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Obesity and Your Health
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Weight Loss Surgery - Before & After Photos

“ I've lost over 200 pounds... I'm lovin' life ” ~ Lea

Lea Before
Lea After
Start weight: 410 lbs
Current weight: 198 lbs
Date of surgery: 8/29/06
Type of surgery:
Proximal RNY Gastric Bypass
“I was approaching 40 years of age at over 400 pounds. I was miserable and tired all of the time. I was taking 9 different prescription medications...”
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I was approaching 40 years of age at over 400 pounds. I was miserable and tired all of the time. I was taking 9 different prescription medications--high blood pressure, arthritis, narcotic pain medications, and more. I was unable to work outside the home because I couldn't be on my feet for too long at a time without increased pain. When I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease in my lumbar spine, they sent me to a pain management specialist who looked at the MRI for my back and said that the ONLY thing that would truly make a difference was to lose the weight. The weight from my FRONT was pulling on my BACK. I finally took the possibility of weight loss surgery seriously. The pain was unreal and I knew there was no way I could continue to live like that. I had my primary care doctor write a referral letter and I made an appointment with Dr. Daniel Stickler for a surgery consult.

Since my surgery, I've lost over 200 pounds. I am off of all medications but my thyroid medication, which I will take for life though the dosage had to be reduced. I am back to work outside the home in my field of choice--I'm a certified teacher. I can garden, exercise, and enjoy life as a first-time grandma! In short, I'm lovin' life!

“ I went from a size 20 and 3x to a size 8-10 ” ~ Ani

Ani Before
Ani After
Start weight: 231 lbs
Current weight: 161 lbs
Date of surgery: 4/17/2008
Type of surgery:
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
“I went from being a very unhappy, unhealthy woman, to a woman who loves life....”
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My name is Ani. I had weight loss surgery April 17, 2008. The proceedure I had was the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. I went from being a very unhappy, unhealthy woman, to a woman who loves life. I was a type ll diabetic, on insulin, and multiple other medications for depression. Currently, I take nothing for diabetes, there is no need, as my last fasting blood sugar was completely normal. I don't take any medications for depression, because I am not depressed anymore. I went from a size 20 and 3x to a size 8-10 and M or L shirts and I have not reached my goal yet. As of this morning, I have 11 pounds to go, to get to goal, and I have no doubt that I will get there. I spent my entire life struggling with my weight, but thanks to the tool I have now, I feel I will be able to control my eating, and maintain my goal.

If I was to offer one piece of advice, it would be to research all the surgeries. Find the one that is going to work best for you. I hear all the time how different surgeons will suggest what they think, but in all honesty, this is YOUR body, and you have to live with the consequences of your decision. The VSG is a wonderful surgery, and in doing my research, I knew it was the only one for me.


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Consumer Guide to WLS

Weight Loss Surgery Patient

Weight Management

For most people with overweight and obesity, exercise alone is not the answer to weight loss. Nevertheless, increased physical activity provides many benefits and is a vital component of a healthy weight management strategy.

Exercise assists with weight loss and health in many ways:

  • it burns calories
  • helps overcome the body's natural tendency to lower its resting energy expenditure in response to weight loss
  • protects muscle tissue during rapid weight loss

A healthy weight loss plan will include changes to diet and nutrition as well as regular amounts of exercise.

Hunger and Satiety

Weight loss surgery has been shown to have an impact on metabolic or hormonal changes that affect sensations of hunger (the desire to start eating) and satiety (the desire to stop eating).

  • Obesity is associated with over 300,000 deaths each year in the United States. Weight loss surgery shows an 89% reduction in five year mortality.
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