I Did It! I Made the Move to a Smaller, Healthier Me! - Fayetteville, AR

My husband was not "on board" so I took him to my...

My husband was not "on board" so I took him to my family physician whom we both respect. My Dr. Explained how I was a walking time bomb.

I was on 4 blood pressure meds and my blood pressure was in the 160's. my knees and feet hurt from arthritis. I had sleep apnea. I also suffered from depression.

My husband realized this was a good option and he gave me my support

I made the preliminary appointment, paid $150 up front. Met with the doctor and their dietician I learned my insurance would only pa if I went through 6 months of doctor supervised dieting, exercising, psychological exam and a few other tests.

I went monthly for 6 months meeting with the doctor and dietician. They gave group information sessions on healthy eating and how our eating would HAVE to change following surgery. We were given vitamins to take regularly. These vitamins they explained were a must daily for the rest of my life!

I made it through the 6 months. June 28, 2011 was my surgery date. The surgeon's time for the ruen x gastric bypass was 52 minutes up to 1.5 hours. Mine was 56 minutes

I had 1 night stay in the hospital ( oh how I hoped for 2 for all the pampering etc the hospital was providing)

Protein shakes and water were the routine every hour. It was like taking shots. ( 2 ounces of shake and 2 ounces of water.

The shakes and water were the only things I was allowed to consume for I'm thinking it was 6 weeks. Somewhere in there they included soft foods. No Doritos Nuts or anything that could become wedged in my new stomach.

I was determined to make this work so I remained on shakes while eating other foods. I found it easy to grab a shake in the morning.

To this day Feb 17, 2013. I'm still drinking protein shakes probably 5 times a week. I changed brands.

My starting weight : 244
BMI : 43
Expected outcome from surgery. Weight 167
I weigh today 152, size 8 jeans and some size medium tops. My BMI is 26.3

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Congratulations....You are definately an inspiration. My surgery is set for May 9th and I'm getting very excited. Scared but very excited.... My starting weight is very close to yours, I am also on lots of meds and a cpap machine.....so looking forward to being healthy again and able to play with my granddaughters.....thank you so much for your wonderful story.
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Wow congratulations! My 6 months will be March 8 I am excited! can't wait to find out my surgery date! I loved your story it was inspiring and something I needed to hear right now! Thank you for sharing that with us good luck and congratulations
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Hi there, welcome and thanks for sharing your very detailed review with us!

Congratulations on your weight loss, that's a huge achievement! Protein is one if the hardest things to get into your diet after this type of surgery, so protein shakes a huge help. I know a lot of post-op WLS patients use protein shakes every morning.

How was your recovery after surgery? Did you have much pain or downtime?

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Fayetteville General Surgeon

My friend is their nanny. I selected a doctor based on his reputation. His clinics offers "information sessions". I went to one and was immediately impressed and certain this was the path I needed to take to be a healthier me.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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