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Patricia Dropped From A Size 28 To A Size 14 After Gastric Band Surgery

Life is a pleasure again after my gastric band

Gastric band story - Patricia's after photo
Gastric band story - Patricia's before photo

Procedure of choice         Gastric band

Starting weight                  16st 1lb

Current weight                  10st 0lb

Total weight loss                6st 1lb

Trigger for weight loss      Health & mobility

My story

For the last 40 years I have been a yo-yo dieter and have tried every diet under the sun.  Most of the time I lost weight successfully but I was never able to keep the weight off.  I tried Weightwatchers, Slimming World, Cambridge Diet, cabbage diet and diet pills and probably more that I can't even remember.  I was always on a diet of some sort. 

I was over 16 stone and had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and with a family history of stroke, coronary heart disease and diabetes, I was desperate to lose weight.  I could not climb stairs or get socks on without a struggle.  I had no social life and hated having to buy new clothes, preferring to do it online so I didn't have to go into shops.  I was too embarrassed. 

A gastric band was a last resort.  I had researched it for over a year before taking the plunge.  I chose Healthier Weight because I liked the idea of a support group and follow up clinics, I was not just going to be left to deal with it myself.  The operation in Sep 2007 was carried out on my 61st birthday and it was the best thing I ever did. 

I have now lost over 6 stones and have dropped from a size 28 to a size 14.  Although I am now 63, I feel 20 years younger and can now walk for miles, climb stairs, play golf and life is a pleasure again. I have just returned from a holiday in Australia and for the first time in years, I was able to fit into an aeroplane seat comfortably and was able to eat a meal easily without the tray sticking into my stomach. 

I have reduced my blood pressure medication and hope to stop it completely soon.  My cholesterol has now dropped to a level where I don't need medication any more.  I look and feel better and have much more energy.  People who haven't seen me for a while don't recognise me now.  I am now taking pride in my appearance and wear make-up every day. I also enjoy clothes shopping now because I don't need to shop in outsize shops.

I am healthier now in every way and I am so glad I had the gastric band.  I would do it all again tomorrow.

Patricia (May 2010)

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