Wednesday, June 25, 2008

That's two hours of my life I'll never get back

I just came back from checking out the Stanford Bariatric Surgery program. The seminar was two hours long but I was 15 min. late and it's probably a good thing because if I'd had to listen to the Chief Dietician drone on and on about things that no one in the room really cared about for 1 minute longer, I would have gone insane.

Seriously, who thinks it's a good idea to go over the post-surgery diet in EXCRUTIATING detail, including how to make something called "enhanced milk" (non-fat milk with protein powder added), to a room full of people who are still trying to decide if they even want weight loss surgery, let alone what kind? Not only that, but her voice was monotone and nasal. The whole room squirmed as a unit the entire time she talked.

Then Dr. Morton came in and he was a little better. At least his info was pertinent. He had lots of stats and info on his slides, but he breazed through them pretty fast, completely skipping some, which greatly disappointed me. Plus, it turns out he -- like many surgeons in the US, but not so much the rest of the world -- is a bypass guy. It's all about the RnY for him. Not only did he present his info so that most of the people in the room started thinking bypass is the best weight loss surgery, but his information about the sleeve was woefully out of date and, in at least one case, downright wrong.

But then he's only done 20 sleeves. I wish I'd known that before I went there. Though he's done over a thousand bypasses with no deaths, so if he was one of those surgeon who had just started doing it, but was really excited by them, I'd have still given him a whirl. He's also only done 100 bands so even if I change my mind again and go back to getting a band, he's still not going to be my go-to- guy.

On to the next seminar... I'm pretty sure Drs. Cirangle and Jossart are informed about the sleeve. After all, they are two of the "fathers" of the procedure.
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