I lost 68 pounds prior to gastric bypass surgery and 22 pounds in the 3 weeks following the surgery, thus far.
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Surgeon: Scott A. Shikora M.D.
Dr. Shikora comes across as a competent, straight forward, compassionate caregiver. While cocky, as many surgeons are, I found him to be extremely respectful and giving of his time in terms of answering all of my questions prior to surgery and following me through after the surgery.
Dr. Shikora's staff, the entire team at New England Medical Center (NEMC) is fabulous. They are a busy office, yet they treat you like you are the only patient they have. I feel for them all because the treating psychologist, Dr. Darrell Vogel, passed away unexpectedly, and he was the cornerstone of the program...a truly great guy.
They place a great deal of emphasis on aftercare, providing groups and accessibility. My questions are answered in a very timely manner and the medical director, Dr. Saltzman, another fabulous doctor, is available by email.
The team addressed the risks, worked with me prior to the surgery to lose weight so that my procedure could be done laproscopically, and they continue to see me through. I cannot say enough about these folks. They are wonderful, warm, highly skilled care givers who care a lot about people who struggle with size.
Jody Abrams, Commonwealth PPO, Tufts Total
I had no real direct experience in dealing with my insurance company. According to the program at NEMC, there were no difficulties in securing my approval.
I did have to contact them regarding accessing my psych benefits to cover meeting with the psychologist and I had no problems.