John Alexander Bariatric Surgeon MD, FACS
32 yr Experience
19 yr in Bariatrics
I had my original roux en y gastric bypass in 2000 done by John Alexander. I maintained my weight loss from 246-118 for many years. Concentrating on protein, veggies then carbs at all times. As of this year no matter what I ate I would sweat then it became life threatening and dangerous. Blood sugar issues, Gout, and severe weight gain to 205 lbs. In 1 years time. I saw Dr.A again in September. He explained the issue and what needed to be done. There were so many hoops to jump through, all at his financial gain of course, endoscopy, which after, I lost my voice for 2 weeks due to my esophageal opening being streached and stomach acid bathing my vocal cords. Called the office, emailed due to no voice was told they would get something to help, NOTHING,AND I'M A SINGER. A stress test where my blood sugar dropped to 16 and I passed out, and yet "We are waiting on your sleep study and psych eval for approval", was all I heard as the blackout and passout issues got worse. Finally the admitted me through "his ER" less than a month from my my revision appointment. Still no approval, but he did surgery 10/28. I got the call later that day miraculously without the sleep study and psych eval my surgery was approved. Upon discarge from the hospital I received nothing like the first time of what to eat and how much for how long. I was so lost! I lost 30 pounds in a month. Now if I eat anything other than soft scrambled eggs, protein shakes, or mashed potatoes, EVERYTHING HURTS like I am having a heart attack and I puke. So, no post op care still I see 16 years later. He made his money, he's a famous SURGEON, he has a beautiful hospital and office but still no nutritonal care or concern. Just wants me to come back but I NEVER see him. I see a nurse who tells me what she can eat many years later not a month after an emergency revision and almost dying. It hurts to eat, drink and what I am able to eat has me deadlocked at now 168 and feeling like I am failing. It's not me failing, it's the surgeon not doing what he should which is care after the surgery is done. I'm highly disappointed that nothing has changed but what HE has gained. I'm $3000 in the hole, out of work almost 2 months, alive and miserable in fear with NO guidance. I'm at odds because no one else will guide me with it being Dr. A's work. So almost 2 months out of revision surgery and as lost and more fearful as the day I walked in and just grateful to be alive, angry but grateful.
What about a dietition, a nutritional guide based on the many tubes of blood he took for nutritonal evaluation before the endoscopy at "his hospital", so they said or was it to make more money? Help me get better and healthier, guide me.
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I had my gastric bypass 2 years ago on 2/14/2011. I started at 258lbs and now I am a healthy 128 lbs. I can honestly say that Dr. Alexander is a wonderful doctor and his staff is excellent!! Dr. Alexander is very caring person and will work with you one on one. The staff is AA++!! When I had questions there was someone there to always answer them. Thank you, Dr. Alexander!! I hope in the future that there will be more physicians that will follow you lead and aspire to be just as professional and caring as you!! Thank you!
I would like to Thank Dr. Alexander for giving me my life back. I under went the Ruan Y Gastric Bypass on December 14th 2012. I started out weighting 268 pound & now 6 weeks later I am 227 I've lost an amazing 41 pounds. My most thankful thing is that prior to my surgery I was a diabetic who relied on two shots a day since the surgery I'm no longer a diabetic and I no longer have to take shots twice a day & prick my fingers to test my blood sugar. My energy level has gone through the roof & I'm full of energy. I would strongly recommend Dr Alexander and his staff and the Forest Park Medical Center for anyone considering any type of barbaric surgery. My only regret is that I didn't do this years ago. I am so looking forward to my journey of loosing weight and becoming a healthier me & I have Dr Alexander to thank for all of this. Thank You & GOD bless....
One night while watching television. A commercial came on that seemed like it was talking directly tome. The commercial was for Dr. John Alexander's bariatric center. Dr. Alexander didn't make me feel embarrassed that I had gained back a good portion of the weight I lost. He made me feel comfortable and assured me he would help get me back on track.
Wow, Dr. A is amazing. He took time to really explain what he thought went wrong with my initial surgery and then actually drew me a picture (literally) of what he is going to do to correct it. He seems to really care about getting the patient healthy and on their way to a slimmer life.
Dr. Alexander is a perfect Gentleman. He understands his patients. I am having my surgery on 9/8/10 and I so excited. The girls in the office worked very hard getting me approved for surgery.
I had lap band surgery back in May 2004. Unfortunately, I was not very successful with that. Now, five years later I am preparing to have revision surgery with Dr. John Alexander. I am very confident with Dr. Alexander and I feel that since he has been performing weight loss surgeries for over twenty years he is very skilled. He also told me that most of the surgeries that he performs are revisions. Alot of people are now having their lap band removed. His office staff are all very helpful and courteous as well. I am so excited about this new journey in my life.
He is a wonderful surgeonl! I have sent several patients to him and they are all happy! He actually sits you down and draws out the surgery not just handing you a photocopied picture. I had my surgery 2-6-98.
I have maintained a 115 lb weight loss.
Dr. Alexander is a wonderful person and a wonderful surgeon. I am thankful for the amount of weight that I have lost.
I do feel that is one long term weakness is follow up and the importance of good nutrition and vitamin supplementation and long delays at follow up appts. The long appts waits are one thing but I find that the lack of proper follow up and nutrition and supplementation support is a serious issue. When I had my surgery he was one of the few surgeons in the area.
Addedum: I have reached out to Dr. Alexanders office multiple times over the years via e-mail. No one has ever reached out to me. Follow up from your medical professional is an important part. Surgeons that just want to re-arrange your insides without giving you good information about nutrition, supplementation etc. should not be doing bariatric surgery.
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Dr. Alexander seemed to be very experienced in both bypass and revision surgeries. His staff was always professional and worked well with my insurance company. Dr. Alexander stresses the importance of aftercare such as support meetings that are held in his office and follow up appointment which all lead to a patient’s success. After care program includes exercises as well as following the bariatric diet. He addressed all my questions post op and was willing to spend as much time as I needed to be sure I had and understood all the answers to my questions. Overall I would rate him an excellent surgeon. Both his surgical competence and bed side manner were good.
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Dr. Alexander has a very common sense approach to weightloss surgery. His goal is to get you back to living a \"normal\" life as much as possible. He is extremely optimistic and some may not like that. He was voted one of Dallas, TX \"Top Docs\" and has extensive experience. Please check out his website you won't be disappointed!