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dabbadoo00

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    dabbadoo00 reacted to melimel35089 in January surgeries?!   
    *Have not seen anything on him, thru the CDC.” Thank you
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    dabbadoo00 got a reaction from culpepperbaker in The Truth about Weight Loss Agents...   
    Thanks for the information but its a little too late for me. I used WeightLossAgents but as a nurse and having bariatric surgery before, I didn't ask any questions. I had revision surgery (lapband to sleeve) April 7, 2015 and had a great experience. ☺️
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    dabbadoo00 got a reaction from culpepperbaker in The Truth about Weight Loss Agents...   
    Thanks for the information but its a little too late for me. I used WeightLossAgents but as a nurse and having bariatric surgery before, I didn't ask any questions. I had revision surgery (lapband to sleeve) April 7, 2015 and had a great experience. ☺️
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    dabbadoo00 got a reaction from tnkrrbl in BariatricPal is no longer affiliated or recommending Dr. Mario Almanza   
    i understand if a company doesnt want to work w him but i had no problems and i understood everything he told us in English.... and im a nurse ????
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    dabbadoo00 got a reaction from culpepperbaker in The Truth about Weight Loss Agents...   
    Thanks for the information but its a little too late for me. I used WeightLossAgents but as a nurse and having bariatric surgery before, I didn't ask any questions. I had revision surgery (lapband to sleeve) April 7, 2015 and had a great experience. ☺️
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to Memilie80 in Flying to SD!   
    The day before the day is finally here. I'm sitting at DFW waiting to board my flight. My mom is flying from Seattle and will meet me at the SD airport. I lost 11 lbs the first week of my liquid diet, but only one pound on the last week. I'm so excited, but soooo anxious. Prayers appreciated!
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    dabbadoo00 got a reaction from culpepperbaker in The Truth about Weight Loss Agents...   
    Thanks for the information but its a little too late for me. I used WeightLossAgents but as a nurse and having bariatric surgery before, I didn't ask any questions. I had revision surgery (lapband to sleeve) April 7, 2015 and had a great experience. ☺️
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to anonymousfact in The Truth about Weight Loss Agents...   
    Hello, I would like to share the complete 100% truth and facts, about the company Weight loss agents. For those of you who are familiar with Weight Loss Agents, you may or may not know already, that they work with two Bariatric Doctors, one in Miami, Florida (Dr.choi), and the other in Tijuana, Mexico (Dr.Almanza). Initially as a first time inquiry on the WeightLossAgents.com website, the first thing you see is the attractive red priced tag for the gastric sleeve, which advertises it for as low as $4,099.00. Though the website does not disclose the immediate locations the surgery takes place, it very much encourages you to call them or to manually enter your contact information, to obtain more detail and insight. The deceiving starts as soon as you call Weight Loss Agents, I say so because as soon as your call gets answered, you're greeted with a "Hello, Doctors office, this is ______ speaking...". The location where Weight Loss Agents, receive and make their calls is not a "Doctors office" as they say. It's simply a location full of computers and teenagers. That's right, I said teenagers. The person who you are talking to on the other line, about a life changing surgery, and all of your concerns (if you've ever contacted WLA before) is most likely a teenager. The founders of Weight Loss Agents (which is NOT Dr.Almanza nor Dr.Choi or any doctor they schedule surgeries for) hire young teenagers starting at the age of 18, compensated at $9.00 per hour, with NO medical experience at all to: schedule surgeries, give consultations, and give advise on bariatric and cosmetic procedures. These "knowledgeable surgical coordinators" are trained by another "senior surgical coordinator" who once again has no medical experience as well. In fact the only difference between a regular coordinator and senior coordinator is the length of time they've been deceiving these patients for (Their is no difference between a senior coordinator and regular coordinator, the only difference is that one is recently hired and the other, has been working for weightlossagents.com for a year or more). Those who are hired, are given a verbal training class of about 2-3 days of basic information, about Mexico, the pricing of the most popular surgeries, and rebuttals about traveling. These "surgical coordinators" are encouraged to seek advise from another "surgical coordinator" if a patient ask what seems to be a basic question, that any medical surgery scheduling center would be able to answer- this is what is going to happen or has happened already, if the question asked has already been assisted prior; the question will get searched. What I mean by this, is if you go through the history on the computers internet history, most questions that are asked via the website/phone by the patient, are searched online, via google, and then are re-worded to give a somewhat correct response/answer to the patient.
    After the "surgical coordinators" have graduated from the 3 day average verbal training class (which is complete nonsense), from their they are introduced to a live phone with a complementary computer, that will allow the "coordinator" with complete and full access to view any patients file... including their credit card information. YES that's right, since weightlossagents.com makes every patient that wants to be booked by them send in the front and back picture of their credit card along with the picture of their credit card holder I,D, you would figure that this information would be shredded as soon as its glanced upon and verified, but no, if that was or is your assumption your wrong. They actually attach it to your file, kinda like a resume on e-mail, and ANYONE including the freshly hired 18 year old coordinator, can easily view your credit card information and go on a shopping spree a few days later. I also forgot to mention Weight Loss Agents does not drug test or perform background checks on their employees, which is a vital way to perform a security clearance on potential candidates. But despite the fact that the founders of Weight Loss Agents are making a huge commission per surgery scheduled for the doctors, they wish to not run back ground checks, drug test, or hire actual medical professionals to assist their concerned patients, because they rather save their money, then assist you properly as a patient
    Another huge concern most patients stumble across, is the amount of surgeries Dr.Almanza performs a day. If you attempt to ask Weight Loss Agents this, you will receive a generic response, which will most likely reflect something like this "we do not have access to the amount of surgeries Dr.Almanza has scheduled for your surgery date, but I can assure you he's a great doctor, with plenty of experience, you will be in good hands". Though this answer is partly true, because only about 2-3 of the "senior surgical coordinators" have access to view this information. Reason is, the founders are afraid, that if a patient ask, and they receive the true answer they will most likely cancel their procedure, and run for the hills. So to prevent such a thing, the founders of the company only granted a select few this access, but even those with the ability to actually see the amount of surgeries scheduled, they will not tell you the truth, they will give you the generic answer. But to give you the answer, Dr.Almanza performs on average about 8 surgeries on a slow day, and will perform up to 20 surgeries a day, on a busy day. If this does not concern you yet, then the post-op medical care at Hotel Real Del Rio will. The so called "nurses" located at the nurses station at the hotel, are not real licensed nurses. They are simply people like the "surgical coordinators", they are just trained for the basics. Like how to change bandages, remove gauze, bring food to the patients ect. If their is a major concern, then yes, the staged nurse will contact a real nurse (which mind you their is about a handful of licensed nurses that work for Dr.Almanza).
    I'm in no shape or form degrading any of the surgeons partnered with Weight Loss Agents, as surgeons, because they are licensed and do have YEARS of experience as a CERTIFIED surgeons. But I do not recommend going through Weight Loss agents, because they are not who they intend to be, they are great posers. Do you really want to be speaking to someone inexperienced about your concerns about feeling ill after your surgery? Or do you want to speak to someone who knows what their saying, most patients take what these "surgical coordinators" say as actual fact, and chose to not follow-up with an actual professional; a small error like this can cause fatality. (My intentions are not to offend anyone who is using or has used Weight Loss Agents services, or anyone who is working for them, I am simply shedding light).
    I chose to not disclose my personal information, for privacy, But do take what I'm saying as actual fact, If you are questioning anything I have to say, checkout out what bariatric pal had to say as well if you have not already: http://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/337950-bariatricpal-is-no-longer-affiliated-or-recommending-dr-mario-almanza/
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to Proud2BMe in A patient died after surgery with Dr. Elias Ortiz at A Lighter Me!   
    @@Cleo's Mom
    You can still die in a hospital. Also, you may not realize this but patients in the U.S. are routinely transferred to other hospitals based upon the situation. So you may be in an emergency and the closest hospital is say 5 minutes away. However, if that hospital decides it is not the right location for you or that another location is better you will be taken there instead, even though it may be 10, 15+ minutes away. Also happens if by chance the hospital is full.
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to Cody's mom in Doctor Lopez Shut Down For Illegally Operating?   
    Funny, as soon as I read the information from AustinJackson I figured he was some kind of scammer, and it made me think it was someone trying to slander others for his own benefit. Although honest and informative information is always helpful, his wasn't either (honest or informative). I wonder who he works for, probably some hackjob quack trying to drum up business!
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to Alex Brecher in Doctor Lopez Shut Down For Illegally Operating?   
    As promised, I'm attaching Dr. Jesus Martin Lopez Dominguez's medical license (I'm personally holding it in my hand):





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    dabbadoo00 reacted to Popsicle530 in BariatricPal is no longer affiliated or recommending Dr. Mario Almanza   
    and sweetheart I am so glad you had a good experience. I would not wish a bad one on anyone. (well yeah there are actually about 3 people in my life i wouldnt mind seeing gutted) haha. just kidding. i'm so happy for you. enjoy your thinness
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    dabbadoo00 got a reaction from Popsicle530 in BariatricPal is no longer affiliated or recommending Dr. Mario Almanza   
    everyone has different experiences and i had a great experience with dr. almanza.... sorry that you had a bad experience ????
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to brownlady30 in Super Nurses With Sleeves (Support Group)   
    Hi My name Angela Cannady I am an LPN from Augusta GA I have been a nurse for 7 years. Medsurg with an emphasis on Diabetes and GI health. I just had my gastric sleeve surgery this past Tuesday July 31st. I was released from the hospital yesterday.
    I have had a challenging time with my Protein as of yet. But I really focusing on my Fluid intake. I am a type II diabetic prior to surgery I wore a insulin pump. I am currently not taking anything for my diabetes with close monitoring with my endocrinologist. My blood sugars have been from 82-112 without any interventions. I am still taking my Lortab elixar (uggh horribly nasty). I would love to be a part of this group I think thios is great because as nurses we tend to put others needs before our own and with this process we must take care of ourselves.
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to JamieLogical in BariatricPal is no longer affiliated or recommending Dr. Mario Almanza   
    Be sure to read through this entire thread and do a search on these forums for Almanza to see other posts. There are many people who have gone to Almanza and been very happy with the experience and have nothing but positive things to say. So make sure you read through everything and then make your own choice.
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to sharonintx in A patient died after surgery with Dr. Elias Ortiz at A Lighter Me!   
    We have the same chance of dying on an operating table right here in the USA.
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to Sleevilicious in Mexico   
    April 14 with Dr Almanza in Mexico. Start my preop diet next week Sat.
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to Alex Brecher in BariatricPal is no longer affiliated or recommending Dr. Mario Almanza   
    You're very lucky! One night in the hospital and having our patients walking around with drains was a dealbreaker for us.
    I received an email this morning from one of the coordinators that worked for Dr. Almanza for many many years (I'm quoting her!)
    "He is scum of the earth. Doesn't care a thing about the patients. Only money. I went to X (redacted for privacy purposes) and almanza about the deaths and critically ill patients and they didn't care. 15-21 surgeries a day they're doing over there. Sometimes 2 at a time in the OR it's messed up over there."
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    dabbadoo00 got a reaction from tnkrrbl in BariatricPal is no longer affiliated or recommending Dr. Mario Almanza   
    i understand if a company doesnt want to work w him but i had no problems and i understood everything he told us in English.... and im a nurse ????
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to workingmom434 in Post op diet   
    Sleeved on tuesday and no real problems. In hotel for 3 days and not hungry at all. Got home yesterday and definitely feel mentally hungry. I am eating off my list but it did not say how much i can have of each. Today i had 1/2 cup of yogurt (2x). 1/2 Protein Shake, 2 popsicles,
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to measureofme in over 400 lbs starting weight?   
    Just an encouraging word... I was 529 when I started my pre-op and 504 the day of surgery. I'm two years out and just about -200lbs now. You got some great input from ProudGrammy. Good luck!
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to JamesGz in Over 400Lbs Gastric Sleeve Success Story   
    well i was 487lbs when I started 2 years ago and i am currently 254lbs : ) SO FAR SO GOOD!!!
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to klandes89 in Band to Sleeve in 2015   
    Congrats on a revision date! I also was banded in 2008, lost 70 lbs but ended up in the ER twice both resulted in having the band completely emptied and told to "start over" finally after the last complication in 2013 I told my surgeon not to refill it. after a year I ended up gaining all my weight back. I just had my revision Dec 15 where they took out the band and replaced it with the sleeve. I also am afraid about failing with this second surgery but you got to remember we have all the information for success it was just our tool complicated success. I feel this surgery is a bit more painful than the lap-band but I've been so excited already seeing results on the scale. These forums have been a life saver in my pre-op phase and now in my post op.Good luck and feel free to ask any questions.
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    dabbadoo00 reacted to hw1985 in Any April Sleevers?   
    April 7th!
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