Surgical Weight Loss Patient Testimonial – Craig’s Story
I am 6 feet 5 inches so I can handle a good bit of weight on my tall frame, but when I hit 445 pounds at the age of 45 I knew I was in trouble. I come from the Midwest and was raised on hearty meals of meat and potatoes, so I have struggled with my weight most of my life. Although I was physically active in school participating in sports such as football and soccer, once I became an adult I put on more weight and began having trouble just getting around. I developed a number of weight-related health problems, including insulin-dependent diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, gout and arthritis, and I was taking 26 doses of medication per day!
My wife had also struggled with her weight and decided several years ago to have weight loss surgery. Even though I did not completely agree with her decision, I promised to support her in the process. I attended DeKalb Medical’s informational seminar with her and went with her to meet Dr. Steinberg. I went to the hospital, was with her when she had her procedure and even attended many support groups with her. I’m happy to say that over five years later she is doing very well.
When I decided that weight loss surgery was the only option left for me, DeKalb Medical and Dr. Steinberg were the natural choice. The procedure was effortless. The surgery took about 90 minutes, and I was out of the hospital in a couple of days.
The benefits of the surgery have been tremendous! I now take one pill a day for high blood pressure. I have a totally different quality of life, and I would recommend gastric bypass surgery to anyone. I am very disciplined about what I eat and am back to exercising on a regular basis. I can walk for miles, and I enjoy lifting weights.
My goal for this whole process was to get healthy so that I could enjoy my life again. My weight has gotten as low as 245 but generally stays around the 260 mark, my waist size has gone from a 64 to a 40, and my shirt size has gone from a 6X to a 2X or even an XL (depending on the cut of the shirt). My wife Denise and two children are very happy with the results. In fact, my son told me the other day that he was glad I had the surgery because now I am going to live longer. I think that says it all!
I would recommend this surgery to anyone who really wants to make a positive change in his/her life. I have been so happy with the process and the results that I even volunteer at DeKalb Medical now when I can take time away from work. If you are considering weight loss surgery, my advice to you is to remember that the surgery is a tool and not a cure. You have to be willing to make lifestyle changes to be successful. But if you are, you will never regret your decision!