I have been overweight all me life. It keeps getting worse as I get older, and after I have had a child 2 1/2 years ago,I feel worse than ever. I am scheduled to have surgery 7/11/02 at Alvarado in San Diego with Dr. Ellner. I am very excited and fought hard to get this far. I looked in to surgery twice before, but never had surgery before in my life, so I was nervous. I have had a c-section now, and feel comfortable with surgery - as much as I can feel good about surgery. I chose Alvarado Center for Surgical Weight Loss because they have such a low mortality rate. I can't bare the thought of leaving my daughter and husband, so I went to the place with the lowest rate (.007%)if i remember correctly. If anyone else will be at Alvarado at the same time, please email me. I would like to go through this with someone else I get to know.
Hospital Reviews(San Diego, CA) - Alvarado Hospital
Surgeon: Julie Ellner, M.D.
I am back home safely now from surgery. I am just a week out and seem to be doing pretty well. There is some soreness from the incisions on my waistline, but overall I can't complain. I am grateful for the fast recovery. Every day is a little better. No nausea yet, which amazes me. Although, the jello and broth towards the end made me just about heave thinking of eating another bite. Something about eating it for 21 meals in a row. Everybody was just superb at Alvarado. I am glad I made the trip to California. I am 10 days out and have lost 15 lbs. so far. I can't see or feel it yet, but I know it is going in the right direction. I am debating about going back to work tomorrow, but probably should take a few more days. The biggest problem with going back is what to wear, so it doesn't bother my incisions.
I am 6 months out now and feel great. I am exercising basically every day which is unheard of for the old overweight me. I don't want to lose all the muscle so I feel like I have to. I am down 92 lbs. with about 55 to go. The weight loss has slowed down some, but still keeps moving in the right direction. I always was an extremely slow loser with diets so I am not surprised. I don't regret the decision to have this at all. I cut my hair to a shorter length for the first time in 21 years because I always thought longer fuller hair would slenderize my face. Well after all the hair loss my full hair was very thin and dry. Therefore, I felt I had to cut off all the damaged stuff. It is hard to get used to, but is somewhat liberating that I finally felt like I could cut it if I wanted to.
I have not met with Dr. Ellner yet, as I am coming from Iowa. They allow me to come three days before surgery to do a whole days worth of testing, etc. before the surgery. That way I don't have to fly out there twice.
I am 10 days post op and down 15 lbs. I have met with Dr. Ellner frequently while I was in San Diego. My first impression was very caring. She took a large amount of time with my husband and myself answering and just chatting. My impression did not change of her over time. Her office staff was excellent, it is a well oiled machine. She was very open and understanding and checked on me frequently while in the hospital. Her surgical competence was great, as I had less problems, pain, or complications than i thought I could have.
They approved the same day that they received the fax. I didn't know this until I called them to check on it a few days later. They told me it was approved the same day, I just hadn't received the letter yet. There was not an exclusion policy on this plan yet. The letter that Alvarado sent to them was extremely impressive, quoting medical references, etc. No wonder they approved right away. This place is very convincing.