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Pam's Story

Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PamSurgery June 12, 2009

Surgery: Gastric Banding

Q:  What most bothered you about carrying extra weight? Can you give an example that stands out to you as a defining moment? 
A:  What bothered me was being out of breath when walking up a flight of stairs and my knees hurting so badly. I always had to shop in the Plus size sections of the store and I am short so nothing ever fit in both directions. I also had difficulty putting on my socks and shoes.

Q:  Name a moment that prompted you to consider surgical weight loss for yourself. 
A:  I take care of my mother who has Alzheimer's. It is sometimes very difficult to move her because of her weight. I started asking myself: What if someone has to take care of me? How much trouble would it be? That's when I decided I had to do something.

Q:  What did members at the Bariatric Institute do to educate you about surgical weight loss? 
A:  McLaren Bariatric has a great program. There classes cover everything you need to know to make an informed choice. They cover things you never thought about like body image and reading labels. Everyone there really cares about the patients and wants them to succeed.

Q:  What in particular do you remember from the education and orientation? 
A:  The thing I remember most from my classes is portion control and compliance. The surgery is only a tool. You have to work at it. Is does you no good to have the surgery and eat ice cream every day!

Q:  What did you think of the surgery and recovery in-hospital? 
A:  Getting the Realize Band© put in was snap!! My surgery was at 8:30 AM and I was home by 2:00 PM the same day. McLaren staff was welcoming and caring.

Q:  What did you do to change your lifestyle? 
A:  When grocery shopping I keep mainly to the perimeter of the store. Produce, meat, and dairy...eating healthy can be fun. When eating out I either split my meal with my husband or put half in a box for home.

Q:  Have you achieved the results you desired? 
A:  I am well on the way to my goal but still have a ways to go but it is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I feel better and my knees don't hurt like they did before I lost 40+ pounds.

Q:  Do you have any advice for anyone considering bariatric surgery? 
A:  If you are considering weight loss surgery I advise you to check everything out. Come to the support group meetings and talk to real people that have had the surgery. Ask questions