared sleeveless! LOL - - now I feel there is hope again. Hope that I can beat cancer and be healthy for a lifetime!
If you've revised to a Sleeve, I'd love to hear from you. I'm still on liquids so I've got some preparing to do for the transition to foods and to learn the signs of fullness. What's normal? What's not?
God has blessed me richly - over and over again!