Lisa Keith, 44, found an experienced surgeon to help her lose 200 pounds and regain her health. This is her story.
I miss mom. I know taking care of her while she battled cancer was much more difficult because of my size. And now with dad recovering from the kidney transplant, I have to turn my health around.
I was an average-size kid growing up. I just need help to get back where I was in my 20s, but it’s so hard to exercise with no cartilage in my knees. Not to mention the high blood pressure, sleep apnea and elevated blood sugar. Weight-loss surgery worked for my friend. I need to find out more.
A false start
I liked that adjusted gastric banding is a reversible procedure and does not require lifelong vitamin supplementation, but I guess that’s not the procedure for me. Maybe it was blessing in disguise that I stopped physician-assisted weight loss two months into the six months required by insurance to address my enlarged heart.
I feel better going with Duke-affiliated surgeons. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has named the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery a Center of Excellence. My physician there helped me decide that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass could be the procedure for me because it will restrict what I eat, which should help me lose weight faster.
Read about Lisa’s success with weight-loss surgery in the latest issue of Your Health, Durham Regional’s health and wellness publication for the community. Learn more about weight-loss surgery at durhamregional.org/wls.