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PostSubject: Initial Consult with Dr Couch booked for 29/10/14    Sat 20 Sep 2014, 1:08 pm

Hi Everyone, Not too sure what to write as I am brand new to this Site and this is my first post. Just wanted to share the date of my Initial Consultation with Dr Couch is at Waikiki Private Hospital on 29/10/14. I was a bit disappointed it wasn't earlier but then thought hey I've been overweight for nearly 43 years so another month wait to see him and get the ball rolling isn't so bad!

Just a bit unsure what will be discussed at the Initial Consult? Do I have to go in there and prove that I know all the ins and outs and pros and cons of the Surgery and give heaps of reasons why I want the Surgery or is being Morbidly Obese reason enough? I feel like I need to study for an exam!

I'm also a bit worried as the only Person I have discussed the Surgery with so far is my Hubby and I cried and cried about not wanting to die while our children are young (we have a toddler and a baby) and wanting to be able to take them to swimming lessons and be active with them and not be the Mum that the other kids make fun of at the School Gate.........so I have a feeling that when I get to see Dr Couch that I may burst into tears when we discuss my reasons for wanting the Surgery. I'm a VERY unattractive crier and I will be mortified but am I right in thinking that this is such an emotional journey for all of us that many people become highly emotional when discussing their Surgery with their Surgeon?

Sorry that was such a long winded first post. x
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Mon 08 Sep 2014, 7:41 am

Thanks Scarr66. I have had a GP sign my super forms so I am excited for my specialist appointment on the 30th Sept. :)
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Mon 08 Sep 2014, 7:38 am

Hi JenAnne, I am 5 weeks post Op and i had Dr Armstrong, He was absolutely fantastic and my recovery has being amazingly easy, he is a really great surgeon and his staff are wonderful people, Good luck with your choice and Operation, It will be the best thing you have ever done.
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PostSubject: Perthite Newbie   Sun 31 Aug 2014, 3:15 pm

Thanks JenAnne.  It reminds me of the slow climb up the ramp of a roller coaster.  So scary & exhilarating & exciting all at the same time.


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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Sun 31 Aug 2014, 2:23 pm

Hi Sleeverella :) welcome
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PostSubject: Perthite Newbie   Sun 31 Aug 2014, 2:20 pm

Just another newbie from Perth here.  Have never posted anything anywhere before so on a bit of a learning curve.  Not even sure how to post...but hopefully this worked.  Trying to attach signature too.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Tue 26 Aug 2014, 2:14 am

Thanks Garfield99. My Surgeon recommended a local GP that has worked with him before but I am going to take notes about my medical History
I have had too many GP's it's not funny :( My appointment is tomorrow
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Tue 19 Aug 2014, 2:59 pm

JenAnne wrote:
I just need to find a GP that will tick the life threatening box for me

Hi JenAnne, you can ring your surgeons office and ask them who are some Doctors that have previously signed off on these forms as a guide, but thats still not a guarantee and those Doctors won't know you prior medical history, your prior attempts to lose weight etc.  Especially if you are on the low scale of the BMI e.g 35 and under they would be even more reluctant to sign off unless you have co-morbs.   My GP basically said you won't get the surgery but still wrote out the referral and due to my co-morbs (PCOS, depression and borderline diabetic on tablets in an attempt to control it with family history of diabetes) and being on Duromine for 4years without results which was all written in the letter along with everything else I had tried and failed (SureSlim, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers etc) my Surgeon was supportive.

If your current GP does have some records of your previous attempts, get them to send your medical file to your new Doctor so they will sign off on it.  Unfortunately if you don't have any medical history you will struggle to find any GP to sign off :-(

Some GP's are not very supportive of WLS and even some surgeons will even not touch patients with a BMI less then 40.  Annoying as sometimes you are already aware there is an issue and you want to nip it in the bud BEFORE it gets worse and you feel further depressed because you don't feel the support like you should from your GP.  Don't be afraid to say that either to them as they might not realise how unreasonable they are and how much it is affecting you.  Good luck :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Tue 19 Aug 2014, 2:40 pm

Wow!  You must of got him on an off day or something as he has always been so lovely - even gave me a hug and said he was proud of me last time I saw him.  

A few hours after surgery he visited me in my ward and took his time.  He was shocked to see me up and walking around a few hours after surgery so we were having a good laugh and he visited to check up on me every day (including Sunday) and was very thorough with his care with me.

I suppose we are all entitled to having a bad day and I think he would feel really bad if you felt that way.  And if anything I was a patient that gave him a hard time as I was so indecisive for ages and found him to be really patient and understanding with all my questions and what ifs as he understood my history and not being looked after properly by other surgeons.  He was also completely fine about me getting a second opinion and coming back to him.

But I guess we just don't always 'click' with certain people and you do need to find someone that you do feel comfortable with.  Hopefully you find someone soon and can get on track :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Tue 19 Aug 2014, 9:43 am

Garfield99 I personally just found Dr Coen very cold and I get Drs can and need to be clinical but I felt horrible leaving his office. His reception staff were friendly but I would like someone a little more compassionate (if that's possible) and closer to home (SOR) JenAnne it's a shame your dr won't sign off on the life threatening box my dr in kelmscott was only too happy to do it. Dr Wade at Armitage :)
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Tue 19 Aug 2014, 9:22 am

The sleeve failed and I had an emergency bypass.  Sleeve was done overseas, emergency bypass done by another surgeon which I won't name as even though he saved my life, he didn't do it right nor would he correct it, so I had a revision/correction by Dr Cohen.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Tue 19 Aug 2014, 7:38 am

Dr Padovan was just my first choice and I
even though I have only met his assessor I am happy to see him
Proff Hamdorf was my second choice, but now I will have to re think that.

If you don't minds me asking Garfield99 why did you need the bypass?

Larz237 there is Dr Watson near Murdoch

I just need to find a GP that will tick the life threatening box for me
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Tue 19 Aug 2014, 7:27 am

Dr Hamdorf asked me my goal weight and I said 55kg and he laughed rudely in my face and said I will NEVER lose that much weight.  (proved him wrong!)  I have met others who have had surgery with him no complaints but I didn't like his personality, nor could he provide me with any facts or statistics.  Came across as just wanted to book the surgery without really finding out what was best for me as an individual.

I won't use Dr Dolan again either as Joondalup Hospital will not touch his patients.  I went there in an emergency as my band was too restricted and couldn't even swallow my own salvia and they turned me away once they found out I was his patient and directed me to SCGH.  I haven't heard anything negative about his surgery only that Joondalup won't allow him to practice there anymore nor treat his patients.

Larz237, you probably still continue to find it hard to lose weight until you start the pre-op diet but it varies for everyone how much they lose.  It's only mainly designed to shrink the liver but any weightloss is a bonus.

Be interested to hear why you didn't like Dr Cohen.  I found him and his staff to be very warm and caring, plus I liked how they had a holistic approach with onsite GP, exercise physiologists with a cheap gym and one on one training (Stephanie is just lovely) a really good program to do prior to your WLS so you know what to expect.  He also does a lot of research with international surgeons and will take on difficult cases.  I had been turned away by other Surgeons when things went wrong but he refused to give up on me and did his research before he agreed to operate.  And clearly from my statistics, they are great results (I am very short so I look healthy).   I have met a few of his other patients and they have had similar success as me.  He also did my gallbladder too.  Both times I recovered quickly and without problems.  He is selective with his anesthetists and they are excellent too, really know there stuff.  He is also very well liked and respected at the hospitals too (The Mount and Mercy) which I find is a good indication of character as nurses will tell you exactly what they think of your surgeon if you ask LOL :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Tue 19 Aug 2014, 6:48 am

Thanks Jojomojo. I have my apt with Dr Padovan end of September. I am in the process of inding a GP that will help with the paperwork. My usual GP will not tick the life threatening box :(
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Tue 19 Aug 2014, 5:50 am

Welcome :) I wish you all the best! We all come to the realization at different times and different weights that we want to make life changes. I had Dr Dolan in Perth and he was amazing , just four months later and my life is just totally different :) like most of us here I just wish I had done it earlier as I am 40. Jo
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PostSubject: One more Perth newbie to add to the list   Tue 19 Aug 2014, 5:18 am

Hi All, my husband and I have made the decision to have the sleeve done. We met with Dr Coen but Im not liking him too much and wanting any recommendations for someone else, maybe someone out of Murdoch? Im also trying to lose weight in the meantime but struggling with it all.
 
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Mon 11 Aug 2014, 7:42 am

Vikki28 wrote:
Hi JennAnne,

Both my husband and I were sleeved by Dr Padovan, we think he is terrific! Good luck with who ever you choose.

Thanks Vikki28 :) He was my first choice and am quite excited to see his assessor this Thursday. Hopefully I can access my super and start this journey.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Mon 11 Aug 2014, 7:38 am

Hi JennAnne,

Both my husband and I were sleeved by Dr Padovan, we think he is terrific! Good luck with who ever you choose.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Mon 11 Aug 2014, 6:07 am

fleur8 wrote:
JenAnne, I'm seeing Dr Stephen Watson at Murdoch. I really like him, he's very down to earth and tells it like it is! Surgery date is next Monday so I'm kind of excited and terrified at the same time!
Dr Watson took out my sisters gall bladder she highly recommends him :) though my family don't think I need this surgery. Prof Hamdorf comes highly recommended by a friend that was just recently sleeved also. Good luck to you :) Seding lots of positive vibes your way!!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Mon 11 Aug 2014, 5:57 am

JenAnne, I'm seeing Dr Stephen Watson at Murdoch. I really like him, he's very down to earth and tells it like it is! Surgery date is next Monday so I'm kind of excited and terrified at the same time!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Mon 11 Aug 2014, 5:44 am

fleur8 wrote:
Welcome to another Perthite!

Good luck with your appointment on Thursday. I'm sure you'll find all the advice and experience on this site will be invaluable as you go through each stage. I know I've found the answers to lots of my questions :)

Thanks fleur8.
I just looked at your stats and we are very similar. So I hope I can be approved. I have been reading all the tips for superannuation release so I also have to find a Dr to complete these for me as my current GP doesn't have a clue What Dr are you seeing?
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Mon 11 Aug 2014, 5:40 am

Welcome to another Perthite!

Good luck with your appointment on Thursday. I'm sure you'll find all the advice and experience on this site will be invaluable as you go through each stage. I know I've found the answers to lots of my questions :)
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PostSubject: Another Newbie from Perth WA   Mon 11 Aug 2014, 5:28 am

Hi Everyone

I am new here and have my first appointment with a Bariatric Assessor this Thursday. Dr Padovan's Offices. I also have a referral for Proff Hamdorf as I have not chosen a surgeon yet.
I have successfully used Weight Watchers to loose weight 2 times before but as soon as I stop being so ridged with my eating and exercise the weight returns plus some. I want to take charge of my weight and control it for good. I have just turned 40 and do not want to live the next 40 years as an obese person. Though the surgery scare the hell out of me I think this is the way to go. Bring on Thursday :)
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