Age: 60 years old
Resides: New York
Everything about my Female Alternative Surgery was a positive experience.
My time PRIOR to meeting Dr. del Junco Jr., when I didn’t know there were alternatives to hysterectomy, was painful and long.
Life Changing Discovery: From the moment I landed on Dr. del Junco Jr.’s website, I KNEW I had finally found a voice of reason and caring. To also find a solution for a huge fibroid that would leave my female organs intact seemed a miracle! (I was particularly relieved to see testimonials from older women as I had just turned 60, as well as seeing a picture of a removed basketball-sized fibroid, since I knew mine was definitely very large.)
Surgery Dates are Finalized: The next steps entailed e-mails and phone calls with the IFAM Clinic and Patricia Marshall, RN, who has to be one of the most friendly and efficient people one could hope to deal with in such an important matter. She did all the necessary follow-throughs regarding insurance, leave of absence from work and scheduling, and was quick to respond to all questions thoughtfully.
Pre-Op with Dr. del Junco Jr.: Finally I was off to Glendale, California (from NYC) for the first meeting with Dr. del Junco Jr. Walking into his clinic and meeting him and his staff finally put me at ease. Everything was explained to me by this warm and articulate doctor and I left with no qualms whatsoever about the upcoming procedure. I felt only extreme confidence in my decision after meeting Dr. del Junco Jr. and placed my problem willingly in his hands.
Pre-Op at Temple Community Hospital: Next, it was over to Temple Community Hospital for the necessary pre-admission medical tests and final clearance for surgery by the hospital internist. The Hospital is not large and is surrounded by trees on a hill, , with a view to the Hollywood Hills. Everyone at the hospital was very friendly and I learned more about what to expect upon admission and post-surgery. I also met with the anesthesiologist who spent a long time with me explaining my options.
Hospital Admission and Surgery: Probably one of the most remarkable aspects of the surgery was that my family could and did watch it on closed circuit TV. I also watched the surgery several days later on video, many times. (I’ve read that some of Dr. del Junco Jr.s patients who opt for the epidural actually watch the procedure as it is happening; however, I elected to have traditional anesthesia). This seems just one more indication of the empowerment and caring that Dr. del Junco Jr. gives to his patients. It was a humbling and powerful experience for my family and I that they were able to “be there” during the surgery; it made the operation so much more personalized. The private room with a bed (and meals) for a family member was attractive and the friendly nurses made us feel very welcome. The nurses are specialized in post-surgical care-and believe me, the patient realizes and appreciates this.
Recovery and Home: I am energized and unencumbered and have my life back! By the last day in the hospital, I was taking care of myself unattended. After checking out of the hospital, I took the train to San Diego where I stayed with family. Ten days after surgery, I took the train back up to Glendale for my final visit with Dr. del Junco Jr. and then flew home to New York City.
A THANK YOU in Closing: There aren’t words sufficient enough to thank Dr. del Junco Jr. or to express gratitude for his development of an alternative to hysterectomy. I will continue to recommend, unequivocally, that every woman with a female problem requiring surgery try her best to find a way to go to the Institute for Female Alternative Medicine and Dr. del Junco Jr. for resolution.
That’s all for now. From a recently begun-to-smile-again, thankful, intact female.