I am very thankful to God I found Dr. Shillingford. Having my vertical sleeve was the best thing I have done for myself and my family. I have absolutely nothing but wonderful things to say about Dr. Shillingford and his staff. He answered all my questions about the surgery and made me feel peaceful and confident. Surgery went smoothly and recovery was easy and fast. I give Dr. Shillingford and his staff an A+.
I had my gastric sleeve surgery in the beginning of September, and could not be happier with the results. My recovery was fast and the weight-loss couldn’t be better. I have lost 75 pounds in 90 days. Dr. Shillingford and his staff have been excellent throughout the entire process.
My story is a little different from others. I was fortunate to be born with an athletic body. I have been active my whole life in competitive sports. Turning 50 I even completed a half Ironman Triathalon “without injury.” I was so proud of my accomplishment! Then I began to realize something was wrong, and long story short, I had a parathyroid tumor. Then, hypothyroidism followed…all on top of menopause. I went from a size 8 to a size 18 in one year and within 3 years my once 150 lbs body weighed over 200 lbs. At this time, I made a commitment to start my life over again. I was not going to be one of the statistics. Even though I resigned to not being able to return to being 18 years old and eating whatever I wanted, I was going to fight metabolic disease! The gastric sleeve surgery gave me the jump-start to continue my quest for good health, enjoying exercise, and giving back to others!
All I have to say in regards to Dr. Shillingford is THANK YOU! He is simply the BEST and above the rest! I was going into this lifestyle change a bit nervous, but with him and his office manager Nancy…. All was well! From the insurance procedure, to paperwork, to the counseling, and those last minute phone calls because I was so nervous and they were so patient. Nancy is the most sweetest, compassionate, person ever and I truly thank God for them both! If they ever need me to speak at any event… I am just a phone call away!
I’m very happy with Dr. Shillingford and his office staff, especially the office manager, Nancy. Thank you for being persistent on getting insurance approval, for great patient education pre & post surgery, for continuous support during my weight-loss regimen, and the knowledgeable Dr.’s advice that kept me focused on my goal. I feel as if I’ve been reborn.
I am so happy that I made the decision to make this life-change for me!! I did a lot of research before deciding on the gastric sleeve. When I found Dr. Shillingford I was immediately put at ease. It started with the lengthy conversation I had with Nancy. She listened, gave information and most of all, didn’t pressure me. I made the appointment with Dr. Shillingford and was immediately excited. He explained the process, surgery, transformation, and life changes that would occur and helped me realize what was right for me. I have just begun the journey… I am 6 months post-surgery and have met nothing but support and success so far. I know this is because of the preparation and support from Dr. Shillingford and his kind and friendly staff.
Although it took time to get used to eating differently, the decision to undergo the gastric bypass surgery with Dr. Shillingford has been great for me. Overall I feel great! It has been a year and I am at the point where I need to make a conscious effort to maintain my weight loss. Fortunately, I have nutritional and behavioral support to keep me on track!