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Dr. Juan Arellano mexicali?

Discussion in 'Surgeon Reviews' started by Lydia, Aug 21, 2017.

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    southernlady

    southernlady Administrator Staff Member

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    @Dbrooks maturity has a lot to do with a young person getting WLS of any kind. It's a major commitment for anyone.

    Sleevers supposedly have the lowest need for supplemental vitamins but the still need them. And it is a diet for life.

    The DS is not for everyone, it takes commitment and the willingness to stand your ground with supposedly smart/educated medical personnel. It takes commitment for lifetime supplemental vitamins and blood work, but then ALL of them do.

    We are not as familiar with the Mexican surgeons who only do the Sleeve. The few sleevers on here who went to Mexico (@JackieOnLine) went to the same clinic as Esquerra but before his time.
     
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    hilary1617

    hilary1617 First time at the rodeo.

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    Hi, I totally agree with the above post.

    Just as a point of clarification, my son has not *YET* had a DS. He is presently scheduled for *NEUROSURGERY* on October 4 to resect a pituitary tumor that caused massive weight gain.

    We *WILL* seek a a DS for him in if this surgery doesn't result in substantial weight loss. It should, as the tumor is causing an insidious condition marked by high cortisol levels called Cushing's disease. Cushing's caused rapid, massive weight gain, with no changes in diet or exercise. In fact his bmi and body weight doubled from 100 lbs to 200 lbs between ages over the span of about 12-8 months, as pictured below (ages 10 and 12).

    He just turned 14 and is now 265 lbs. If his weight does not drop within a year post neurosurgery, we will not hesitate to get him the full DS. Our view is that sleeve is not sufficient for long term weight loss maintenance for a high BMI and reoperation / revision adds to risk, cost and doesn't yield the same level of weight loss as a single combined DS.

    For those interested in learning about Cushing's, here's a link to a quick handout---> https://csrf.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CSRF-brochure-2013-color.pdf


    Liam 10.jpg Liam 12.jpg
     
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    galaxygrrl

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    @hilary1617 - Opps, sorry I got your story wrong. Hope all goes well with your son.
     
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    hilary1617

    hilary1617 First time at the rodeo.

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    No worries and thanks for the positive thoughts!

    Back to the topic at hand, if I were self pay, I would not hesitate to head to Dr. Esquerra, but I understand it is a scary decision, especially when often bariatric surgery is viewed with some level of disdain and when it involves leaving the country.

    It seems counterintuitive, but I've learned that travel is often needed to get the best specialist care.

    I live in Chicago, which has no shortage of hospitals. Nonetheless I head to New Orleans to deal with my cancer issues and had surgery there - because I learned from the survivor community that's the place with the best long-term survival rates. We just had to choose a neurosurgeon to root around inside my son's skull right next to the carotid and optic nerve and important gray matter - we're travelling to MD Anderson in Houston for the surgeon with the most experience and lowest complication rate we could find, based on feedback from Cushing's survivors.

    Best of luck to all!
     
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    Clematis

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    Side note: 4 of the 5 the inch-long trocar incisions made by Esquerra have literally VANISHED and the fifth one looks like a teeny pink pimple. Two other of his patients have told me the same thing. I don't know what his "magic" is to make such tiny incisions and have them disappear! I've seen photos of other women who had DS with US surgeons and their trocar incisions are at least 2" long and create what looks like a bizarre smiley face of slits. I'm old, but if I were only 18 and hoping to become normal weight and get on with being a young woman at the beach with friends, I'd want as hidden slicing and dicing as possible.
     
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    Susan in Tennessee

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    my incisions are same as non-existent too. I just checked! Too bad about all the wrinkled hanging skin on my midsection to ruin the landscape :(
     
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    Clematis

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    You make the fourth then -- Esquerra is amazing.

    (An 18 yr old may have skin with better skin elasticity than our old bags of bones!)
     
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