Meet Dr. Tiffany Jessee, HCA Bariatric General Surgeon

Meet Dr. Tiffany Jessee, HCA Bariatric General Surgeon


– As a general surgeon, you typically, it can be sad at times when you come out to the recovery room and speak to a family and explain to them that
their loved one has cancer or a significant disease that maybe can’t be
corrected with surgery, but in the line of
bariatrics, it’s very happy because you can go to the waiting room and tell the family that
this is the first day of their loved ones,
the rest of their life. It’s pretty amazing to see
patients come into the office and hear yelling and crying,
but it’s for happy reasons because they get on the
scale and they lose weight. It’s very exciting to see that. See patients get off of medications that they may have been on for years, get rid of CPAP machines for sleep apnea, and be able to just do things that they just haven’t
been able to do for years. Some of the common questions
you may get with bariatrics are, is my stomach going to grow back after you remove part of it following the sleeve gastrectomy? If I’m gonna have a bypass,
is the old part of my stomach just gonna kind of
shrivel up and wilt away? We do get some strange little
questions about bariatrics. It’s kind of nice to be able to go through the process of the surgery. Explain that and also have our dietician to talk with them about the
requirements after surgery and what they need to do
to keep themselves healthy. I have a very close relationship with two of the local HCA hospitals, being Largo Medical
Center and Palms Pasadena. I feel very comfortable
with both of those hospitals not only from the operating room staff, the recovery room staff, the floor nurses, but also anesthesia which
is a big part of this. That’s probably one of
the most common questions that we get is how competent
are the anesthesiologists? Am I gonna wake up for my procedure? They don’t really seem to be concerned about what the surgeon
is gonna do to them. It seems to be all about anesthesia. We just offer the patient
comfort in knowing that all the staff here including anesthesia is highly trained, and
we do a lot of procedures at both of these hospitals. If the surgeon feels comfortable
enough to bring their mom to one of these hospitals
which I did in 2012, then patients should be comfortable enough to come to one of these hospitals.

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