10 Years Experience
12 in Bariatrics
15 in Laparoscopic Surgery
6 in Laparoscopic Bariatrics
90% Practice is Bariatrics
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
My first impression of Dr E. was that of deep compassion. He took time to get on the phone with me and answer questions for over 45 minutes. No other surgeon or their office for that matter would give me the time of day. I was just calling to get info on the surgeries, the dangers of the DS, etc. He was very patient and answered all my questions.
He seemed a bit unorganized at the consult, but compassionate and extremely knowledgable. And frankly I don't care how scatterbrained someone is, if they know what they are doing and have a decent bedside manner that's all I care about.
I chose Dr. E. over any other surgeon in the country. There is nobody who does the DS in the Chicago area so I had to find one that did. Out of all the doctors who do the surgery, I couldn't be happier with my decision.
The office staff you have to hound at times. They are dealing with a rapidly growing practice, new staff members etc. they are understanding and sympathetic, but sometimes you have to keep reminding them.
Aftercare is extremely important. I already have my vitamin list, and my post op instructions, and he tells us to mentally prepare for the changes our body's will endure as much as dealing with the physical changes.
i had my first appointment with dr elariny yesterday.and i was impressed with him.there were four of us there and he spent time explaining all the different types of weight loss surgery that he does.i had done my homework before i made my appointment and was pretty sure that i wanted the d/s which is why i made my appointment with him. his office is more then three hours away from my home. but he is the only doctor in virginia that offers the switch so i wanted to talk with him before i made my up my mind . after his group discussion he took each of us back for a quick exam and for me he perscribed the pre-op test that i would need and told me that i could get them done at home and the infomation could be sent to him but the best part for me is he can do laparoscopic surgery . i had my gallblader out when i was 19 before laparoscopics time so i have a really large scare i also had a c-section a few years latter and was afraid that there would be too much scar tissue but he said that he thought it would be fine so that really made me happy. so the hospital time should only be two days if all goes well. before i left i was told to call his office next week to find out about insurance. all in all i feel that dr elariny was all that i had heard he is a fine doctor. he has preformed about 70 d/s laparoscopic surgerys so he has the experince that i feel comfortable with and he is also very personable and easy to talk to but you should not go to his office for first visit pressed for time, my appointment was at nine am and i did not leave his office until close to two pm. he is theroughJuly 7, 2001
Dr. Elariny is very genuine in his approach to bariatric patients. I feel he has a heart for the morbidly obese patient. He was very thourough with his explanations and reasonings. I have the complicated issue of recently being diagnosed with Celiac Disease (severe allergy to wheat and gluten), while I was being evaluated by another surgeon for WLS. I felt as if I had been given the death sentence when my first surgery was cancelled the day before it was scheduled because the previous surgeon didn't feel comfortable doing the surgery knowing my diagnosis of Celiac Disease. Dr. Elariny, however agreed to do whatever surgery my gastroenterologist recommended based on my special needs regarding Celiac Disease. My GI doctor gave me the go ahead to have whatever surgery I chose to have and I chose to have the DS laproscopically. I can't tell you how I appreciated Dr. Elariny's willingness to base his decision on the expertise of another physician who has the in-depth knowledge of this uncommon disorder and not summarily dismiss me because he did not. I have worked for 28 years in the medical field with doctors of all types which is why I can honestly recommend Dr. Elariny. He is approachable and I truly feel he has a heart for changing the lives of those of us who are trapped in these bodies of ours and need a way out. Thumbs up for the surgeon.July 4, 2001
My first impression of Dr. Elarny is that he is very knowledgeable, very experienced and extremely compassionate in helping others. He took the time to sit down with me and talk with me for some time, even called another physician regarding a question about a possible obesity related problem that needs to be taken care of before surgery.June 26, 2001
I had my DS surgery on 4-30-01...I am very happy with my results so far and I feel great. I think Dr. E is a great surgeon and knows what he is doing. I traveled over 4 hours to see him. He had about 20 or so great comments about him but because of 1 person who was pissed that he dropped her as a patient ( see below) and bad mouthed him on here, they were all erased....it's a shame because he truly is great and I felt totally comfortable with trusting him with my life....June 25, 2001
I had my consult with Dr. Elariny on March 23. He does a group consult initially where he has several drawings of the different procedures that he is trained to do and offers his patients.
Then you meet with him individually to decide what is best for you. I found him to be very competent and not afraid of questions.
His staff, especially Shauntae has been very helpful in obtaining insurance approval for me.
I had my surgery on June 18 and I was so thrilled with Dr. Elariny. He spent some time with me before the surgery going over everything again, and I felt reassured that I had made the right decision.
He is trained and specalizes in laproscopic procedures and does very good work.
He offers a monthly support group meeting which he attends and he takes as his time to answer whatever questions we have.
I thought his bedside manner was great, I couldn't have asked for more, I highly recommend him.
His name is becoming well known and he is getting patients from all over the United States now.
I found Dr. Elariny (his name is spelled wrong in the directory) to be very informative. He explains each type of surgery in great detail with all of the pros and cons. Then he follows up with questions to make sure you understand and can pick the surgery that is best for you. I have been to other doctors in the area and found that I like Dr. E the best. Shauntae is very friendly and helpful. My info was sent the insurance company on 5/9 and is still under review. Cigna says that I will have an answer in 10-15 business days. Wed 5/30, will be 15 business days...pray for me!!May 27, 2001
Dr. Elariny is OUTSTANDING!! I have never felt so excepted and understood.
My impression is still the same.
Staff is growing and seems to be very conpetent.
He cares deeply and wants to help
Alot...I was his first patient and surgery upon his move to the DC area from LA. So I did not have a "Staff" to draw from.
Upfront and Honestly
Both are great. He is truly an artist surgically.