4 weeks post op today. I am a registered nurse. I curently work in an intensive care setting. I am a mother of 2 and have been married for 14 years.
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Surgeon: Richard D. Stahl M.D.
Dr. Stahl and his office staff were eager to help along my way to WLS. On my initial consultation Dr. Stahl took approx. 45 minutes to answer all my questions. He was very forthright with all the risks as well as benifits. I immediatly felt at ease with his capabilities as a surgeon. Being a nurse, I was aware of the great risk of abdominal surgery for the obese. After my exam Dr. Stahl told me that a Laproscopic RNY was possible. I guess the thing I liked most about Dr. Stahl was that he didnt make me feel like a failure for needing this surgery. He talked briefly about my diet history. I didnt feel beat up about not being able to loose the weight by conventional methods. Future patients should be aware that the waiting time for a consultation is a few weeks and waiting room time in the office can be long - BUT WORTH THE WAIT !!! Dr. Stahl gives individual attention. I was glad to wait for my appt. because I knew that I would get the same individualized care. My aftercare was planned prior to my surgery. I saw Dr. Stahl in the office at 1 week post op then was scheduled to see him in 3 months for my B12 injection, etc. I would rate Dr. Stahl a 12 on a 1 - 10 scale. He far exceeded my expectations. I felt that I was well cared for, in the OR as well as the bedside. The only negative thing that I can say about my experience was that the only times I talked to Dr. Stahl was during my first interview then just prior to going into the OR. I would liked to have spoken to him about last minute things prior to the prep area. His nurse is always available in the office, but I do wish that I had made an appt. after I got my insurance approval for last minute questions.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, PPD
Dr. Stahls office submitted my paperwork and I had my approval in 2 weeks. No problems ! I called them on one or two occasions but I got friendly cooperation. I reccomend submitting complete forms. I provided my doctor with more than enough info to get my approval the first time.