I'm 42, married, mother of one daugher and soon to be grandmother for the first time. I've battled weight since I had my daughter in 1980. I've tried all the diets only to eventually have it all come back. The past two years the arthritis and blood pressure have gotten worse and the bipap machine for sleep apnea just drives me nuts so I decided last Sept. to start checking into the surgery. Dr. Helling at St. Lukes Hospital is going to do my RNY surgery on June 7 (if I don't get bumped back on the schedule). I want to be up and doing well by August 11 when my grandbaby is suppose to be here!
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Surgeon: Thomas S. Helling M.D.
Dr. Helling was very quiet but he was patient and answered the few questions I had left to ask. His nurse and dietician were full of information -- I had two pages of questions to ask when I went for my appointment but by the time they were finished there was only a few things I had left to ask the doctor. Aftercare is very important to them and they have a group meeting once a month. The only thing I didn't care for is how far out the surgery dates are - when I went in he was scheduled four months out.
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Federal
I didn't have any trouble with them. My PCP put all my medical records - test results, his findings etc. together and submitted them along with a letter stating why I should have the surgery.