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Bariatric Care reviews in Riverside
First turn off was that I had to sign a waiver that they could take photos of me (before and after) to use in **advertising** and also sound bytes of my voice. Did NOT like that at all.
Secondly, he came in and he was almost as fat as I am! I found it a bit disconcerting to have an extremely overweight WEIGHT-LOSS Dr. tell ME how to loose weight!!!
Thirdly, the Dr. obviously didn't give a "flying Walenda" about me, my health or my questions. He started out by asking me "which surgery do you want?" I told him that I was trying to decide between the lap-band and the lap-band with plication - what did he recommend? He told me that "he expected his patients top have done the research on what surgery THEY wanted on their own and make their decision before coming to him." THAT also turned me off. I explained to him that I did not get enough information about the benefits of one over the other at the seminar. The only thing I had to base a decision on was that the Lap-Band with the plication was $400.00 more expensive than the regular lap-band. So he said a few words about the difference in the two and (of course) suggested that I get the more expensive option. (Not a big surprise there!)
Then the coup-de-
So, he sent his nurse/finance person in to talk to us.I told her that we had been quoted a price of $9,900.00 and that was to include the cost of the Dr. appt, tests, dietician, psychology appt, surgery, anesthesia and hospital cost. And she said that "she was very sorry, but we were quoted the wrong price!" So I said, you should TELL people this at the seminar (which you are required to attend before you can even get an appt. with the Dr.). And her reply was that the seminar was to educate people about the surgery procedure. Not the cost of it. Funny, I received the cost information and it didn't say a WORD about cost being different if you weighed over 350 pounds! (I wonder what happens to people who weigh over 450 pounds!)
And THEN, as she was going over the cost of having the surgery done at
Our insurance will NOT cover Bariatric Surgery, so I have to "self-pay" and I guarantee you, I will not be paying anything to this Dr. OR ”
The bedside manner and staff friendliness get a B instead of an A because we have to split the D my wife's day nurse got with the triple A+ the night nurse got. My wife had fairly major surgery. It stood to reason that the day after, she was in a moderate amount of pain. She does not like to take drugs or painkillers, and cannot tolerate dilaudid, which we were very up-front with the hospital about ahead of time. She had had bad experiences in the past after an appendectomy with dilaudid.
She asked for percocet and the day nurse initially refused her and implicated that she was drug-seeking. My wife works in the medical field, and understands the issues with individuals seeking percocet for resale or drug abuse, this was less than 24 hours after having her stomach rearranged. We eventually got her pain managed, but this experience was offensive and absurd.
The night nurse, however, made up for everything. She was attentive and kind and even though she was busy with my wife's very, very sick roommate, went out of her way to make my wife's stay more comfortable. There was a CNA (
Overall, the experience at the hospital was satisfactory. They took good care of my wife.”
Doctor why, he still wouldn’t answer. Three years later I had three referrals sent to him from three of my health care providers. He sent back a form letter with a box checked that said “case closed”. So I called
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