This is a letter we received from a former patient, giving her personal perspective on achieving weight loss success. She explains how Lap-Band has changed her life and brought her everyday victories.
* Results may vary.
My name is Duana, and I had Lap-Band® surgery on May 11, 2011. My story started when I went with my parents to the Lap-Band orientation with my insurance information. I eventually received the insurance approval, but it was a long road to get it done. I almost gave up, but Dr. Gertsch and Dr. Martinez (from the Gastric Banding Center) never did. I would not be where I am today without them.
Before I had my surgery, I was 349.5 pounds. I am now 194 pounds, a size 14, and getting smaller! The first seven days after my surgery, I lost 20 pounds, and the weight loss just kept going. I did the surgery for my health, because I was borderline diabetic. I had to take two water pills a day and wore clothing in sizes 26 to 28.*
When I would go to places like Sea World, I would have to stop every 10 to 15 minutes to rest because my back would be hurting. Now that I have lost 156 pounds, I walk a lot without needing to stop and rest along the way. My kids have to catch up with me because I am walking too fast.*
Before the surgery, when I would go to theme parks, I was too big for the rides. I was told I was too fat and could not go on them with my kids. Now I go on amusement park rides with no problems, and no one looks at me as if I am too fat for them.*
I am very happy with this procedure, and I love my doctor for all they have done for me. Everyone at the Gastric Banding Center cares for the patients and does not judge them. I would do the surgery all over again, and I brag about this medical center to all my friends. I even had two friends who also had the procedure done.*
*Results may vary.
Thanks to all who helped me!
To learn more about surgery for successful weight loss, contact our Gastric Banding Center of San Diego. You can attend one of our free seminars which are held daily or you can attend one of our monthly free support group meetings which are held on the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm. The Gastric Banding Center can be reached at 800-GBC-7103 or 800-422-7103. *Results may vary from person to person.