I had a medial gastric by-pass on July 6, 1999. My top weight was 322lbs, my BMI was 49. As of March 3, 2000 my weight is 194 with a BMI of 28.6. My goal weight is 155 give or take 10 pounds. I am currently 8 months post op.
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Surgeon: S. Ross Fox M.D.
I was operated on by Dr. Ki Oh and Dr. Ross Fox at Puget Sound Hospital. I felt that these two surgeons were very skilled and educated about this procedure and the post op management of the bypass patient. The office staff is very in tune to the needs and issues that I have experienced. I have been especially pleased with the care that I have recieved from Steve Kochel, the PA that works in Dr. Fox's office. He is a wealth of information and goes out of his way to keep up with the needs of the longterm management of the bypass patient. The patient advocates, Blanch and Debra are a wonderful asset to this practice, they provide much information and support in the preop and initial postop period.
I am seen in the office one time a month, and can come in anytime that I have a concern. They are very responsive to me when I call with a question of concern.
The care I recieved in the hospital was good the initial post-op period. I was in the ICU for the first 16 hours and had a wonderful nurse taking care of me. The care I recieved on the floor was less then optimal and I would encourage you to have a family member or friend stay with you until you are discharged to home.
To pay for this surgery was the biggest obstacle for me having this surgery. My insurance company had made obesity surgery a direct exclusion in the plan so there was no fighting with them over this. My way to solve this was to use low interest VISA cards and then I did a home equity loan to consolidate the debt. It was worth every penny, so don't let the money stand in the way of regaining your life and dumping all of that extra life draining fat!!
Regence, Sound Partnership PPO1
Just denied it and did not offer any alternative assistance.