Bariatric & Banding Weightloss Surgery
Starts out like everyone else I suppose, you wake up one day and ask yourself do I really want to continue on this path knowing that it’s not the way I want to live my life. Having High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, being severely obese (296 lbs.), not having any energy and always being tired was taking its toll. There’s a Chinese proverb that says “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, and so, began my journey.
In January 2014 I made the decision to take back control of my life and called Beverly Hills Physicians and made an appointment for February 6, 2014 to get information on the Lap Band procedure for weight loss. Upon arrival I was handed a mountain of paperwork to fill out, about two-thirds of the ways through that process, a group of us were introduced to Dr. Monalisa Misra who gave us the information on the Lap Band and Gastric Sleeve procedures, after completion of all the paperwork I met with Dr. Misra and we decided that the Gastric Sleeve would be the best procedure for me. I then met with Nicole Sims my surgical consultant where she explained all the requirements I would need to do prior to the procedure.
A Sleep Study was done to confirm I had Sleep Apnea on Feb 23rd and on March 17th I started a low calorie/low fat diet keeping my intake below 1500 calories a day to help my procedure go easier. On 4/17, Dr. Misra performed an EGD procedure, and at this time I met the surgical team and have to say any apprehensions I may have had were quickly resolved.*
My surgery was scheduled for the 29th of May; I had the same surgical team as my ED and felt really comfortable about the procedure. I had lost about 28 lbs*. at this point and must say the soft food and liquid diet wasn’t all that bad. The procedure went perfect and after I woke up I was transferred to an aftercare facility in Beverly Hills and again the care I received was outstanding, the staff went above and beyond to make sure I was as comfortable as possible my wife was able to stay in the room with me and that was great.
As of September 28th, I have lost a total of 78 lbs.* and 3 pant sizes and 2 shirt sizes.* I no longer have High Blood Pressure*, High Cholesterol* or Sleep Apnea*, I have more energy now than I have had in 15 years*, and really feel good about the path I’m on.
If you’re sitting on the fence about doing this let me assure you if you decide to have the procedure it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make, “IT’S LIFE CHANGING”, so go ahead, take that first step and start your JOURNEY.
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