Well I finally had my surgery. It was on July 11, 2003. I was in the hospital for 15 days because of complications caused by getting aspiration pneumonia. I ended up with congestive heart failure and kidney failure. My doctor told me that if I had waited one more year to have this surgery, I couldn't have because my health would be too bad. I've had diabetes for 14 yrs and have several co-morbites (sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and neuropothy. I wear braces on both legs due to a degenerative condition of the joint enhanced by my diabetes. I have had to have multiple surgeries to correct the deteriation of the joints in my feet. In the past 3 weeks, I have stopped taking insulin and blood pressure medication. I have been trying new items every couple of days and so far am doing great on my new "diet". I've already noticed an improvement in my ability to get around. I'm tired at times but that's because I'm still rebuilding my strength from the pneumonia. I had to stay on a liquid diet during my entire hospital stay and that doesn't build strength, but I'm getting better each day. I'm happier than I've been in a while and I contribute that to not having to stick myself so many times a day and being able to move around better. I look forward to being even happier as each day goes by.
Hospital Reviews(Mobile, AL) - Mobile Infirmary (COE)
Surgeon: Jeffrey Hannon, M.D.
Dr. Hannon is a young professional doctor who knows his field. He is easy to talk to and glad to answer your questions. He makes sure that you understand the changes that will happen in your life after surgery. He even gives you a test to see how knowledgeable you are about WLS (I passed with flying colors). He has a program called "BEGIN" which he insists that you participate in. During this program you are given diet information by a nutritionist and are evaluated by nurses for skin problems and physical therapy personnel to see if you are going to be able to walk (WALK-WALK-WALK) after surgery. Because of my complications I gave him a lot of trouble. Even then he was always happy and informative. He also gave me a moral booster when I saw him the first time after leaving the hospital. He said I was looking great and healthy. He is my savior and I hope I live up to his expectations in the future. He makes you want to do what's right because you don't want to disappoint him. I think that may be a good thing.