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I’ve struggled with being overweight all of my life. I’ve tried all the fad diets, weight loss clinics, pills, etc. All it ever did was result in yo-yo dieting with weight gain as the end result. Finally, when I reached 290 pounds, I decided to try weight loss surgery for a permanent fix. I chose the lap band procedure because it is less invasive and reversible if necessary. I now weigh 160 pounds and have kept it off for over two years.
I had surgery on December 20th, 2011, and really, it was a life defining moment for me. I spent a long time researching surgical options and selecting a surgeon before making this decision (a couple of years!). It wasn’t something I went into on a whim. I knew that if I was going to make this decision, it was going to be life altering. I think at the time, however, I was just thinking about all the things I would be giving up – not necessarily the things I would gain.
I was never really heavy until I was in my mid twenty’s. I have EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) which has caused my knee caps and other joints to dislocate ever since my early teens. In my early twenty’s I had surgery to tighten the ligaments in my knees to help them from dislocating. They had tightened the first knee so much it took over a year before I had a near normal range of motion. Due to my knee problems, my weight continued to increase over the years, as high as 340 lbs.
My decision to have weight loss surgery began about a year ago. I had been diabetic for 20 years, requiring insulin for the past 10. I had sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and severe back problems. My quality of life was just not good. I wanted to be able to spend more quality time with my children and grandchildren.
I have been overweight for my entire life. My first memory of school was the other children calling me names. I tried my first diet when I was in high school and successfully lost 35 lbs. I felt slim for the first time in my life. However, this was short lived (approximately 2 years). I then gained that weight back, plus more. I continued dieting during my 20’s.
When I was younger I had no problem losing weight, but somewhere along the line I started to gain weight and could not take it off as easy, thus began the yo-yo diets. I was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, flat feet, and have had 2 total knee replacements. In 2010, I had the lap band procedure, but this did not help me to lose the weight I needed. In 2011, I relocated and found Dr. Cottam to do my band adjustments.
I am so happy that I had a gastric bypass. If I had to go back I would do it again in a heartbeat! This was a life changing experience and I am so grateful that I did it! I have lost over 120 pounds and I will never go back to my old lifestyle. I love working with the team at BMI and I know I made the right decision to have my surgery with them.
My average weight was about 165 lbs and I’m just about 5’8″. I put on weight over about 4 years until it was discovered that I was hyperinsulimic; my weight was at its highest – 297 lbs. My body produced too much insulin and no matter what I ate my blood sugar would get incredibly low. Because weight loss surgery is so successful at stopping diabetes, my doctor and I figured it might be my only option to turn off this hyperinsulinism.
It took learning I had type 2 diabetes to force me into seriously considering weight loss surgery. Like many of you, I had tried everything: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutri-System, low-carb and low-fat to name a few. If I had a dollar for every pound I have gained and lost in my lifetime, I’d be rich! It was while visiting my hand surgeon that I was told, “You are still a relatively young woman. You have years ahead of you. I tell you this because I care about you.
I have been overweight my whole life. At my high school graduation I weighed around 250 lbs. I had been in the medical field enough to know how damaging this was to my health, but every diet or exercise program I tried resulted in weight gain after I failed to see any results and quit.