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Dr. Thomas E Sonnanstine IV has the following 1 specialty
- Bariatric Medicine
Bariatric medicine focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Bariatric specialists are trained in medically supervised weight loss and the management of obesity as a chronic condition. These specialists are skilled in various disciplines that help patients lose weight and obtain optimal health.
The field encompasses dieting, exercise and behavioral therapy, anti-obesity medication, pharmacotherapy and surgery. Bariatric specialists might be from surgical backgrounds and perform obesity-related operations or they might be nutrition and hormone focused, prescribing diet and exercise plans as well as weight loss medications.
Patients defined as obese or having unhealthy Body Mass Indices (BMI) have much greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, hypertension, many types of cancer and chronic musculoskeletal problems.
One subspecialty of bariatrics is the focus on the correlation between obesity and mortality.
Dr. Thomas E Sonnanstine IV has the following 1 expertise
- Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)
Dr. Thomas E Sonnanstine IV has 0 board certified specialties
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Dr. Sonnanstine was very nice to me through the process of getting to the surgery - which was about 3 weeks. I originally went to him to have a hiatal hernia repaired but after speaking to him he felt I needed to have a gastric bypass for problems with acid reflux. I had a sleeve surgery done 5 years prior and over the few years the reflux had returned and then developed the hernia. He was adamant that the bypass needed to be performed to keep me from suffering continually with the reflux. About 3 weeks later I was in surgery for the hernia and the bypass. I had some issues and ended up in ICU - lost blood and had to have transfusions. I left the hospital and started on the road to recovery along with a month of iron infusions for the anemia. Sonnanstine advised that I might need to have a little stretch done on the esophagus down the road after I recover because he said it was tight. I was going into the 3rd month post-surgery and started having some other issues - that were confirmed by my medical doctor to be indirectly related to the surgery. I had been to see Sonnanstine a few times after the surgery for the normal checkup appointments but when I went back to him on a regular scheduled checkup appointment with my concerns he was very rude to me. I had been in the ER at Riverside the day before and Sonnanstine’s resident student also told me to follow up with him when I would see him the following day. Sonnanstine acted like a small boy with his gestures and treated me like I was stupid when I asked about stretching the esophagus. He wanted to know what I was there for! I had not been treated with such disrespect by a professional person before - especially my doctor! I left his office that day and will not return. I am not able to get another doctor to take over my care - they won't touch me since they didn't perform the surgery. The records were sent to them to review but they won't take over the care. That leads me to wonder, with all the problems I had after surgery, if something abnormal happened that I don't know about. Maybe that is why he became very defensive off the bat when he saw me that day - the day I was so sick and needed his help and his response was it wasn't any surgery he did that was the fault and that I needed to see my medical doctor. When I tried to speak to him about my concerns with the esophagus issues I was having he got even ruder. I won't forget that - I won't recommend him to anyone. I advise anyone who asks to go some place else other than Riverside for the Bariatric surgery or hernia repair. I don't blame Riverside for his behavior but since his office is the surgical specialist for Riverside, I recommend going some place else. No one needs to be treated the way I was when I went to see him that morning. AND by-the-way…I am still suffering with acid reflux too! I have an appointment for a scope on my esophagus with my gastro doctor so that she can now see exactly what is going on with my problem with eating. Since the surgery, which was late Dec 2016, I have lost 80 lbs – and that was mostly because I couldn’t eat.
Patients' Choice Award (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
On-Time Doctor Award (2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
20 Years Experience
Northeastern Ohio University College Of Medicine And Pharmacy
Graduated in 1998
Dr. Thomas E Sonnanstine IV accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Health Network Option Open Access
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Anthem Blue Access PPO
- Anthem Blue Preferred HMO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS IL PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry HealthAmerica PPO
- First Health PPO
- HealthSpan Access PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
Medical Mutual of Ohio
- MMOH SuperMed POS Select
- MMOH SuperMed PPO Plus
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsOhio Health, 3773 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH
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