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Another Colorado newbie here...I have my pre-op consult tomorrow with Dr. Brown in Denver. Looking forward to getting to know you all! :tt2:

Hi coloradomom. Welcome to the board. I've been lurking here for sometime. Lots of great information on here. :tongue2:

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Barbara, I believe it is open to anybody. I went through Penrose for my surgery as it is a bariatric surgical center of excellence. The person who runs the class is named Fran, she is the coordinator for the Colorado Springs Surgical Associates that's located in Penrose. You can talk to her if you want to start the steps towards being banded. She has a class you can attend that is the first step, and talks about everything you need to know about being banded.

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:lol: I have my surgery date! Sept. 1 with CBSI - Dr. Brown. I really liked everyone in their office. So excited!

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Wow, we are getting a huge tax refund & I should get my surgery this summer! Now to choose between Dr. K or Dr. Brown. Any thoughts?????

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Wow, we are getting a huge tax refund & I should get my surgery this summer! Now to choose between Dr. K or Dr. Brown. Any thoughts?????

Congrats! I am not real familar with either dr. I went to Dr Brown's seminar but he did not come to it so I never met him. I called Dr K's office and the gal on the phone I believe her name was Natalie was quite rude so that was my only dealings with them. I hear many people are satisfied with both of them so you need to go with the one you are most comfortable with. I went with Dr Snyder as a self pay. There are many dr to choose from and everyone likes something different. The one you pick will also be responsible for your after care so keep that in mind as well and pick the one you feel meets your needs the best.

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Wow, we are getting a huge tax refund & I should get my surgery this summer! Now to choose between Dr. K or Dr. Brown. Any thoughts?????

I do think it's a personal choice.

I went with Dr Kirshenbaum and I have NOT one regret! I love Natalie and his PA and of course Dr. K! I was banded 1/29/08 and I've lost over 200lbs. I cannot say enough good things about his aftercare! He's always been my biggest and best cheerleader!!!:thumbup:

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Frst off... congrats on your decision.

I have to agree with the other great ladies who have answered you so far, it is a personal choice. You need to go with whoever you feel most comfortable with.

I have never met Dr K, though I do meet up fairly often with his patients, and I have heard nothing but good about him.

I was operated on by someone who is no longer in the state, and was tranferred for my aftercare to Dr Metz (who was Dr Brown's partner). Dr Metz is now gone also, so now Dr Brown is my doctor. I just met him last week when I was in for a fill. He seems to be a very nice guy. I know some other people that were banded by him, and they were quite happy with him too.

Whoever you end up chosing, I'm sure you will be happy you made this decision. :thumbup:

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Dr Kirshenbaum is awesome. I have no complaints. Natalie is great too. They give you access to them by email, phone and cell phone for emergency. They do really care about you and your success. :thumbup:

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I am very happy with Dr. Brown's office. I was self-pay and chose Dr. Brown for a few reasons: 1) I liked that they do pre-and post-op psychologist and nutritionist consultations. Both the nutritionists and the psychs. are great.

2) I like the location of Dr. Brown's office right in downtown Denver rather than Aurora because I come from out of town and like to shop while I am there! :unsure: ;

3) it was much easier to get an appointment with Dr. Brown than Dr. K. From my first phone call to the office till I was banded was less than 1 month

4) the pre-op diet is only 3 days and the post-op diet is totally reasonable, with full liquids allowed from Day 1;

5) Dr. Brown's office is generous with fills -- you get a good fill right from the beginning and every fill afterward. No Baby Fills!

That said, I am sure I would have loved Dr. K as well. The end result is the same which ever doctor you choose! So think about which pre-op diet you want to do, which office you want to travel to, which office can give you the best surgery date.

BTW I totally skipped the seminar phase. I knew what I wanted so they said it was not necessary.

Good luck! :thumbup:

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Frst off... congrats on your decision.

I have to agree with the other great ladies who have answered you so far, it is a personal choice. You need to go with whoever you feel most comfortable with.

I have never met Dr K, though I do meet up fairly often with his patients, and I have heard nothing but good about him.

I was operated on by someone who is no longer in the state, and was tranferred for my aftercare to Dr Metz (who was Dr Brown's partner). Dr Metz is now gone also, so now Dr Brown is my doctor. I just met him last week when I was in for a fill. He seems to be a very nice guy. I know some other people that were banded by him, and they were quite happy with him too.

Whoever you end up chosing, I'm sure you will be happy you made this decision. :thumbup:

Hi Julie! I did not realize Dr. Metz was gone. I never even met him. I really like Dr. Brown - he is quiet and has a dry sense of humor, but nice guy, not full of himself like some doctors are!

How is the latest fill? I am not sure if I am going back at the end of this month or not...my bad fill is getting better. If I do, I will let you know!

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I had surgery with Dr. Tillquist on 4/8 and I've really liked him and CJ in the office. I did a self-pay and didn't have any problems with any of the pre-op things.

I had tried Dr Snyder first and had a horrible experience with his office. I never got the same story twice and I submitted information over and over again.

Dr Tillquist was a much better experience for me!

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Hi Julie! I did not realize Dr. Metz was gone. I never even met him.

Yep, they never let any patients know. Evidently he took a 3 month vacation and just never came back. :(

I really like Dr. Brown - he is quiet and has a dry sense of humor, but nice guy, not full of himself like some doctors are!

Yes, he seems nice. I asked him to come in and take a look at my hernia, which he did.

How is the latest fill?

Not bad. I seem fairly tight, but not too much so.

I am not sure if I am going back at the end of this month or not...my bad fill is getting better. If I do, I will let you know!

Please do. Would love to get together with you, if possible.

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I was banded Feb. 2009 and have only lost 40 lbs. I have been stuck at this weight for a little over a year now. I really need to find a new support group since I have moved to Loveland CO. Does anyone know of one close by? Does anyone live close by that would like a support buddy? No one I know has ever gone through this so a support system is what I'm looking for.:sad:

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I was banded Feb. 2009 and have only lost 40 lbs. I have been stuck at this weight for a little over a year now. I really need to find a new support group since I have moved to Loveland CO. Does anyone know of one close by? Does anyone live close by that would like a support buddy? No one I know has ever gone through this so a support system is what I'm looking for.:sad:

I'm so sorry! I live in Littleton, about 67 miles from Loveland. I would be your support buddy, however, we live pretty far from one another. I have a few friends who have lost very little from the band. One has lost 23lbs and was banded over a year ago. I wouldn't mind meeting you occasionally halfway between our two homes - think about it!

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Hi Julie! I did not realize Dr. Metz was gone. I never even met him.

Yep, they never let any patients know. Evidently he took a 3 month vacation and just never came back. :sad:

I really like Dr. Brown - he is quiet and has a dry sense of humor, but nice guy, not full of himself like some doctors are!

Yes, he seems nice. I asked him to come in and take a look at my hernia, which he did.

How is the latest fill?

Not bad. I seem fairly tight, but not too much so.

I am not sure if I am going back at the end of this month or not...my bad fill is getting better. If I do, I will let you know!

Please do. Would love to get together with you, if possible.

Dr Metz is going to be the primary baratric surgeon at Parker Adventist Hospital now. I am not sure when that starts but I work there and I saw his name on an email we were all sent by administration.

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