pmc weight loss/dr.j staff

pmc weight loss/dr.j staff

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is it only me

Elkhorn City, KY

#1 May 16, 2012
is anyone else going to this new weight loss doctor/ bariatric surgeon that pmc has, dr. johnson?
now, i am not asking for a bunch of opinions about weight and laziness and eat an apple advice, and i am not really talking about dr. j herself, i am really pointing my questions towards her office staff, the dieticians, and the one named kim in particular.... i am simply asking if there are any patients here who find them a little unprepared.???
i have been to a couple of appointments and i find her to be really unprepared, her attitude seems to be one of someone wanting to give off the appearance of a ept and qualified professional, and not quite having the skill to pull it off.
i am seriously going to discuss the problems i have encountered with dr. j, if i find them to be any better prepared i am seriously thinking of finding new dieticians. one other thing i dislike, is the recent decision to have all of the patients come and be weighed in a group, this isnt weight watchers, and i am wondering if this is occuring because she has so many patients now they cant see them all in the office so they have to do it in groups, this has me worried...will they be able to give me and all the patients individual attention when the time comes?
and why do they have to have these meetings at the hampton inn, downtown, where its so hard to get to???
i am really hoping these changes get better soon.
anyone else?????

Since: May 10

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#2 May 16, 2012
is it only me wrote:
is anyone else going to this new weight loss doctor/ bariatric surgeon that pmc has, dr. johnson?
now, i am not asking for a bunch of opinions about weight and laziness and eat an apple advice, and i am not really talking about dr. j herself, i am really pointing my questions towards her office staff, the dieticians, and the one named kim in particular.... i am simply asking if there are any patients here who find them a little unprepared.???
i have been to a couple of appointments and i find her to be really unprepared, her attitude seems to be one of someone wanting to give off the appearance of a ept and qualified professional, and not quite having the skill to pull it off.
i am seriously going to discuss the problems i have encountered with dr. j, if i find them to be any better prepared i am seriously thinking of finding new dieticians. one other thing i dislike, is the recent decision to have all of the patients come and be weighed in a group, this isnt weight watchers, and i am wondering if this is occuring because she has so many patients now they cant see them all in the office so they have to do it in groups, this has me worried...will they be able to give me and all the patients individual attention when the time comes?
and why do they have to have these meetings at the hampton inn, downtown, where its so hard to get to???
i am really hoping these changes get better soon.
anyone else?????
the Hampton has a large suite on 7th to accommodate large meetings.....you aren't getting weighed in front of everyone and your weight is not announced. They have 83 patients on the 6 month program and thought it would be easier to see everyone all at once because the weightloss patients aren't the only ones they seen. They deal with every patient in the hospital as well.
is it only me

Elkhorn City, KY

#3 May 16, 2012
do you work for them?

Since: May 10

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#4 May 16, 2012
is it only me wrote:
do you work for them?
nope

Since: May 10

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#5 May 16, 2012
is it only me wrote:
do you work for them?
I'm a patient and at the last meeting they discussed the reason for meeting in a group
elkhorn woman

Elkhorn City, KY

#6 May 16, 2012
i am also a patient, i am on the cuff with this, i am gonna give it one more month and see if they get their act together...i think dr. johnson is a very skilled doctor, maybe the people working for her need to hone their skills a little.
theQueenBee73

Winchester, KY

#7 May 17, 2012
Is the dietitian nice?

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#8 May 17, 2012
theQueenBee73 wrote:
Is the dietitian nice?
both are very nice. If you have any questions they urge you to ask.....they are very encouraging.
another patient

Elkhorn City, KY

#9 May 17, 2012
they do seem nice, but nice isnt exactly what you want in these types of doctors, i prefer someone who is going to lay it on the line, tell me like it is, put the fire to my feet....
i am also a patient there and so far so good, but i do agree with the original person, there is one or two who seem a little unorganized, im hoping that changes as well.
theQueenBee73

Winchester, KY

#10 May 18, 2012
Who are the dietitians? I didn't know they had two now.
another patient

Elkhorn City, KY

#11 May 18, 2012
go to one of their seminars and find out, they have them everywhere

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#12 May 18, 2012
theQueenBee73 wrote:
Who are the dietitians? I didn't know they had two now.
Kim is one and the other is from Ireland. I can't remember her name.
3 down 3 to go

Elkhorn City, KY

#13 May 22, 2012
i agree about the hampton not being the ideal place to have the meetings or whatever they call it, but i have been going to them since march and have only seen dr. j once, but i liked her, she doesnt sugar coat it either.
i have never heard of any patients having serious complications at pikeville, but, as they tell you right up front and its in all the literature on the surgery, there are dangers and risks.
i am so torn, i continue going, hoping i can get approved for the surgery and at the same time wishing i had been able to find a way to do it on my own.
pleaz say no to surgery

Elkhorn City, KY

#14 Jun 7, 2012
I know this comment is extra long, but please, if you are one person who is considering surgery take the time to read it.
It might help you make the decision.
I came across this thread and had to put my two cents in.
I was also considering weight loss surgery sometime ago, and was speaking to a good friend about it.
She asked me had I ever had an amputation, and I said, uh....No??
She said if you were walking thru your yard and stumbled and broke your ankle, go to the doctor and they say, do you want us to set the bone, put a cast on it, and let it heal in time....maybe you will have to go to physical therapy for awhile and work on it to get it in good shape again...or, do you want us to cut it off?
I said, well, of course, I would want to keep my foot.
So, she says, do you understand that gastric bypass and the sleeve are nothing more than amputation.
I had never looked at it that way.
She says, they just amputate a part of the stomach and make you a lifelong disabled person.

This is what these doctors and the people who work for them do not tell you. That these surgeries are totally unnecessary. You do not have to be forced into malnutrition.
I went over the reading material the doctor had given me, and sure enough, as I began to read I realized, this is forced MALNUTRITION.
The only difference is, you are taking vitamins for the rest of your life in order to keep from getting scurvy and brittle bones and losing your teeth, which some people do anyway....because no matter how many vitamins you take, your body doesnt absorb them fully...Most people lose alot, if not all of their hair, and for some it never grows back right.
You are in a sense making yourself anorexic.
And, as I read on, I remember hearing the doctor in the seminar talking with a tone of joy of how this is a way to force anorexia.
WHAT???? I began to talk to people who had already had the surgery and asked them to be 100 percent honest with me, and they were...I heard stories of people who had three or more follow up surgeries for kidney stones and bladder infections, revision surgeries to prepare holes or tears around the pouch.
I skipped my next doctors appointment.
I began to eat the high protein diet they say you will eat leading up to the surgery.
I ate lots of fresh cooked fish, chicken and beans, eggs and lots of vegetables, at least six servings a day.
I drank the 64 oz of water they say you must have, and some days I drank even more.
I took my vitamins and I began to walk, every day, even if it was only 15 minutes.
I journaled every bite I ate.
I skipped going out to eat and instead took the money and put it into a savings account. And will use that money this fall to go on a very nice vacation.
In less than one year, I have lost 44 lbs.
That is no where close to the amount of weight I might have lost with surgery.
However, I feel good, I am not constantly worrying about my hair, skin and teeth.
I dont have to measure my food out 2 or 4 oz at a time and worry I will gag on it, or vomit it back up or get dumping syndrome.
I dont worry about kidney stones, or bowel obstructions or hernia surgery, so many people having WLS end up having to have.
Ask Dr. Johnson about that at your next visit.
Ask her to tell you the statistics of her patients who end up having to have it.
And find yourself a good doctor, who is really willing to really listen and not judge and who will help you find the right food plan for you, find a support system, friends, or weight watchers or church, whatever you can find.
Lose the weight slowly, it will stay off longer, 1 lb a week is plenty, believe me in no time, you will begin to see a difference in the way you look and feel and you can still eat, and get full on water and protein and veggies and even have bread and dessert once in awhile and not get sick.
Please dont amputate your life away!!!!!
not too happy

Elkhorn City, KY

#15 Jun 21, 2012
not too happy
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Elkhorn City, KY
1 min ago
rny wrote:
I am 4 years out and the first year was bad and although i did lose SOME weight it was very minimal.i had a lot of health issues prior to surgery and most of those went away afterwards but i now have more serious issues. I am constantly passing out due to low blood sugar.my muscle mass is horrible.I have to take medications to ease the spasams.I have tobtake b12 shots frequently along with b12 pills & vit d. My health is horrible.i had the surgery because i have heart problems and was told that weight loss would help it.they couldnt have been more wrong.i was actually able to lose more on my own before i had the surgery than what i have since.I listened to what doctors told me and i really wish i hadnt for once.rethink all your options before going through with any of these wls.they may all be considered life changing but not all changes are positive ones.
sorry to hear that, who did your surgery? i was told by a doctor that a bad heart can get worse and not better after this surgery, due to all the vitamins u have to take
not many people know that vitamins are also one of the biggest causes of kidney stones and can also lead to gout in some patients
the loss of potassium can make the heart problems worse
this surgery is by no means a cure all
if anything, the weight loss is about the only positive from it, and even that isnt a guarantee
would you have a nose job if the doctor said, ok, we cant guarantee your nose will improve and maybe even grow back like it was in a few years????
just wondering

Pikeville, KY

#16 Aug 10, 2012
3 down 3 to go wrote:
i agree about the hampton not being the ideal place to have the meetings or whatever they call it, but i have been going to them since march and have only seen dr. j once, but i liked her, she doesnt sugar coat it either.
i have never heard of any patients having serious complications at pikeville, but, as they tell you right up front and its in all the literature on the surgery, there are dangers and risks.
i am so torn, i continue going, hoping i can get approved for the surgery and at the same time wishing i had been able to find a way to do it on my own.
When are yoiu getting yoiur surgery? I am suppose to get mine next month and I am torn also...I am scared

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