Kelvin Higa Bariatric Surgeon M.D.,F.A.C.S. F.A.S.M.B.S.
Although I look forward to my surgery, I haven't had it yet, I'm still waiting. I've done most of my appointments and I'm hoping it won't be too long. Dr. Higa was great! He answered all of my questions and quickly put my mind at ease. Everything regarding Dr. Higa, Psychologist, and other members of that office went well except for Dr. Higa's staff coordinator Christine. She is very rude when I speak to her. I feel like I have to constantly call her to see what the next step is etc... I wish they had a check off list to let you know what comes next. That would be easier than having to talk to the rude staff member! I will post how surgery goes...
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Dr HIGA and his entire TEAM were awesome and the hospital Fresno Heart I felt like I was in a 5 star hotel Dr Higa and Dr Ghassi did an emeg RNY Revision I had no choice but to put my full trust in them and I am so glad I did The first person I got to deal with was Dr Moon what a wonderful young Dr I teased him that he did not even look old enough to drive he laughed and assured me he was Dr Higa makes his rounds with his entire Team each morning each Dr knows you meets you and speaks to you Dr Higa is very direct and he told me that he would do what was best for me once he got in there ...he fixed a hernia that should have been fixed during my first surgery !! I have only been into his office post op to have drain tube removed I am only 9 day post op I have been down the weight loss road before I was only 4 1/2 yrs out ...if you choose Higa and Team YOU will be lucky he is not a talker he is a go get it done right kind of Dr ...one of his Dr's is Dr Boone he was pretty funny to ...I was praised for wanting to be up and out of bed just a few hours out of surgery I was an Emeg admit and was added onto his already busy surgery day I did not even go into surgery until 10:00 pm he found my problem fixed it and all I can say is how thankful I am ...Most Dr's will not even touch another Dr's surgery but he did and I can see why he is the best !!
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Dr. Higa was professional, focused and all about business. I found him to be knowledgable and very thorough. I presented with abdominal pain and asked him could my RNY be converted to a DS. I was fearful about having more surgery considering my history of small bowel obstruction and abdominal hernias. I quickly assured me that he could perform the surgery and I immediately trusted him. He's so calm and sure of himself. He ordered an upper endoscopy to rule out that an ileus was causing my abdominal pain. Turns out I didn't have an ileus but instead likely have a gastric fistula. I hope to get an exact diagnosis quickly so that the revision can be scheduled by December 30, 2010.
Dr. Higa's office staff are mostly quiet and don't much engage in small talk. Jennifer, Dr. Higa's nurse, is very nice. She spent about 15 minutes with me answering my questions about possible causes for my abdominal pain.
I wish Dr. Higa and staff would explain the next steps more. They tend to leave you hanging as a patient when you are checking out. A written plan with next steps, pending tests, actions for the patient, etc., would be very helpful.
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Dr Higa and his staff was wonderful. He took his time and made me feel comfortable. The office staff was friendly. I would have like Dr Higa to have spent a little more time with me after surgery. Just in case anything had come up I could speak to him directly. I would let future patients know that Dr Higa is a busy man and may come off as he does not care, but he truly does. The after care program is the normal 1 week, 4 week after surgery, although his nutrionist and psyh. came in and spoke with me about their free support classes. I had my surgery at the Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital and it was by far the best hosipital experience I have ever had. It was comfortable, I had my own room and bathroom, and a bed for my overnight guest. Overall a pleasent expereince.
My first impression was safe and confortable. Dr. Higa was very straight forward and didn't just treat me like another fat person. The staff is great and very complete. They floow up with me and work with me on fincial issues when I needed it. Dr. Higa is good on having you know the facts and what your actually getting into. I look forward to Dr. Higa doing my surgery and feel I'm in safe hands.
Dr higa is very good at listening and explaining everything you want to know about the procedure that I was interested in....The aftercare was awesome!! The nutritionist and the physcologist came and spoke with me before I was released and let me know about they're support system.. The Np is awesome tooo am very happy with the overall outcome and would highly recomend Dr.Higa!!
very professional and knowlegable surgeon, friendly and concerned however somewhat unavailable at times due to high patient volume. rn
Great guy and great doctor! My first impression of him was trust. From the moment he shoke my hand I knew that I could trust him because he looked me straight in the eyes. I didn't feel belittled or even like just another fat person that is wanting to take the easy way out. He is patient and lets you think through what you want to say and treats concerns with respect and knowledge. Very good at explaining things that will happen and through out the entire process. His staff is empowered with lots of knowledge as well and it shows that they all work together as a team.
Just wanted to let anyone who is looking for a surgeon know that Dr. Higa is definately one of the best out there.