‘I Have So Much More Energy Now’

Jackie is 50 years old. She works in Manhattan and lives on Long Island. She’s been overweight her entire life,. She’s tried a variety of weight-loss techniques. Some would work for a while, then the weight would come back on.  She was a smoker, but gave it up, which led to putting on even more weight.

Two years ago, at age 48, she had a health scare. She was hospitalized with pancreatitis. “I looked around me in the hospital, and just about everyone was 30 years older than me. It was an eye opener.”

Jackie is 5-foot-7 and weighed more than 260 pounds when she was hospitalized.  She knew it was time to take action.

After her health scare, Jackie decided to visit the New York Bariatric Group. ” All my options were clearly presented to me. I appreciated that. I chose the one that seemed the best for me.”  She chose laparoscopic adjustable lap-band surgery, which she had on May 31, 2011.

“I never had a major surgery before. The care was excellent. The procedure went well with not much pain. It did require an overnight stay in the hospital. A nurse woke me up every two hours to walk the halls to make sure that there would be no blood clots.”

Upon returning home, Jackie was instructed to continue to walk every day.  Pureed food and protein shakes were her diet immediately after surgery.

“I noticed right away how soon I would get that feeling of being full,” she said.  “I was feeling really good after just a few days.”

And the weight came off very quickly. “Even faster than I was told to expect,” she said.

Today, she’s 80 pounds lighter and feels like a new woman. “I have just 10 to 15 pounds to go,” she says.  Now she belongs to a gym and exercises three to four times a week, using the treadmill, elliptical machine and weights.

“I have so much more energy now,” she says. “Now I want to exercise.”

She recently took a trip to Belize and enjoyed climbing the Mayan ruins “without panting,” she said.

“Before I wouldn’t consider some the extra activities like ziplining or helicopter rides. Now I can’t wait to do those things on my next cruise.”

She does a lot of walking in Manhattan and on the Brooklyn Bridge.  Like all New Yorkers, she remembers 9/11 vividly. “Ever since then, I’ve had a fear that something like that could happen again, and I wouldn’t be able to move quick enough. Now that I am in better shape that fear is gone.”

In a recent visit to upstate New York, she completed a one-mile mountainous trek “almost effortlessly. That wouldn’t have been possible before.”  Previously, she wore size 22 pants. Now, she wears size 14. “I’ve lost 8 to 10 inches around my waist.”  There is much to like about her new life, she says.  “My knees don’t hurt anymore.  And while I’m not much of a shopper, it’s great to buy clothes off the rack instead of at specialty shops.”

She also says that people look at her differently now. “I do feel that people are treating me more respectfully.”

If you’ve tried all the diets and they don’t seem to be working for you, we invite you to make an appointment to see one of our surgeons by calling our office at (516) 616-5500 or, if you prefer, use our online contact form to start a conversation now.

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‘I Have So Much More Energy Now’

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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