Had AGB surgery 7/21/03. Went very well, no problems. Would do it again in a minute. For me the Lap-Band was the way to go.
Hospital Reviews(Worcester, MA) - UMass Memorial
Surgeon: John Kelly, M.D.
I thought he was wonderful the first time I heard him speak. He always attends monthly informational meetings and very oftens stays late to continue answering questions. His program is very intensive and all the departments really work together to provide you with the best support pre and post-op. It is a longer program than some but it is well worth it because of the incredible support that is given. He has always been available when I had questions and he never made me feel hurried. He is a very good listener and doesn't talk down to you wich is very important to me. I don't usually have a good relationship with doctors but he is very much an exception. He really makes sure you understand completely what you are getting into and will not proceed with the surgery until he feels you are ready mentally for it. He is soft spoken and makes you feel instantly at ease and secure. The office staff was always very pleasent and tried their best to accomidate. I couldn't possibly say enough good things about Dr. Kelly, I was very lucky to have had him for a surgeon. I have tried but I really cannot say anything negative about Dr. Kelly. The only negative that I have is with the other departments such as Nutrition and Behavoiral Medicine. Those problems, such as long waits between visits and delayed paperwork, were strictly due to inadequate staffing and not competence. They did try their best to be fair with everyone and patience is needed. It took me one year to get through the program but to me it really didn't seem that long. I have no regrets and would not have gone anywhere else even if they told me I could have had it done much sooner.
I myself did not have any problems with the insurance. They have covered everything . The doctors office sent out the paperwork and within three weeks I had approval and a surgery date. They have been great to deal with. I never had countless referrals or any paperwork hassles.