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I had GS surgery with Dr Bobby Bhaskar-Rao in 2017. The attention I received was amazing! I moved across country and he still reaches out to me to check in, and I can contact him or Courtney the NUT anytime! He took great care and concern and if I had it to do over again, there is no doubt that I would! If you are looking for a surgeon in SoCal, I recommend going with him. I even drove over an hour each visit because I felt better with him than anyone that was local!

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Now THAT is the right kind of surgeon to have÷ !

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Did you have to have a ton of classes before he allowed the surgery? Whereill I live In Kansas we are doing self pay as our insurance will not cover the procedure- even with self pay I have to do 8 weeks of classes, a psych evaluation, as well as a battery of tests. I do not mind the tests and such but I really need a band removal to gastric bypass or mini bypass to help manage my diabetes. My band has made me miserable. Even after seeing the specialist here in wichita, they still want me to go through classes that I had when I did the band surgery all for a removal and bypass!! and we have to pay for each of the classes ...

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I did not take a lot of classes. I went to an information session, then a meeting with the doctor and the nutritionist. I had a psychiatrist eval, met with doctor again, and then he scheduled my surgery.

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