Exceptional, Skilled Professional!, December 18, 2009, 4:00 pm
This is day 9 after my surgery. I've got time on my hands as I recover from my tummy tuck...and well I really am a very, very satisfied patient. My surgery was performed by Dr. Lorne Rosenfield in Burlingame, California.
I am 46 and have lost 80+ pounds through diet and exercise and kept it off over 3 years. I had plateaued in my weight loss. I had not very much maybe 25 pounds to go. Having always carried my weight in front in a big belly, I had a significant "apron" of flesh hanging down...it was clear at 46 weight loss alone was not going to cause this to go away. So, I started to search for a surgeon.
Dr. R was recommended to me by my dermatologist who is another excellent physician. Dr. R's site has a lot of before and after pictures. I saw that he was doing a Fleur de Lis Abdominoplasty. When I saw that procedure I knew instinctively that it would give me the best result...but I had never heard of it. Not having had surgery before...I was bit nervous about what looked so extreme.
Is it ok to gush? I'm not a gushy person but Dr. Rosenfield really is a wonderful physician. You know how it is when you meet someone who is good at what they do and moreover is interested and enjoys what they do? It is a vibe and I got it when I met Dr. Rosenfield for the first time. He backed up my initial impression during the consult. He took time to answer all my questions. He discussed all the various options. I did not ask him about the FDL technique, but after the examination he said that was the best one for me because of how my weight was distributed.
Dr. Rosenfield had, in fact, a keen interest in the Fleur de Lis tummy tuck procedure. He was doing a number of them and had written papers documenting how to do the markings for this old procedure. Many doctor's don't know how to do them and, of course, many women don't want a vertical scar. The scar didn't matter so much to me because at 46 my bikini time is limited. Moreover, I wanted to get rid of the belly for good, forever.
I asked him a number of questions and left his office very impressed. Still, I wanted to cover all my options and I spoke with four other surgeons. All of them recommended by other doctors. Dr. Rosenfield's interest in continued learning about his field really stood out. His front office is very well run by BJ his office manager and Mindy his receptionist. (My only complaint about the office is it has a bit more perfume in the air than I personally like.) His medical personnel are equally engaging. I kind of judge a doctor on how well run his office is...just because I have built a business myself. The staff reflects their leader you know?
So, now I had a number of surgeons to choose from. I was hesitating only because of the cost of the FDL was a little bit on the high end in comparison. I am not comfortable negotiating...and anyway can you negotiate with a surgeon? In the end, I ran into a friend who turned out had a had several procedures by Dr. Rosenfield and knew several others who also had. She gushed...for an hour. It cinched the deal for me.
Ok, 9 days out and I am gushing to. The procedure was very successful. The doctor removed over 10 pounds with this procedure. (Not typical I know. I'd say this is because I had been exercising so much and dieting...really the old belly was more like a tumor.)
Dr. Rosenfield I think does excellent pain management. I had a pain pump after the procedure. Before the procedure his office staff waked me through everything. They kitted me out with all the medications and really good documentation about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. (I write for a living so I can appreciate this.) He has a surgery in his office but was perfectly happy to do the procedure at a local hospital. (Being my first surgery, I was nervous.)
He visited me each day in the hospital...twice in one day. While visiting me one night he caught a problem with an IV the nurse had missed. He was very kind and really knowledgeable...and well, pictures. Check out the pictures...
Satisfied customer. A definite recommend for Dr. Rosenfield.