October Patient of the Month
Lost 95 pounds
“Do something about it now before you get any older” are the words which rang in my head for a number of months after a conversation with a close relative of mine that I respect and admire greatly. Diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and obesity were conditions I suffered from and were results of genetics and of me neglecting my own body. “Do something about it now…” ultimately caused me to have a conversation with my family doctor and the game plan was drafted. I needed to have a plan which was achievable and sustainable in addressing all these conditions. For me, this course of action included a roux-en-y gastric bypass and lifestyle changes. The price of doing nothing was too high for me.
Leading up to the surgery I was often told “I know so and so who had that surgery and they gained all the weight back” – the surgery itself isn’t a magic bullet as it takes discipline and healthy habits to sustain the gains. The few times I dug further into the specifics of “so and so”, I found no healthy habits, a different “weight loss” surgery procedure altogether, and the individuals they chose to hang with didn’t want them to succeed. I have been blessed with a large number of individuals I consider to be in my corner and they have been cheering me on along the way! I now exercise and run on a regular basis, use the stairs at work instead of the elevator, eat healthier and enjoy a life many, many pounds lighter. All the medications associated with my (pre surgery) conditions are gone and replaced with a daily “Flintstone Chewable Vitamin” (my favorite as a kid).
“Would I do it all again?” is often a question asked of me and the answer is absolutely “Yes”! Not only have I benefited from this life-changing surgery and lifestyle changes, but my immediate family has as well. No longer does soda pop reside in our home and the days of our dinner table being garnished with literally pounds and pounds of overeating opportunities went out the door.
September Patient of the Month
Lost 150 pounds and still losing
My name is Dana and obesity has run in my family my whole life. I didn't have a weight problem until it began to increase in 2009 and by 2012 I felt I needed to make some changes. I consulted Dr. Ringley in February 2012 and after the consultation I made my decision to have some type of surgery. During my visits with Dr. Ringley, we decided that I would have the bariatric sleeve gastrectomy. My procedure was performed that May. Prior to my surgery I had been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and I used a C-PAP machine for my sleep apnea. After I had my surgery I no longer needed the C-PAP machine and I stopped all my diabetes medications. Unfortunately on August 20, 2012 my diabetes had returned and I was treated as a Type II Diabetic again.
The first month after surgery I lost approximately 30 lbs. and to date I have lost over 150 lbs. Although I had continued to lose weight steadily, my diabetes became out of control. I consulted a different endocrinologist in the fall of 2013 and learned that I had been misdiagnosed and I was actually a Type I Diabetic. Today I feel so much better than I have in years and I continue to lose weight each month.
I could not be more pleased with the bariatric team. They provided me with counseling, superior medical advice and treatment, as well as support and praise. This has been one of the best experiences of my life.
August Patient of the Month
Lost 100 pounds
Before: 240 pounds; Now: 140 pounds
My life 21 months ago was very different than my life today. I weighed 240 pounds. I had hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes, high cholesterol, chronic back pain and a heart catheter. I was unable to walk long distances without getting short of breath.
Daily activities were a problem. I did not go out much. I was so disgusted with myself. I tried multiple times to lose weight, only to get frustrated. I gained whatever weight I had lost back, plus another 20 pounds.
This surgery was my last chance at losing the weight. I researched my options and made sure I was in the right frame of mind. I could not fail again. Dr. Wohaibi and his staff assisted me with regaining my life. It was the tool I needed to get the weight off. It was not easy, but it was needed so I could enjoy my life again.
It has been 21 months since my surgery. I have lost 100 pounds. I can walk long distances, ride my bike and most importantly, I can play with my grandchildren. I enjoy life. Going shopping is fun again.
I now eat healthy and the dietitian has helped me understand the importance of and how to eat healthy.
Everyone on staff had and has an important role in my life change and they are still there if I have any problems. It is one of the best decisions I have made.
Lost 146 pounds
Before: 300 pounds; Now: 154 pounds
60 years old; Lost 103 pounds
Before: 345 pounds; Now: 242 pounds
“It was tough to be heavy. Before I retired, I was a police officer working in public relations. When I’d talk at schools, kids would ask me why I was so fat. I couldn’t fully participate at family events. I remember watching my grandkids kick around the soccer ball with their other grandfather and how it felt to know it was something I couldn’t do.
“I’d been a good sized person when I was young, but really started putting on weight after high school. I’d think, ‘I’ll lose it when I’m 30, when I’m 40, when I’m 50.’ I tried the Atkins diet, cabbage soup diet and once lost 50 lbs. through Weight Watchers, but gained it back and then some. I’d have short-term success, but long-term disappointment.
“My health was suffering and I was in a deep depression. I was on pain pills and heart medication. My family doctor would tell me I needed to get my weight down. I knew I couldn’t do it myself. He referred me to the Covenant Bariatric Health Center team.
“My wife and I went to Covenant’s free seminar. Afterwards, she and I talked and I made the decision to go through with the LAGB surgery
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