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I first met Dr. Yadegar about 4 years ago. First impression was very soft-spoken, well-spoken and completely a gentleman in the pure sense of the word. He reccommended the Lap Band for me and told me to call another doctor, which I didn't. I heard thru the grapevine that he was working on getting his Band Cert, so I decided to wait & see how long that process would take. I checked back with him nearly 2 years ago and was originally scheduled for the RNY in Sept, 2009. During my pre-op testing, he found the gastric polyps, and advised me that the VSG would be the best procedure for me. Then we discovered the insurance company wasn't going to approve the VSG. They would approve the RNY or the Band. He advised me to wait a few months and see if they changed their position. They didn't. I was unhappy about the whole process and decided to capitulate to the insurance co and have the Band. I was scheduled for that in April, 2010. At my pre-op consult he again told me that he understood how badly I wanted surgery, and that he really wished I would reconsider my decision for the Band, and wait to see if the VSG became more mainstream. I took his advice seriously, and waited until the insurance approved it. Why tell you all this? To show he isn't afraid to change his initial conclusion when additional info surfaces that has bearing on the patient's health. He did not treat me like a cookie-cutter doctor, right up to time of surgery when he had to do the main surgery, plus "stitch-fix" (my word not his) my hiatal hernia and biopsy some spots he found on my liver during the procedure.
Dr Yadegar has always treated me with outstanding courtesy, been completely professional but not too full of himself and can explain "the why" behind everything he recommends as part of treatment. He emphasizes aftercare, and reminds his patients that this IS a lifelong committment he is making to our health and we shoulod do the same.
I have watched some changes in the office staff and re-shuffling of their duties due to a busier schedule. Personally, I have not had a negative encounter with anyone there. The girls have always treated me politely, professionally and spoken in a friendly manner to me.
My overall rating of Dr Yadegar and his office would be completely 5 stars!
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My story...I haven't always been as big as I am right now. When I was in high school, I was average, or slightly bigger than average. My wedding dress was a size 10 (that was 37 years and 3 pregnancies ago). After my last baby (now almost 27), I weighed about 185. That was heavy, but not deadly. I had serious asthma and numerous allergies to the world around me. In 1994 I started my current job doing customer service. I weighed 195, and was still active. About 3 years later, I somehow pinched a nerve in my back. That was when my activity level began to decline, and my weight started inching up. To make a long story short, the heavier I got, the more my body protested until I hurt absolutely all over. I had a serious asthma attack, and the doctor gave me Prednisone for about 10 days...those were 9 days of glorious pain-free life, so I went back and asked what I could do to have that same pain-free feeling. I was referred to a rheumatologist who did some lab work and diagnosed that I have an autoimmune system disorder, more commonly seen in older people, called Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I also discovered that my knees were disintregrating, and the rheumatologist said I will need them both replaced in the future. I started in on some high levels of Prednisone to get my pain levels under control. I took higher doses of Prednisone for about 3 years, until my "sed rate" was back in normal levels (sed rate is a blood component that they monitor for my particular condition), then I had to very gradually work down the dosage of Prednisone. By then my weight had ballooned to 245. Fast forward to 2004. I first began researching weight loss surgery. I read everything I could find about the different the procedures, and in 2006, I had my first visit with Dr. Yadegar, who had recently opened his bariatric office in our area. He reviewed my history and, as the "p.m.r." was active, and I was taking methyltrexate for it, he suggested I see another doctor whose practice was quite far from where I live who had done the lap-band more than any other surgeon he knew. To say I was devastated is an understatement! I don't "do" the L.A. freeways very well (we live in a rural type area), and didn't want to deal with it. I went to the gym, worked out with a great trainer...went back to WW for the 4th time...had NO results. I had become so skeptical, that I became my own worst enemy. About a year ago, I heard from a friend that Dr. Yadegar was in the process of obtaining his "band certificate", and to keep checking until he had received that. My weight had mushroomed to 274 & my BMI was 47. I was ecstatic when I called earlier this year and was told he had obtained it. I finally made an appointment to see him in July, 2009. We had our consultation, and as the "p.m.r." had been in remission since January, and I have been off the meds since then, he felt this might be a window of opportunity for the RNY. I was given a "laundry list" of tests to have done, and have checked back with his office to see how my pre-op weight loss is doing. I completed the pre-op tests and have lost about 10 pounds. In the course of the testing, it was discovered that I have gastric polyps. When Dr. Yadegar received the test results showing that, he called and told me he felt I should have a procedure called the "sleeve gastrectomy". That is where I am right now. My surgery date is scheduled for Monday, September 21, 2009. My weight at this moment is 265. My next consultation with Dr. Yadegar is Wed, September 9th.