Philip Schauer

"There are so many considerations that go into the eventual decision. Some people do their research, and the pros and cons of each type of weight loss surgery makes their head spin. Others assess all their co-morbidity's and can clearly see what they need to do. My RNY choice was also influenced by the place I eventually had my surgery. I had blood clots in my lung and leg about a year before starting the WLS process. That factor and the fact that I weighed around 500 pounds kept local doctors considering me too high risk to consider for even gall bladder surgery, much less WLS. I had eye surgery at the Cleveland Clinic before, so I went there again. Once again the bariatric staff was very supportive. I looked at the thousands of surgeries performed by my surgeon, Dr. Phillip Schauer, and decided that this was the place to have the operation. I was impressed with Dr. Schauer's credentials as well. He semed confident and reassuring, yet he seemed to talk honestly about what I faced in terms of risk. Like others, I still had my worries and concerns about surviving surgery. But I was confident that they were taking the needed precautions. I wasn't afraid to bring any concerns to him or his nursing staff. To this date, I have had no complications and am losing weight at a good pace. Thanks to the Cleveland Clinic, as well as support from my wife and people on this board, I'm feeling healthier every day. <script type="text/javascript"> var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); </script> <script type="text/javascript"> try { var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-12619027-3"); pageTracker._trackPageview(); } catch(err) {}</script>"