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Hospital Reviews(Fresno, CA) - St. Agnes Medical Center
Surgeon: Zafar Parvez, M.D.
Got referal for USC. To this day have not heard from them after leaving 5 messages and being hung up on when I did get through.
Got referal to see a different Surgeon. Surgeon was willing to surgery but insurance denied because he wasn't contracted with b/c and was told there were surgeons with b/c that could do my surgery.
Got referal for 3rd surgeon. Was put on a waiting list and was told it would be a 9 month wait just to see the doc.
After 5 1/2 months of waiting was told they will no longer be accepting my insurance.
Got another referal, filled out and submitted pt. questionarre to UCLA. Was told that I would hear from them within 3 weeks of submitting all my info. Attempted many times to get an idea of when I would get an appt. and was told they don't know when they'll be avail to see me. It has been 5 1/2 months and they still have no idea when I will get an appt.
After countless hours researching for another surgeon I found one and contacted yet another office.(4 hours away) Got an appt. to attend a seminar and evaluation 1 week later.
10/05/04 Attended seminar and pt. evaluation. MET SURGEON!! Says he'll be happy to help me! Did Lab work right then and there!
(I researched this doctor thoroughly and did my homework on his practice before I got my referal). On 10/22/04 I have my Psyc eval. and nutrition consultation!!! I was told that my iron and b12 were low. I was instructed to start taking pre-natal vits twice a day and b12. Was also told that my ins. approved my surgery pending psyc eval. and nutrionist appts.
I am so grateful for my PCP and my B/C case Mngr Patty. I wasn't going to give up and they didn't either!
After a 4 hour drive met with the nutritionist. Appt. went well, she was impressed with how well informed I was. (I should be I've researched for over 4 years now!) Then went to Psyc Eval. Arrived early so the Dr. took me in early. After a few general questions he told me that with my education and understanding of the risks of WLS I made a great candidate! It only took 10 minutes before he wished me luck and said to go ahead with my plans!!! Yeah!!!!!
Needed to have more labs done to see if iron is better.
Got results iron is a little better! (Still working on it)
They ordered more labs!
Talked to surgeons office they say they never got nutritionist report so I called and requested it be faxed again. Called back and surgeon's office rec'd them and faxed them to my insurance company.
11/23/04 @ 9:01 a.m.
Got a call from Patty my B/C case manager... I'M APPROVED! What a wonderful feeling!!! THANK YOU PATTY. Will update with a surgery date!
Thank you OH for giving me a place to come and vent. It's been a very long 14 months.
11/23/04 @ 1:30 p.m.
Got "THE CALL" from my surgeons office. I'VE GOT A DATE! December 21, 2004 @ 2:30 p.m.!
When I first met Dr. Parvez I couldn't have been more pleased. He is a soft spoken, straight shooter with a good sense of humor. He was very thorough at his seminar and was able to answer any questions asked of him. My impression of him is still that he is genuinely concerned about his patients. His staff is efficient but a bit hurried. There is really nothing negative that I could honestly say about him. The only down side is that he doesn't do lap procedures. His open isn't bad though, he only needs 2 and 1/2 inches to change your life. He accepted me as his patient when no one would even meet with me. His office is in Fresno and I live in Downey, 4 hours away. His aftercare program is okay, and he does ask that you follow up with a nutrionist just to make sure you are doing okay with vitamins, and protein intake.
He covered not only the hazards of being obese and the damage it has on your body but has also thoroughly explained the risks you take when you undergo wls. I would rate him an overall 10. His bedside manner is okay but I would have to say his surgical competence is great.
Blue Cross, Medi-Cal
My B/C case manager was very helpful in contacting my Pcp and requesting referrals to various specialist. B/C medical wasn't the problem, it was finding a surgeon that hadn't dropped the insurance because of slow payment on the medi cal end. B/C is easy to deal and case managers are R.N.'s that can answer any questions you may have.