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Mine was at North Florida Regional... sorry I can't comment about Shands but I did have my daughter there and had a great experience with L&D

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Awww I’m glad she had a good experience. I actually work in the NICU there. I’m still paperwork process and biting my nails. Lol


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Yes, I had surgery (RNY) with Dr. Friedman at Shands very recently. I thought he was very good. Not a huge fan of the Nurse Practitioner, but everyone else is wonderful. The nutritionist is great.

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Yes, I had surgery (RNY) with Dr. Friedman at Shands very recently. I thought he was very good. Not a huge fan of the Nurse Practitioner, but everyone else is wonderful. The nutritionist is great.


Hi Julia!
I just had surgery last Friday (sleeve with Dr. Friedman). Haven’t met with the NP yet. Good experience so far. Are you happy with your decision? And how are you feeling? [emoji4]


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5 minutes ago, linita said:


Hi Julia!
I just had surgery last Friday (sleeve with Dr. Friedman). Haven’t met with the NP yet. Good experience so far. Are you happy with your decision? And how are you feeling?

Congrats! I hope you are feeling well and recovering fast. I think I am happy with my decision. I am still trying to get over the food addiction so its been tough a lot. Still trying to work our some kinks (i have GOT to stop drinking so fast!), but I am happy with the results. I am off of all my medications (was taking 5 different meds before surgery) and have noticed I can do things I couldn't do before. I am actually no longer scared to go on walks with people because I know I can do it and wont have to make up an excuse to stop for a rest!

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Congrats! I hope you are feeling well and recovering fast. I think I am happy with my decision. I am still trying to get over the food addiction so its been tough a lot. Still trying to work our some kinks (i have GOT to stop drinking so fast!), but I am happy with the results. I am off of all my medications (was taking 5 different meds before surgery) and have noticed I can do things I couldn't do before. I am actually no longer scared to go on walks with people because I know I can do it and wont have to make up an excuse to stop for a rest!



So glad to hear that! That’s amazing. I’m following all rules. Just can wait to atleast bite into something. Even if it’s 1scramble egg lol glad we found each other. Hope we can stay in touch. [emoji4][emoji4]


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5 hours ago, linita said:


So glad to hear that! That’s amazing. I’m following all rules. Just can wait to atleast bite into something. Even if it’s 1scramble egg lol glad we found each other. Hope we can stay in touch.

Yea, I couldn't wait to actually sink my teeth into something. I heard of some people chewing ice cubes to help with that, but i have noticed cold liquids still upset my stomach, so I never tried ice cubes. Yes, let's stay in touch!

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Yea, I couldn't wait to actually sink my teeth into something. I heard of some people chewing ice cubes to help with that, but i have noticed cold liquids still upset my stomach, so I never tried ice cubes. Yes, let's stay in touch!


Lol ice cubes won’t cut it, I’d be happy with a sandwich lol but I won’t risk anything. Keep in touch [emoji4][emoji41]


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On 1/26/2018 at 7:26 PM, AGreenEyedWolf said:

Mine was at North Florida Regional... sorry I can't comment about Shands but I did have my daughter there and had a great experience with L&D

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How did you like NF? I am looking at both Shands and NF.

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Hi Linita, I had my surgery March 30 at Shands. Dr. AYZENGART performed my gastric sleeve. He is in with Dr. FREEMAN. They have an awesome team who work well in tandem. Shands is a teaching hospital. All of the residents assigned to my case and came and introduced themselves and answered my questions. The whole experience was wonderful.

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That’s amazing. I’m glad you had a good experience. I had my surgery on February 23, and I have zero complaints. It’s been great. I actually work there and can say the same for the hospital in general. Did you have sleeve or bypass?


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That’s amazing. I’m glad you had a good experience. I had my surgery on February 23, and I have zero complaints. It’s been great. I actually work there and can say the same for the hospital in general. Did you have sleeve or bypass?




I had the sleeve. Actually, my oldest son has viral cardiomyopathy and spent several months at Shands. Dr. Aranda and the cardiology unit staff have all been magnificent. He now has a VAD and Dr. Freeman did his sleeve a little over a year ago to lose weight for a transplant. It's been slow going for him.
I just saw Dr Ayzengart yesterday for my first follow up and it went great. I'm down 14#. The staff on the surgical floor are all awesome. I received top notch care in the beautiful, spacious new building. Kyle is awesome, too. You can see he loves what he does! I send him an email with a question and he promptly answers back. The surgery went well. A cake walk compared to my 1st c-section 36 years ago! The worst part was the ride home upon discharge. I live in the panhandle. About hour 3 I was miserable with gas. I mean, by time we got to Carrabelle, i had to get out and walk but my level of miserable(ness) was too far gone with gas. My chest hurt right up into my shoulders. The last 70 minutes was just excruciating. When I got home I could barely walk, I hurt so bad. Other than that, all is great in my world. My point is, you can be very proud to work for such a magnificent organization. I worked in healthcare my whole adult life. That to me is important. Thanks! Congratulations on your surgery. I hope you continue to do well. All the best, Joann L.

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On 2/28/2018 at 8:48 AM, Julia.S said:

Yes, I had surgery (RNY) with Dr. Friedman at Shands very recently. I thought he was very good. Not a huge fan of the Nurse Practitioner, but everyone else is wonderful. The nutritionist is great.

On 2/28/2018 at 10:51 AM, linita said:


Hi Julia!
I just had surgery last Friday (sleeve with Dr. Friedman). Haven’t met with the NP yet. Good experience so far. Are you happy with your decision? And how are you feeling?

I have my date on Jan 2 @Shands. RNY with Dr. Friedman. All of the pre-op appts went well. Yes, I love Kyle the nutritionist as well.

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