It is now two weeks since my RNY. I weighed myself this morning, and I have actually lost 14 pounds! That is a pound a day. I was startled, but I guess eating only about 600-700 calories a day should do this.
Hospital Reviews(Pontiac, MI) - North Oakland Medical Center
Surgeon: Mark Pleatman MD
I am not great at keeping records, so I found a fabulous piece of software, especially if you have a Palm or other handheld computer, it is called calorie King. You can keep track of your food on a daily basis using their remarkable database and even putting in food )like shake mixes) that aren't already in there; keeps weight records by date and graphs them for you; allows you to keep track of all the fluid you drink and exercise. I love the part where it calulates the nutrients you eat including protein. It isn't expensive and comes in a form for regular computers as well as the Palm, but I like having it with me all the time. The website where I found it is http://www.calorieking.com/handheld/.
I am glad I made the choice to have this surgery, and the choice of this surgeon. I actually have to drive for about an hour to reach his office and the support group while there are others who are much closer, but I feel confident that this is a skilled surgeon who reallly cares about his patients.
I like the smallness of everything. It makes it all so much more personal. His staff is very caring. The person in the office who arranges everything is Jo. As I left the office after the pre-surgery visit, she asked me to call after the surgery because she wanted to know how I was doing...and I knew that this was a real and personal request. She handled EVERYTHING with the insurance company. Now, I have a great company and didn't expect problems, but I knew that they would take of anything that came up, and they did.
Dr. Pleatman holds an outstanding presurgery session where he explains all about surgery and ALL the options, including the ones that he doesn't do himself. He is a laproscopic surgeon, and as I am recovering (It is now 9 days post-op) I realize that I have experienced so much less pain, discomfort and difficulty than friends who have a traditional surgery. I was only in the hospital for one night, and already I am feeling like getting out of the house and doing something.
Dr. Pleatman has had many years doing laproscopic surgeries, but he has only been doing lap bands and RNY for two years. There is a support group and dietician, but they are very new. There is a "program fee" that you must pay from your own money to support these things.
I have usually had no difficulty with this company, so I wasn't surprised that there were no problems at all. However, I must say that I did NONE of it. Dr. Pleatman's office told me what papers and tests I needed to get, and they handled all of it for me.