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Changed My Life After Weight Loss - Minneapolis, MN
- posted 11 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $12,000
- Douglas L. Gervais, MD (Minneapolis, MN)
After getting up to 300 pounds in high school,...
- 30 Jun 2012
After getting up to 300 pounds in high school, then losing over 100 pounds in two years, I was left with what I called "pudding bags". Imagine if you'd taken a gallon bag, filled it with pudding, then nailed it to a board. That was my stomach. It was annoying, uncomfortable, unsightly, and a cruel reminder of my previous overweight body.
I first consulted with Dr. Gervais in 2009. The price was a bit high, but after researching other surgeons I found this clinic to be the best. So I saved up a few years so I could pay in cash, and I went back for another consultation in September 2011. Dr. Gervais said I'd be a great candidate for abdominoplasty with additional liposuction, and I scheduled the surgery for a month later.
The clinic prepared me well for the big day, and they gave my wife great instructions for taking care of me afterwards. I was nervous, but after getting in and meeting with the surgical staff my nerves fell away. The facilities are top notch--I was surprised to find that sophisticated of an OR in their building! I got a good scrubbing down, laid on the table, and then was out like a light. What seemed like seconds later I woke up, shuffled out to the car in a wheelchair, and was on my way home. I was a little surprised that it was an outpatient procedure, but looking back I'm astonished at how good of shape these guys send you home in. I was surprisingly mobile and comfortable. One recommendation--if you don't have any arm work, get a sleeveless compression vest. The ONLY bad part of this entire procedure was the discomfort in my armpits from the vest. That's it!
Dr. Gervais and his staff met with me regularly following the operation. Except for one occasion, the wait times were almost none. The visits were brief, but all of my concerns and questions got answered. I was allowed to come in often for ultrasound massage, too. Overall, the post-surgical experience went extremely well.
I'm writing this review 6 months after the surgery. If you're on the fence at ALL about this, please do it. (If you can afford it.) It changed my life just as much as losing weight in the first place did. I'm a new man, thanks to everyone at this clinic.
My Doctor: Douglas L. Gervais, MD