UPDATE OF 1/29/04: I've lost 60 pounds now! :)
Surgeon: Gerrit Smith, M.D.
I had the surgery in December of 1997. I have lost over 200 lbs.
I maintained my 200 pound weight loss. However, since I began my weight loss venture at 547 pounds, I did not lose as much as I wanted to.
Thus, I had a revision surgery on October 7, 2003. I had a different surgeon - Dr. Paul Lin of Washington DC. He is very sweet, with an excellent bedside manner.
I have lost another 40 pounds since surgery and just this week started back working out.
Dr. Gerrit Smith has to be the best doctor I have ever had in my life. He is a caring physician who literally saved my life. His bedside manner was so gentle. There is a picture in his office of a surgeon operating on a patient. Behind the surgeon is Jesus guiding his hand. Once I saw that picture, I knew that I was in the right place. When I met with Dr. Smith, he was very concerned about my overall health and immediately put a plan in motion for me to lose weight. After surgery, he showed as much care as he did prior to surgery. I would rate him and his staff as the best in the nation. I will never forget Dr. Gerrit Smith - the man who saved my life!