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Surgeon: Gerald Demarest, M.D.
My first visit to my dr was actually the
hardest one. that was when i knew i had a
serious weight problem. my primary care
dr was not very understanding, he said i
could loose the weight if i had willpower,
but he did get me my referral to the
surgery specialty clinic in albuq, nm.
That referral was ready and approved in about
a week. my first visit to Dr Demarest in
albuq was jan 13, 2000. I waited 2 hrs
to see him, he was a very kind man, but
before I saw him I had to talk to his
nurse and then his assistant. They were all
very nice and undersatanding. The first thing
he asked was what efforts had i made to loose
the weight. Then we both agreed I had been
battling this problem for 20 yrs.
Now the surgery info, they gave me several
pages of info about the surgery anf the after
care. Then I was given a list of tests I
had to have before the referral could even be
sent to the ins. co. During that first visit
they also gave me a list of patients that they
have performed the surgery on including their
phone numbers, for me to call and ask any questions.
They really stressed to me that alot of my
success will depend on me......
The main thing my ins co wanted was several
tests done prior to even considering me for
approval. I had to have several blood tests
cbc, thyroid, liver panel, ekg, chest xray
and even a psychological evaluation.
Gloria is the one handling my ins and she
has said that presbytarian is very good
about approving referral for the surgery
as long as you are at least 100 lbs overweight.
The main thing is to just be patient.
Even tho my approval has not come back yet
(as of 3-3-00), my surgery has already been
scheduled for april 7, 2000..My dr has
faith in my ins co!