Patient Stories: Kathy L

 

I had an ideal experience when I underwent bypass surgery at Park Nicollet Bariatric Surgery Center in March of 2008. The pre-op instructions were clear and I diligently adhered to them, which I feel contributed to my good outcome. I didn’t have any anxiety about the surgery, because I felt very confident in Tom Jones, MD, and his staff, who had performed the same surgery on one of my family members three years before.

I used to snack all day. I couldn’t pass up the cookies, donuts and treats that are always around in my workplace. But now, food is not on the forefront of my thinking at all. I don’t have the burning hunger pains I used to have. My tastes have even changed. I love salads and fresh fruit that I never used to crave.

I’ve lost 58 pounds since surgery, and my BMI is down to 28. I feel great and I have so much more energy. My daughter and I bike frequently, and I find so much joy in being able to comfortably get down on the floor to play with my 1-year-old grandchildren. I feel strong and have lots more energy.

I no longer have knee pain, or swelling in my feet and ankles. I’ve gone off all my hypertension and hyperlipidemia medications, but I’m continuing to monitor these aspects of my health.

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