Michael’s Weight Loss Story
I was fifty-five years old, morbidly obese, facing a shortened lifespan and as a physician I should have known better. Yet the Demon of Obesity had had me in its terrible grip for most of my life. Two years ago, I had an epiphany when a new patient, a remarkable young woman, shared her weight loss story with me. She had been a successful recipient of a gastric band and then maintained her new, perfect weight for over five years. More importantly, she shared with me the fact that food no longer controlled her.
I immediately knew that I wanted to be like her, free of the Demon.
The most important step was to find the best surgeon. I contacted several respected colleagues and was pleased that one name kept appearing on their short list of recommendations: Dr. Alexander Abkin of the Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon’s Group in Florham Park, NJ.
Dr. Abkin lived up to his reputation and then some! I describe the encounter in Chapter 14 of my self-help book, I’m Michael and I WAS Fat (available here)
“At my initial consultation Dr. Abkin spent forty-five minutes describing the procedure and the timeline from today to the first two months after surgery… Later I asked my wife what she thought. “I thought he was great. He covered every base and made me feel confident and informed. I think going with him will be the best thing you have ever done!” After we finished with the doctor, it took just thirty minutes to completely schedule all the tests I would need to get done prior to surgery. I was pleased that they out-sourced everything right from his office so that I wouldn’t have to start looking for a nutritionist, psychologist and so on. They were patient and thorough, a refreshing change from the way most front offices run these days.”
I have chatted with hundreds of post-op bariatric patients in the course of researching my book. In listening to the stories of their pre- and post-operative experiences I learned that the care that Dr. Abkin and his staff provided were unequivocally outstanding and unique in their quality and skill.
I am proud to say that Dr. Abkin was my surgeon and I eagerly recommend that anyone considering bariatric surgery should use him and only him.
Michael Pickert M.D.