I am a 42 year old male. I have been overweight most of my life. After back problems in the last few years it has only gotten worse. As many others here I was told to "eat less and exercise more". So many doctors think that it is just that easy to do. If it were that easy there would not be web sites like this.
Hospital Reviews(San Diego, CA) - Scripps Mercy Hospital
Surgeon: Laurence K. Tanaka M.D.
I am a Registered Nurse. So I have a good idea on what to expect from the surgery. I have spent a lot of time researching WLS before deciding that I not only wanted it, but needed it to help me live. Right now, due to the back pain, the fatigue, the lack of energy I am surviving and not living.
Well some new information...I will attending a seminar by Pacific Bariatric on 2/13/02. Kaiser is sending some of their Northern California patients to San Diego. Pacific Bariatric seems to have a good reputation and the doctors got great reviews here.
Will post more when I know more.
A next step is done, I had my lab work drawn. Now only have to get the gallbladder ultrasound done and send off the results to Pacific Bariatric.
I was assigned to Dr Tanaka who I had heard speak at a seminar. On March 22 I had my pre-op appts. Everything went very smooth. In fact, between two appts I had about a 2 hour wait, but they were able to get me right in without having to wait. He is very knowledgeable, but does not sugar coat anything. He explained everything, asked if I had any questions, and did his physical exam. Then he said "see you in surgery".
Been a while since I posted but now I have some good news. My surgery date is July 30, 2002. I am very excited about the surgery, but now that there is a concrete date I have started to get a bit nervous.
Dr Tanaka may or may not be my surgeon. It will be him or one of his associates at Pacific Bariatric. I have met briefly with him, and listened to his lecture. Informative without being too medically intensive. I found him open, intelligent, dedicated and honest.
Will add more after final pre-op.
Dr Tanaka will be my surgeon. I had my pre-op March 22, 2002. I finally received my surgery date for open RNY. I will have surgery on July 30, 2002.
Dr Tanaka is exactly what I had read. He was professional, honest, answering all questions with honest answers. If you need a surgeon with a wonderful bedside manner, this may not be the surgeon for you. If you want a no-nonsense, talented surgeon, he may be just right.
Kaiser has a specific set policy about who qualifies. It is based on BMI and co-morbidities. If you fit you will be approved. It does take time to keep pushing those who drag their feet.