I was approved yesterday for surgery. I am a little scared, but am really looking forward to getting this done. Surgery scheduled for September 9, 2002. I will update as things progress.
Surgeon: Adam Naaman, M.D.
I had my operation on September 9, 2002 as scheduled. I ended up having to have an endoscopy with a balloon dialation after though due to swelling in my pouch. I stayed in the hospital for 4 days and for the most part was tolerable in respect to pain (never took any pain medications while in the hospital).
I was a little disappointed in talking with my surgeon. He always seemed to have one foot out of the door when talking with me. Some of the treatment options discussed pre-op were dropped and when I asked about medications, he told me to get in touch with my PCP.
Dr Naaman is a very skilled surgeon and I like him alot, but his bedside manner is poor at best. While walking down the halls of the hospital, I did notice that almost every room had one of his patients in it, although I'm not sure all were there for WLS.
I met with Dr Naaman yesterday, July 19 to discuss the possibility of WLS and found him to be very down to earth and pleasant. He answered most all of my questions, though he did seem a little rushed.
His office staff is a mixed bag however.
His office manager is extremely nice as is the surgery scheduler. His nurse however, could use a course in telephone courtesy, but maybe it was just a bad day for her as well.
As stated in previous posts he does stress walking for at least 30 minutes a day after surgery and vitamins for life.
He doesn't have a structured aftercare program like Neweigh, but my wife had surgery through them and I am always welcome in their meetings.
So far I am very pleased with my choice of Dr Naaman to be my surgeon.
BCBS, Federal PPO
Dr Naaman's office sent out a letter and one week later I called to find out that I had been approved....funny thing was when I spoke to the person on the phone from the insurance company, she too was trying to get approved for WLS from the same doctor...small world